Today, dear ones, we’re going to discuss the essential doctrine of monotheism. Monotheism relates to two other, equally important, doctrines which we’ll discuss. One being that the God of the Old Testament is the same as the New, and the other that the Trinity is Biblical. The cults will inevitably get one of these three points wrong, as ancient heretics did, which leads to confusion or rejection of other Biblical truths.
First, let’s define monotheism. This is the belief that there is only one God (Duet. 6:4 , Isaiah 43:10-11). The God of the Bible is the only one, true God (Isaiah 44:8). This truth is rejected by many cults, such as Mormonism which teaches polytheism, and an endless regression of gods. This sets them apart from Hindus, which actually have a set number of idols. They also believe they can become gods themselves one day. The World Missions Society also rejects monotheism, teaching that there is a father god and a mother god.
I am shocked in today’s age of relative ease, as far as research goes, to see a call for unhitching the Old Testament. On Friday we’re going to talk about the earliest church heretic which proposed the same thing. While Andy Stanley is not the first person to suggest we should not read the Old Testament, he certainly was the most publicized. This stems mostly from a desire to be liked by the world, and what worldly sinner is going to enjoy hearing of Noah’s flood? It’s better, some say, to just stick to what Jesus says. The Old Testament God is literally set against the New Testament God (1 Cor. 8:5-7). What confusion! No, my beloved friends, the God of the Old Testament is not different, there is only one God and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The truth is, when we unhitch the Old Testament God from Christianity we are denying monotheism (1 Th. 2:13 , Ps. 12:6). The Word of God is not to be chopped up into bits and pieces, only using the ones you like. We read Gods Word in its context, from beginning to end, taking the whole counsel of the Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:15-17).
The last point I want to discuss is the doctrine of the Trinity (2 Cor. 13:14). I have often heard Muslims and Jews mischaracterize the Trinity. Mormons do this as well, and it can certainly be shown that Joseph Smith did not understand Biblical Trinitarianism when he suggested it would make a monstrous god. Roman Catholics, by adding Mary as a co-redemptix have also confused the rolls of the Godhead. Jehovahs Witness, Christadelphianism, Islam, Oneness Pentecostals, and the Way International all believe God is one person (1 Cor. 12:4-6) The Biblical understanding of the Trinity is one God, the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Mat. 3:16-17). The Westminster confession words it beautifully…
In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Father; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. – Chapter 2.3
Monotheism is essential to the faith, my friends, as it is the only one, true God, that sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. There are many counterfeit dollar bills in the world, that does not mean the real dollar is fake, or that the fakes are somehow real. Many idols exist in this world, many false doctrines taught as truth surround them. They take Scripture out of context to attempt to fit their belief. When that doesn’t work, some unstable men remove portions of Scripture altogether, and give approval to others who do so.(2 Pet. 3:15-16). Others confuse the Trinity, taking the Lord God and splitting Him up into different beings. This is what happens when cults suggest Jesus was not God the Son. We must read God’s Word as a complete, masterful, inerrant, work which flows in perfect unison from Old to New Testament. Without just exegesis we will take His Scripture and misunderstand it, or worse, purposefully make it say what we want it to say. Handle His Word with care, brethren, and as always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved