T.D. Jakes has such a large following of "Trinitarians" that he tries to satisfy both them and Oneness Pentecostals with his view on the nature of God. On the one hand he claims that he believes in the Trinity, but then on the other, he defines it in Oneness terms. On Jakes' web site you'll find the statement that God exists "in three Manifestations: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" here. But then he uses different wording on another part of his web site here, in which he says there is "THREE DIMENSIONS OF ONE GOD" and that he is "Triune in His manifestation". You may also listen to him for yourself here.
As for Phillips, Craig and Dean (PC&D), they are even more deceitful. In September of 1999, after many organizations began questioning them on their beliefs, PC&D sent a letter to them offering to "clear up any confusion" about their view on the Godhead. The letter also contains the Apostles' Creed in which they claim to "agree and "affirm". Although it may clear up any confusion for those not familiar with the Oneness Pentecostal (OP) doctrine, it certainly does not for those of us who are.
They mention the word "Trinity" as a term that the "Godhead" is often referred to. However, there is no acceptance of its use. They also state that they "do believe in the existence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- the Three in One." First notice that this is a statement that other cults, who also "believe in the existence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit", can make with deceiving intentions. For example, to the Mormons, the Father was once a man and lived on another earth, then, after death continued to progress to Godhood and eventually came down to our earth and had sexual relations with Mary to produce the Son of God in the flesh.
To the Mormons, the Son is a created being, a literal offspring of the one they call Elohim and the spirit brother of Lucifer. To the Mormons, the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit are distinct and created sons of God as Jesus is. So you see, they too believe in their existence.
The fact is, to Oneness Pentecostals, the Father was the mode God was in as creator of all things and he was the divine nature in Jesus and is also the Holy Spirit. To Oneness Pentecostals, the Son refers to a specific role that God temporarily assumed for the purpose of redemption. When the reasons for the Sonship cease to exist, God (Jesus) will cease acting in His role as Son, and the Sonship will be submerged back into the greatness of God, who will return to His original role as Father. at they don't mention what the "Three" is, thereby keeping silent on their belief that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three modes or roles in one God.
It comes as no surprise that they have no problem agreeing with the Apostles' creed. Here is what one OP writer has to say about it:
'"For the most part they [the writers of the Apostles' creed] follow biblical language very closely. They describe the Son of God only in terms of the Incarnation, nowhere hinting that the Son is a separate person in the Godhead or that the Son is eternal [good news for OP]. They affirm belief in the Holy Ghost, but not as a separate person of the Godhead [again good news for OP]. Instead they place this affirmation together with other statements relating to salvation, leading us to believe that they are talking about the gift or baptism of the Holy Ghost and to the working of the Holy Ghost in the church. Thus, there is nothing really objectionable in the language if we define the terms in the same way the Bible uses them [i.e. that way OPs interpret the Bible]."1Since the Apostles' Creed preceded most of the Church turmoil caused by later heresies (including the modalism of which OPism derives), it was brief, contained little detail and was mostly an assault on the Gnostics. In fact, if it were the Athanasian Creed in question, you most certainly would not find PC&D agreeing to it.
On the web site of Randy Phillips' home church they once provided access to "The Enquirer's Handbook" but have now made it available by purchase only. In it you will find, in chapter 8, statements such as "The Father, Son, and Holy Most (sic) are simply three manifestations of one God." Also, they don't provide a statement of faith or doctrinal statement which is normal for web sites of churches or ministries.
On the web site of Dan Dean's home church you'll see such statements as "there is One True God that has manifested Himself as Father in creation, Son in redemption and the Holy Spirit in emanation" here.
Prologue | Introduction | History | Theology | References | E-mail1. David K. Bernard, The Oneness of God (Word Aflame Press, 1983), chapter 11.