Another application is that, since the trinity teaching came from the Roman Catholic church, it can be expected that, as time passes, a line will be drawn more sharply between the Oneness church and the other Protestant groups which will gradually merge with the Roman Catholic church.
By Ralph Vincent Reynolds
- There Is Only One God
- Statement of Scripture
- Deuteronomy 6:4—”Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord.”
- Isaiah 44:8—”Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”
- 1 Timothy 2:5—”For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
- James 2:19—”Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”
- Statement of Truth
There is only one Supreme Being who is God; He cannot be multiplied nor pluralized.
- Exposition of Truth
Possibly no other truth of Scripture receives more prominence than that of the Oneness of God. There are over fifty passages of Scripture that teach that God is one and that there is no other. The very meaning of the term “God” signifies the Supreme, Almighty One. There can be but one ultimate all-inclusive God. This is the great truth and message of the Old Testament, which is also substantiated in the New Testament. The truth taught in the Old Testament is never contradicted in the New Testament, but rather fulfilled.
A multiplication of Gods is a contradiction. He cannot be multiplied and He is indivisible. If there could be even two Gods, then there could be hundreds and thousands of gods. If there could be a second God, then Satan would not have fallen when he reached for equality with God. Likewise Adam and Eve would never have fallen when they exerted their own will in the act of disobedience. Although God is omniscient, there is one thing that He does not know. He does not know another God (Isaiah 44:8).
The word “Trinity” is not in the Bible. The doctrine called the Trinity was introduced by the Roman Catholic synod at the beginning of the third century at the Nicean Council in 325 A.D. The Athanasian Creed later made the Trinity a fundamental tenet. It kept company with other Roman Catholic tenets such as transubstantiation, indulgencies, “Mariolatry,” etc. Unfortunately, when
Protestants repudiated the above fallacies they held onto the error of the Trinity, maintaining a vital link with the false and unscriptural creeds of the Roman Catholic church.
The word “persons,” when used regarding the Godhead, does violence to the absolute Oneness of God. Dividing God into three persons makes three Gods, which is Tri-theism, regardless of how it may be argued otherwise. God is the “Three-in-One,” not the “One-in-Three.” The doctrine of the Trinity leads to much confusion and contradiction.