Introduction (Misinterpreted Scriptures)

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There are many Scriptures that are misinterpreted by Oneness Pentecostals. I have decided to create a list of the most common ones on this page. Some of these Scriptures are misinterpreted by most, if not all, Christians, but most of the Scriptures on this page are misinterpreted mostly by Oneness Pentecostals.

My breakdown of these Scriptures will follow this format: I will give the Scripture, then give the common misinterpretation, and then explain the correct meaning of the Scripture. I have listed these in the order that they appear in the Bible. Also, I use the KJV translation when I first quote each Scripture. I do this because the KJV is the translation most used by Oneness Pentecostals, and some of their misinterpretations come directly from a misunderstanding of the King’s English.

Disclaimer: I created this list of Scriptures from my own experiences in the UPC. I am not saying that the "misinterpretations" that I list are the views that are officially endorsed by the UPC or any other Oneness organization. I am only giving the interpretations that I heard time and time again during my years in the UPC.

2 thoughts on “Introduction (Misinterpreted Scriptures)

  1. Ryan

    The aforementioned statement is presumptuous and simply not true. I was once a Oneness Pentecostal myself, and left the movement for the very opposite reason – I WANT to live by the Bible. The Biblical inconsistencies in Oneness Pentecostalism, especially in regards to the doctrines of justification and sanctification as well as understanding the Gospel itself, were a tremendous frustration and hindrance to my desire to follow what Jesus said in Mathew 4:4 “Man shall not live on bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that comes from the mouth of God.” I am now attending a Reformed Baptist church that holds the highest view of scripture (sola scriptura), believes in and practices expositional preaching (as opposed to the allegorical methods of Oneness Pentecostalism that almost always end up taking scripture out of context to teach things contrary to the plain meaning of the text), and is constantly making much of Christ and His glorious Gospel. We seek to teach the Gospel of Christ from the whole counsel of God (the whole of scripture) rather than from the handful of favorite verses that support our positions.

    I left Oneness Pentecostalism in order to FULFILL my desire to live by the Bible, not because I was rebelling against it.

  2. once an apostolic, always an apostolic!

    people only leave the apostolic faith because they don’t want to live by the bible. I don’t see how you can know truth and then go back on it?

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