Why are there so many forms of Christianity?
This is a great question and a confusing one for many. In
fact the plethora of Christian “faiths” indeed causes some to doubt
Christianity in the first place. First, a myriad of denominations was never the
Lord’s intent. In fact He declared in Matthew 16:18 that upon this rock I will
build My Church, not fragmented denominations. And therein lays the essence to
your answer. Many have started their own traditions to make it “their” church
and these traditions are what form denominational walls or barriers. This is
not new. There were major Jewish “denominations” when Christ came. He did not
approve of it though as he clearly stated in in Matthew 15:19 “But in vain they
do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
We are not interested in being a denomination, we desire to
be the true church initiated by the Lord Jesus Christ when he poured out His
Spirit on the day of Pentecost. No man made traditions, no man made spiritual
ladders, no big I’s and little you’s, no one getting rich off of others – just a
pure desire to serve the Lord and our community. Now that’s true Christianity!
Please explain Titus?
To effectively answer this question we need to understand if you are speaking of the book in the bible Titus or the historical figure who ransacked Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
Dialogue from verse 1 John 4:3...
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
Without doubt, the spirit of the antichrist, or satan, is a deceitful spirit. He is the father of lies (John 8:44). He will deny Jesus Christ is come in the flesh in a deceitful and tricking way. And indeed he did with his doctrine of the trinity born through Tertullian's teachings.
Below is my part of a discussion with a dear friend in Guyana. Please pray with us as we seek to do His will.
Hi friend. This is critical and without doubt Satan is subtle. Through Tertullian he introduced a teaching that Jesus did not come in the flesh but rather a second minor deity or second person did. This came in the form of the doctrine of the trinity.
The scriptures declares that God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and that God himself was manifest in the flesh. Not a separate person or God, but God (Theos in the Greek), all of God, or most commonly translated as God the Father, was manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16). This fulfils Isaiah 9:6 in that the son born is the mighty God and the everlasting Father.
1 Timothy 4 opens up telling us that some shall depart from the faith of 1 Timothy 3:16 and that they would forbid to marry and command to abstain from meat. This is the Catholic Church which is the author of the trinity (officially adopted under Constantine in 325ad). Fulfilling further then the prophetic utterance of Jesus Himself "if you believe not that I Am (the I Am that spoke to Moses, i.e. the Father) you will die in your sin." John 8:24
It is those who taught that Jesus was not God the Father manifest in the flesh but rather a second person who changed baptism from its original form In the Name of Jesus (Acts 2:38, 8:12 and 8:16, 19:1-6) to in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.
They misappropriated Matthew 28:19 which does not declare the formula but rather the Name... the Name of the Father (omnipotent Spirit) and the Son (manifestation of the Father in the flesh), and the Holy Ghost (Spirit of the departed, or Christ, whish is the Spirit of God IN the believer producing true holiness) is indeed Jesus. This is clearly seen when we rightly divide the word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15) taking Matthew 28:19 in context AND with the verses in Acts mentioned prior.
In context, Matthew 28:16-17 declared Jesus is the Father because they worshipped Him and only the Father is to be worshipped (Matthew4:10) and Matthew 28:20 clearly tells us Jesus is the Holy Ghost for it is the Holy Ghost who is with us unto the end of the world.
The only name that has saving power is Jesus (Acts 4:12) and when that name is taken out of baptism there is NO remission (Aphesis in the Greek, or release from the bondage of) of sin. There is no power, there is no release, there is no washing without the Name. Thus men die IN their sin being baptized in the titles Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
The sole reason he came was to destroy sin and its work (1 John 3:8) and save men FROM their sin (Matthew 1:21). Delivered from sin.
Multitudes baptized in the titles and still in bondage....
But I KNOW the difference as when I was rebaptized in the name of Jesus I was set free immediately from a decade of smoking (2 packs a day) and drinking (up to a 12 pack a night).
Friend, you know that there is power in the Name of Jesus. Every prayer you make as a Spirit filled believer you make in the Name of Jesus! Now think for a moment then... If you were the devil and wanted to take all the power out of baptism you would have to take out the name of................?
To answer your question... [do I believe in the trinity] I believe what most people believe, that there is only one God and Jesus is the one God come in human form, Emmanuel or God with us. I suspect that is what you believe.
That is NOT the doctrine of the trinity. Tertullian, the Greek philosopher and inventor of the trinity, literally wrote three God's then eventually persons. He did this, by the way, to attract his polytheistic brethren in Greece to Christianity. BUT - the first commandment of all is hear oh Israel the Lord our God is one Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 12:29). The trinity denies that, as it should, as it came from the deceiver and that's the first commandment he would go after...
Look at what you wrote, all one God, not three persons. Friend, you are not trinitarian....
There is One God and His Name is Jesus!
Search it yourself, there are NO verses declaring trinitarian teaching. NOT ONE which uses the term
God the Son
God the Holy Ghost
The term ONE is all over the book.
The best way to start is read the book of acts and baptism. Friend, you have great faith and I believe a pure heart. Everyone in the new testament was baptized in Jesus name! If need be I will come personally to rebaptize you like I was rebabtized. This does not deny our faith but rather affirms it!
Just one last verse, Paul prophesied of the philosopher tertullian. Read it for yourself - Colossians 2:8-10 - don't be spoiled by philosophy. Jesus is not part of the Godhead, all of the Godhead is in Him!