As Christians who abide in and defend the Truth of God’s Word it’s very easy for us to spot false doctrines and teachings. One of the false teachings that I heard was in the midst of a sermon. Whenever someone sits under preaching or teaching they should have ears of discernment. They have to ready their ears to filter out that which is unsound teaching and that which doesn’t align with the Word of God. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV). Whether it’s a Pastor or Teacher or any Minister, they are accountable for what they say. If they speak things that are not in line with the Word of God they will be accountable for the people they deceive. But if one studies the Word with a fine tooth comb, they will not be deceived.
I heard a minister say something that is not in line with the Word of God. He said, and I quote:
“Yahweh took on flesh and came through the womb of Mary and was born and came in the New Testament times and was called Jesus Christ”
What do we see here? Well we see error in language. The error in language is very subtle but also deadly. If one is serious about their biblical studies they too will see the obvious error. The scripture is clear and let us quote: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,” (John 1:14). This is the King James Version. Other versions change the word “made” and replace it with “became.” This subtle twist of words has caused the birthing of false doctrine. The false doctrine is that God had literally morphed into a human being, a baby boy, and was born through Mary. This is a complete lie!
The truth is that it was the very word or logos of God that was “MADE flesh.” It wasn’t God the Father morphing into or becoming a baby, it was “God manifest in flesh / Emmanuel, God with us” that was in the Son, Jesus Christ. We have to use biblical wording alone. We cannot make up words and create new doctrines.
Let me ask a question to my readers. What is lacking in the above quote from the false teacher?
I hope you guessed correctly.
Yes, the Son of God!
It was the Son of God who was the only begotten of the Father. It was the Son of God who was born through his mother Mary. It was the Messiah/ Son of God who was prophesied about countless times in the Old Testament and finally came into being!
It wasn’t God the Father or as the false teacher puts it “Yahweh coming through the womb of Mary” surely not. For God cannot be born nor can he die. He has no beginning and has no end.
It was the Son of God that had a beginning and would have had an end if he were not raised from the dead by his Father. “Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly;” (Acts 10:40). A true Christian will understand clearly and rightly divide the Word of Truth to know how God was manifest in the flesh.
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,” (2 Cor 5:19).
It was the invisible God, the Holy Spirit, that was in the Son of God that reconciled the world back to Himself. It wasn’t God the Father being born of a woman. BIG difference.
One has to remember that Jesus Christ progressed in wisdom and grew strong in spirit with the grace of God being upon him (Luke 2:40). We see that after Jesus was baptized and the Holy Spirit came upon him he began to perform miracles, heal the sick, cast out devils and raise the dead.
We should note that God the Father never needed to grow in wisdom and stature. Nor did he need favor of Himself! For he is God!
The above quote from the false teacher was used to endorse his Oneness doctrine that states that the Son of God is his own Father. They literally believe that Jehovah God morphed into a baby boy. They literally deny the Son in their teachings. “Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.” (1 John 2:23).
They hardly use the term [Son of God] because it goes against their false Oneness doctrine. The Trinitarians are similar as the Oneness folk in that they believe that Jesus Christ pre-existed his own existence, thereby denying the Son also. They too have not rightly divided the scriptures but are deceived and have succumbed to man-made doctrines that deceive the ones who fail to study the scriptures. Their lack of study and perpetuation of false doctrines will be their destruction. Both proponents in both groups will perish and be banned from God’s kingdom for espousing such heretical, blasphemous doctrines.
In conclusion, the simple truth is explained in a very much used, but apparently unbelieved scripture:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).
Both trinitarian and oneness groups cannot understand this plain scripture. Hence, the production of their false denominations.
They have the opportunity to repent and begin to use biblical wording exclusively but the odds are unlikely. The devil has a mission to steal, kill and destroy and he has done so with twisting the scriptures and false teachings and will do so until the end.
Thy will be done Oh Lord.
“With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.” Job 12:16