Between Rev. W. B. H. Beach, of the Christian Denomination, and Rev. Y. Hickey, Presbyterian Minister, held in Presbyterian Church, Greenville, NY., 1867.
A Methodist Minister of Denton’s Corners, N. Y., not long since, gave as a reason for refusing to fellowship a neighboring Christian Church, that “they worship a different God from the God he worships.” The question viewed in this light, is practical and important; it is most worthy of our consideration,
The Doctrine of the Trinity contains,—
One God of three persons; and,—
One God the Father, one and only one person.
It also affirms that there is but one True God.
Now if God the Father, one and only one person, is the only True God—and who will deny it, whether his faith be Trinitarian or not?—the unavoidable conclusion is that the God of three persons is a FALSE God. For surely the God of three persons and the God of one person are not the same God, unless “Person” means nothing instead of “something.”
As the Scriptures direct the “True worshippers to worship the Father,” [Jn 4:23] as the only true object of supreme homage, affirming that it is “life eternal to know the Father the only True God,” [John 17:3] and that “there is but one God, the Father;” [1Cor 8:6] we worship that God of one person, the Father, whom every Trinitarian must admit to be the only true God, unless he disputes Jesus. (John 17: 3.) If therefore Trinitarians worship any other than the True God of one person; or if they worship Him in any other than His true character as the Father,—as for example, to worship Him as a Son, or as three somethings.—we cannot disprove that they are guilty of idolatry; though in charity, we would view the matter in some other light.