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Þ BINITARIANISM (DUALITY) IN ROMAN CATHOLICISM, PROTESTANTISM, AND ARMSTRONGINISM
Þ SCRIPTURE TEACHES THE OPPOSITE OF ROMAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT TRINITY DOCTRINE
JESUS, THE GOD-MAN-ANGEL OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES OR ARMSTRONG’S ‘LESSER’ GOD?
Churches such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists make Jesus into an angelic creature of God, (the Archangel Michael,) and a so-called ‘lower’ god, as explained by Herbert W. Armstrong from the Worldwide Church of God. He declared, “Jesus is [a subordinate god] to God the Father.” In the context of the whole Bible, Jesus the Son of God is neither an ordinary human prophet nor an angel. Yet, many denominations state that the Man Jesus was created not begotten as a human being, and confuse Old Testament verses where the Angel of the Lord is mentioned, with New Testament verses that relate to God’s created spirit servants, the angels.
Some also say Jesus is not God but rather, the archangel Michael, while others blasphemously allege Jesus is Lucifer, the Morning Star. Jesus is God, not a star, (Heb. 1:1-14.) Both fallen and holy angels are identified in the Bible as “stars,” (Job 38:7; Rev. 8:10-11.) This is why Isa. 14:12 identifies the fallen Lucifer as the “Morning Star;” the false light-bringer. Sadly, even born again believers call Jesus “the bright and morning star in their hearts.” Yet, the Holy Spirit indwells believers, not a “star.” They get this from uncontextual verses such as Rev. 2:2:28 and 2 Pt. 1:19. But these two verses, which suggest Jesus is the “bright and morning star in our hearts,” cannot be part of the contextual truth of God’s Word, because in the context of “all truth,” stars are angels. What’s more, Jesus is not the “elder, spirit brother of Satan,” as Mormonism believes. Jesus is God and Satan is a mere creature of Jesus, who chose to “corrupt his own wisdom” and thus, became the “fallen morning star,” (Ezk. 28:16-17.)
Heb. 1:1-14 proves that Jesus is the Creator God of all the angels and the whole universe. During Old Testament times, “God spoke to [His Old Covenant, physical nation] through His [human] prophets, but in the [New Testament Covenant,] God has spoken to us by His Son, [Who did not simply ‘speak’ God’s Word, but always was, and will be the Word of God Himself,] Whom He appointed... lawful Owner of all things… Being [in the form of a Man,] the Brightness of His glory and the express Image of God’s Person; upholding all things by the Word of His power…” (Heb 1:1-3.)
Therefore, “To which of the angels did God [the Father] ever say: You are my [incarnated, begotten not created] Son? Let all the angels of God worship Him. [The archangels Michael and Gabriel also worship Him!] (Verse 8,) But to the Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever and the sceptre of Your kingdom is a sceptre of absolute righteousness… (Verse 9b,) Therefore, [Jesus] God, [when you were water baptized as a mere man, (Mt. 3:16-17,) as an example to Your disciples,] Your God anointed You with the oil of exultant joy above and beyond Your [angelic] companions. (Verse 10,) You, Lord [Jesus,] did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They, [Your physical creation,] will perish, but You remain permanently; they will all [perish,] but You remain the same, and [because You were resurrected in an everlasting, glorified body,] Your years will never end...” (Heb. 1:1-14; Phil. 2:6-11.)
The whole Bible teaches that Jesus Is, Was, and always Will Be God the Creator Himself, (Heb. 1:1-14.) 1 Tim. 3:16, “God was revealed [shown or made visible] in the flesh…” John 1:1, “[Before all time] was the Word, [Jesus,] and the Word was with God, and the Word was [and Is] God. He was present with God originally... (Verse 14,) And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, [He remained God at the same time.]” Therefore, Jesus’ angels bow, worship and obey only the Highest God; Creator of the universe. Jesus’ holy angels will always refuse the worship of humanity and of each other, (Heb. 1:6b; Rev. 19:10; 22:8-9.)
God Jesus Himself also paid the price for humanity in full. Therefore, the fallen angels will also bow to Him at His return. Jesus “has a Name above all names, that at His Name, every knee should bow of those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that [the resurrected Man] Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of the Father,” (Philippians 2:9-11.)
IS JESUS A “SMALLER” GOD, OR A HUMAN PROPHET WHO STILL SLEEPS IN HIS GRAVE?
I grew up in a staunch Dutch Reformed, Calvinist environment, where people, as in most Christian denominations, are supposedly saved by their church membership, not by personal acceptance of Jesus and sincere discipleship in Him, (Jn. 8:12; 1 Jn. 2:4.) The Dutch Reformed Church, as most Protestant churches, confesses the trinity, which they inherited from their spiritual mother, the Roman Catholic Church. The Dutch Reformed Church, (as most of her Calvinist affiliates,) also adheres to the Catholic “saving sacrament” of baby “baptism.” This is not Biblical water baptism. It is a Christianized pagan ritual where the shaman, in this case the minister, applies the ‘saving’ power of the pagan water god to the child, or to a new church member. So, he allegedly “baptismally regenerates” the person, and at the same time blasphemously ‘baptizes’ the person with the ‘holy spirit’ to be saved ‘for all eternity.’ Babies who did not receive this ‘baptism,’ supposedly “burn in hell for all eternity.” However, Only Jesus Himself baptizes personally believing, born again disciples with the indwelling Holy Spirit of the Bible, to be the living temple of the Holy Spirit, (Mt. 3:11-12; Jn. 1:2-13; 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:5-20.)
When I was a child, the Lord Jesus Christ was hardly ever mentioned, except in conversation with children. [I.e., “Dear Jesus loves the little children…”] It was completely unacceptable for adults to discuss ‘politics and religion;’ meaning Dutch Reformed Political dogma, God, and the Bible. Hence, the Name of Jesus was never mentioned in adult conversation.
All church members were and are indoctrinated from pulpits. Consequently, without discussing or understanding the doctrine of the trinity, most Calvinists (and other Protestants) subconsciously separated the trinity into two distinctly different gods: Almighty Father and His Mighty Son. In Calvinism, the Holy Spirit was never mentioned except in ritual ‘saving’ sacraments such as the baby ‘baptism,’ (which is also their ‘spiritual circumcision,’) and unbiblical teenage confirmation. Hence, I perceived Jesus as a ‘smaller’ god for children: the ‘inherited’ Roman Catholic Baby Jesus - and Father God was a ‘big, strong’ God for adults. In a Christian country, (such as South Africa was at the time,) I never knew that Jesus is God Himself, and that the Holy Spirit is God Himself, until, during my thirties, by God’s grace, I eventually heard the Gospel of Christ in a Pentecostal church. Such was, and still is the suffocating embrace of the political/religious, trinity-confessing, Dutch Reformed and other church dogma in South Africa and throughout the world.
[With acknowledgement to the people who compiled these images]
Above Left: Raw Binitarianism or the worship of two separate gods - the ‘great father’ holding his ‘dead, subordinate son,’ (which simultaneously hangs on the Catholic cross,) while the holy spirit is absent from the trinity.
Above Right: This image depicts the Catholic-Protestant trinity as the father and son, (two distinctly separate “divine persons” or gods,) with the insignificant holy spirit hovering over them.
“MY FATHER IS GREATER THAN I” - WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The perception that Jesus is a ‘smaller,’ ‘unimportant,’ and ‘weaker’ god, even a creature of God, is not new or unique. Churches such as Armstrong’s Worldwide Church of God, The Latter Day Saints, Mormonism, The Jehovah’s Witness Society and traditional Seventh Day Adventists also interpret Jesus words, “My Father is greater than I,” as explained in the first image above.
The inventors of these church doctrines disregarded the context of this verse in Jn. 14:29; 10:29-31, where Jesus Himself explained the meaning of His words. By saying, “My Father is greater than I,” Jesus did not suggest that He is not Almighty God Himself, (Rev. 1:7-8,) or as great as the Father, but rather, that He, (God Himself,) was in the form of a mere human being during His time on earth. Physically or in His human state, Jesus was, as all other humans, in a position that is ‘lower’ than that of the supernatural angels and especially of God, Who is The Eternal Spirit, (Heb. 2:9; Col. 2:9; Jn. 4:21-24.)
That is why Phil. 2:5-8 state, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the Form Of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the likeness of men.” The Spirit Filled Bible (1991) comments, “‘Form of God’ refers to Jesus’ Divine Essence; an unchangeable quality. ‘Coming in the likeness of man’ refers to [his completely human] existence on earth. He willingly relinquished His [position] as God when He came to earth, while still retaining His Deity.”
“And being found in appearance as a man, [God Himself] humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death... the death of the cross… so that in the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those in heaven, of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
TRUE SCRIPTURE TEACHES THE OPPOSITE OF ROMAN CATHOLIC-PROTESTANT TRINITY DOCTRINE
Catholic/Protestant trinity doctrine also teaches Binitarianism or Dualism where Father and Son are concerned:
► Just as Binitarian Armstrong from the Worldwide Church of God, Roman Catholicism/Protestantism Tritheism states, “Jesus is ‘Mighty God,’ not ‘Almighty God!’” (Is. 9:6.) But listen to the True Word of God. Jesus the Creator God “was manifested in the flesh.” So, He became a human in the perfect ‘likeness’ or ‘express image’ of Almighty God, (Heb 1:1-14; Rev. 1:8-9.) In Rev. 15:3, The redeemed in heaven call Him, (the risen, gloried, ascended Jesus,) “Lord God Almighty!” The angel in Rev. 16:5-7 also called Him “Lord God Almighty!” More importantly, Jesus Himself declared in Rev. 1:8-9, “I Am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, Who Is, and Who Was, and Who Is to Come, the Almighty [God!]”
► Still, Catholics and Protestants say “Jesus is not the Father but is Deity. Jesus [allegedly] cannot be the Father because He has a [separate] physical body, not a spirit-body as the Father. That’s why He said, “Feel and handle Me… a spirit does not have flesh and bones…”
Scriptural fact is that Jesus had risen from the grave and ascended on high in a real, tangible, but glorified body. Consequently, after His death and resurrection, Jesus said that a spirit does not have flesh and bones like He has. His glorified body after His resurrection is absolutely foreign to the frail physical human body, which He inhabited before His death and resurrection, (1 Cor. 15:35-55.) Col. 2:9, “In Him dwells, [present tense] all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”
In Jesus’ resurrected, glorified but tangible human body, for the first time in all of history, a human being could “appear [and disappear physically] in the midst of His disciples while the doors were shut,” as only a spirit could have done! This was because Jesus, through His atonement on the cross, completely bridged the great rift between fallen humanity and God. In Eden, Adam and Eve, being undying, physical beings, were in complete sinless union with God. But through disobedience, undying humanity fell into a state of sin, separation, and death without God. Jesus, through His resurrection, eternally fused the spiritual and temporal worlds together by blending physical and spiritual matter in His glorified, ever-living, human body! (Jn. 20:26-29!) This is the kind of glorified body by which truly born again believers will also be changed if they are still alive, or when they are resurrected from the grave when Jesus returns from heaven with the shout of an archangel – not “as” an archangel, but as Who He really Is: God Himself! - (1 Cor. 15:35-55; 1 Ths. 4:9-18.)
► Trinitarians also say Father God is the “Heavenly Father” and Jesus God is the “Everlasting Father:” two distinctly separate “divine persons” or gods, (Isa. 9:6.) Allegedly, “the Son is NOT the Father” and “the Father is NOT the Son.” So, how can Jesus be “Everlasting Father” — as the trinity cannot have two fathers? And is the “Heavenly Father” not “Everlasting?” (Again: I am not pushing the false Jesus-Only dogma; only Scriptural truth and logic questions.)
► Roman Catholics and Protestants also use Stephen’s dying words in a literal sense to validate the separation between the gods in the trinity. “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man [the lesser god, “Mighty God and Everlasting Father,”] standing at the right hand of God, [“Almighty God and Heavenly Father!”] (Acts 7:56.) Note that their holy spirit is absent in this depiction of the trinity. Doesn’t the trinity dogma state that their “three divine ‘persons’ are one?” So, their interpretation of Stephen’s vision is actually Binitarianism, which includes only two of their three gods.
Þ In the context of Scriptural Truth, Stephen’s dying vision is a metaphor of the risen, ascended Jesus as the Eternal High Priest and Mediator in heaven, not a literal manifestation of the trinity, (Jn. 14:6.)
► Catholics and Protestants say, “Jesus was only speaking about ‘being in agreement” with the Father when Philip asked Him to show them the Father, as “Jesus and the Father are two distinctly different and separate ‘persons.’”
Completely undeniably and unalterably in Scriptural context, (and not according to Jesus-Only dogma,) Jesus said to Philip, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. [There is nothing about “agreement” in this statement; this is about “seeing the Father.”] From now on you know Him and have seen Him… [past tense, since they became followers of the Man Christ Jesus.]”
Jesus actually said, ‘I Am God Myself, and you have known and seen the Father in physical form by looking at Me, for I, God’s Son or God “in the flesh,” was and always will be the “express image of the [inseparable, omnipresent] Father.” Thus, in Me “dwells [present tense] the fullness of the Godhead bodily!” (Col. 2:9.) [I Am the embodiment of God Himself.]
“Have I, [the Father,] been with you so long [as God in the form of a man,] and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me, [Jesus,] has seen the Father. So, how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’ Do you not believe that I Am IN the Father and the Father IN Me?... The Father Who dwells IN [My human body Col. 2:9] does the works. Believe Me that I Am [inseparably and omnipresent] in the Father and the Father in Me…” (Jn. 14:7-11.)
► What about 1 Jn. 5:7, the ‘proof’ that Father, Son, and Spirit are merely in “agreement” with one another?
Of course the Bible’s Godhead, (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is in complete, single-minded ‘agreement’ with Himself, but not as Tritheism teaches from 1 Jn. 5:7. Here, in context, is the Scriptural truth about the so-called “agreement,” which supposedly makes the three separate ‘divine persons’ (gods) of the trinity into “one God.”
Þ Jn. 5:7-10 is not about “agreement,” but about a two-fold “testimony:” one in heaven and the other on earth.
Firstly, (1 Jn. 5:7,) “There are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, [Jesus the Son] and the Holy Spirit, and these three Are [Inseparably] One.” This is about “bearing witness.” This is about a ‘court case’ concerning the eternal destiny of humanity.
1 Jn. 5:9-10, clearly name the Witness in heaven, “...The witness of God [singular] is greater [than the witnesses of men,] for this is the witness of God, which He has testified of His Son. He who believes in the [incarnate] Son of God, has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son [Who fully atoned for the lostness, bondage, and cursedness of all believing humanity.] This is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is [only to be found] in His Son….”
1. 1 Jn. 5:7, is about providing unshakable testimony to the salvation of humanity. A witness is compelled to testify the truth so the judge can rule. The Judge in heaven is also the Most High Witness presiding over this case; the One Who knows it all, and can “bear [unshakable] witness” to the case. The omnipresent God has seen it all from heaven and lived it all on earth. He is God, yet He knows perfectly what it is like to be completely human. And knowing what His perfect Law commands, He also knows what requirements humans must meet to reach heaven, (Mt. 5:17.)
2. The Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit is the Single-minded Judge Who also “bears witness,” to either testify for, or against humanity from His throne in heaven. He is the Highest, Most Trustworthy Witness seated in heaven. He is the Only One Who can bear perfect witness because He has an all-good, never changing, most holy Character. Jam. 1:17 describes His Character as follows, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning…”
3. The Single-Minded Judge in heaven never changes His mind about His Way of salvation, redemption, and blessing for believing humanity. By His own witness, the blood-atoning, New Testament Covenant in Christ will stand for all eternity as the once off, only atonement in the place of all lost and cursed humanity, (Jn. 3:16-21.)
Secondly, (1 Jn. 5:8,) “And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and these three agree as one.” (1 Jn. 5:8 was omitted from many new Bible translations.) These are not three separate entities “in agreement.” It is about three flawless, coinciding testimonies, or evidences in court. This is the second part of the testimony of what happened when Jesus was a Man living on earth. It refers to that which Jesus’ Blood Covenant will require of everyone who lived “on earth,” and of everyone who seeks to enter into heaven at death or at Jesus’ return.
1. “The Spirit” means the testimony of the Holy Spirit concerning either the requirements to inherit salvation, or it is His Personal testimony concerning the believer’s commitment to His leading - most probably, it is both, (Rom. 8:9; 14.)
2. “The water” is the symbol of Jesus’ Word, or of Jesus Himself, Who is The Truth, not a so-called ‘saving’ water baptism rite. We find Jesus, The Truth, and His True Word in the full context of Bible Scripture. Everything we need to know about God, ourselves, how to be saved, redeemed, blessed, and how to serve and glorify Him, was written for us in the full context of His Word. The Truth of Scripture, and our willing obedience to the Entire New Covenant Truth of Scripture to glorify Jesus, will either testify for, or against us in That Day when we see Him, (1 Jn. 2:4; Jn. 14:15, 23; 13:34.)
3. “The blood” speaks of Jesus’ blood-atonement in the place of humanity according to His New Testament Covenant of Grace. His full atonement testifies to our faith in, acceptance of, and reliance on everything He had done in our place. That Day when we meet Him face to face, the “blood” will testify whether we relied on our own salvation through ‘good’ works and church membership, or whether we relied solely on His atonement in our place. All our ‘good works’ are merely to glorify Jesus, not to ‘earn’ anything from Him. Yet, to glorify Him is not an option, (Jn. 14:15.)
Can the context of all these Scriptures be Jesus-Only doctrine; twisting the Scriptures to justify their false view of the Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? No, Pentecostal Oneness only sees Jesus and the Holy Spirit as “different manifestations or attributes” of the Father. This is the Word of God. This is Jesus Himself speaking. This is Jesus Himself, describing the Inseparable, Omnipresent Being of The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
Can we really, with our finite minds, understand the Being of Almighty Deity? No. Therefore, to twist these clear, straightforward words of Jesus and His disciples into a trinity doctrine, is to “nullify” the entire New Testament, which teaches us about the indescribable, unfathomable Being, Nature, and complete incarnation of God!
To Recap — What is Really the Truth About the Trinity doctrine?
1. Catholic/Protestant church fathers fitted the word “persons” into the trinity doctrine to deceive their followers into thinking they are worshipping “one god” in the form of “three persons,” not three separate gods. They knew that by calling each separate “person” a “god,” many people would use their intelligence and flee from them.
2. It is clear from the trinity shield, the trinity rings, and Catholic and Protestant doctrine, that the trinity consists of three different gods. These three individual “divine persons” have nothing in common with one another except the fact that each separate and individual “person” is actually a god; all three share the same “habitation” or dwelling, and they are in “agreement” and thus in “spiritual union” with one another.
3. To conceal this very apparent deception, Roman Catholic and Protestant church fathers conjured up the deception that the trinity is “such a great mystery, no one can understand it.” But it is not difficult to understand that three different people can never become one person, no matter how much they agree on everything.
4. From all this evidence, it is clear that the Roman Catholic/Protestant trinity can never be The Godhead of Biblical Scripture. Their trinity is not an “incomprehensible mystery.” It is a polytheist abomination, concealed under a clerical cloak of misquoted, twisted Bible verses. Trinitarians do not worship the One, Inseparable Godhead of the Scriptures as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They worship the Catholic, Christianized, three-god trinity of Rome.
5. Trying to make sense of three separate yet “one” ‘divine persons,’ is so illogic and confusing, that televangelist Benny Hinn hollered another stunning ‘revelation’ to the churches in 1990, “…There’s nine of them!” Hinn counted the body, soul, and spirit (1 Ths. 5:23,) of each of the three separate ‘persons’ in the trinity!
6. The ‘holy’ spirit of the trinity was derived from the feminine unholy spirit Sophia/Shekinah, Christianized as Mother Mary. Supposedly worshipping the ‘holy spirit,’ Catholics bow and pray to a demon named “Mother Mary.”
7. Other than Roman Catholics, who worship Mary and rely on her ‘mediation’ and miracles, Reformed Protestants confess the existence of their holy spirit in theory but ignore her in practice, while consciously rejecting the supernatural work and gifts of the Real Holy Spirit. Many Protestant denominations falsely allege that Holy-Spirit miracles, gifts such as speaking in tongues, and even the existence and ministry of angels “were only for the time when Paul and the other apostles lived!” Such brutal manipulation of God’s Word and the blasphemous omission of the Scriptural Holy Spirit’s gifts and work amount to rejecting God Himself.
8. As all Roman Catholic/Protestant doctrine, church structure and sacramental or saving ritualism, neither the word ‘trinity,’ nor the doctrine or concept of the three-gods-in-one trinity is found anywhere in Scripture. The trinity dogma can only be found in deliberately misinterpreted, mistranslated Bible verses, which allowed for much confusion of the truly Scriptural “mystery of Godliness:” The Godhead of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.