July 29, 2010

Theology Thursday: Sabellianism

Modalism is an interpretation of the doctrine of the Trinity in which the Persons of the Trinity are viewed as Modes of divine action rather than as eternal and essential distinctions within the divine nature itself.  Such a view flourished in the 3rd century A.D. as a form of Monarchianism.  Its proponents insisted on the complete and undivided sovereignty of God and thereby rejected any distinctions in the being of God, such as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Sebellius (early 3rd century) appears to have argued that God is one individual being and that the terms Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are simply names applied to the different forms (Modes) of action of that one being and, therefore, do not refer to eternal and intrinsic distinctions within the god-head.
Now, many of you are sitting there wondering "what on earth is Abby talking about?"  Well, does the name Phillips, Craig and Dean ring a bell?

The popular music group that I mentioned above (Phillips, Craig and Dean) believe in the "oneness Pentecostal" doctrine of the Trinity.  Watch the video... it will be explained.

Next time...

I will discuss The Absolute.  Stay tuned.

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