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Arianism's view of the Holy Spirit repeats Pantheistic error

Discussion in 'Seventh-day Adventist Church DIR' started by reddogs, Mar 23, 2010.

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    Here is a excellent study by a friend David Curtis on how Arianism's view of the Holy Spirit goes off on a tangent and the error it embraces, lets take a look.

    God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

    Truth = The Holy Spirit is a Person with thoughts feelings and intelligence.

    Error = THe Holy Spirit is a force.

    History is being repeated. The ALPHA of apostasy is being repeated but it is taking a new form. The new attack is against the Third person of the Godhead claiming He does NOT even exist and that He is merely a force. Take a look at the past, it is being repeated.

    Testimonies, vol. 8, pp. 291, 292. wrote:
    False Theory--God Is an Essence.--Already there are coming in among our people spiritualistic teachings that will undermine the faith of those who give heed to them. The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature, is one of Satan's most subtle devices. It misrepresents God, and is a dishonor to His greatness and majesty. There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sin. His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature. This power the spiritualistic theories concerning God make of no effect. If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power that is within him.

    These theories, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They do away with the necessity for the atonement, and make man his own savior. These theories regarding God make His Word of no effect, and those who accept them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible as a fiction. They may regard virtue as better than vice; but God being removed from His position of sovereignty, they place their dependence upon human power, which, without God, is worthless. The unaided human will has no real power to resist and overcome evil. The defenses of the soul are broken down. Man has no barrier against sin. When once the restraints of God's Word and His Spirit are rejected, we know not to what depths one may sink.

    Those who continue to hold these spiritualistic theories will surely spoil their Christian experience, sever their connection with God, and lose eternal life.

    The sophistries regarding God and nature that are flooding the world with skepticism are the inspiration of the fallen foe, who is himself a Bible student, who knows the truth that it is essential for the people to receive, and whose study it is to divert minds from the great truths given to prepare them for what is coming upon the world.

    I have seen the results of these fanciful views of God, in apostasy, spiritualism, and free-lovism. The free-love tendency of these teachings was so concealed that at first it was difficult to make plain its real character. Until the Lord presented it to me, I knew not what to call it, but I was instructed to call it unholy spiritual love..BLESSINGS IN THE LORD!!
     
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