The Godhead - God

 

 

God is a family

 

 

 

Herbert W. Armstrong taught that God is a family. Here is what he wrote: ‘This former Lucifer, who became Satan, has so cleverly DECEIVED all humanity that almost no one today knows that God is, actually, a Divine FAMILY. One Family. God IS a Family. That Family is ONE GOD. Satan has deceived people into almost every other belief. Perhaps the largest number have been deceived into believing God is a “trinity” -- God in THREE persons -- LIMITING God to three persons and misrepresenting the HOLY SPIRIT, which flows from God and from Christ, to be a single person’ (Herbert W. Armstrong, The Incredible Human Potential, Pasadena, California, 1978, pages 61-62). This family presently consists of two separate individuals, the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, excluding the Holy Spirit (for the Holy Spirit is not a Divine Person but a force, according to Armstrong). However, the day is coming when this God-family will comprise all the ‘resurrected’ or ‘born again’ children of God, for those who are Christ’s at the ‘resurrection’ will be born again into membership in the God-family: ‘When the Church, by a resurrection or instantaneous change from mortal to immortal (from physical to spirit composition) becomes the Spirit-composed children of God, Christ will marry the Church which shall become His wife. So we have Father, Son, wife, and children of the Father -- all a FAMILY relationship -- the Divine God Family!’ (Ibid., page 17)

 

Confutation

 

First of all, it must be said that the Holy Spirit is not a force but a Person, for He speaks (Acts 8:29), teaches (John 14:26), guides (John 16:13), prays (Romans 8:26-27); furthermore, He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), can be lied to (Acts 5:3), can be resisted (Acts 7:51), and can be tempted (Acts 5:9).

Secondly, the Holy Spirit is God, for He is eternal like the Father (Hebrews 9:14; Psalm 90:2), almighty like the Father (Job 33:4; Psalm 139:13), omnipresent like the Father (Psalm 139:7; Jeremiah 23:24) and omniscient like the Father (1 Corinthians 2:10; 1 Samuel 2:3).

Thirdly, the Godhead consists of three Divine Persons, who are the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; that is to say, the Godhead is a Trinity (Matthew 3:13-17; John 14:15-17; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; ).

Will those who are Christ’s become members of the Godhead when they are raised from the dead? No, they won’t, for those who are Christ’s will never become God. What will happen at the resurrection then? At the resurrection all Christians will receive an immortal, incorruptible, and glorious body like the body of Jesus Christ, thus they will possess a form like Christ’s own form (Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2). This form will be composed of flesh and bones in the structural composition of Christ’s resurrected body (Luke 24:39), for the Scripture does not say that the resurrected bodies of the saints will be composed of spirit; nor does it say that at the resurrection of the body Christians will be born again for the new birth is an instantaneous experience of spiritual cleansing and re-creation which takes place when a person repents and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ, therefore every Christian is already born again (1 Peter 1:3-4, 23; James 1:18; 1 John 5:1). Nevertheless, Christians will continue to be human beings even after their resurrection.

Let no one of the followers of Herbert Armstrong deceive you with empty words.

 

 

 

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