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March 5, 2011 / archbishopderrickyoung

Understanding Modalism by Archbishop Mar Derrick L. Young D.D., J.C.D.

Modalism is one of  the most common theological errors concerning the nature of God.  Modalism denies the Trinity which states that God is a single person who, throughout biblical history, has revealed Himself in three modes, or forms.  Modalism teaches that, God is a single person who first manifested himself in the mode of the Father in Old Testament times.  At the incarnation, the mode was the Son.  After Jesus’ ascension, the mode is the Holy Spirit.  These modes are consecutive and never simultaneous.  In other words, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit never all exist at the same time, only one after another.  Modalism denies the distinctiveness of the three persons in the Trinity even though it retains the divinity of Christ.

Some present day groups that hold to this form of teaching are the United Pentecostal and United Apostolic Churches.  They deny the Trinity, teach that the name of God is Jesus, and require baptism for salvation.  These modalist churches often accuse Trinitarians of teaching three gods.  This is not what the Trinity is.  The correct teaching of the Trinity is one God in three eternal coexistent persons:  The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Saints of God Knowledge is power, God bless you!

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  1. kareyrose / Apr 13 2012 11:51 am

    Baptism shows the World that you’ve accepted His living water and you put your old godless ways down and live in Him.

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