Christianity without the Cross: A History of Salvation in Oneness Pentecostalism


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God hangs all eternity not only on a ritual, but on the precise wording that is said during a ritual! God damns people — even those who believe in him and love and trust him — on minute technicalities. The result is that less than It hardly needs to be said that the view of God this understanding of baptism and salvation presupposes is a far cry from the character of God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and throughout the New Testament!

First the fact that all four baptismal references in Acts differ significantly from one another is enough to show us that we are not dealing with a ritualistic formula at all certainly not one upon which all eternity hangs!

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He is simply telling us to do everything for the glory of God. No spoken formula is intended. Thus, to teach that salvation hangs upon the act, the mode, and the formula of baptism is based on a misunderstanding of the Bible and portrays a view of God who is more like the pagan gods of magic whose behavior is based on formulas than the God of the New Testament.

Their reasoning is that tongues are the initial sign of receiving the Holy Spirit, and without the Holy Spirit one cannot be saved Rom. Five things may be said in refutation of this position. First the Bible never teaches that tongues is the initial evidence of receiving the Holy Spirit.

Oneness Pentecostals base their erroneous teaching on the fact that tongues is mentioned in three of the five instances which speak of the baptism of the Spirit in Acts. But Luke is giving a historical report not a doctrinal teaching, and it is an abuse of his report to wring a doctrine of salvation out of it.

A historical description is one thing; a doctrinal prescription is quite another. Secondly, even if the Oneness Pentecostals insist on using Acts to teach doctrine for the Church, they do so inconsistently.

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But where is there anything remotely close to this modeled in Acts, or the rest of the Bible for that matter? Where is there even an example of someone receiving this gift alone, a part from a group in Oneness Churches it almost always happens one at a time? If the Oneness Pentecostals are going to mistakenly use Acts as a normative book for all of Church history, they should at least be consistent.

This would, however, also mean that they should all be communistic! Conexions, Our Apostolic Heritage.


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