The Holy Spirit is a Person...

Posted Dec 28, 2013 by Bobby B in The Spirit of God Hits: 5,006

Trinitarians in general go to great lengths in order to prove that the Holy Spirit is a Person in contrast to an impersonal force or power (ie. electricity, gravity etc.). Yet, in modern discussions the question of personality is really a moot point, simply because Trinitarians and non-Trinitarians agree that the Holy Spirit is a personality. The disagreement is rather Who this personality is. The personality of the Father and/or Son, or someone else, separate and entirely distinct? Here is the question where smoke and mirrors confuse many. The Trinitarian math regarding the Holy Spirit goes like this: 1). Does the Holy Spirit possess and demonstrate the characteristics of a person? Yes. 2). Is the Holy Spirit described or referenced as God? Yes 3). Since the Holy Spirit is a "person" and is "God," He should be prayed to and worshipped along with the Father and Son. This logic is simple and conclusive. The problem for Trinitarians/Tri-theists is that there are NO examples or commands anywhere in scripture of prayers or worship addressed to the Holy Spirit. The argument of Trinitarians is: The Bible says the Holy Spirit is a person. The argument from non-trinitarians should be: where in scripture is the Holy Spirit of God described as a separate and distinct individual from the Father and His Son? In order to answer this question many Trinitarians will use non-Biblical terminology such as "God the Spirit" instead of "Spirit of God" in a convoluted attempt to disassociate God's Spirit from Himself and re-appear as a separate deity worthy of separate prayers and devotions. To show that I'm not just making this stuff up, the following is a short review of THE TRINITY, book by Whidden, Moon, & Reeve as related to the subject of the Holy Spirit. Pay special attention to lofty but empty claim of sola scriptura, yet the final appeal is always to "logic."

 
 
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Should Adventists pray to, and worship the Holy Spirit? part 2 THE TRINITY, book by Whidden, Moon, & Reeve as related to the subject of the Holy Spirit. THE TRINITY says: "We will be very candid with our readers--if it is not biblical we do not want it, even if the vast majority of authorities in the religious world endorse it (including Adventist pioneers and the theologians of 'Babylon')." (The Trinity pg.11) "The only way for the pioneers in their context to effectively separate Scripture from tradition was to abandon every doctrine not clearly supported from the Bible alone. Thus they initially rejected the traditional doctrine of the Trinity, which clearly contained elements not evident in Scripture." (The Trinity pg. 202) "To whom should we direct our petitions and adoration in personal devotions and corporate worship?...But what about direct prayer to the Holy Spirit? While we have no clear example of or direct command to pray to the Spirit in Scripture, doing so does have, in principle, some implicit biblical support. If the Spirit is indeed divine and personal and He interacts in all sorts of direct personal ways (bringing conviction, healing, transforming grace, granting gifts, etc.), it only seems logical that God's people can pray directly to and worship the Holy Spirit..."In sum--if the persons of the Godhead are truly one in nature, character, and purpose, then it seems only logical and practical to address appropriate petitions and praises to any one of the heavenly Trio at any given time and situation." (The Trinity pg. 272, 273 emphasis supplied).
 
Is it really possible to claim strict Biblical "proof" of the modern Adventist version of the Trinity doctrine, while at the same time candidly admitting there is "no example of" anyone in the bible ever praying to or worshipping the Holy Spirit? Nor, is there any "direct command" anywhere in Scripture that we should worship or pray to the Holy Spirit! In other words no one in the entire Bible ever worshiped or prayed to the Holy Spirit, but we are all told to do it anyway! For many people, praying to and worshipping the Holy Spirit "seems logical and practical." Yet, praying to Mary and worshipping dead saints seems very logical and practical for over a billion people. Now, everyone is entitled to their own belief or opinion, but why try to cram this new speculative opinion about the Trinity down our throats? The practical definition of dogmatic dogmatism is when Pastors are fired, and laypersons disfellowshipped from Adventist churches because of variant interpretations of the "Trinity" as defined by the 28 Fundamental beliefs. If Adventist's are not required to strictly adhere to only one interpretation of the Trinity doctrine, then why make it a test of fellowship in the first place? In fact, the greatest irony of all is that "The Trinity" book belittles the early Adventist pioneer's non-trinitarian views while praising the development of modern Adventist trinitarianism as the only Biblical and legitimate form of the doctrine. Did you catch that? Modern Adventism claims that all Christian trinitarian creeds contain elements of "Greek philosophy," unbiblical speculation and human tradition. Therefore, modern Adventism cannot subscribe or endorse ANY Christian Trinity creed, and by definition, would be classified as non-Trinitarian by them all. Now that's irony. Even though modern Adventism has repudiated the non-trinitarian teachings of her founding fathers and evolved its own unique "Trinitarian" perspective, the Adventist church has always been non-Trinitarian.