Does It Matter How You Were Baptized?
The Bible clearly teaches us that there is only One Eternal God who has manifested Himself as “God the Father” as our Creator, the Son as God manifest in the flesh as our redeemer, and as the Holy Spirit as God‘s presence in action and in inhabiting believers. Although Yahweh God clearly has plurality of might, majesty, and the ability to perform many tasks at once, nowhere in the Bible do we find later trinitarian terminology which divides God up into three separate and distinct divine persons. There is a reason why the Bible never uses later trinitarian terminology that was developed by the Roman Catholic Church centuries after the original apostles had already founded the New Testament Church. Nowhere in the Bible do we find the words “God the Son,” or “God the Holy Spirit,” but only, “God the Father.” Why does the Bible never use latter trinitarian terminology such as “God the Son” and “God the Holy Spirit?” The Scriptures never say “God the Son,” and “God the Holy Spirit” because there is ONLY ONE GOD, “THE FATHER” (1 Corinthians 8:6 clearly states that “there is One God, THE FATHER”). If God’s Word placed the word “God” in front of the word “Son” and “Holy Spirit” it would leave the impression that there are THREE PERSONAL GODS rather than only ONE TRUE GOD, THE FATHER.
If trinitarian theology is not Biblical then why does God’s Word speak of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? The answer to that question is plainly revealed in the scriptures themselves. Yahweh God only has one Name but He uses many different titles to describe His plurality of actions and attributes.
1. God is called the Father because He is our Creator: “Have we not One Father, has not One God created us?” Malachi 2:10
2. God is called the Son because the One God (The Father) manifested Himself in flesh to save us: “. . . God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit . . .” 1 Timothy 3:16 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.” Matthew 1:23 In Christ “dwells all the fullness of the Deity in bodily form.” Colossians 2:8,9 It was not a third of God’s fullness but ALL of the FULLNESS OF THE DEITY which dwelt in Christ.
Therefore the divine Spirit in Christ has to be the same Spirit of God the Father.
3. God is the Holy Spirit in moving, acting, and inhabiting believers: “The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 “The Spirit of God has made me.” Job 33:4 “And immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness.” Mark 1:12 “I am in the midst of Israel: I am Yahweh your God and there is no other ... And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh.” Joel 2:27,28 *Notice how Yahweh God the Father says that He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh. The Bible never calls the Holy Spirit of Yahweh a third divine person within a three person deity. Since the Bible only mentions One Divine Spirit of Yahweh then the Holy Spirit is clearly the Spirit of God the Father Himself.
4. There can only be One Spirit of the LORD [YAHWEH]: “There is one body and One Spirit . . . One Lord, one faith, one baptism; One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” The Bible says that there is only “ONE SPIRIT” of God. If God is only One Spirit; then the Spirit of God the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit must be One and the same Divine Spirit of Yahweh.
True Christians do not have more than One Divine Spirit inhabiting them. If God the Father is in all true believers then the Holy Spirit must be the same Spirit of God the Father. Every living being has to have a SPIRIT. The holy angels, fallen angels, and every human being has just one spirit. Since the book of Genesis clearly states that man was made after the same spiritual image of God and the angels (Genesis 1:26,27) and it is obvious that all humans and angels have only one spirit per individual person, so God Himself must have just ONE SPIRIT as ONE INDIVIDUAL BEING. If God really was a trinity of three divine spirit persons then each one of us would be a trinity of three separate and distinct spirit persons! If the Holy Spirit is one divine person, Christ another divine person, and the Father still another different divine person then there would have to be Three Divine Spirits of Yahweh.
There is not a single verse of scripture from Genesis to Revelation that speaks of more than One Spirit of God. The scriptures clearly make it known that the Holy Spirit of God is the same Spirit of Yahweh God the Father and the same Spirit of Christ. “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.” Romans 8:9 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD is there is liberty.” 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Jesus is THE LORD.” 1 Corinthians 12:3 *Notice how Romans 8:9 uses “the Spirit of God” and “the Spirit of Christ” interchangeably to denote One and the same SPIRIT! Then 2 Corinthians 3:17 clearly informs us that “the Lord is the Spirit” Then in 1 Corinthians 12:3 we are informed that “JESUS IS THE LORD.” Therefore we can clearly see that when we harmonize all of the scriptures together that the Spirit of the Lord Jesus “IS THE SPIRIT.” This is why the apostle Peter plainly speaks of the Spirit of Christ in the holy prophets which testified beforehand of the sufferings of Christ and the glory that would follow: “The Spirit of Christ which was in the prophets, testified beforehand of the sufferings of Christ ...” 1 Peter 1:11 “There is one body, and ONE SPIRIT . . . One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One god and Father who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:4-6 “Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: (For as yet He was fallen upon none of them).” Acts 8:15,16
“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 “. . . it is not you who speak, but it is the Holy Spirit.” Mark 13:11 “For it is not you that speak, but THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER which is in you.” Matthew 10:20 Jesus later states that He would Himself live inside Christian disciples, “I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.” Luke 21:14,15. Then Jesus plainly says, “. . . even the Spirit of truth . . . shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to you.” John 14:18 The above scriptures provide solid proof that “THE SPIRIT OF” The “FATHER” is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH which is “CHRIST IN YOU, the hope of glory.” Although the Holy Spirit is God and the Son is God’s Word “made flesh” the Bible never uses the later Trinitiarian Terminology which calls Jesus “God the Son“ and the Holy Spirit “God the Holy Spirit.” The Bible clearly teaches that God is only ONE SPIRIT PERSON OR BEING and not two or three divine SPIRIT PERSONS OR BEINGS with separate and distinct minds and wills. The deity of Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the selfsame Divine Essence as that of God the Father.
The Bible plainly teaches that all three manifestations of God’s Spiritual Essence are ONE and the selfsame Divine Spirit, Being, or Person. Jesus said, “I AND MY FATHER ARE ONE.” / “HE THAT HAS SEEN ME HAS SEEN THE FATHER” / “BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM.” / “EVEN THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH ... I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS I WILL COME TO YOU John 14:18 GREEK SCHOLARS AFFIRM THAT GALATIANS 3:20 STATES THAT GOD IS ONE INDIVIDUAL PERSON Wuest’s word Pictures of the Greek New Testament, Volume 1, Page 107: “Now a mediator is not a go between representing the interest of one individual, but GOD IS ONE INDIVIDUAL.” Brachter translates Galatians 3:20 as follows: “A go between is not needed with one person, and GOD IS ONE PERSON.” Even the Amplified Bible bring out the original Greek meaning of this verse: “Now a go between and intermediator has to do with and implies more than one party. There can be no mediator with just one person, yet GOD IS ONE PERSON.” How can so many professing Christian denominations call everyone heretics who refuse to state that God is a trinity of three divine spirit persons when the Bible itself never uses such trinitarian terminology? One can search the Bible in vain trying to find latter Trinitarian terminology.
The Bible never calls Jesus a second divine person, nor does the Bible ever call the Holy Spirit a third divine person. One will search the Bible in vain to try to find later trinitarian vocabulary such as “trinity, eternal Son, eternally begotten Son, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.” If God really was three divine people then why is it necessary for Trinitarians to use such unscriptural language to describe this belief? Christians believing in Oneness Theology insist on using the scriptures themselves rather than the later councils of the Roman Catholic Church to describe the ineffable nature of the One True God. The Bible simply states that “God was in Christ,” “God” was “manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16),” “the Word was made flesh (John 1:1-14)“ and “in Him [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the deity in bodily form (Colossians 2:8-12).” Rather than using later trinitarian terminology that was developed by the Roman Catholic Church [the harlot in the book of Revelation] true Christians should be using the scriptures themselves to describe Yahweh God’s manifestation in Christ Jesus. Why do the scriptures never speak of an Eternal Son who was made manifest in the flesh? The answer to this question is plainly revealed in scripture.
The Son had to be conceived, fashioned, and born into this world before the Son could have an existence: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given.” Isaiah 9:6 “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman ...” Galatians 4:4 “For to which of the angels did He ever say: You are My Son, today I have begotten You? And again: I WILL BE to Him a Father, and HE SHALL BE to Me a Son.” Hebrews 1:5 Here we can see that the scriptures prove that the Son of God was made of a woman. Hebrews 1:5 proves that the Father and Son relationship was not in eternity past but only in the future: “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.” Wherefore, the Father and Son relationship did not actually begin until after Jesus had been born. All passages that speak of the Son in the Hebrew scriptures are prophetic in nature. Jesus is called “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8) even though he did not actually die until he was crucified under Pontius Pilate. In prophetic anticipation “God calls those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).” That is why the Spirit of Yahweh said through Isaiah: “Unto us a child IS BORN” rather than “Unto us a child shall be born.” Therefore, scriptural references to the Son of God in the Old Testament refer to the prophetic future rather then an actual existence prior to the incarnation as the “Word made flesh.”
The trinitarian terms “Eternal Son” or “Eternally Begotten Son” are self contradictory. How can a Son be an Eternal God the Son when the word “Son” is defined as “offspring,” “descendant,” and “inheritor?” Since God the Father Himself said, “I will be to Him [Jesus the Son] a Father, and “He shall be to Me a Son,” it is clear that the Son of God was never an Eternal Son. While it is true that the deity of the Divine Spirit of Yahweh that was in Christ Jesus was always the One eternal God but the person called “The Son” was “made of a woman, made under the law (Galatians 4:4).” Wherefore, the child that was born and the Son that was given was both human from his Mother Mary, and divine from the Eternal Spirit of Yahweh God the Father. That is why Jesus could say, “He that has seen Me has seen the Father (John chapter 14).” Trinitarians call Jesus a second divine person but the Bible calls Jesus “the first and the last,” “the alpha and the omega,” and “the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8-13).”
If Jesus is the “first” then how can He be called “the second?” The Bible says that “IN HIM [In Christ] DWELLS ALL THE FULLNESS OF THE DEITY (Colossians 2:9).” The scriptures always inform us that “God” is the One that “was in Christ,” “manifest in flesh,” and God’s “Word” “made flesh” because there is only ONE GOD, THE FATHER who “was in Christ Jesus reconciling the world” to Himself (2 Corinthians 5:19).” The Bible clearly states that the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary the mother of Jesus to conceive the Christ child. If the trinity doctrine is correct then one would think that it would say that a second divine person called “God the Son” would have overshadowed Mary to incarnate Himself in Christ. Yet the scripture clearly states that the Holy Spirit entered into Mary. How could the trinity doctrine be correct when the wrong divine person came into Mary?
According to Trinitarian Theology, the second divine person incarnated Himself into the womb of Mary, not the third divine person! If an eternal Son was incarnated in Christ Jesus then why are there no scriptures to clearly point this out for us? And if the doctrine of a trinity of three divine people is true then why must we depend on the Roman Catholic Church that developed this doctrine centuries after the original apostles? And why would God allow the Roman Catholic Church the inspiration to spell out an alleged true doctrine if she is the woman who sits on the ancient seven hilled city of Rome who has been guilty of shedding the blood of millions of saints and martyrs of Jesus? “And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. . . And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. .” Revelation 17:6-9 Since the Vatican sits on the ancient seven hilled city of Rome she must be the harlot woman spoken of in the book of Revelation. If this is not the true interpretation then what else is? What other institution has been guilty of spiritual fornication with the Kings of the earth and with their idolatrous practices? Who else but the Roman Catholic Church has been guilty of the blood of the martyrs of Jesus?
The Catholic Church is guilty of torturing and murdering over 50 million people in order to compel them to follow her doctrines.
Why should we believe any doctrines that the Catholic Church developed over the centuries if this Church is guilty of such atrocities? Jesus said to the Pharisees, “you do the deeds of your father [the Devil].” Jesus clearly called Satan a liar and murderer. Since the Catholic Church had done the deeds of her Father [Satan] she cannot be the true Church of Christ. Therefore she must be the harlot Church that the book of Revelation prophesied about almost 2000 years ago.
Why should Christians depend upon the Roman Catholic formulation of the trinity doctrine when she murdered millions of “saints” and “martyrs of Jesus (Revelation 17:6)?” In the year 385 AD the Roman Catholic Church began using the power of secular government to execute Christians who rejected trinitarian baptism. From 385 AD through the Middle Ages millions of Christians were tortured and put to death for alleged heresies and for their Anabaptism [Rebaptism] by single immersion into the Name of Jesus Christ.
If Trinitarianism was true then why is there NOT A SINGLE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE from Genesis to Revelation to prove that an alleged Second Divine Spirit Person called “God the Son” was incarnated in the man Christ Jesus? The scriptures clearly state that God the Father used His own Holy Spirit to manifest Himself in Christ. John 1:1,14 states that the Word of God [The Father] was made flesh! Can God’s Word be a separate divine person from Himself? Nothing is mentioned about a second coequal and coeternal divine person called “God the Son” who was made flesh!
If the doctrine of a trinity was really true then why is it necessary for trinitarians to use so much unscriptural language to explain this teaching? The Bible NEVER calls the Holy Spirit a third divine person of a three person trinity. The scriptures clearly state that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God the Father. Ephesians 4:4 clearly states that there is only “One Spirit” of God. Jesus repeatedly informed us that “The Father” was in Him (John 14:14:10). The apostle Paul wrote that “In Him [Christ] dwells all the fullness of the deity” of God the Father (Colossians 2:9).
The scriptures plainly teach that the Son is fully God because the Holy Spirit of God the Father dwelt in Him. It was God the Father’s Spirit who manifested Himself in the flesh. Therefore the man Christ Jesus is fully man through the egg of His mother Mary and fully God from the supernatural seed produced by the Holy Spirit.
Oneness adherents believe that the Holy Spirit is the selfsame Divine Spirit of God the Father because the Bible plainly tells us that there is only “ONE LORD AND ONE SPIRIT” and “ONE GOD AND FATHER ABOVE ALL THROUGH ALL AND IN YOU ALL” (Ephesians 4:4-6). If we say that God is truly ONE SPIRIT, then God cannot be divided up into TWO or THREE DIVINE SPIRIT PERSONS with separate and distinct minds and wills. Since man was made after the spiritual image of God and man only has one spirit, so also does God have only One Spirit.
The Bible clearly teaches Oneness Theology, not Trinitarianism [three divine spirit persons], or Arianism (Arianism teaches that Jesus is not God at all). The annals of Church History further prove that the majority of the earliest Christians living within the first two centuries of the Church believed in Oneness Theology and baptism by single immersion into the Name of Jesus Christ. Both the scriptures and the writings of the earliest Bishops who immediately succeeded the original apostles prove that Oneness Theology is the only scripturally accurate position we can hold if we are to believe in the same One True God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Apostles and Prophets.
The true Bride of Jesus Christ will KNOW WHO HER HUSBAND REALLY IS and she will know His Name and His true identity! Jesus clearly stated, “I know My sheep, and am known by My own (John 10:14). Therefore the true bride of Christ must know Christ’s true identity. The bride of Christ legally belongs to Christ because she has received His holy Name. “Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name? And then I will declare to them, I NEVER KNEW YOU; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Jesus does not legally know those “thieves and robbers” who try to enter into the Kingdom illegally. All those who do not really Know Him refuse to receive His Holy Name in water baptism. “I know My sheep, and am known by My own (John 10:14). The true bride of Christ will know who her husband really is and she will not be ashamed to receive her husbands Name in baptism.
WHAT IS THE CATHOLIC FAITH? THE CATHOLIC FAITH IS THE TRINITARIAN ATHANASIAN CREED
"Whoever will be saved; before all things it is necessary that he hold THE CATHOLIC FAITH. Which faith except every one do keep whole and undefiled; without doubt he will perish everlastingly. and THE CATHOLIC FAITH IS THIS: THAT WE WORSHIP ONE GOD IN TRINITY, AND TRINITY IN UNITY. Neither confounding the Persons: nor dividing the substance. For there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Spirit. . . And in this Trinity none is afore, or after another: none is greater or less than the other. But the whole three Persons are co-eternal together, and coequal. So that in all things, as is afore said, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved: must thus think of the Trinity. .
Since the apostles themselves never used the above trinitarian language then they are also cursed by the Roman Catholic Church. The Christians of the first two centuries of Christian history never knew or described such a doctrine. If the apostles of the first century church never knew anything about a trinity of three divine persons then how can the Catholic Church and her Protestant daughters curse everyone who does not believe in such a doctrine?
Most people who do not call themselves Catholics but believe in the unscriptural doctrine of the Trinity fail to realize that they hold the central teaching of their mother. Even the Catholic Church itself calls them Catholic in the Quicumque Vult of Catholicism. The Quicumque Vult states that “A Trinitarian is a Catholic even though he or she may profess to be a Protestant.”
Therefore, Protestant Denominations such as Methodist, Lutheran, Anglican, Wesleyan, Presbretyrian, and even Baptist and Pentecostal groups who claim to have left the Catholic Church, do not know that they have continued to indulge in the same spiritual fornication as their Mother. Most professing Christians have been duped into believing the false bride [the harlot] by refusing to reject the false doctrine of the Trinity along with Trinitarian Baptism into the Titles rather than into the saving name of Jesus Christ.
On October 4th, 1965 100 million Americans watched on TV. as Pope Paul VI greeted the crowd at Yankee Stadium: "We are most happy to greet at the same time, with all reverence and sincerity, Those Christian brothers here present, separated from us, yet united with us by baptism . . . we keep them all in our hearts and in our prayers."
If you have been united to the Catholic Church by your baptism into the alleged three persons of a trinity rather than into the Saving Name of Jesus Christ then you are disqualified from being the true bride of Christ because you have been duped into becoming a daughter of the Roman Catholic Church. The true bride of Jesus will completely come out of the false teachings of the harlot church of Rome.
The book of Revelation calls the False Bride of Christ “The Mother of Harlots.” Mothers always beget daughters. Are you truly a legal daughter of the King of Kings or are you a daughter of the harlot Church of Rome?