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            Oneness vs Trinity                                                   

Garfield Thomas Haywood (1880 - 1931) The Victim of the Flaming Sword (Trinitarianism).  Bishop G. T. Haywood was a a prolific writer and articulated the truth of oneness very well.  This is an excerpt from the booklet The Victim of the Flaming Sword from the chapter entitled "Trinitarianism".

"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 that the Lord was that Spirit (2 Cor. 3:17), and that Jesus was that Lord. (Matt. 3:16; Luke 3:22; 1Pet. 1:10-11; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)

"The word "Trinity" is not found in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  The term "Three Persons 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 our spirit we have always known 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 be 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 I am the last; and besides 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... Fear not; I am he that liveth and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.  Amen" (Rev. 1:11, 17, 18) And in another 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."

 

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