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The Threefold Failure of Trinitarianism

Its Folly, Its Fallacy and Its Futility

 

The Folly…

… trying to better define the Deity than did the Apostles and then believing that this “better definition” is the foundational basis of orthodoxy–thus making rejection of it heterodoxy or heresy.

The fact that Trinitarianism brands itself as THE only correct definition of the nature and essence of God, and yet the Apostles, who were personally commissioned by our Lord Jesus and who were the initial preachers of His Gospel and teachers of His Doctrine, knew nothing of the word much less the concept of the Trinity, has to be the biggest joke ever known to man!

It is the height of absurdity and folly to suggest that any statement, confession, creed or doctrine formulated in post-apostolic times is requisite to NT Salvation. Anyone who believes or states that apostolic teachings contained in the NT are an insufficient basis of Saving Faith, and that post-apostolic teachings and dogmas are necessary to fully express the nature and essence of the Deity, should not expect sane and sober students of the Bible to take them seriously.

Here is FOLLY thrice-confounded! Consider Trinitarianism’s scripturally baseless claims:

 

  • The FATHER is God but is not the SON or the HOLY GHOST;
  • The SON is God but is not the FATHER or the HOLY GHOST;
  • The HOLY GHOST is God but is not the FATHER or the SON.

How can anyone contemplate such intellectual tripe and not perceive it for what it is??? –sheer and utter FOLLY!!!

 

The Fallacy…

…attempting to define God in wholly human terms…. 3 “persons.” God created Man in His image–ONE MAN, ONE PERSON, ONE BODY. Jesus Christ is the “express image of [God’s] person,” or, in other words “the exact representation of God’s substance.” Jesus was Emmanuel, God with us; he was the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father of Isaiah 9:6. Jesus was both fully God and fully Man, the SON of GOD and the SON of MAN.

God is ONE. This theme is repeated throughout the whole of scripture. The SHEMA proclaimed this fact to the OT People of God. The NT never departs from this foundation: there is only ONE GOD, and HE IS ONE in essence.

The plurality of “Elohim”, like the plurality of “Abraham” has reference to domain…. God of all; Father of many. If the plurality of “Elohim” MUST be interpreted such that there are three persons of God, then the laws of logic demand that this same rule of interpretation be applied to “Abraham,” which leads to a logical absurdity; we know, in fact, that Abraham was just as much ONE MAN after his name was changed from Abram as he was before the change! Serious Bible Scholars have known for decades that Trinitarianism has no scriptural support whatsoever in the OT, much less in the one word “Elohim!”

It is a fatal fallacy to interpret the “compound unity” of Echad (Hebrew word for ONE in the SHEMA) to mean THREE! Surely if God were THREE in essence He would have given SHALOSH (three) instead of ECHAD (one) in the SHEMA.

Even demons believe that God is ONE, and they tremble at the thought! The great fallacy of Trinitarianism is saying that God is THREE in essence, when the whole of scripture proclaims Him to be ONE in essence!

 

The Futility…

…adopting the words of Matthew 28:19 as a baptismal formula, instead of using the words spoken by Peter on the Day of Pentecost in Acts2:38. Removing the name of JESUS from the baptismal formula completely takes away the efficacy of the sacrament of Water Baptism! Thus, the whole concept of Trinitarianism, from the Council of Nicea in 325AD until now, has been a complete exercise in futility!

The point of water baptism is to wash away or for the remission of SINS! It is the rite of PURIFICATION for NT Believers. We are only cleansed by the blood of the crucified Savior when we are buried with Him by water baptism–“calling on the name of the Lord”, i.e., invoking the name of Jesus Christ! All other water ceremonies are functionally empty.

Jesus Christ—YESHUA MESSIAH…. The NAME above every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come…. The only name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Repeating the Trinitarian formula in water baptism is useless…. The NAME of the one being associated with in baptism must be spoken in order for the purpose of baptism to be accomplished.

By invoking the Name of Jesus, the believer being baptized is bound by covenant with Jesus! When the Name of Jesus is spoken in baptism, the believer receives spiritually the circumcision of Christ and thus becomes a child of Abraham by FAITH! His parents named Jesus—pronounced His name over Him—on the eighth day of His life when he was circumcised under the Law of Moses and bound into the covenant of Abraham. Without having the name of Jesus uttered over the new convert during the New Birth water baptism experience there is no covenantal binding!

It is just a waste of time and energy to baptize anyone any other way than in the name of Jesus Christ! Cleansing and remission of sins only comes through water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ!

 

Trinitarianism receives a three-fold FAILING grade–three F’s, if you please, for its FOLLY, its FALLACY and its FUTILITY!

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier
29 May 2014

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The Seal of the Covenant

NT baptism is the counterpart to OT circumcision. Just as circumcision served as the seal of the Old Covenant (Rom. 4:11), water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is the seal of the New Covenant.

Colossians 2
11   In whom [i.e., Christ] also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12   Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

A male child born to Hebrew parents was indeed a Hebrew, but if he were not circumcised he was excluded from the covenant and its blessings and promises. In fact, an uncircumcised Hebrew man was not permitted to enter into the house of God to worship.

In like manner, when someone receives the gift of the Holy Ghost prior to being baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ (like Cornelius and his house did in Acts 10), they are not sealed to the covenant until they are baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Hence Peter’s command that they should be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ!

There is an interesting story in Joshua chapter 5 concerning this subject. When it was time for the Children of Israel to enter the Promised Land and claim their inheritance, they were not permitted to go in until all the men who had been born during the 40 year period of wilderness wanderings had been circumcised!

During the 40 years of wilderness traveling, those who were uncircumcised were eating manna, drinking water from the Rock, being miraculously clothed, following the Pillar of Fire and Cloud, etc., etc…. To all practical intents and purposes they were as much a part of God’s People as were all the others.

But God knew and we know that they weren’t sealed unto the covenant. And when Joshua [the OT “Jesus”, if you please] became the leader and they started marching toward the Land of Promise, God would not permit them to go forward and inherit the Promised Land until the matter of the seal of the covenant had been properly dealt with.

I’m convinced that those who are not baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ will not inherit the Kingdom of God unless they receive the seal of the New Covenant – water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ.

 

John 3:5

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Acts 4:12

Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

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TRUE SALVATION … PURE RELIGION

 

“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

– James 1:26-27

 

ONE OF THE WORST MISTAKES a person could make would be to believe that a vain religion is the equivalent of true salvation. Sadly, much of our world has come to equate humanitarian aid and charitable services with “Christianity,” without regard to the condition of the heart of the individual.  AND WHILE TRUE SALVATION IS INVARIABLY ACCOMPANIED BY PURE RELIGION, RELIGION IN AND OF ITSELF IS NOT AN INDICATOR OF SALVATION. In other words, it is possible to be very religious without being saved, but you may not be truly saved without being religious!

IN THE WORDS of the late Elder Carl Ballestero, religion is what man does for God, while salvation is what God does for man. Religion without salvation is empty and worthless (vain); true salvation, on the other hand, will, given time, produce pure religion. We understand from the teachings of James that faith without works is dead; using the same line of reasoning, we could safely say that the absence of “pure religion” indicates a lack of true salvation.

OBVIOUSLY, the presence of “works” in someone’s life does not guarantee that they possess faith; by the same token, being religious does not mean that someone is saved. But pure religion will only be found where true salvation is.

AND WHLE it doesn’t take any special spiritual assistance to “visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,” it is impossible to “keep oneself unspotted from the world” without divine intervention and “things that accompany salvation.” Holiness (sanctification), like righteousness (justification) and cleanness (purification), is conferred upon the true believer (i.e., one who obeys the truth) during the conversion experience. What many have failed to realize is that the Holy Spirit is the “spirit of holiness!” WHEN WE RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST WE ARE EMPOWERED BY JESUS CHRIST TO BE HOLY.

IT IS THE HEIGHT OF FOLLY and absurdity to suggest that someone may receive the Holy Ghost without becoming holy. When we receive His Holy Spirit, we begin to travel upon the “highway of holiness.” Thereafter, through the preaching and teaching of the Word we are made partakers of His holiness, according to Hebrews 12:10. Additionally, the Bible teaches us that we each have individual responsibility in “perfecting holiness” (2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1) and “pursuing holiness” (Hebrews 12:6–15). Indeed, Hebrews 12:14 makes it very clear that without holiness no man shall see the Lord.

IT BEHOOVES US, therefore, to make sure that our religion is PURE and not VAIN. Truly this is a time when many have a FORM OF GODLINESS but DENY THE POWER THEREOF. These are folks who have all the external appearances of true holiness but lack the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. They are spiritual imposters–claiming to be what they really are not. These are contemporary Pharisees.

CONVERSELY, there are many who claim to be Spirit-filled but who still look just like the world; their holiness is in their heart where only God can see it, they claim. Apparently they received “another spirit” than the HOLY SPIRIT that we received. For when we received the Spirit of Christ, we also received the MIND OF CHRIST, and thus we hate even the garment that is spotted by the flesh.

THERE IS NO SUCH THING as inward holiness that does not manifest itself in outward holiness. BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY was not spoken with only the heart in mind. If Jesus rejected the Pharisees in His day who had cleaned the outside of the cup but left the inside dirty, He must also reject the modern-day religionists who claim to be clean on the inside but have no visible signs of separation from the world on the outside.

ISRAEL MARCHED for 40 years in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. And when the day came for Joshua to lead them into the Promised Land, the Lord stopped everything at Gilgal and made them rid themselves of the “reproach of Egypt.” You see, a brand new generation had been born and raised in the wilderness, during which time Moses–THE LAW–had failed to enforce the conditions of the Abrahamic covenant–circumcision. And while the old faithless generation was dying off, the new generation was coming on the scene. But when they attempted to claim the promise of the covenant they were forced to subscribe to the provisions of and receive the seal of the covenant.

WE WOULD DO WELL to heed the admonition of this story. BE WE EVER SO ABLE, STRONG AND FULL OF FAITH TO CLAIM THE PROMISES OF GOD TO HIS CHILDREN, WE ARE NO LESS ACCOUNTABLE TO THE MESSAGE OF HOLINESS THAN WERE OUR FATHERS IN THEIR DAY, OR THE APOSTLES WERE IN THEIRS. It doesn’t matter how loud you shout or how high you jump or how great a move of God you have–you may even have many miracles performed while you are in your wilderness trek; but be assured of this one thing: GOD WILL NOT PERMIT ANYONE TO ENTER THE PROMISED LAND UNTIL THEY HAVE COMPLIED WITH ALL THE TERMS OF HIS COVENANT: Repentance, water baptism by immersion in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, the infilling of the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, and living a holy, separated life under the care and tutelage of a God-called and anointed shepherd.

TRUE SALVATION is always and forever accompanied by pure religion. Never let it be said that we let Holiness fall to the ground in our day. And when we worship the Lord–which is but another aspect of our religion, let it always be in the BEAUTY OF HOLINESS–holiness that begins in our hearts and works in us until it works its way out of us, and we have been completely clothed therewith.

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

Reprinted from the May, 2001 issue of the Apostolic Standard.
Edited and revised 14 October, 2010 by Tim D. Cormier.

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