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Paula White Declares Herself To Be A Trinity

Posted by Job on January 12, 2008

Actually, according to this IndependentConservative post, the term that she uses was “synergistic triune being”.

Now I am going to be fair to Paula White in this matter: it has long been a common teaching in Christianity that people have a body, soul, and spirit. Some further use that triadic division of our unity as a way of explaining the Holy Trinity doctrine and are made in the image of God, and they go quite a ways in speculating on the matter. I myself held and was promoting this doctrine until a few short months ago; I know that anyone who happens upon my old websites will definitely see my own frequent mentions of it, and I have almost certainly mentioned it on this one as well.

But this is a reason why, despite her assertions otherwise, that Paula White is not a better preacher than the apostle Paul as she claims in the video below. According to two evangelical Christian books on New Testament era Jewish – and Jewish Christian – thought on the doctrine of man, The New Testament: Its Background And Message (by Thomas Lea and David Black) and Jewish Backgrounds Of The New Testament (by Julius Scott) Jewish doctrine about the time of Paul – and remember that Paul was a trained Pharisee and onetime Sanhedrin member – man consists of two parts: the natural and the supernatural, the body and the spirit.

Well what of the soul? Traditional evangelical doctrine, as represented by Erickson’s modern classic Christian Theology, holds that the soul is the mind, will, and emotions, with the heart being the center of rational thinking. There is nothing supernatural or spiritual at all about your mind, will, and emotions. It is 100% natural, part of the body. As a matter of fact, it is what the apostle Paul calls “the flesh.” Mind, will, and emotions are not tangibly physical per se, but they are centered in and produced by the tangibly physical HUMAN BRAIN. Therefore, they are part of the body.

Proof of this: the sin of gluttony. A person is hungry, that is his tangibly physical body needs food to produce nutrients to sustain itself. Gluttony, though, is committed when the person eats far in excess of what his body demands. Maybe the person likes the taste of the food. Maybe the person is depressed or sad and is eating to to make himself happy or to cope. Maybe the person has been socialized or conditioned to eat until he can eat no more. In any event, the person’s eating is not driven by physical hunger, but his heart: his mental and emotional desire for food to meet his UNNATURAL soul hunger. Please note that for the glutton, while it is certainly possible to satisfy the physical hunger, it is impossible to satisfy the emotional and mental desire for food, and such a person will continue eating even after he ceases to gain pleasure or any other emotional or physical benefit from the act.

Now this is very important for the doctrine of salvation in my opinion. The Bible bears witness that even after the person is saved, he continues to sin in body (through acts) and soul (by desiring to sin, such as a man committing adultery by lusting after a woman not his wife). Now were the soul spirit, then how could one’s salvation be preserved? How could the saints persevere? Simple: the soul is not spirit. The soul is part of the body, so there is a separation between the sin in the body of the individual and the person’s saved redeemed spirit man. Now this may sound like the “P” portion of Calvinism’s “TULIP”, but the first person that I heard explain this doctrine of salvation was the free will (Arminian) charismatic preacher Andrew Wommack.

It is also an important part of Christology, the doctrine of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ incarnated is man – god, fully man and fully God! So, were man a trinity, then Jesus Christ incarnate would have been Trinity within Himself. That is a modalist (or oneness pentecostal) doctrine of God. While a oneness pentecostal would certainly say that this is an example of how Colossians 2:9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” is fulfilled in Jesus Christ according to their doctrines. That is disproven by the fact that incarnated Jesus Christ, being fully man, consists of a single body that is limited by the laws of physics – meaning that His physical body could only exist in one place at one time – just like any other natural man. This is why the doctrine that Jesus Christ was fully man and not kinda sorta man as the Docetists and some of the other Neoplatonist – inspired heretics of times past is so important: since incarnated Jesus Christ was 100% natural human, it was impossible for His body to be in heaven and on earth simultaneously. While Jesus Christ’s body that bore our sins was being broken for us on the cross, God the Father was turning His face away from that same body because He could not look upon the sin being borne by it, and was presumably weeping. So no, incarnated Jesus Christ is not Trinity or a Trinity. Incarnated Jesus Christ consists of a human body and a spirit man, just like us and all other humans (and yes, Christians who were trying to mix the Bible with Platonist and other pagan doctrines disputed that for centuries as well). The difference is that where our spirit men were created by God, the spirit man in the incarnated Jesus Christ is Logos of John 1:1, the Word Person of the Holy Trinity.

So while Paula White’s teaching in this area is exceedingly common and possibly even dominant – though I do not claim that it rises to the level of heresy that leads to apostasy, and those seeking to declare Paula White as apostate must do so on other grounds – it is still wrong. An example of this is how Benny Hinn takes this false doctrine to its logical conclusion: his “Trinity of Trinities” doctrine (also mentioned here) that IS a heretical proof of his apostasy (and but one at that). Simple: since each human person is a trinity in the image of God consisting of a body, soul, and spirit, then each Person of the Trinity also has three parts. (One wonders why Hinn stops the division there and does not keep dividing each person into infinity. I am almost certain that there is a pantheistic doctrine that offers a similar concept.)

Part of the confusion is that what is commonly referred to as “the soul” in Christianity is actually the spirit man, or the spirit of man (see Ecclesiastes 3:21). A similar mixing of terms is how “hell”, meaning Hades or sheol, is used in place of or interchangeably with “lake of fire.” I do agree that the Bible itself does not appear consistent on these two matters, but those might be translation issues. But the soul which is your thoughts, will, and emotions, while not physically part of the body, is part of the natural you that will die and return to dust. Your spirit man is the part that will exist forever either with God in glory or in the lake of fire in the second death! Jesus Christ determines where your eternal spirit of man will spend that eternity. If you have not done so already, please follow The Three Step Salvation Plan and give your spirit man to God today.

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9 Responses to “Paula White Declares Herself To Be A Trinity”

  1. DJ Thomas said

    I just want to know one thing. Why hasnt’ anyone gone to witness to Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, aand Nicole Richie, etc. Instead of assinating their character and pointing fingers, why don’t we pray for them and that someone in one of these mega churches have the descency to go share the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can be set free?!!! Isn’t that what the Lord commanded us to do?! Go out to the highway and byways and preach the gospel to a lost and dieing world? Why hasn’t anyone done this? I see everyone bashing each other, pointing out all kind of mess? Isn’t that what the devil wants, to keep us off the true calling of God?!!! We are suppose to preach the word in love and humility and compel the lost to come back to the sheep fold of Jesus Christ? I am an intercessor, the Lord is coming soon, shouldn’t we be examing ourselves and asking the Lord how we should be reaching others? Time is running out, reach out to them, pray for them, so they will not die in the second death!!! Don’t allow all these distractions to interfere with the true calling of God!!! Witness!!! The harvest is ready, but so few laborers!!! People won’t go to church, we need to bring the church to them!!! Let us be a light in the dieing world!!! So yourself useful for the kingdom of God!!!

  2. Job said

    DJ Thomas:

    Speaking against a person’s sinful behavior, especially when that behavior has a powerful potential to influence others, is not character assassination. Character assassination lying on a person’s behavior. By your standard, Jesus Christ was committing character assassination for speaking against the scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees. I am on the side of Jesus Christ. Whose side are you on?

    What the devil wants is Christians that are either too timid – or in your case too self righteous – to call sin for what it is. When that happens, people will be unrestrained in their behavior. An atmosphere of lasciviousness and lawlessness will result.

    Preaching the Word of God in love includes telling people that they are sinners. Have you read the sermon of Peter in Acts 2? He told the Jews that they had killed Jesus Christ, remember? You are speaking as one who either has no knowledge of the Bible or no interest in it. Which is it? Have you not read the Bible, or is it that you do not care about what it says?

    Further, you speak as if all I do on this weblog is denounce the sinful behavior of people. In doing so, you lie and commit sin yourself. The truth is that the overwhelming majority of the content on this site is uplifting devotionals and sermons, as well as news items related to Bible prophecy and attempts to engage people in doctrinal debates. Virtually none of the people such as yourself that comes on here to defend your favorite apostate preachers (for since you responded to a Paula White post rather than the ones that I do have that mention the starlets that you mentioned) read the devotionals, listen to the sermons, talk about the endtimes, or participate in the doctrinal discussions. That shows where your minds and hearts are.

  3. Charles D. said

    DJ:

    The larger question is: why do you deem only “Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, aand Nicole Richie, etc.” worthy of are in need of prayer and witnessing? Over the past week in D.C., was a mother who murdered her four daughters because the “system” failed them; a Convicted murderer who killed 2 prison guards while escaping custody from a hospital; another unknown teen who stabbed two classmates, a marine who killed a female marine that was carrying his unborn child (his wife is suspected of playing a part in the murder; and the number of Black clergy needs a whole column to list prayerful needs.

    Now the above are people that probably do not have the financial wherewithal to help themselves, or, the spiritual knowledge to have found another way to resolve their issues. These are people you might be able to approach. They don’t have entourage or posses as it were.

    BUT NOOOOOOOOOO! You want to help poor little rich Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, aand Nicole Richie, etc. You want to be another Oprah; that is you’re kind and generous to a fault. The only problem is, everyone that you seek to help…needs it less than a million others that you have to stumble over to get to the ones in which you seek notariety for helping in the first place! Now whats wrong with that picture?

    Charles

  4. Charles D. said

    Also, regarding the subject at hand, I can think of 3 essences of Paula White, and therefore a triune. There’s the “S” not meaning spirit; “H” okay, this one is speaking in the vernacular;, then there is “G” for greedy.

    Not to worry though, Brittney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, aand Nicole Richie, etc. have them all down pat. 🙂

    Charles

  5. mattia gaunichaux said

    ONLY WHAT WE DO IN CHRIST SHALL LAST. LET US NOT GET SIDE TRACKED WITH WHO IS RIGHT AND WHO IS WRONG. I KNOW THAT THE SCRIPTURS SAYS TO WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION. WE CAN ONLY SPEAK FOR OURSELVES IN THE END. YES WE ARE SUPPOSE TO HELP ONE ANOTHER. HOWEVER IF WE ARE ILL WITH BACK BITING AND GOSSIP WHICH I DON’T CLAIM THAT THE SITE IS REALLY DOING I THINK ITS TRING TO INFORM THE PEOPLE OF THINGS THAT THEY MIGHT NOT NORMALLY SEE. FOR SATAN COMES AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. WE CAN’T BE EFFECTIVE IN CHRIST IF WE ALLOW MESS TO BUILD UP IN OUR SPIRITS. AND IF THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE PLAYING GODS PEOPLE, KNOW THAT THEY WILL EVENTUALLY LEARN WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A MINISTRY. BESIDES, ONLY WHAT WE DO IN CHRIST SHALL LAST… PEACE AND LOVE, YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST

  6. lavrai said

    I’ve watched Ms. White a few times, very briefly (there’s only so much one can take), sometimes with a guest and sometimes by herself.

    I can’t find most of the stuff she talks about in the Holy Bible?

    And why is it always about me, me, me? Financial happiness and what GOD wants to do for me (i.e., give me).

    I wish I could remember this particular heretical mess I heard one of her guests said and which she readily agreed with and shook her head wildly about…but alas.

    I am sure there are plenty of other examples out there.

    And, no, I am not trying to tear down Ms. White. I have not met her or have engaged her in conversation. But I know the things those ‘Biblical teachings’ of hers that these religious networks are blasting into my home cannot be found in the Holy Bible. So I am not criticizing her…the word she’s teaching/preaching is not reflected in the Words of GOD ALMIGHTY.

    Peace,
    http://www.lavrai.com/blogs

  7. Job said

    Lavrai:

    Please do not be so defensive when doing God’s work. It is God’s Will for you to oppose lies and heretics with the Word of Truth from His Bible. You must be bold, fearless, and unapologetic when doing God’s Will. These heretics have no fear and no shame for disobeying and profaning God, so why should you have fear and shame for doing that which is right? I understand your desire not to be proud or arrogant … you wish to be humble, and I admire and commend you for that. But apologizing for doing the right thing is not humility. And I thank you for your words of truth in this matter.

  8. Dorian Saunders said

    Job, I need you to know that you are dead wrong on a few issues. I agree however that the soul and spirit are 2 different things for the bible declares:

    “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the DIVIDING asunder of SOUL and SPIRIT, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12

    And…
    “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole SPIRIT and SOUL and BODY be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Theesalonians 5:23

    However, this proves that we are indeed made up of three parts as Paula White said. Now It is not the spirit that either goes to hell or heaven, it is the soul. The spirit goes back to God regardless if your saved or not, because the spirit is God’s.

    “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit SHALL RETURN UNTO GOD who gave it.” Ecclesiates 12:7.

    Therefore we are broken up like this:
    BODY – Sight, Taste, Smell, Hearing, Feeling
    SOUL – Mind, Will, Emotions
    SPIRIT – Intuition, Conscience, Communion or Fellowship with God

  9. Dorian Saunders said

    Job forgive me if I sound a little abrupt by saying you are dead wrong. I’ve been contending with some antagonistical people today, and I took it out on you. My apologies.

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