I received the following question:
I had a chat with a guy out here that told me my belief of how I’ve described my thoughts of the trinity sounds like Sabellianism. I don’t really understand what that is, even after reading the wikipedia definition. He said based on my choice of words to describe it sounds like that. I know I’m not the best with words or explaining sometimes. Can you help me on this thought/idea of what Sabellianism is and the difference between that and the Trinitarian belief? Thank you.
It is interesting that you bring this up, because at the Word of Truth Conference in California in 2013, Louis Tonetti mentioned that the teacher of a Greek class he was taking accused him of being a Sabellian when he expressed his views on the trinity, so it is certainly not just you. If you received our CD of the conference and listened to it, you probably heard that already.
The idea of Sabellianism sounds like it is that God is One God Who manifests Himself in different ways, rather than that God is three distinct Persons in unity. It still holds that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are God, but denies that they are distinct Persons within the Godhead, stating that they are simply different manifestations of the same Person. Read the rest of this entry »