By: Gordon Mallory
I was born into the home of a trinitarian Pentecostal preacher in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. When I was seven years old, my father was baptized in Jesus Name and received a revelation of the Great God in Christ. It was during this time at nine years old that I received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and was baptized in water in Jesus Name in Picton, Ontario, under the powerful and dynamic ministry of Ruby Keyes, who later became Mrs. John Klemin.
For several tragic personal reasons, my father resigned from the United Pentecostal Church, and renewed his ministerial fellowship with his original affiliation. I was 12 years old at the time. I was quite confused during my teen age years concerning the Godhead. I’m convinced that secretly my father still believed in One God, but could say very little because of the pressure from his peers. I noticed that he was extremely unhappy and certainly not a man at peace with himself.
Once you have received a truly bona fide revelation of truth, it becomes an inseparable part of you. It’s somewhat like getting married – it is until death do us part. These two shall become one flesh. You may try, and many have, but try as you might; you cannot make two out of God’s One.
I had also received a call to preach the gospel three weeks after receiving the Holy Ghost. God’s calling was deep in my heart all the way through my teen years. I had many wonderful moments with the Lord, for He was watching over me. I enjoyed slipping into the church auditorium when no one was there to preach to those empty pews. I felt the anointing as though the house was filled.
Having spent all my teen years in the trinitarian church, when it came time to go to Bible College, I enrolled in Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in Peterborough, Ontario, where several of my first cousins had attended. I have had 17 ordained trinitarian ministers is my family.
I spent one year at EPBC and had an enjoyable year for the most part. However, I was faced with a real dilemma when the doctrine of the trinity was presented in our Systematic Theology class. Dr. Ratz was at that time one of the top IO theologians in Canada, and he did his best (since in his own words “you cannot explain or comprehend the trinity – it is a mystery) to dissect the One God message in a very humorous, somewhat sarcastic manner, naming some of the men who took a stand for truth, Bro. Howard Goss, Bro. Andrew Urshan, and others. He had the class in stitches dismissing in the minds of the young students, this precious truth, as nonsense and totally without Biblical support or foundation.
My heart was tremendously grieved because I had been baptized in Jesus Name as a boy, and had many wonderful memories of powerful Apostolic services. For some reason, I had not been faced with the great differences that obviously existed between trinitarian and Oneness folks, so I was now totally shaken. I had developed many wonderful friends and certainly didn’t want our friendships to be affected in an adverse way over some difference in doctrine. I found myself in the little third floor prayer room much more often now. I had some very serious talks with the Lord. “Lord, is what they are saying true? Was I baptized the wrong way? Must I now be re-baptized in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost?” I got real serious with the Lord. “Lord, I want to know what I believe and why I believe it! If the doctrine of the trinity is right, I want to believe it! I don’t want to jump back and forth like my Dad did. I want to know the truth and stand on it.
I want to believe in something that does not change! I prayed earnestly.
I even went to another instructor, Dr. Atter, and sought his help. I told him I was very much confused over the doctrine of the trinity. He was a kindly man. He knew my background and began to encourage me to not take it so seriously. He told me that you couldn’t understand it anyway, but that it showed up all through the Bible. He was a tall man with very thick glasses and a ready smile. He took his Bible and made a gesture as if to flip rapidly through the pages from cover to cover, while at the same time leaning forward, getting ever so close to my face with that smile and those twice-the-size eyes. Then, uncocking his thumb I saw the pages fly by from Genesis to Revelation in about three seconds.
He said, “Gordon, everywhere you look in the Bible you can see the doctrine of the trinity. ” “I can’t read that fast,” I said to myself. Then he put down his Bible, planted his both hands on my 19-year-old head and, still smiling, began to pray that God would reveal himself to me and that I would be relieved of my confusion and misunderstanding. I left his office, still envisioning his smile, but I couldn’t smile. My confusion was now multiplied, so I decided not to go see any other instructors.
The semester ended in June, so I went to live with my grandparents in Oshawa, 35 miles away, for the summer, fully expecting to bring my confused self back in the fall. When I arrived there on Friday night, they were gone for the weekend to a wedding, so I had the house to myself. What happened that night changed my life forever.
I was awakened at about 3:00 a.m. with the words hammering in my head, “Go to Newark, Ohio; Go to Newark, Ohio…… I tossed and turned, trying to erase the thought, but it wouldn’t leave. It only intensified. “GO TO NEWARK – GO TO NEWARK … !” My family had lived in Ohio briefly just prior to my father leaving the Oneness fellowship, but I had no idea as to why the Lord would want me to go to Newark, Ohio.
I got out of bed and paced the floor. “GO TO NEWARK! ” – I paced in the living room. “GO TO NEWARK!” I paced in the dining room and the kitchen. “GO TO NEWARK! At one point I looked up and shouted, “COULD YOU GIVE ME A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE! ” But, no more information would come, just “GO TO NEWARK!”
I finally went outside, and walked the streets of Oshawa, but it continued. “GO TO NEWARK! GO TO NEWARK, OHIO!” I returned to the house, and in desperation did something for a confirmation that I don’t recommend, but I needed something to guide me from The Word. I picked up my Bible, then talking to the Lord, I said, “God, I need you to confirm in your Word that you want me to go to Newark, Ohio. Lord, I’m going to close my eyes, open the Bible, and point at random on the page it opens to, and I want you through that Scripture to confirm that you want me to go to Newark, Ohio.
I thought I was now safe. This will never work, until I looked at the Scripture and read, “And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophecy unto my people Israel” (Amos 7:15). That word “GO” seemed to literally leap up at me – “GO!” All right, Lord, I’ll go.
I didn’t have my own car, so I ran down to the bus station with my little suitcase to get on the next bus. My parents were now living in Detroit, Michigan, so I’d go there first and tell them that I was on my way to Ohio, so they wouldn’t worry about me.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had an experience like this or not, but all hell seemingly broke loose when I got on that bus. The devil threw a barrage of questions that I couldn’t answer, “Why are you going to Newark? Who are you going to see there?” Then came the insults. “You are a fool! Your mind is snapping. Only idiots do what you’re doing. You’ve got a loose screw. Your elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor. You’re about two bricks short of a load. Your lights are on, but nobody’s home!”
I was in a dither when I finally arrived in Detroit. I took a city bus to my folks house and walked up to the front door trembling inside. The devil had now convinced me that I was on a wild goose chase. Instead of walking in, I knocked. Mother came to the door, took one look, and said, “What are you doing here?” I took the direct approach, explaining to her what had happened the night before and how that God impressed upon me in the strongest of terms that I ought to go to Newark, Ohio.
Big tears now welled up in her eyes and coursed down her cheeks. She finally said, “Gordon, do you know what is happening in Newark?” “No”, I said. “Do you?” “Gordon,” she said, “ever since we left the fellowship of the United Pentecostal Church, nothing has gone right ministerally. We’re miserable. We have been praying about the possibility of coming back into the Oneness fellowship. Next week the District Conference of the United Pentecostal Church is being held there. Your father and I were praying earnestly three days ago and laid our petition and fleece before the Lord. We said, “Lord, if you would be pleased for us to pursue this possibility and make ourselves available to the brethren for reinstatement, would you somehow supernaturally speak to Gordie?” That’s me!!
Just about that time I can about visualize ‘ole slewfoot hightailing it out of there. “Hey, you with the horns,” I shout. “Come baaaack! Let me tell you something, devil. I’m not two bricks short, my elevator goes all the way to the top, and you, devil, are a liar and there is no truth in you. Now, get out of here in Jesus Name! ”
I could hardly believe this was happening. God supernaturally catapulted me out of Ontario and led me to Newark. My parents and I arrived midmorning, and when we walked into the vestibule of the church, I knew I was “back home.” I felt the arms of the Lord around me, and I could hear His gentle words, “You’re back, son. This is where I wanted you all along.” It was about too much for this 19-year old boy to take.
The last day of the conference, Bro. Howard Dyer, the pastor, asked me to stay with him for a while. I stayed for two months, and that kindly, in-love-with-the-truth man gave me roots that are strong to this day.
It was on the Sunday immediately following the conference that I encountered a Bethel experience that will never leave me!! In a little Sunday School office on that Sunday afternoon, the Lord burned His Word deep into this little Canadian heart. Dr. Ratz wasn’t there, grinning Dr. Atter wasn’t there; it was Jesus and me and I-Es Word. All afternoon He led me from passage to passage, revealing the Book of Acts, the new birth message, holiness, I-Es glorious Oneness, and THE NAME OF THE ONE TRUE GOD! I received a true revelation of I-Es Truth through His Word. I’m convinced that when you receive a revelation, it becomes an inseparable part of you. You’re married to it. You are one.
When I see people laying aside truth (“being in accord with fact or reality – keeping close to fact and avoiding distortion”), and saying “it doesn’t matter, it’s not important, I’m like a bird let out of a
cage, I’m free… I know they’re being deceived. To turn away from known truth and begin to dress, act, and fit in with the world, yet still call themselves Christians, is leaving truth and embracing
Deception is like revelation in reverse. They actually begin to believe a lie – revelation in reverse. I don’t plan to leave my soul’s destiny to “what difference does it make.”
“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:…” (Luke 12:48).
We, as the church, are the lighthouse to our floundering, confused world. The church must keep on The Solid Rock, and as the song says, “Be very sure your anchor holds and grips The Solid Rock. That Rock is Jesus!”
“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (I John 5:20).
We submit that church authorities have exceeded biblical authority in seeking to impose upon their followers the use of a non-Scriptural terminology, while rejecting the literal meaning of words which relate to the message of the Name of the One True God, as told forth in these pages. Yet, we are exhorted by the Word to “Walk in the light, as He is in the light,” for then “We have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1: 7).
“The Name of Jehovah is a strong tower, The righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18: 10, ASV). Since we are living in the New Testament age we would paraphrase the verse by proclaiming, “The Name of Jesus is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe.”
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Jesus is with us by His Spirit and in the power and authority of His Name. We are commissioned and privileged to pray and render praise, and to minister forgiveness and reconciliation, water and Spirit baptism, deliverance to those who are bound, and healing to the sick and afflicted – in the Name of the Great Creator who became our Savior, Healer, Baptizer with the Spirit, and our Lord and King, even Jesus.
David affirmed, “Jehovah is my shepherd’ (Psalm 23:1, ASV). Therefore, he challenged the Philistine giant, ” Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a javelin: but I come to thee in the name of Jehovah of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied’ (I Samuel 17:45, ASV). When David went forth clothed with that Name, Jehovah responded to his faith and trust by giving him the victory. Armed with the Name of his God, he needed no other armor.
It has been truly said that the Name of Jesus was a mighty force in the hands of the great apostle Paul. The commission given by Jesus to the Church to “preach the gospel” and to accomplish miracles “in my name” as recorded in Mark 16:15-18, was literally fulfilled as the apostles “went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” (vs. 20).
In the words of David, the sweet singer of Israel: “I will be glad and rejoice in thee, I will sing praise to thy name, 0 thou most High” (Psalm 9:2). Among the many song and choruses that have been composed to extol the Name that is above all names, there is a much-sung hymn written some two centuries ago, containing these lines:
All hail the power of Jesus’ name!
Let angels prostrate fall;
Bring forth the royal diadem,
And crown Him Lord of all!
And thou shalt
call his name Jesus,
Prince of Peace, Mighty God,
Wonderful Counselor, Holy One,
Lamb of God, Prince of Life,
Lord God Almighty,
Lion of the Tribe of Judah,
Root of David, Word of Life,
Author and Finisher of Our Faith,
Advocate, The Way, Dayspring,
Lord of All, I Am, Son of God,
Shepherd and Bishop of Souls,
Messiah, The Truth, Saviour,
Chief Cornerstone, King of Kings,
Righteous judge, Light of the World,
Head of the Church, Morning Star,
Sun of Righteousness, Lord
Jesus Christ, Chief Shepherd,
Resurrection and Life,
Horn of Salvation, Governor,
The Alpha and Omega.
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