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SALVATION

T he god of Oneness theology is a lonely god who is obsessed with water baptismal formulas and, for many, holds back the "holy ghost" for months and even years while people sincerely fulfill their quest of speaking in "tongues" as evidence of having this "gift" (as was the case for me). For those that miss the mark on these, and other criteria, this god will surely give them eternal damnation!

But the God of Scripture loves us so much that while we were still sinners, he sent his one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us on the cross so that we could have eternal fellowship with the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit (Rom. 5:8, 2 Cor. 13:14, 1 John 1:3).

If you've already viewed my sections on water baptism and tongues then you've seen how neither have any part in salvation. Scripture is replete with passages which show that salvation is obtained by repentance and faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God (Acts 16:31; Rom. 10:9-13; Eph. 2:8-9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5).

I'd like to especially point out two verses. Eph. 2:8-9 reads: "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - NOT BY WORKS, so that no one can boast." (emphasis added). 2 Tim. 1:9 reads: "who has saved us and called us to a holy life - NOT BECAUSE OF ANYTHING we have done but because of his own purpose and grace." (emphasis added).

Notice that there is nothing we can do to earn salvation. If you believe that baptism and/or speaking in tongues is required for salvation then you're contradicting Scripture and you hold to a different Gospel (2 Cor. 11:4; Gal. 1:6)! The grace of God is a gift. It is unheard of to work for a gift. Would you call the paycheck you receive at work a gift? I think not (Rom. 4:4)! All that is required is stretching out your hand (repentance and faith) to receive God's precious gift.

As a side note, during my tenure as a Oneness Pentecostal, I was amazed the first time I came across a "Christian" station and saw that Trinitarians "had church" just like we did. They spoke in tongues and moved around a lot. I often wondered how they could "have the Holy Ghost" if they believed in three gods. It just goes to show you that "feeling good" or what you experience is not necessarily genuine. From what I've experienced and observed, I would say that, for the most part, the exhibiting of this behavior is a work of the flesh than of the Holy Spirit. Why I've even heard an Apostolic preacher admit as much.

It is more important that we put our faith in the God of Scripture who can only save. Having an accurate knowledge of the nature of God is essential for saving faith as Jesus Himself alludes to in John 17:3: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." This is why a part of believing in "another Jesus" is to deny that Jesus existed with the Father, as the Son, "before the world began" (John 17:5), something which the apostle John warns us about in 1 John 2:22-23 (cf. John 1:14; 1 John 5:20).

Since Oneness Pentecostals affirm that either the deity left the body of Jesus while on the cross, or that the deity stands by completely uninvolved with Christís suffering,1 how then could Jesus have paid for our sins to satisfy the justice of God the Father? If, as one camp of Oneness Pentecostals teach, the divine spirit that dwelt in Jesus had to leave the human body before it died, then any of us could have redeemed the world. But Scripture states that the man Jesus (His human nature) was to properly represent man (Rom. 5:15-19) and that only God (Jesus' divine nature) can redeem man (Psalms 49:7-9,15).

If, as another camp of Oneness Pentecostals teach, the divine spirit didn't leave the body, yet stood by idly and could not "help" the human body of Jesus, how then could Christ have been persevered through the atonement by only his humanity? But Scripture states that it was "through the eternal Spirit" that Jesus "offered himself without spot to God" (Heb. 9:14). Furthermore, 2 Cor. 5:19 states "that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself".

Mormons will say that Jesus is their savior, yet Jesus to them is a created being and the spirit brother of Lucifer. Jehovah Witnesses will say Jesus is their savior, yet Jesus to them is the archangel Michael. Oneness Pentecostals will say Jesus is their savior, yet Jesus to them plays the role of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (among others). Who do you say Jesus is (Matt. 16:15-16)?

If you would like to be born again, make a vow to make a u-turn from your sins (repentance), including that of worshiping another god. Ask God to forgive you of your sins, believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and that He shed His blood to wash your sins away forever (remission of your sins), died on cross, and rose to life on the third day and trust Him as Lord and Saviour.


1. Hutchinson, Debate on the Godhead, p.110; David K. Bernard, The Oneness of God (Word Aflame Press, 1983), chapter 8.

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