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Trinity, Christian or Pagan

Trinity, Christian or Pagan

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Published by Aftab Anwar
This gives good insight into the early history of the Christian Trinity.
This gives good insight into the early history of the Christian Trinity.

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Published by: Aftab Anwar on Feb 22, 2008
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The TrinityIs It Christian Or Pagan?
The early church in it's simplicity and simple Faith in God, believed in One God;and that God was all in all to them. He was their Father in creation, theirSaviour manifested in Jesus Christ and their Salvation in the form of the HolySpirit 'in' them. It was not until after the death of the 'original' apostles,and false apostles (Revelation 2:2) entered the church, that the Godhead becamean issue. These false apostles began to bring heresy into the church, attemptingto "organize" the Christian Faith and exercise "control" over the laity. InRevelation 2:6 Jesus identified this in the first Church Age (Ephesus) as "thedeeds of the Nicolaitanes". By the third Church Age (Pergamos) these 'deeds' hadbecome a 'doctrine', called 'the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes' (Revelation 2:15).Now, most of the Christian movement had become "organized" under the "control"of man. Those opposing the teachings of this Nicolaitane (conquer the laity)form of Christianity were put to death.The Nicolaitane influence continued to grow in the church, causing more and morecontroversy and division. Peter's prophecy had come to pass. In 2nd Peter 2:1 hewarned the Saints, saying, "But there were false prophets also among the people,even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring indamnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring uponthemselves swift destruction." One of those damnable heresies was the teachingof the trinity - three person concept of the Godhead.During the Apostolic Age of the early Church the Doctrine of the Trinity wasunheard of. The early church did not believe in three persons in the Godhead.They believed in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - simply believing thateach was a "dispensational manifestation" of One and the same God. But withorganized religion came intellectual theologians, without Spiritual revelation.They took it upon themselves to take the understanding of the Word out of thehands of the Holy Ghost and place it in the hands of the 'clergy' of theorganized church. Until finally, during the dark ages, the organized anti-Christchurch forbid the ordinary person to read the Scriptures, causing them to dependentirely on the clergy for spiritual guidance or rather, mis-guidance.It was NOT until after the apostolic age that the theory of three persons in theGodhead was introduced into the Church. Slowly but surely, the theologians weremaking the Godhead an issue which eventually caused divisions within theChristian community. Finally, in 325 A.D. Emperor Constantine called for ameeting of all the Bishops of the "organized" church to settle the dispute.Hundreds of others attended this meeting to express their views. There wereabout fifteen hundred delegates in all; and the laity outnumbered the bishopsfive to one in the delegation. At this, the first of all "Ecumenical Councils",held in Nicaea (now Iznik, Turkey) in 325 A.D., the subject of the Godhead
 
became an issue and a cardinal doctrine, causing a two way split among thepeople. But in spite of the large number of lay people present, opposing theidea of 'three persons' in the Godhead, the Nicolaitanes (cold, formal clergy),organized religion and Constantine's political plan out-maneuvered and out-votedthe true church.The vast majority of Roman Bishops came away from that council believing inthree persons in the Godhead, thus believing in three Gods. But the true church,under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, maintained their Scriptural stand thatGod is ONE - not three; Because the Revelation through John by the Spirit to thechurches was, "I am the Lord Jesus Christ, and I am ALL of it - the Alpha andOmega, the Almighty. There isn't any other God". And He [Jesus] put His seal onthis Revelation. The organized church of Rome became so powerful that it began acampaign of persecution of the "True Church, eventually, putting 68,000,000 of them to death.Foxe's Book of Martyrs clearly details the 'brutality' with which organizedNicolaitane religion, in the form of the Roman Catholic Church, brutallymurdered 68,000,000 protestants. Make no wonder, John, in the Book of Revelationsaid that 'she' (the false Nicolaitane church) was "drunk with the blood of thesaints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17:6).Still, after 1700 years no other Doctrine is as "sacred" to Traditionalorganized Christianity (both Roman Catholic and Protestant) as the doctrine of the 'Trinity'. To the 'traditional Christian' the teaching of the 'three person'concept of the Godhead is a 'precious jewel' in their Christian confession. Dareanyone, even God Himself, challenge the Scripturalness of it. Most professingChristians turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the truth of where the trinity -three person concept of God originated. The tradition of the elders have made afalse trinity doctrine the cornerstone of the Christian Faith. For this theywill answer to GodConcerning the Godhead, William Branham made the following statement in aMessage entitled, 'Abraham's Covenant Confirmed' (1961): "I am not 'JesusOnly'...I'mnot Oneness. Not at all. I'm not trinity either. I'm a Christian. I believe inGod. I believe in God manifested in three offices. NOW, His office is in myheart, in your heart. Not another God somewhere else; another God somewhereelse;and another God somewhere else. That's as pagan as pagan can be. NEVER onetimewas that even thought of until the Nicene Council. [You can't] find it in theBible, or find it in history - till that time - it's not there."Though he embraced the "Oneness" formula for water baptism - in the NAME of the
 
Lord Jesus Christ, William Branham's view of the Godhead is far from the"Unitarian"concept or the concept preached by the United Pentecostal Church. Yet, theteaching of "three persons' in the Godhead is so ingrained in the people that toquestion it's validity is immediately called heresy and branded as a 'cult'. TheChurches which follow the Message brought by William Branham have long beenlisted as cults; but recently, on the internet, some self-proclaimed 'cultexpert' branded the United Pentecostal Church as a cult - all because they don'tbelieve in the trinity. This is ridiculous - No where, in Scripture are we"commanded"or asked to believe in 'three persons' in the Godhead???The first of the Ten Commandments gives instruction concerning how many Godsweare to have - "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:3). Notice,it says 'me' not 'us'. To interpret the word "us" in Genesis 1:26 as referringto a plurality of persons in the Godhead is to say that there are three Gods.The term "us" is mentioned again in Genesis 11:7 and in Genesis 18. In Genesis18 the "us" comes down to commune with Abraham. "One" of them is the LORD(Jehovah)Himself in human form. Abraham bowed to this One, calling Him (capital)"LORD".The other two were Angels in human form.Because of the use of the plural pronoun in Genesis 1:26, this Scripturereference is used extensively by Trinitarian theologians in their attempt toprove a 'three person' concept of the Godhead. But they fail to perceive thatthis is God's way of indicating, not a plurality of persons, but of offices ormanifestations of the same God. Down through the ages, since the beginning of time, He has revealed Himself to man in many different 'forms' and differentways. But He forever remains the ONE and self-same Being.Trinitarians also point out the use of the plural name "Elohim" in Genesis 1:1,saying that it conclusively indicates 'persons' in the Godhead. Elohim, however,is used to depict other Old Testament deities (whether real or imaginary). Baal,Judges 6:31 and Beelzebub, 2nd Kings 1:2 are both called "Elohim", but they werenot trinities. Therefore the word, "Elohim" does not express a plurality of persons but of attributes and of majesty. In the ancient theaters of hundreds of years ago an 'actor' could be called "Elohim" because it was the custom for 'one'actor to portray many characters in the same play, simply by changing from onemask to another - but he was still ONE person, playing many different characters.Without 'spiritual revelation' most people are stumbled by such terms as 'we'and 'us'. Of course, taking the terminology out of the context of the wholeRevelation of the Godhead leads the carnal mind to conclude that there must bethree persons in the Godhead. They count: the Father (1) + the Son (1) + the

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