Only” or “Oneness Holiness”?
The “Jesus Only” also known as the “Oneness Holiness” doctrine was invented by men and is contrary to the word of God in the Bible. The way this false doctrine got started was John G. Scheppe claimed that it was revealed to him in a vision, the truth of “Jesus only”. They claim that Jesus is the only person in the Godhead and that there is no God the Father or Holy Spirit. They didn’t get their theory out of the Bible, but they got it by a “claimed” revelation in 1914 in which their UPC Manual (page 13) states, “In the year 1914 came the revelation on the name of Jesus Christ”. In doing this they deny that Jesus is the Son of God and that God is His Father.
The “Jesus Only” doctrine is in the following “Pentecostal” groups: United Pentecostal Church, Apostolic Church, Church Of The Firstborn, and Pentecostal Assemblies Of Jesus Christ. There are many scriptures that contradict their false doctrine of “Jesus Only”, but let’s look at just a few.
Jesus says to his apostles, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Was Jesus mistaken about there being a Father, a Son, and a Holy Spirit? No. The Scriptures teach that there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but the “Jesus Only” teach that there is no God the Father and no Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 1:1 says, “God, who at various times and in various, ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son”. God in speaking through His word says that He has a Son, but the “Jesus Only” groups say that He doesn’t have a Son. Then Hebrews 1:5-6 says, “For to which of the angels did He ever say: ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You’? And again: ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son’?”. Is God the Father to Jesus Christ, His Son? Yes, God says so. 1 John 4:9 says, “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him.” God did not send Himself but the Bible says that God sent His only begotten Son.
Ephesians 4:4-6 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all”. God’s word says there is one Spirit (Holy Spirit), one Lord (Jesus Christ) and one God and Father. One, plus one, plus one equals three.
“When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased’” (Matthew 3:16-17). Was God well pleased with His beloved Son? Yes, because He said He was. Later Jesus says, “I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). Jesus says that He was sent by the Father. Jesus says he sought to do only the will of the Father, who sent Him to this earth, and not to do His own will.
Again Jesus says, “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe” (John 5:37-38). Jesus told people in His day that they did not have God’s word abiding in them because they did not believe Him whom God sent. The same is true today in that the “Jesus Only” groups do not have the word of God dwelling in them since they do not believe Jesus who said the Father had sent Him and that Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father.
When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will but as You will'” (Matthew 26:39). Jesus was pleading with His Father in Heaven for some other way so He would not have to die on the cross. But Jesus said “not as I will, but as You will”. Since Jesus and God His Father are two separate persons in the Godhead, there are two different wills mentioned here in God’s word.
While Jesus was on the cross, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying…’My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me” (Matthew 27:46). Did God, the Father, forsake His Son, Jesus Christ, while He was suffering on the cross? Yes, during the six hours Jesus was on the cross, God did forsake His Son because God “made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Then when Jesus died, “And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, ‘Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last” (Luke 23:46). As Jesus was dying He cried out to His Father. Was He crying out to himself? No. The Bible says He cried out to His Father and He committed His spirit to His Father in Heaven.
Jesus says to His apostles, that after He ascended back into Heaven, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you” (John 14:26). After Jesus ascended back into Heaven did the Father send the Holy Spirit to this earth to guide the apostles into all truth? Yes, we can read of this in the book of Acts chapter 2.
These are only a few of the many Bible verses that speak about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We could go on and on with many more. The “Jesus Only” or “Oneness Holiness” say that besides Jesus there is no Holy Spirit and no God the Father. Anything that differs with what the Bible says is false doctrine. “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God” (Psalms 14:1).
The "Oneness Position" falsely teaches that there is only one person in the Godhead, the Godhead is composed only of Jesus Christ, and when one is baptized, the name of Jesus and only the name of Jesus must be orally pronounced over the one being baptized. This a denial of scriptures which say there are three persons in the Godhead. The "Oneness Position" says there is no God and no Holy Spirit. But the Bible says, "The fool says in his heart, there is no God" (Psalms 14:1). This doctrine does not come from the Bible, but rather from someone’s "imagined" later day revelation in 1914. The apostle Peter said 1900 years ago, "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). If all things that pertain to life and godliness has been given to us in the Bible, why should we believe a "claimed" revelation by someone in 1914?
Those who hold the "Oneness Position" do not believe what the scriptures say about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Anything that differs from what the Bible says is false doctrine. Let’s see what the Bible says about the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Underlining has been added for emphasis.
- John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
- Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
- Mark 1:9-11 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
- Matthew 17:5 While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
- 1 John 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.
- John 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
- John 5:30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
- John 6:38-39 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
- John 8:16-18 And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true (Deuteronomy 19:15). I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me.
- John 12:49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
- John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
- Jesus says to His apostles in John 14:24, He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
- John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
- John 14:28 You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
- John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
- John 15:26 But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
- John 16:7, 10 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you….of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;
- Ephesians 4:4-6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
- Jesus in praying to God the Father in John 17:11 says, Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
- Jesus in praying for His apostles says in John 17:20-22, I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
- Jesus in praying to God the Father in John 17:3 says, And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
- 1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
- Mark 13:32 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
- Philippians 2:5-6 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
- 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
- Romans 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
- Who was Jesus praying to in Matthew 26:39? He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
- Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?
- Matthew 28:18-19 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
- Acts 17:30-31 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.
- Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high
- Mark 16:19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
- Ephesians 1:20 Which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.
- 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
- John 5:22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son,
- Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
- Matthew 10:33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.
Those who hold the "Oneness Position" deny what the Bible says in the above scriptures about God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.