Oneness Believers Through History

Many of us have been taught that Oneness believers are a product of the 20th Century

It is a historical fact that in the early 20th century, around 1916, a group of oneness ministers who held to the “new issue” were cast out of the Assembly of God.

The “new issue” was Baptism in Jesus Name and the Revelation of the Oneness of God.

However, as this video and history shows, it was not merely a new doctrine founded in the 20th century.

History shows us that Oneness believers were common until 325AD when the Doctrine of the Trinity was firmed up in a political move and all were required to be rebaptized in the titles father son and holy ghost, or face having their property seized.

It was then Oneness believers were driven underground and we only see glimpses of them through the writings of their detractors.

Over the next 1200 years they were imprisoned, beaten and even burned at the stake for their heretical views.

Their writings were seized and destroyed.

You see, the belief in the Oneness of God is not a 20th Century issue.

You may be reading this, having yourself received the gift of the Holy Ghost evidenced by speaking in tongues.

You are a witness to his glory and power.

They came too late to tell you that you could not have received this experience.

But if you use the same logic used by the detractors of Oneness Pentecostalism, merely because the outpouring of the Holy Ghost began to happen in a public way in 1900 at Azusa street, receiving the Holy Ghost would be deemed a 20th Century issue.

However the scripture clearly states in Acts 2, 10 and 19 people received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues, and Peter declared in Acts 2 that this was that spoke by the Prophet Joel.

The scripture also declares in John 14 I and my Father are One and in John 14:6-18, if you see me you have seen the father and also his spirit would come to us in what we know as the Holy Ghost which is as the scripture declares, the Spirit of God.

5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

We get the term “Doubting Thomas” from John 20 when the Apostle Thomas doubted Christ

27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

How about you, can you believe the Word of God in Isaiah 9:6?

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Can you believe the Word of God in Matthew 1:23?

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

You already accept him as Wonderful, Counselor and the Prince of Peace.

Take that next step into believing what the scripture says that he is also God with us, The Mighty God and the Everlasting Father!