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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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For Christ’s Sake….

 “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Ephesians 4:32

It used to bother me when I read this verse, because I couldn’t quite wrap my head around what exactly was being said. God, it seemed, had forgiven us “for Christ’s sake”, i.e., because of or for the sake of Christ. Being thoroughly convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that God is ONE[1], and there is only ONE person in the Godhead or Deity[2], it was confusing, to say the least, to consider the implications of this passage. According to the scripture, Jesus Christ is the mighty God and the everlasting Father[3]; so why does this verse seem to be implying the involvement of two separate and distinct entities in the process of forgiveness?

Looking deeper into the original language of this passage reveals the answer. Note the original text for the words “God for Christ’s sake”:[4]

Original Koine Greek: θεὸς ἐν Χριστῷ

English transliteration: Theos en Christo

The translation of the Greek phrase “Theos en Christo” is “God in Christ”. This, indeed, is the translation given in many versions of the Bible, including but not limited to English Standard Version, American Standard Version, Amplified Bible, Darby Translation, New American Standard Bible, New King James Version and Young’s Literal Translation.

With this more concise translation in mind, the meaning of our text is much clearer:

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ hath forgiven you.”

Or, in other words, God has forgiven us our sins in the person of Christ. As a MAN (the INCARNATE WORD, God manifest in Flesh)[5] He forgave HUMANITY. Notice the words of Paul to the Colossians and the Romans:

“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. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;”[6]

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”[7]

We are crucified with Jesus Christ when we repent of our sins – to Jesus Christ! We are buried with Jesus Christ when we are baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins! We are risen from the dead with Jesus Christ when we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost – or, more precisely, the Spirit of Jesus Christ! Each phase of the New Birth experience (death, burial, resurrection) involves identity with and connection to Jesus Christ![8] This, then, gives the true sense of Paul’s words to the Ephesians “even as God in Christ hath forgiven you.”[9]

It is interesting to note that this more accurate rendering of the phrase “Theos en Christo” corresponds closely with the following words of the apostle to the Corinthians:

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself….”[10]

Original Koine Greek: θεὸς ἦν ἐν Χριστῷ

English transliteration: Theos ēn en Christo

Jesus plainly said that He was in the Father and the Father was in Him![11] It is relatively simple to grasp the notion that Christ, the Son or Flesh/Body of God was in the Father – the eternal, invisible omnipresent Spirit; it is equally easy to comprehend that the Spirit of God was dwelling in Christ: this, cried the Voice of God, is my beloved Son (Body of Flesh) in whom I am well pleased![12]

In HIMJesus Christ! – dwells all the fullness of Deity bodily![13]

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:
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.”[14]

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
27 August 2011


[1] Deut. 6:4; James 2:19

[2] Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3

[3] Isa. 9:6

[5] John 1:14; 1 Tim. 3:16

[6] Col. 2:12-14

[7] Rom. 6:3-6

[8] Acts 2:38

[9] Eph. 4:32

[11] John 14:10-11

[12] 2 Pet. 1:17; Col. 1:19

[13] Col. 2:9

[14] 1 Tim. 3:16

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A bridge broken at both ends and in the middle

I would love to see the apostles in a “debate” with Trinitarians….

I am certain they would not temporize and equivocate about the essence of the Deity as some contemporary fence-riding pseudo-Pentecostals do.

Instead of building bridges to the “gates of Hell” it seems to me we should be more concerned with being firmly established on the “ladder to Heaven” and being the “gateway to Heaven” for an unbelieving world whose “god” has blinded their minds, lest they should see the true nature of God in Jesus Christ — the image of God.

The true “Church” — the only one that Jesus said He would build — is founded on the incontrovertible fact that Jesus Christ is the One Lord and God of Deut. 6:4, manifest in the Flesh; and He, as the Son, is also the Mighty God and the Everlasting Father of Isaiah 9:6. Surely our level of knowledge about the nature of the Deity is at least on par with “demons” who tremble when they are confronted with the fact that God is ONE!

It is obvious to the careful reader that none of the writers of the sacred scriptures knew anything of the doctrine of the Trinity; neither did they describe or even hint of God existing eternally in three persons. The scripture declares unequivocally that God is ONE in essence. Carnal minds (i.e., unregenerate minds) will NEVER be able to fully grasp what can only be spiritually discerned. Furthermore, those who have been Born Again but who fail to receive the Love of the Truth are inevitably doomed to God-given delusions!

I have no personal ax to grind with Jakes, but from where I stand he appears to “love” people (and hi$ extremely lucrative, broad-ba$ed empire) more than he loves the truth. I would love for him to prove me wrong and start preaching apostolic doctrine without regard to how much it costs him, or how many of his followers fall off his “bridges to Hell”.

Someone once said, “A Savior not quite God is a bridge broken at the farther end.”

Well, I would emend that statement as follows:

“A Savior not God all by Himself is a bridge broken at both ends and in the middle!”

Pastor Tim D. Cormier

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The Trinitarian Fallacy

The primary fallacy of Trinitarian thinking is its attempt to explain Deity in terms of and from the point-of-view of humanity. (Indeed, this fallacy leavens the teachings of certain segments of the Oneness Pentecostal arena as well.) What is being forgotten or overlooked by many is the fact that humanity was created in the image of God; yet, ‘created’ man persists in attempting to describe, define and understand His Creator — God, the infinite, eternal invisible Spirit — in wholly human terms. Such a feat is as incredible as it is impossible! We must remember that apart from supernatural enlightenment, we may only view the eternal through the limiting lens of time, and with our finite minds we may now only partly know (“know in part”) the unbounded reality of the infinite Deity.

Rev. Tim D. Cormier

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