By G. T. Haywood
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me AND THEIR FEAR BY THE PRECEPTS OF MEN: therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.” Isa. 29:13-14.
Today these Scriptures are again meeting their fulfillment even as it was at the close of the Jewish dispensation. Tradition has so filled the religious world that little regard is given to the WORD OF GOD; for man honor God with their lips, but their heart is far from Him. They are willing at any time to uphold their traditions, at the expense of the WORD OF GOD: and when one begins to speak against the “Trinitarian Doctrine,” the “alter-benches” and the so-called “new births,” great fear seems to come upon the people that such teachings are dishonoring God, and many even prophesying judgment to come upon those who take their stand against these traditions. They think it a light thing to ignore water baptism, in the Name of JESUS: The One Person God, and the Holy Ghost knew birth, which are clearly set forth in the Scriptures. They don’t mind saying that water is nonessential; they have no fear of setting aside these words: “If I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye ought to wash one another’s feet.” They don’t mind saying that Jesus is the Second Person in the “Trinity” when Jesus, Himself, declares. “I AM THE FIRST and I AM THE LAST.” Truly their fear towards Him is taught by the precepts of men!
Touching the Doctrine of the Trinity. The Apostles knew of no such thing: they knew nothing about three Spirits; they had no knowledge of three separate Persons in the Godhead; they had not been informed that the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of Christ were the Spirits of three separate Persons. They knew of but One GOD. One Spirit and One LORD. They knew that God was a Spirit (John 4:24) and the lord was that Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17), and that Jesus Christ was that Lord. Matt. 3:16; Luke 3:22; I Pet. 1:10-11; 2 Pet. 1:20-21.
The word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. The term “Three Person in the Godhead” has no place there. The Phrase, “God the Father, God the son and God the Holy Ghost,” is unscriptural. Tradition has coined these terms, and thrust them forth into the religious world and hath obscured the glorious vision of the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father , in the Person of Jesus Christ.
In the second chapter of Colossians, the Apostle Paul directs his words to “them of Laodicea,” and as many as have not seen His face in the flesh.
According to the Church Age, the Laodicean period is the present age, in which we are now living. This being true, his admonitions in this chapter should have a great bearing upon the minds and hearts of God’s people at this time, for it is to them that he makes known his heart’s desire that they might be comforted, knit together in love, and unto all riches or full assurances of understanding to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, and further warns them against philosophy, vain deceit, tradition of men and the rudiments of the world. From this it appears that God gave unto him a foreknowledge of errors that were to come upon the world touching the Person of the Godhead; therefore, in mentioning of Christ, he declares that in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and further adds, “And ye are complete in Him, which is the head over all principality and power.
God, foreseeing the fear that would come upon the people in proclaiming Jesus to be our God, prophesieth beforehand, saying. “O Zion, that bringeth good tidings, get thee up into the high mountains; O Jerusalem, that bringeth good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength, lift it up and BE NOT AFRAID; say unto the cities of Judah, BEHOLD YOUR GOD! Behold the Lord God will come with strong hand, and His arm shall rule for Him: behold his reward is with Him, and His work before Him. He shall feed His flock like a SHEPHEARD.” That this Shepherd is Jesus Christ, no one can deny. (John 10:14.) Yet, in the face of these words, many are afraid to proclaim that Jesus Christ is our God. Isa 40:9-11
We hereby quote a clipping of an article entitled, “Holy Trinity Feast.” The writer says, “The Feast of the Holy Trinity was observed in many catholic and some Protestant churches throughout the city, yesterday, with special services, in which particular attention was paid to the doctrine of the Trinity. This Feast Day is considered the foundation of all Feast Days, and the day of celebrating a mystery which is not to be understood through human reason.” He further states that there is no doubt the mystery cannot be understood. But who shall we believe, man or God? The WORD OF GOD declares that the Spirit will search all things, yea the deep things of God. He will teach us all things, and in this is included the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.
So long as men will endeavor to solve this mystery, apart from Christ Jesus, it will always be to him a mystery; but Christ is the true solution of all perplexing problems, for in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. In Him dwelleth all the fullness of Godhead in a bodily form. When the Disciples desired to see the Father, Apart from Christ, He pointed them unto his own body, standing in their midst; and when He further made mention of the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, He again said, “You know Him: for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” (John 14:9, 16, 17.) In this chapter, alone is the mystery explained.
In our spirit, we have always know but one God: but in our theology we have recognized three. If the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three separate Persons, Spirits and Personalities, we have on our hands three separate, distinct Gods. But if Father, Son and Holy Spirit bear God’s relationship to mankind, then it can by clearly seen that there is but One God: and that God is manifested in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ: for God hath declared, “Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts: I am the first, and the last: and beside me there is no God.” (Isa.44:6.) Jesus, the King of Israel, the Redeemer, declared, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…fear not; I am the first and the last; I am he that liveth and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.” (Rev. 1:11, 17, 18) And in other place He says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end… he that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his GOD and he shall be my son.” (Rev. 21:6-7) Here Jesus plainly declares Himself to be GOD. Compare this with 2 Cor. 6:16-18.
God help us to gird up the loins of our minds, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto us at the Revelation of Jesus Christ! Truly the time for this fulfillment is almost at hand. The glory of God is filling our vision; our eye has become single, and our body is being filled with light. We see no man save “JESUS ONLY.” And we now, with open face, beholding as in changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. For God, Who commandeth the light to shine out of darkness, hath shown in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (I Cor. 3:18, 4:6.)
This article “Trinitarianism” by G.T. Haywood is excerpted from The Voice in the Wilderness, No.18, c. 1917.