In summary, this doctrine reveals to man intimate details concerning, not only the plurality of God’s person, but also the level of unity that exists within this plurality. It’s a doctrine that we of ARC prefer to call the doctrine of the “TRI-UNITY;” three persons, (not gods), in absolute unity.

   Repeatedly throughout the history of the Christian Church, many organizations have sprung up seeking to redefine, in a number of hypotheses, the plurality, as well as the unity of the God of the Christian scriptures. The most prominent and enduring of these heresies is found in the following:


   This heresy teaches that the Godhead is really three separate beings forming three separate gods. Although Trinitarians are not, and have never been tri-theistic, Christians through the centuries have often been accused of being the tri-theists by those set in opposition to what scripture teaches concerning this doctrine. A version of this theology is held today by The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons).1


   This teaching, popularized by the 3rd century heretic Sabellius , erred in the opposite direction of Tri-theism. This is so in that while Sabellius spoke of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, he taught that they weren’t distinct persons at all, but rather, three manifestations or “modes” of existence of the one God. Thus, this teaching came to be known as “Modalistic Monarchianism.” A version of this theology is held today by groups calling themselves “Apostolic Pentecostals,” or “Jesus Only Pentecostals.”


   Founded by the 4th century Alexandrian presbyter “Arius,” this view held that The Father alone is truly God, with the Son being His first creation, and the Holy Spirit being reduced to the “active force,” of God. To Arius, only The Father was uncreated. Christ’s being “begotten” of the Father meant that he was created by the Father. This view is held today by the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, commonly known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

   The purpose of this ARC Perspective is to put to rest once and for all (prayerfully) all speculation as to how THREE PERSONS can exist as ONE GOD. May God guide us in this effort.                                                                           

                                                                                  Richard G. Young
Executive Director
"three gods or TRUE GOD!"
By Richard Young
Kenneth & Gloria Copeland
The Trinity
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