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What Trinitarians Should Understand About the Doctrine of the Trinity

The doctrine of the Trinity teaches that God exists in three persons – “God the Father”, “God the Son” and “God the Holy Ghost”.
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“God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity” – so goes the famous Doxology. And this doctrine is considered by mainstream Christianity to be orthodoxy, or, in other words, the Triune Godhead is the only acceptable way to believe in God.

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According to this doctrine, every time a reference is made to God in discourse (without any additional qualifiers such as “the Father” or “the Son” or “the Holy Ghost”) we are to understand that all three persons of the Triune Godhead are being indicated implicitly. In other words, the implication of the term “God” is “the Trinity” (as the Godhead is called by Trinitarians): “God the Father”, “God the Son”, and “God the Holy Ghost”.
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Therefore, for those who hold this doctrine, the scripture must also be evaluated using this implied “equivalent value” (in the manner of the Substitution Property of Equality in Mathematics) in order to properly understand its fundamental meaning and grasp its true significance.
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In other words, virtually everywhere the word “God” occurs in the scripture it should be replaced with or understood to signify “the Trinity” – or “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost”.
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It doesn’t take very much intellectual industry to realize that this line of reasoning soon collapses under its own weight, proving once and for all that the Trinity Doctrine is based on a logical fallacy and is ipso facto False Doctrine!
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Take the following verses, for example:
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Genesis 1:1
“In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth” becomes
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“In the beginning ‘the Trinity’ created the Heavens and the Earth”… or
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“In the beginning ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ created the Heavens and the Earth.”
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John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” becomes
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ‘the Trinity’, and the Word was ‘the Trinity’” … or
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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, and the Word was ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’”.
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Deuteronomy 6:4
“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our God, YHWH is One” becomes
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“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our ‘Trinity’, YHWH is One” … or
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“Hear, O Israel: YHWH our ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, YHWH is One”.
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Isaiah 45:5
“I am YHWH, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me” becomes
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“I am YHWH, and there is none else, there is no ‘Trinity’ beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me” … or
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“I am YHWH, and there is none else, there is no ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me”.
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Genesis 17:1
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect” becomes
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“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty ‘Trinity’; walk before me, and be thou perfect” … or
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“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the YHWH appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’; walk before me, and be thou perfect”.
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Genesis 32:30
“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” becomes
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“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen ‘the Trinity’ face to face, and my life is preserved” … or
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“And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ face to face, and my life is preserved”.
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Psalm 100:3
“Know ye that YHWH he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” becomes
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“Know ye that YHWH he is ‘the Trinity’: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” … or
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“Know ye that YHWH he is ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture”.
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Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” becomes
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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear ‘the Trinity’, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For ‘the Trinity’ shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” … or
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“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’ shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil”.
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Matthew 4:6
“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” becomes
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“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of ‘the Trinity’, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone” … or
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“And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of ‘God the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost’, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone”.
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It becomes abundantly clear from these and countless other similar examples found literally on every page of the Bible that the Trinity Doctrine’s definition of God is logically flawed and therefore theologically untenable!
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Pastor Tim D. Cormier
June 29, 2019

 

ECHAD vs SHALOSH

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Deuteronomy 6:4

When God says ECHAD [One] he doesn’t mean SHALOSH [Three].

There is never a place in scripture where ECHAD is used to convey SHALOSH.

God knows how to count.

There is a distinct difference between ECHAD and SHALOSH.

Genesis 1:5 “Day One” or “Day First”
יֹום אֶחָֽד׃

Genesis 1:13 “Day Third”
יֹום שְׁלִישִֽׁי׃

The First Day — Yom Echad — was not THREE DAYS! –and neither was it the Third Day — Yom Sheliyshiy.

James 2:19 AMP
19 You believe that God is one; you do well [to believe that].
The demons also believe [that],
and shudder and bristle [in awe-filled terror—they have seen His wrath]!

God is ONE.

The NATURE or ESSENCE of God is ONE–not THREE!

There are many Trinitarians who claim to believe in ONE GOD but who insist that GOD IS THREE in ESSENCE, i.e., they believe God exists in THREE PERSONS. When confronted with the SHEMA, they point to ECHAD and cry “compound unity”, as though the aspect of UNITY somehow magically and mysteriously replaces the fundamental concept of UNIT in the word ECHAD [ONE] with SHALOSH (THREE)!

It is not clear if these folks are attacking a STRAW MAN or waving a RED HERRING…. Either way, they are clearly missing the point with their fallacy.

No one could possibly honestly read the Bible and come away with the impression that ECHAD ever means more than ONE–much less that it means THREE.

The Bible clearly teaches that God is ONE.

To teach that God is THREE or anything else other than ONE is HERESY.

 

 

Pastor Tim D. Cormier
Apostolic Faith Tabernacle
02/17/2017

The Threefold Failure of Trinitarianism

Its Folly, Its Fallacy and Its Futility

 

The Folly

follylack of good sense; foolishness.

 

The FOLLY of Trinitarianism is trying to better define the Deity than did the Apostles and then believing that this “better definition” is the foundational basis of Christian orthodoxy–thus making rejection of it heterodoxy or heresy. Therefore, since the Trinity doctrine was developed in the post-apostolic era, the Apostles and the Early Church believers themselves must have been ipso facto heretics! This is obviously and patently absurd to a rational mind….

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

fallacya mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound argument.

 

The FALLACY of Trinitarianism is 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, more precise words, “the exact representation of God’s substance.” Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us; He is 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 of Deuteronomy 6:4 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 the word “Elohim”, like the plurality of the word “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!” The SINGULARITY of God has never been threatened by the PLURALITY of the 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:

Hear, O Israel! 
YHWH our Elohim,
YHWH is ONE!

Even demons believe that God is ONE, and they tremble at the thought! (See James 2:19.) 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

 

futilitypointlessness or uselessness.

 

The FUTILITY of Trinitarianism is 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 Acts 2:38. 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. (See Philippians 2:9; Ephesians 1:21; Acts 4:12.) Repeating the Trinitarian formula in water baptism is absolutely futile—utterly pointless and completely useless…. The NAME of the one being associated with in baptism must be spoken in order for the purpose of baptism to be accomplished.

For in him [Jesus Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him [Jesus Christ], which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom [Jesus 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 [Jesus Christ] in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him [Jesus Christ] from the dead.

Colossians 2

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 is spiritually endowed with 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. (See Luke 2:21.) Without having the name of Jesus uttered over the new convert during the New Birth water baptism experience there is no covenantal binding of the new convert to Jesus Christ!

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!

 

Conclusion

Trinitarianism receives a three-fold FAILING grade—three F’s, if you please, for three reasons—

  1. its FOLLY (foolishness and lack of good sense);
  2. its FALLACY (mistaken beliefs based on unsound arguments);
  3. its FUTILITY (pointlessness, uselessness and lack of efficacy)!

 

 

Rev. Tim D. Cormier
29 May 2014
18 July 2019 – revised and updated

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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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