TBN Says The Oneness Pentecostal Jesus Only Cult Was Founded In 1913
Posted by Job on August 14, 2007
From “The Asuza Street Revival: The Holy Spirit In America 100 Years”, Special Centennial TBN Edition, Published By Charisma House (www.charismahouse.com) by Eddie L. Hyatt copyright 2006 on page 53. I must ask: have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not, follow this link The Three Step Salvation Plan With their denying Matthew 28: 19 (http://bible.cc/matthew/28-19.htm) see who Oneness Pentecostals are walking in agreement with and how here: Why Do Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, And Oneness Pentecostals Agree? Also, see what they will never understand What Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Muslims, and Oneness Pentecostals Don’t Understand
At a highly publicized Pentecostal camp meeting in Los Angeles in 1913, one of the speakers noted in passing that the record in Acts indicated that the apostles baptized in the name of Jesus Christ rather than in the traditional formula of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of the attendees, intrigued by what he heard, spend the night studying and meditating on the name of Jesus. In the early morning hours he ran through the camp shouting that God had revealed to him the truth of baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
One of those attending the camp meeting was Pastor Frank Ewart, who was profoundly impacted by what he heard. He spent the next year quietly studying the issue and then decided it was time to act. He set up a tent in Belvedere, near Los Angeles, and with another Pentecostal evangelist, Glenn Cook, began preaching that baptism was to be in the name of “Jesus only.” They also set up a baptismal tank under the tent and baptized each other according to the newly discovered formula. (My note: this indicates that these folks felt that the prior baptisms were invalid and that Trinitarian Christians were not really saved. Oneness Pentecostals used to take a very hard line against Trinitarian Christians that most – but not all! – have backed away from.) From Los Angeles, the teaching spread rapidly, gaining adherents and stirring heated controversy.
Along with the doctrine of baptism in the name of Jesus Christ only (my note, the text in the book said “in the Name of Jesus Christ” to try to soften it) the Oneness Pentecostals developed a parallel theory of the Godhead that says that the terms “Father”, “Son”, and “Holy Spirit” refer to the same person in different modes of existence or relationship. (Note: this is MODALISM or Sabellianism , long known as an ancient heresey that was rejected by the church LONG BEFORE NICEA. Please note this link, which says “The chief opponent of Sabellianism was Tertullian, who labelled the movement “Patripassianism”, from the Latin words pater for “father”, and passus from the verb “to suffer” because it implied that the Father suffered on the Cross.” Tertullian lived from 155 to 230, Nicea was in 325. This shows that the Trinity doctrine was created by Roman paganism IS A LIE. The notion that the early church was unitarian IS A LIE. Tertullian lived less than 75 years after the final book of the New Testament was written.) Just as a person in different relationships may be a father, a son, and a brother, so Jesus is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit they said.
By 1916 the teaching had gained so many adherents that it was the central issue at the 1916 council of the Assemblies of God. The council voted for a statement of faith that strongly endorsed the historic doctrine of Trinity and baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (In other words, they decided to obey Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19 instead of some preacher with a three year old doctrine that had already been discredited 1700 years prior.) As a result, 156 of the 585 ministers left the organization along with the churches that they represented.
The Oneness Pentecostals founded the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, which is primarily black, and the United Pentecostal Church, which is primarily white. Much later, in 1971, the Apostolic World Christian Fellowship was formed to give unity to the many Oneness Pentecostal churches, fellowships, and denominations. The organization gew to represent 3.5 million people.
A Source: The International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements page 39.
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