Phillips Craig and Dean
Modalist Heresy

United States

#1 Nov 7, 2011
Phillips Craig and Dean are non-trinitarians. They do not believe in the same Jesus as Orthodox Christianity. They believe that God has manifested himself as God the Father in the Old Testament. Jesus the son in the New Testament, and the Holy Spirit in the church age. One God, three diffent masks. They do thier best to hide this from the masses because it will cause them to lose their major fan base, Evengelical Christians. If most Christians who purchase and support PCD really understood the dangers of thier doctrines they would no longer support them.

Here is what is at stake.

1. Jesus Christ. If Jesus is not the Eternal Son of God then that means he did not exist as the Son prior to the incarnation. If that is true then this is another Jesus and not the Jesus who "through him all things were created". PCD do not believe Jesus existed as the Son prior to the incarnation. They believe Jesus is the Father wearing a different mask, manifesting himself in a diffferent mode - Modalism. This is a 2nd century heresy that was started by Sabelius a monk who was condemned by more church counsels than any other heresy. PCD are Oneness Pentecostals. They are heretics at worst, greatly deceived at best.
Modalist Heresy

United States

#2 Nov 7, 2011
James White of Alpha and Omega Ministries exposed Phillips Craig and Dean and since then they have altered their church statements of faith to make a little bit more ambigious as to thier heresy.

Dan Dean's Satement of Faith:

http://www.theheartlandchurch.com/whatwebelie...

About God
We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
(Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10, 11; Matthew 28:19, Luke 3:22).

Sean Craigs Statement of Faith

http://www.thecrosspoint.com/images/images_C6...

We believe in one God revealed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.(Matthew
28:19; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15-20;
Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

Randy Phillips Statement of Faith.

Randy is no dummy. He totally got rid of his Church's Doctrinal Statment and repaled it with the Apostles Creed which does not address the Trinity at all.

http://www.promiselandwest.com/what-we-believ...

Ambiguity is the game with PCD. If they come out and admit what they believe about the Trinity they will lose millions of dollars. So they keep it quiet as to their beliefs. Yet, they will take millins of dollars from Christians who hold to the Orthodox Christian Doctrine of the Trinity.
Modalist Heresy

United States

#3 Nov 7, 2011
Randy Phillips was a pastor at Promiseland Church under the leadership of his father for years while part of PCD. Here is what they believe about the Trinity.(Now Granted Randy is now the pastor of Promiseland West, a Daughter church of Promiseland Randy's Father's Church)

http://www.promiselandchurch.net/resources/en...

Below is from thier book called Enquireres Handbook. All new converts are taught the doctrines using this book at Promiseland.

"Since the death of John and the other eleven original apostles, many concepts and teachings have arisen that do not necessarily coincide with the “one God” teaching of the early church. In the year A.D. 180, Tertullian began using the term “trinity” from which was born the Catholic doctrine of three Gods, co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal. The Roman Emperor Constantine in the year A.D. 325 incorporated the “doctrine of the trinity” into the Catholic Church where it has remained ever since, and most Protestant churches have accepted this doctrine without thorough examination. The “trinity”, however, generates confusion and is not in total harmony with the Scriptures. To say that there are three separate persons who somehow comprise “one God” is like trying to connect opposing sides of two magnets. When you add 1+1+1, it must equal three; and there cannot, under any circumstances, be more than one God."

So according to Randy Phillips who was the pastor here for years and taught this, the Trinity is a false, made up, Roman Catholic Doctrine. Yet Rand will got o churches that are embracing false Trinitarian Roman Catholic Doctrines and sing and take their money.
Modalist Heresy

United States

#4 Nov 7, 2011
Here is a simple test on how to prove if they are in deed heretics and modalists who deny Jesus Christ as the Eternal Son of God. If they come to your church have your pastor go on stage with them and hand all three a Hynmal and tell the congregation Phillips, Craig, and Dean will now lead us all int he Hymn Holy, Holy, Holy. They will not sing "God in Three Persons, Blessed Trinity". But neither will Jehovah Witnesses who deny the Trinity.
Modalist Heresy

United States

#5 Nov 7, 2011
Blurring the Dividing Line:

The Legacy of Phillips, Craig and Dean

Here is what is wrong with Modalism

http://vintage.aomin.org/PCD.html
Modalist Heresy

New York, NY

#6 Nov 7, 2011
http://hereiblog.com/modalism-revisted-philli...
Update, on 04/01/2010 A third party has contacted me claiming that PD&C are not Modalists per a correspondence from PD&C. The email does not give a clear expression of their doctrine and I would like to hear from them directly with clear expressions of what they believe. A response is forthcoming.
This probably hasn’t been a hot topic lately, but there is some new (to me at least) and concrete information on Phillips, Craig and Dean’s position on their position on the Trinity. If you search and read the various apologetic websites you’ll find how tough it was for many to get straight answers to their position on the doctrine of the Trinity. There website, for example, doesn’t have a statement of faith.
Taking a look at their church websites doesn’t make finding their beliefs too much easier. On Dan Dean’s The Heartland Church I can find no statement of faith. As of 04/01/2010 there is now a statement of faith. At Shawn Craig’s church South County Christian Center under “about us” you actually can read their statement of faith. It says this about God:
We believe in one God revealed as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.(Matthew 28:19; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)[emphasis mine]
Lastly, at Randy Phillips’ church Promise Land West under “About Us” then “Belief Statement” under the heading “The Godhead” reads:
(I John 5:7; Matthew 28:19; 1 Tim 3:16) We believe in one God who is eternal in His existence, Triune in His manifestation, being both Father, Son and Holy Ghost AND that He is Sovereign and Absolute in His authority. We believe in the Father who is God Himself, Creator of the universe.{Gen 1:1; John 1:1} We believe that Jesus is the Son of God.(Col 2:9)[emphasis mine, underline in original]
The red flags are the words “revealed as” and “manifestation” that have caused folks to question whether or not these guys are non-Trinitarian. But without coming right out and denying it it’s possible though not accurate to use a play on words and skirt the issue. At least skirting the issue in so far as to satisfy someone who has not really looked into modalism or much theology. None of the above information is really new though.
Promise Land church which is pastored by Randy Phillips’ father (I believe) which birthed Phillips’ current church Promise Land West has finally given a definitive position. You can read their “What We Believe” page and get similar texts like the ones I mentioned above.
Modalist Heresy

New York, NY

#7 Nov 7, 2011
So here’s the kicker. If you go to “Resources” then to the Enquirer’s Handbook link at the Promise Land church site you’ll find that handbook which is a 100+ page pdf file very helpful. Finally, a direct answer. Now, we can’t necessarily apply these beliefs to the other two members since they are not part of that church, but it’s very telling.
Let’s look at some quotes from the handbook.
Since the death of John and the other eleven original apostles, many concepts and teachings have arisen that do not necessarily coincide with the “one God” teaching of the early church. In the year A.D. 180, Tertullian began using the term “trinity” from which was born the Catholic doctrine of three Gods, co-equal, co-existent and co-eternal. The Roman Emperor Constantine in the year A.D. 325 incorporated the “doctrine of the trinity” into the Catholic Church where it has remained ever since, and most Protestant churches have accepted this doctrine without thorough examination. The “trinity”, however, generates confusion and is not in total harmony with the Scriptures. To say that there are three separate persons who somehow comprise “one God” is like trying to connect opposing sides of two magnets. When you add 1+1+1, it must equal three; and there cannot, under any circumstances, be more than one God.
One of the primary sources of confusion in this matter is related to the word “persons.” The doctrine of the trinity states that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three “persons” who make up one God. In actuality, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are three manifestations of one God. This word manifestation means “to appear”, and it is quite scriptural. The Bible tells us that,“God was manifest in the flesh ...”(I Timothy 3:16). In other words, God appeared in the flesh (as a son).[emphasis mine] Pg. 60
It also looks like there is a problem of separating Christ’s natures. This must go along with the modalism so certain Scriptures can be explained.
On the other hand, it was His human nature which required Him to eat, to sleep and to pray. As a human being (flesh), Jesus Christ was basically weak. Jesus made this clear when He spoke to Peter saying:“... The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh [human nature] is weak”(Mark 14:38).
The flesh, as a result of its sinful tendencies, is constantly warring with and resisting the Spirit. But despite these facts, Jesus came “... in the likeness of sinful flesh ...”(Romans 8:3). He did not create a super body, so to speak, that would protect Him from sin and weakness; He was human flesh just as you and I are.
It was for this reason that Jesus had to pray. If this is confusing, remember that it was the flesh (human nature) praying to the omnipresent Spirit. In one incident, Jesus had to lay His hands upon a man the second time in order for the man to be healed (Mark 8:23-25). This was due to the weakness of the flesh; otherwise, one time would have been sufficient. Without prayer and fasting, His flesh, is human nature, would never have remained sinless and pure or have been strong enough to die on Calvary (Hebrews 5:7). His need for prayer was made evident in the garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:44-46).
The dual nature of Jesus is puzzling to some because they view the two natures as two persons. As a man, Jesus was the Son of God; He was flesh. But as God Almighty, Jesus was Spirit robed in flesh and existing everywhere else at once. There are two natures and not two persons. For example, you possess a human nature (your body) and a spiritual nature (your spirit). Whether your flesh and spirit remain intact or are separated, you are still only one person. The same is true of God. Pg. 63
I just pulled a few quotes out, but there are more in the book. I’m actually glad that the issues are finally spelled out so clearly. I wonder if the rest of the band agrees?
Mark

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