If you are one who seeks to obey God and conform to the image of his Son, Jesus Christ, you will be looked at as different. The world is accustomed to categorizing individuals into distinct groups. The groups have already been established. Each group claims to have the Truth. These groups are made up of devotees to the doctrines of the groups. The groups have established doctrines formed by man. Man, who thought it wise to become “unique” in his earthly wisdom, became a fool. “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” (Romans 1:22 KJV). The bible says to call no man a fool; so we will reserve our speech towards select individuals and critique the group as a whole.
Our first group, the Modalists. They claim to adhere to the Word of God. They claim to abide in the correct doctrine concerning the Word of God. However, when we compare the doctrine of the Modalist to the Doctrine of Jesus Christ, we see a significant difference! The bible states: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9).
The Modalist claims that the Father IS the Son in MODE or ROLE. The Son of God to the Modalist is a mere “costume” that Father God has put on. Essentially, that is the belief of the Modalist. He negates the significance of the man, Christ Jesus. He diminishes the personal restraint of temptation and the true suffering that was displayed by the son of man, Jesus Christ. Seeking to appease his group, the modalist has said in his sermon:
“You mean, God the Father pushed it off on his son because he didn’t have the guts to come down and go through the humiliation of being a human being? I’m sorry friend, that’s not the true story!”
The preacher then goes on to quote a scripture, out of context. I have heard this sermon with my own ears. It’s very rare to hear the Modalist give a teaching crediting the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for his obedience, resistance to sin and submission to the will of the Father. They believe that Jesus Christ is simply a Mode or Role of God. Almost as if God is playing a character in a play and putting on a costume. This is absurd! Therefore the Modalist has denied the Son, Jesus Christ, and does not abide in the Doctrine of Jesus Christ. He has assumed the Son of God to be his own Father. The Modalist has made it abundantly clear that he hath NOT “…both, the Father and the Son” as the scripture saith (2 John 1:9).
“Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1 John 2:23).
There is much more that can be said of their wayward teachings but we will spare for the sake of time.
Next, I’d like to briefly point out the significant error of the next group, the Trinitarians. The Trinitarian believes that the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost are 3 distinct persons or deities. This doctrine is also glaring with error. Let us refer back to the scripture that makes it very clear for us to easily spot out the heretics.
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.” (2 John 1:9).
Notice how the above scripture states, “Both the Father and the Son.” What the scripture states is very clear and needs no private interpretation. The scripture says that the Father and the Son are both distinct. How is this possible? Firstly, you must understand that when I say distinct I am not speaking of the same “distinct” that the Trinitarian speaks of. When I say distinct I am referring to God the Father, who is Spirit, indwelling the Son, who is flesh. That is a true distinction. However, when the Trinitarian says distinct, he is speaking of two co-equal individual deities that are gods. They also include a holy spirit as a separate god, making three gods!
The Trinitarian doctrine is confusing to say the least. Let us refer to scripture to get us back on course. “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” (Luke 24:39). What does this tell us? It tells us that God’s Spirit was in his Son, Jesus Christ. Hence, the Spirit of God descending as a dove, upon the Son, Jesus Christ. When Jesus received the Spirit of His Father, he then was able to manifest the Power of God working through him.
The Trinitarian believes that a made up deity called, “God the Son” is a deity along side the Father deity. These two deities along with the Holy Ghost deity are all co-equal, co-eternal and co-powerful. Seeking to appease the constituents in his group, a Trinitarian has preached this:
“Jesus Christ went under the earth and preached to the souls in prison, he was alive, he never died…, really.”
And another quote from another Trinitarian:
“God Jehovah died on the cross, a man’s blood cannot atone for sin, it was God Jehovah that shed his blood on the cross, not a man!”
Brethren, you see how far false doctrines will take you. We can easily see that the Trinitarian and the Modalist deny the Son, Jesus Christ. “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son” (1 John 2:22). You can’t have one without the other. If you believe in the Father God, you must believe that he begat a Son. If you believe in the Son of God, the man, Christ Jesus, you must believe that his Father begat him. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” (1 Timothy 2:5). When one denies the human nature of the Son of God, the Man, the Child born of a woman, they deny the Son of God. “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (1 Corinthians 8:6).
There is no middle ground. That is why Peter answered correctly by stating that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. He didn’t say that Jesus Christ was the second person of the trinity. He didn’t say that Jesus Christ was a co-equal deity with the Father. He didn’t say that Jesus Christ was a role or mode of God. He said, “thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).
Peter understood the prophecy in Isaiah: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14). By a revelation from the Father, Peter confessed that Jesus Christ was the Son of the Highest “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David.” (Luke 1:31-32). Much more can be said regarding the false teachings of the Trinitarian group, but for the sake of time, we will end there.
As we True Christians abide in the Truth of God we will be labeled different things falsely. Man will seek to categorize us with the earthly groups that have been formed. Groups categorize individuals so they can fight amongst each other. But we who are from Above have no need to fight, quarrel, debate with those in the groups. The Truth will speak for itself. We Christians belong to the Body of Christ. If we abide in the Truth, we will know who God is and we will know the Gift he gave us. The Gift of his Son, Jesus Christ!
” Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God” (1 John 4:13-15).