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Oneness Pentecostalism: Neither Scriptural nor Logical

Eddie Fisher

Pentecostalism, as a major tenet of its theology, takes the position that Jesus is both the Father and the Son affirming that in His humanity He was man; that His flesh was the lamb or the sacrifice of God but in His deity He is God the Father. The supposition is that on His Father's side Jesus was divine but on His mother's side He was human thus He is both the Father and the Son. In their view, this would account for him being described as both the Son of God and the Son of Man. Such theology is neither scriptural nor logical.

The teaching of Holy Writ in both Old and New Testament is clear: there is but one divine essence or nature. To the Israelites Moses asserts ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Deuteronomy 6:4. This truth is reaffirmed in 1 Timothy 2:5 ‘For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. The prophet Isaiah declared Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god … Is there a God besides me? Isaiah 44:6-8.

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The Pentecostal Heresy


"One of the most significant features of twentieth century religious life has been the phenomenal growth of Pentecostalism."(1) Since many of our religious friends and neighbors are now Pentecostal, and since we have a responsibility to teach them the gospel, we need to become familiar with the Pentecostal church. This article will discuss the history, organization and doctrines of Pentecostalism. A future article will compare Pentecostal doctrinal teaching with the Bible.

History

"In historical perspective, the Pentecostal movement was the child of the Holiness movement, which in turn was a child of Methodism."(2) Methodism began in the 1700s on account of the teachings of John and Charles Wesley. One of their most distinguishing beliefs was a distinction they made between ordinary and sanctified Christians. Sanctification was thought of as a second work of grace which perfected the Christian. Also, Methodists were generally more emotional and less formal in their worship.

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Why I Left The Pentecostal Religion

 

Robert Sumpter
Urbana, Ohio

First of all, I would like to make clear that I was very sincere while I was in the Pentecostal religion. The apostle Paul was very sincere in the Jewish religion; he said:

I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the 'feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day (Acts 22:3).

Also Cornelius, a Gentile, a sincere man, insomuch that the scriptures says that he was a devout man, one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always (Acts 10:2). Here we read of two cases of sincerely lost people: a sincere Jew, who persecuted the Christians thinking he was right and doing God's will and a sincere Gentile who was not under the Jewish religion who worshiped God in his own way. Yet, both of these men needed to be saved. Why? Because the Church of Christ was now built.

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