The position of the United Pentecostal Church is that Jesus is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The UPC believes that there is only one being who possesses divine attributes, but manifests Himself in three different ways. The UPC says to teach otherwise is to teach polytheism, the belief in more than one God. However, the Bible teaches there are three beings in the Godhead.
Notice the following passages which show the distinction between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
- “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5).
- “There is one body and one Spirit… one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all…” (Eph. 4:4-6).
- “When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased'” (Matt. 3:16-17).
Was Paul mistaken about Jesus being a Mediator between God and man, instead of being a Mediator between Himself and man? Did Paul err in stating there is one Spirit, one Lord and one Father, which means there are three beings with divine nature? Was Jesus throwing His voice at His baptism to make John think someone was speaking from heaven?
Moses quoted God as saying, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” (Gen. 1:26). Was God talking to angels? If He was, then man was made in the image of a created being as well as God. However, the Bible states that man is “made in the similitude of God” (Jas. 3:9). Since man was created in the likeness of God, God could not have been speaking to anyone except deity in Genesis 1:26.
By saying that Jesus is the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the UPC preaches another Jesus (2 Cor. 11:4).
Steven F. Deaton