This is a second article and it focuses on a particular objection, pertaining to the subject of Modalism, both successive or synonymous.
Modalism refers to God with 3 manifestations appearing at specific
times. One time he is the Father, One time he is the Son and One time he
is the Spirit
Synonymous Modalism refers to God with 3 manifestations exist at the same time and not at separate times.
are not Trinitarianism in any sense. The Trinity teaches that in the
very being or essence of God, there exist Three Distinct persons, Not
three beings in one being or three persons in one person. There are not
three seperate Gods, but one Eternal God which the TANAKH and the NT
make very clear.
Once we have correctly defined what
these things are, the smokescreen disappears. What is my point? Some
individuals have come to me in the past when defending Itzhak Shapira,
and T.D Jakes has had a similar defense from his followers which I can
The excuse when defending these
Modalist heretics as biblical Christians or even suggesting they are
Trinitarians is something along the lines of "No one can claim to be able to completely comprehend the enormity and complexity of our Creator" or let's say "He merely has small misunderstanding on a big doctrine."
In this particular context, these statements to be very blunt, are just a cop out.
say we don't have complete understanding of God is accurate and
thankfully 100% understanding of the Trinity is not a requirement for
salvation. We don't understand the Trinity fully, but that DOESN'T mean
we cannot understand it at all. A basic understanding of the Trinity
that is very solid can be obtained and as such, there is no excuse to
hold to Modalist teaching, or even excuse those who hold to said
The Trinity is vital for salvation and must
be understood correctly to the best you can and we can seek
clarification, not only from church fathers such as Tertullian, Ambrose
and others, but also teachers today such as Sam Shamoun, James White,
Robert Bowman, Edward Dalcour and other defenders of the Trinity like
them who have done their best to clarify the issue of the Trinity and
what it is to audiences. So while we cannot understand God perfectly,
that doesn't mean we cannot understand him at all.
can understand an individual who has some ignorance of the Trinity and
need to be enlightened in their understanding and have an accurate of
it. But when you have an individual who says "I have not stated that I
am a Trinitarian" or says "I am not comfortable with the term persons,
manifestation is something I am more comfortable with", or even after an
exposition on the Trinity rejects it, that should raise alarms in your
In those contexts, there is no excuse, Those are
full blown heretics that need to be repudiated and refuted. Don't give
me these cheap cop outs and excuses that "Oh they don't understand it as
well as you" or "We cannot comprehend God". Such statements while that
may be true in certain contexts, are just vacuous defenses for false
teachers in other contexts.
To end this article I'll finish with a phrase often utilized by James White, Theology Matters.