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Spirit of Truth or Error
Unitarianism
ORIGIN
The first congregation was formed in Boston in 1785 as a reaction to basic Biblical doctrines of sin and eternal punishment. This cult would seek to question and deny every foundational Biblical Doctrine. The cult has also been labeled, "modernism."

Biblically Sound Doctrine
ORIGIN
In the beginning God... Gen 1:1. God is assumed. The Bible makes no attempt to prove Him. All nations have some concept of God as the Creator and Sustainer of all things.

GOD
God exists. God is an impersonal, all-pervading energy. He is not personal. God has no existance apart from the universe.
The processes of nature are themselves the living God. He is the "First Cause."
There is no such thing as the Trinity.

GOD
The Lord He is God and there is none else beside Him. Deut 4:35
God is Spirit existing in three persons
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." John 4:24 (NKJ)
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; Gen 1:26 (NKJ)
"Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language,..." Gen 11:7
"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, Matt 28:19 (NKJ)
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 1 Tim 2:5 (NKJ)

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus and the details of His life are basically a myth. There was a man named Jesus Christ who was a great ethical teacher and a good person. He was so "good" that his followers took Him as for a "god."

His miracles are legendary exaggerations of things that are explainable by natural causes.

A Virgin Birth and Resurrection are not an essential part of the Christian faith.

There is no such thing as the Trinity.

Jesus Christ is NOT viewed as the unique Son of God as taught in the Scriptures who became a man to become our Savior.

JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ (The Word) existed in the beginning with God and IS GOD. John 1:1
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NKJ)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NKJ)
"Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us." Matt 1:23 (NKJ)
Jesus is God yet distinct from God the Father "Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel [God], and his Redeemer [Christ], the LORD of hosts: `I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God. Isa 44:6 (NKJ)
God was manifested in the flesh. 1 Tim 3:16
and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Rom 1:4 (NKJ)
Col 1:15-16 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. (NKJ)
Jesus Christ is coming again. "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." Acts 1:11 (NKJ)

THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit has almost on place in Unitarianism.

He is pictured as an energy that impulses men to do right and good deeds.

He is an influence that emanates from the divine side of man's nature, his conscience.

THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is called God. Acts 5:3-4
"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 14:26 (NKJ)
"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 15:26 (NKJ)
"And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8 (NKJ)
"However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth;..." John 16:13 (NKJ)
The Holy Spirit raised up Jesus Christ and dwells in us. Rom 8:11

THE SCRIPTURES
The Scriptures are rejected as the inspired Word of God and authoritative. There are many "divine" books. The Scriptures are a collection of myths, legends, and ethical teaching. They are to be considered as any other "good" advice.

Man is placed above the Scriptures: Basic Humanism

THE SCRIPTURES
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16 (NKJ)
For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Pet 1:21 (NKJ)
SIN
Sin does exist and is slowly but surely being eradicated by the good works of men. Man is in the process of evolution which has neither beginning nor end. He is slowly evolving out from under sin. The tool for change is education. Once man know better, he will not choose to commit sins.

SIN
As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; Rom 3:10
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? Jer 17:9 (NKJ)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8 (NKJ)
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:10 (NKJ)
The central sin is not believing in Jesus Christ
He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:18 (NKJ)

REDEMPTION
Redemption is personal based on human merit. Every man must atone for his own soul.
The "slaughter house religion" of the Cross of Christ belongs to the dark ages. The "gospel of gore" is a worn out concept.

Why should God require a sacrifice of His Son before He could feel free to forgive His erring children. Nothing like that was ever needed.

They deny the Cross and Atonement of Christ.

REDEMPTION
In Him [Christ] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. Eph 1:7
And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. Col 1:20 (NKJ)
1 Pet 1:18-19 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (NKJ) [Christ] who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Titus 2:14 (NKJ)

SALVATION
Salvation is seen for all in the view of the Universal fatherhood of God and the common brotherhood of man.

Consecrated (Unitarian) Christians are too busy with deeds of love and justice to give any selfish thought to their own salvation.

God requires that man be good and do good. All men are the sons of God and will eventually be saved.

Salvation for the Unitarian is a "works" system.

SALVATION
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: John 1:12 (NKJ)
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Eph 2:8-9 (NKJ)
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, Titus 3:5 (NKJ)
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Rom 3:24 (NKJ)
For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Rom 10:4 (NKJ)
"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." John 3:36 (NKJ)

CHURCH
Church services for the Unitarian consist of current events and topics of interest with the emphasis upon (1) undercutting the cardinal doctrines of Biblical Christianity and (2) stressing the need for good works and deeds as a part of life that brings rewards and salvation.

CHURCH
And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Eph 1:22-23 (NKJ)

HEAVEN & HELL
Death automatically brings salvation because all men are viewed as "sons of God."
Heaven and Hell are both denied as existing. There is no belief in either judgment or eternal punishment, both are rejected. They belief is that neither God nor Angels could be happy if a single human were suffering. God is too loving and merciful to send His creatures to an eternal punishment.

Unitarianism emphasizes the "fruits" of Christianity without the Savior nor the Sacrifice as the way of salvation. It appears somewhat "Christian" while denying Jesus Christ, His Word and most of the cardinal doctrines of the faith.

HEAVEN & HELL
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Dan 12:2 (NKJ)
And to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. 2 Thes 1:7-10 (NKJ)


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