Oneness Pentecostalism

Quick Look at Oneness Pentecostalism

In his book Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements, H. Wayne House says “United Pentecostals call their theology ‘Oneness,’ because they believe a plurality of persons does not exist within God’s nature. In other words, God exists only as one ‘person.'” He then explains:

This is an ancient heresy known by a number of different names, including Modalism, Monarchianism, and especially Sabellianism — after Sabellius, a third-century teacher whoc prominently championed this doctrinal position.

The orthodox position is that the God of the Bible exists as three distinct persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — who are one essence or being sharing all attributes of deity including eternality, infinitude, uncreated spirituality, ominscience, omnipresences, and omnipotenence.

The doctrine of the Trinity is derived from Scriptures that clearly show different entities (The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit) that are all ascribed all of the characteristics of both individual personhood (intellect, emotions, and will) and a divine nature.

– Source: H.Wayne House, Charts of Cults, Sects, and Religious Movements, ZondervanPublishingHouse, Grand Rapids, MI, 2000, Page 242.

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  1. Information from DA Reed, Oneness Pentecostalism, Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, ZondervanPublishingHouse, Grand Rapids, MI, 1988. Page 644. Note: this book is a largely sympathetic work. We do not recommend it for serious study.