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The Nicene Council.com-Oneness Pentecostalism traces its roots to the Azusa Street Revival of 1906. Approximately seven years later some of the key figures in the revival rejected the Biblical and historical doctrine of the Trinity, which teaches that there is one God in three distinct persons. They also objected to the baptismal Trinitarian formula spoken by the Lord Jesus Himself in favor of baptizing in “Jesus” name. In 1917, the newly formed Assemblies of God, after much discussion and debate, declared the Oneness teaching heretical, labeled the adherents as a cult and adopted a Trinitarian statement of faith. About 157 clergy, holding to the Oneness Sabellian teaching were thrown out of the new denomination. In 1944 two of the largest groups, The Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, Inc. and The Pentecostal Church, Inc. merged to form the United Pentecostal Church International. In 1990 they had 503,600 members in the U.S. and Canada. Not all Oneness Sabellian groups joined the newly formed denomination. Some remained independent. Estimated figures vary, though some sources number the adherents at about 4 million.
The “new revelation” as it was dubbed, was really nothing new, but the rebirth of an ancient heresy that had been condemned numerous times in early Church history. Paul of Samosata, who was a monarchainist, promoted a view that depersonalized the Son or Logos as simply the inherent rationality of God. The Synod of Antioch condemned him and his view in 268 A.D. Sabellius articulated a more advanced view of modalism. Sabellius taught that God was a single solitary “one”. He believed that God appeared in “modes” or “forms” and that the Father alone was God and that the Son and Holy Spirit was simply the Father changing His appearance and becoming the Son and the Holy Spirit. The Contemporary Oneness Sabellian heresy still holds to the main tenets of modalism with only slight differences. They declare that the name Jesus is the name for the one God who appeared as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, hence the name “Jesus Only”.
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