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WHO IS GREATEST AMONG THE PERSONS OF THE TRINITY? (Two)

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The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit share equality of Divinity

(…continues from part one…)

2)            Each Entity of the Godhead had a participatory functional touch in the eventual consummation of the creationism. That which qualifies God to receive the latria is the indubitability of the facticity of being the Creator. None of the Members of the Godhead receives lesser latria than the Others. On the empyreal throne room is seated eternally, God the Father; the seven ubiquitous fires remain the Third Member of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit; and always seated on the right side of the Majesty is the Second Member of the Godhead Jesus Christ, such that any worship given to the One eternally seated is duly appropriate to the Son and the Holy Spirit. But Lucifer has constantly recruited so-called theologians to the vitiation of the Trinitarian concept. Dr. Abel Damina is making too much unscriptural noise, unnecessarily. He should be ignored but so many church goers unfortunately believe him. This is what he taught, quoting Deuteronomy 6:4, concerning the Trinity, “What about Trinity? One! What about Father, Son and the Holy Spirit? One! If He is the Almighty, He can be anything He wants to be so, when He becomes the Son, He’s still the Father; when He becomes the Holy Spirit, He’s still the Person. It’s just that in His sufficiency, He can be whatever He wants to be and for how long and for whatever purpose He desires. It is out of Him the Father came, it is out of Him the Son came, it is out of Him the Holy Spirit came and He can decide to make them nonexistent if He chooses to. He became all of that for the purpose of redemption.”

The three Eternal Persons receive worship on the celestial throne

                Of truth is that, one of the reasons for the Trinity is for redemption purpose. But your first error is from the theological point, Damina. God must exist in plural forms if the creation of intelligent beings will not be that which gives Him an experience of plurality in vitiation of the Scripture which says, “…that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18). ‘Preeminence’ is the Greek prōteuō (prote-yoo’-o): ‘to be first, hold the first place; to be first (in rank or influence).’ Your second mistake is the use of ‘become’ in the existence of Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. A ‘becoming’ is a production of a process.

                Any process must go through time, making the element of time an attendant witness to the act and art of the ‘becoming’. Time limitations of God’s Fatherhood, Sonship or of the Holy Spirit is an invalidation of the Creatorship of the Trinity. If Jehovah did become the Father, then the Father is devoid of eternality and the same goes for the Son and the Holy Spirit. What you, Damina, says about the possibility of Jehovah discarding the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, if He desires, tells a good Bible student that Dr. Abel Damina has sat, and had wasted his time graduating under the tutelage Arius. In fact, Muhammad, the prophet of Allah, said the same thing – that God can decide to kill Christ.

“no man hath ascended to heaven,…the Son of man which is in heaven” (John 3:13)

                This is your third faux pas, Damina; you made an unguarded statement quite alien to Scripture, when you voiced, “He can be whatever He wants to be and for how long and for whatever purpose He desires.” Sound Theology does not place time on God’s attributes. He had, from eternity past, been whatever attributes or Personages of His eternal existence; and so will He exist throughout our time and stretching into the timelessness of eternity to come. Damina, you are not the first to be used to propagate eisegetical indoctrinations. Your ‘oneness’ teaching of Jehovah stinks of the incommodiousness of Sabellianism.

                The heresy of modalism has been around since 217-220 AD., a propounding of Sabellius of Rome. Modalism asserts that God exists as one Person who shifts between three faces: one for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit. But what does He say of Himself? Malachi 3:6 “For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” The word ‘change’ is shânâh (shaw-naw’): ‘to fold, i.e. duplicate (literally or figuratively); by implication, to transmute; change garment.’ Apostle Paul wrote in Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Immutability of the Second Member of the Godhead spanning the three realms of time: eternity past, Adamic period and eternity to come. And from the Lord of creation is the plain asseveration, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8). How can God discard “without Him was not any thing made that was made”?

Dr. Abel Damina

                Does Dr. Abel Damina know what he is teaching at all? Modalists differ in how they view God’s personality. Christians believe God is three separate, eternal Persons with unique roles. Modalists believe God is one entity who changes modes as He sees fit. Hence, He was God the Father in the Old Testament, shifted into God the Son (Jesus Christ) in the New Testament, and now operates as the Holy Spirit. It does not only sound Hegelian; it, logically, from the stable of Sabellius, the author of modalistic monarchianism, follows that no divine mode can be eternal or distinct. Damina, like his Modalist self, denies God has permanent distinctions or persons. The United Pentecostals believe in a modern modalistic view called Oneness. The Pentecostal Oneness (or “Jesus Only”) movement started in the early 1900s when some Assemblies of God members believed that water baptism should only be in the name of Jesus. Modalism, for lack of Scriptural backing, failed just like the other ones, Arianism, Subordinationism, Docetism and Adoptionism, failed.

                Getting born again is strictly a conscious effort on the part of an individual. It is of a personal conviction that, as the word of God says, Jesus is truly the only Saviour of the world. A soteriological dependence on the finished work of Jesus is the sole belief requirement of Scripture. Get born again by saying this simple prayer.

“Dear heavenly Father, I come to You now in the name of Jesus Christ. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sin. I believe that You raised Him from the dead. I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and I receive Him now as my Lord and my Saviour. I give God all the glory. Amen!”

(…to be continued…)

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