In response to the May issue’s review of Bob James, a “oneness” Pentecostal, Cornelia Hutto replies as follows:
The Bible says the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary and she conceived. Are the Father and the Holy Ghost the same? I submit that it is no harder to believe that Jesus is the expressed person of God, the manifestation, the embodiment of a Spirit (Who was the Father), in a word “His own Father” than to believe He could have TWO fathers. Col. 2 … in Him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fullness of the godhead bodily. The godhead is in Jesus, not Jesus in the godhead. Three manifestations of one God. No denial of the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost. The Father in creation, the Son in redemption, and the Holy Ghost in operation in the Church today. The Spirit (Father) had no body, created Himself a body … the Son (Jesus Christ). The Holy Ghost = simply the Spirit of God poured out upon the believers.
Who “poured out” the “Holy Ghost” “upon the believers”? Someone did (Joel 2:28; Jn. 14:26; Acts 2:17). Who was it? Perhaps Cornelia Hutto will tell us. Or did the Spirit of God pour out of (from) himself? If he did, let her, by citing pertinent passages, tell us that, too. Continue reading » Queries and Explications: More Comments on the Godhead
To material in earlier issues of Watchman regarding the number of persons in the Godhead, Mr. Bob James, replied thusly:
To Mr. James, I responded:
Thank you for your thoughtful letter. I always appreciate hearing from those who are willing to study the Bible. Accordingly, I suggest that we enter into a public, oral discussion of some of our issues of difference. Will you, or one of your brethren, be willing to study these vital issues with us so that we may all search the Scriptures? Continue reading » Queries and Explications: Comments on the Godhead
QUESTION: “According to Oneness (‘Jesus Only’) Pentecostals, the baptism of Jesus is against there being three persons in the Godhead. The voice of the Father and the coming of the Holy Spirit were manifestations, both audible and visible, for John the Baptist. There were two manifestations in Acts 2, tongues like as of fire and speaking in tongues (audible and visible). Would we say there were two persons there? No, because audible and visible manifestations do not make two persons any more than the smoke from an exhaust and the sound from an engine (audible and visible) would make two engines. So, they say, there was only ONE person at the baptism of Jesus. Would you please explain?
REPLY: If one has no theory to project or protect, the baptism of Jesus clearly presents to us three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead; namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Continue reading » Queries and Explications: The Baptism of Jesus
In this the first edition of Queries and Explications, I will endeavor to answer six common questions raised by “Oneness Pentecostals” who deny the Godhead in three Persons.
Is it true that the name of God the Father is ‘Jesus’ according to John 5:43?
The answer is “no,” and here is why. First, the term, “name,” in John 5:43 does not refer to one’s proper name, like “John” or “Larry.” It refers to the Father’s authority. Jesus did not come in his own name; that is, he did not come by his own authority. Jesus did not speak by his own authority (Jn. 12:49). His doctrine was not his. It was not of his devising, but it was the doctrine which his Father gave to him to deliver (Jn. 5:30; 7:16; 8:28). In that way, he came in his Father’s name; that is, by his Father’s authority.
Second, see John 17. In verse six, Jesus says, “I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me….” In verse eight, he says, “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me….” He made known the Father’s name, his power and authority, when he gave them “the words” which God had given him to speak. Further, he said, “I have given them thy word” (v. 14). Then, he said, “I have declared unto them thy name” (v. 26).
Third, in 1 Samuel 25:5-9, David sent some young men to Nabal and said, “Greet him in my name.” Verse 9 says they “spoke to Nabal all those words in the name of David and ceased.” What does that mean? It means they spoke only those words which David authorized them to speak. They did not speak of their own accord, but they spoke the words which David gave them to speak. That is how they spoke “in the name of David.”
The Pentecostal might be asked if “the name” of the young men was “David.” Since they came in David’s “name,” does that mean that their name was “David?” No, it simply means they spoke only that which David authorized them to speak. Continue reading » Queries and Explications: Examining the “Oneness” Position