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Are you saying that trinitarians are not saved?

Submitted: 12/5/2007
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Question: Okay, okay, wait a minute! Are you saying that the apostolic church is the only 'saved' church? I realize that there are differences between this element of doctrine but to go on and say that they aren't saved is a OFF the mark in my book. It seems like the main difference between these two doctrines is 'word games' and not really a main difference. Let's look at this, trinitarians believe in the God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but apostolic believe in Jesus emcompassing each element and therefore is God. To me this is a difference but not big enough for you to judge them and say that they aren't saved. There is no biblical evidence that support that statement. I know a lot of people who believe the trinitarian faith but are filled with the Holy Spirit and truly love God. So I guess my question to you is this: Who was Jesus praying to while he was on earth? On many occassions he spoke to the Father, was he praying to himself? Or what about when he was on the cross and he asked 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?' (Mk 15:34), he CLEARLY wasn't talking to himself. I know that the trinitarians understand that God came in three forms, each having a purpose to fill. Father: Head, Jesus: sacrafice, and Holy Spirit: conforter. That's what the word says!!!! So if you believe it is Jesus only then who is Jesus sitting next to in heaven? According to my Bible, he is sitting on the right hand of the Father. Help me understand this.

Answer: We are not judging anyone. We are only declaring what we believe to be truth. And Paul stated in 2 Thessalonians 2:13 that 'God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.' This tells us that to be saved, a person must believe the truth. The only judgments we are making concern what is and what is not truth. The doctrine of one God in Jesus Christ is entirely different from the doctrine of one God in three persons. It is not semantics; it is two completely different perceptions of the invisible God. They cannot be squared with each other. They are not the same. They cannot both be the truth. Either God is one or God is three. We believe God is one and find support for this doctrine in the Bible. We therefore believe that those who believe God is three have embraced an error. That is no more being judgmental than you would be if you declared that Hindus worship false gods.

As for your specific questions, we have already answered every one of them in our article called 'Questions and Answers About the Oneness of God' which can be found on the Doctrine shelf of the Apostolic Free Library. (Go to www.gloriouschurch.com/html/Oneness-Questions-And-Answers.asp)