The Apostles Doctrine

of

Monotheism

"The Mighty God in Christ"

prepared by

LandMark Ministries

Welcome. "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good ways, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." (Jer 6:16)

Thus we are Standing among the Many Ways, ...(Adventist, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Charismatic, Church of Christ, Episcapol, Lutheran, Methodist, Nazarene, Pentecostal, and Presbyterian Ways) seeing and asking for the Old Paths, the Original, the LandMark Paths; asking for the Good Way which promises Rest for the weary religious soul.

Welcome to "Rightly Dividing the Word Truth". (2 Tim 2:15) How? Just as the twelve Apostles of the Lamb did. Why as they did? Because the foundation of the church is built upon their revelation, their message, and their teachings. Upon none other. "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and the prophets Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone." (Eph 2:20) "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Rev 21:14) The Church was conceived understanding this,.... "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine ..." (Acts 2:42)


The aim and goal of every true Apostolic believer is to return to the "faith which was ONCE (and for all time) delivered to the saints" (Jude 3) We welcome you to this study in hopes that your heart will be touched, your understanding enlightened, and your courage strengthened to "come out from among them and be separate, saith the Lord"


Dr. W. A. Criswell, a pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, (once the largest Protestant church of North America), and for many years the president of the Southern Baptist Convention states in his "Expository Sermons on Revelation", Vol. I.

"I often wonder at people who think that in heaven they are going to see three Gods. If you ever see three Gods, then what the Mohammedans say about you is true and what the Jewish neighbor says about you is true. You are not a monotheist, you are a polytheist. You believe in a multiplication of Gods, plural. "Hear O Israel, the LORD our God is one God..."..... the true christian is a monotheist. There is one God. " I and my Father are one." "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father." .... The only LORD God that you will ever see is the LORD God, Christ. In the Old Testament we call him Jehovah. In the New Testament, the New Covenant, we call him Jesus ... for Christ Jesus is God of the universe. We are not going to see three Gods in heaven. Never persuade yourself we are going to look at God No. 1 and God No. 2 and God No. 3. No! There is only one LORD God."

Dr. Criswell writes on p. 136 and 137 of Vol. V that Jesus is "God Almighty, the Father of eternity." ...."there are not two or three immutable, eternal, infinite, omniscent, omnipotent Gods ... we shall not see three Gods. That would be basic paganism and idolatry. When we get to heaven and walk the streets of that celestial city we shall see the one LORD God, Jesus, Jehovah Christ."

If you can say Amen! to Dr. Criswell's statements you are a Monotheist, you believe God is ONE and not three.

The Old Testament Theology of God :

The Holy Spirit moved upon men to write the Old Testament scriptures who were explicitly monotheistic. God was one. The idea of God being a tri-unity was not revealed to the O.T. preachers, prophets, or patriarchs. It was not and could not be formed from any clear O.T. passages or revelations.

"In the beginning God created the heaven and earth" (Gen 1:1) "One God created us" (Mal 2:10) "I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself" (Isa 44:24) "All things were made by him and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3) "He was in the world , and the world was made by him and the world knew him not" (John 1:10)

"Hear O Israel, the LORD our God is one Lord" (Deut 6:4)

Jesus said this was the "1st commandment" in Mark 12:29 and in Matt. 22:40 upon these 1st "two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

The Spirit of God makes it clear through Isaiah that God is not a plurality. "I am the first and the last; and beside me there is no God (44:6), ..... Is there a God beside me? yea I know not any (44:8), ..... I am the LORD, and there is no God beside me (45:5), ..... There is none beside me, I am the LORD, and there is none else" (45:6), ..... unto ME every knee shall bow and every tongue will swear" (45:23)

Fulfillment in Christ : At the name of Jesus "every knee should bow" in heaven and earth "and that every tongue should confess" that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philp. 2:10,11)

The Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa 7:14) ....which being interpreted is God with us" (Matt 1:23) This Messiah was to come to Israel as "a child is born", as "as a son given" and "his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."(Isa 9:6)

The ministry of John the Baptist was the voice crying in the wilderness preparing the way for Jehovah, the LORD; "Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isa 40:3)

The LORD, Jehovah said that I will pour "the spirit of grace" upon the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem "and they shall look upon ME whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for an only son." (Zech 12:10)

The New Testament Theology of God :

This child, this son is to be named "Jesus" (Matt. 1:21) , meaning Jehovah is Savior or Salvation and "they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." (Matt. 1:23)

Jesus said of himself that "I and my Father are one" (John 10:30) and "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father" (John 14:9) "Before Abraham was I am" (John 8:58).

"....The church of God which he purchased with his own blood. (Jesus' blood is identified as God's own blood Acts 20:28)

"..In him (Jesus) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily" (Col 2:9)

"...God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." (1Tim 3:16)

In the last book of the Bible, Revelation, Jesus says of himself, " I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (1:8) In closing of Revelation, John says that the angel said that "the Lord God of the Holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly come be done," (22:6) and a few verses later Jesus clearly states, " I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches."(22:16)

Apostolic Monotheists understand that :

A. > The Revelation of Jesus Christ and His Church is built upon the foundation preached by the Twelve Apostles of the Lamb. (Eph 2:20, Rev 20:14) Any teaching which differs from that taught by the Holy Spirit through the Twelve Apostles in the New Testament is not to be accepted.

B. > Jehovah God is well able to articulate his will in scripture without any private or personal interpretation. In fact, there is no private interpretation of scripture allowed by God. (2 Pet 1:20) One Scripture does not contradict another.

C. > God is One without distinction of persons. (Deut. 6:4 & Gal. 3:20)

D. > All the fullness of the Godhead inhabited Jesus Christ (Col 2:9)

E. > Christ was not in the Godhead! The Godhead was in Him! (2 Cor 5:19)

F. > God's Revelation of Himself through Christ is the theme of the whole Bible.

G. > All Old Testament Names and Titles which apply to Diety, such as:    Elohim, Elyon, God, El Shaddai, Jehovah, the LORD, Adonai, Yahweh, Jehovah-Jireh, Jehovah-Rapha, Jehovah-Nissi, Jehovah-M'Kaddesh, Jehovah-Shalom, Jehovah-Roi, Jehovah-Tsidkenu, and Jehovah-Shammah,    ..... all apply to the same one being;

H. > All Old Testament Names and Titles which apply to Diety find their fullfillment in the Lord Jesus Christ.

I. > All facets of God's Divine Character are expressed in Jesus Christ.

J. > All the names and titles of Diety such as:     the Lord, God, Spirit of God, Father, Word, the Spirit, and the Holy Spirit, .....all refer to same being and describe manifestations or ways God has revealed Himself to mankind.

K. > The following names and phrases are UN-Biblical (come from outside the Scriptures, from man's intellect) and have only led to confusion :    ...God the Son, ...God the Holy Spirit, ...trinity, ...triune God, ...eternal Son, ...three persons, ...co-equal, ...co-eternal, ...co-existent, ...three separate and distinct persons, ...1st person of the godhead, ...2nd person of the godhead, and ...3rd person of the godhead.   These non-scriptural terms, being a product of the natural mind, should not be used in any discussion about the nature of God.

L. > The scripture states explicitly that these three are one, NOT that this one are three. (1 John 5:7)

M. > Christian Monotheists believe that there is one God who has revealed himself to humanity in three major manifestations, ....not in three persons. The word or title "person" can only apply scripturally to Jesus. "Person" can never apply to the Holy Spirit of God. "Person" of Heb 1:3 is the same word as "Substance" of Heb 11:1.

N. > The Sonship of Christ has not been eternal. Sonship came into being at the birth of Jesus to Mary as the Son of Man, ...the Son of God, ....not before. Jesus did not exist prior to his birth as any supernatural heavenly being or angel. That comes from a natural mind.

O. > Jehovah God is Diety. HE is the Father, HE is the Word, and HE is the Spirit. (1John 5:7) Jesus is the fullness this Diety, the express image of this invisible Diety, incarnated in flesh or human form, ...the Word made flesh. (John 1:14, Col 1:15, Heb 1:3 )

P. > The WORD or LOGOS of God is not a separate and distinct person created by God to work for him as the ancient Greek philosophers conceived the Logos, ... and as the Trinity doctrine teaches.

Jewish Monotheism

is the teaching that the God of all creation is One. HE is not many persons. Deuteronomy 6:4 says it so clearly : "Hear, O Israel: The LORD (Jehovah) our God is one LORD" This Jewish belief teaches that their Messiah will be their God of the Old Testament manifesting himself as a man.

Christian Monotheism

says that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah who was conceived of the virgin Mary by the Spirit (Holy Ghost) of the God who fills all time and space. Through this conception, Jehovah, the invisible God of the universe, expressed himself in a visible human image, ...tabernacled himself in flesh, called the Son of God, ...the Son of Man.

Christian Monotheism affirms that :

~Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the express image of the invisible God, Jehovah, in human form through birth.

~Jesus Christ is not a demi-god (lesser god) nor is he Jehovah Junior; ...but that HE is God manifested in the flesh.

~Jesus Christ is not only Wonderful, Counselor, Prince of Peace, but also the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father; .....Emmanuel, ...God with us. Jehovah of the O.T. is Jesus Christ of the New Testament.

~The Mighty God is not three persons but has expressed his nature, character and purposes in three manifestations : as the Father, as the Son, as the Holy Ghost. Jesus Christ was a man with a body, soul and spirit.

~The Son-ship of Christ has not been eternal. Son-ship did not come into being prior to the birth of Jesus as the Son of Man, ...the Son of God.

~The Christian Monotheist refuses to characterize God as three separate and distinct persons as does Tritheism and its related Trinity concept.

Trinitarianism

is the belief that God is composed of three separate and distinct persons who are co-eternal, co-equal, and co-existent. One God in three persons. Three individual persons of one substance. Some trinitarians believe they will see three individuals in eternity. This is a plurality of Gods. It is Tritheism. Trinitarians confess that their view of God as a Trinity is a mystery and is above reason but not contrary to reason, ... an incomprehensible mystery. They state that Jesus Christ is an eternal Son and is eternally begotten as the second divine person. (This concept seems to have been borrowed from the Greek teaching of Logos)

One of the first official declarations describing God as a Trinity was in 325 AD. at the Council of Nicea. Later in 381 AD. at the Council of Constantinople a more refined and explicit definition of the Trinity came into being stating that the Father, Son , and Holy Ghost were three separate persons of God, ... each co-equal, co-eternal, co-essence. It was a doctrine which came into being as a political-religious solution to ease disunity and to weakened the growing forces during Constantine's reign to fragment the empire.

What about "Eloihim"

"Eloihim" of Gen 1:1 is a plural Hebrew noun which always uses a singular verb when referring to men and pagan Gods (ie.. Psa 32:6) Eloihim does not mean a plural Trinity God or a plural diety any more than these plural words (water, life, face, and heaven) mean more than one.

Eloihim is used of pagan gods in scripture, but none of them are plural false gods. They are singular as well. See ...Ashtoreth of 2Kings 11:15, ...Baal-berith of Judges 8:33, ...Baal-zebub of 2Kings 1:23, ...Chemosh of Judges 11:24, ...Dagon of Judges 16:23, ...Nisroch of 2Kings 19:37.

What about "Let Us"

This phrase of Gen1:26 and 3:22 makes Trinitarians think of a plurality of persons. However, Old Testament Orthodox Jews nor their New Testament Apostolic brethern ever interpreted this phrase as a plurality of separate distinct individuals in the Godhead. It came from the Greek intellectual mind.

What about Greek Influence upon Church Doctrine

Many of the early church fathers (so called?) were converts from paganism and trained in pagan philosophy. Thus they applied Greek intellectual materialistic concepts and terms to their understanding of scripture. This philosophical influence came of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and etc.; ...who were also pagans. Their Greek background and culture said that, "All truth is of God" (of course, they knew not the God of Abraham). Thus they reasoned that if all truth is from God, then all secular, natural, and materialistic truth of the pagan philosophies were in and held the same standing as the Jewish Scriptures. Greek philosophy was in this manner reconciled with the Hebrews God. Greek thoughts on truth and the Hebrews revelation of truth were welded together in a search for deeper meanings using philosophical methods.

Aristotle's whole system of thought was then applied to the truth of the Bible. Scientific, philosophical, and logic arguments of the Greek and Roman era used Aristotle's 5 areas of inquiry : Genus, Specie, Properties, Differences, & Accident to help them explain rationally their observable world. As they applied these natural mind concepts to a super-natural subject they created a Non-Hebrew character of God.

The Trinity concept and definition of God is a result of applying the logic techniques and philosophical methods of Greek pagan philosophers to scripture. It is difficult for christians to acknowledge that Socrates and Aristotle were pagans. That may explain why a painting of Socrates and Aristotle today hangs in the Vatican. Their Greek intellectual contributions honored by the church system.

The Greek Error Upon the Church

The Greek intellect erred in comparing spiritual things with natural things; .. just as the Holy Spirit prohibited in 1Cor 2:13. "...we speak not in the words (logos) which man's wisdom (sophia) teacheth, but comparing spiritual things with spiritual." God was explained using Greek natural Wisdom principles which the Greeks sought after, ...and by which the world could not know God. (1Cor 1:21) "In the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save..."

The Holy Spirit through Apostle John made it clear that the Greek concept of Logos, an inferior being to the Ultimate God was not the way it is with Jehovah. In the beginning was the Word (Logos) and the Word (Logos) was with God, and the Word (Logos) was God. (John 1:1) The Logos was God, not inferior to god as Plato conceived.

Origin, Augustine, Tertullian, Justin Martyr and others stated that they used the basic methods of the Greek pagan philosophers. They considered that Jewish Monotheism of the Hebrew Old Testament was error. Augustine stated that Greek philosophy and knowledge could be brought to bear upon the Scriptures; ...ie, the precepts of Plato and Aristotle.

The Modern Trinity doctrine which exists today was developed over a period of a thousand years by church intellectuals thru error, correction, error and correction. Much of the justifications of the Trinity doctrine rests upon the writings of Thomas Aquinas and the Scholastics of his day.  Aquinas methods were simply adaptations of Aristotlian procedures.

It truly  is almost impossible for the intellectual and theological church minds of today to admit that the doctrine of the Trinity was developed by pagans, philosophers, and natural minded christian church leaders.   In fact, it was a product of the energies of the Apostate Mother Harlot Church System.   Which goes a long way in explaining  why the creed is not actually found in the Bible.

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