After publishing my post entitled “Unlocking the Mystery of Christ Nature“, a comment was posted on the dashboard that brought me into a website owned by the so-called “Biblical Unitarians”, and their ministry was named as “Spirit and Truth Fellowship International”. The website was located here. I’m not familiar with the Unitarians before, but after reading their site, I feel so worry about the great error that they taught concerning Jesus Christ. By studying first the background of the group, I learned that the founder whose name was Victor Paul Wierwille was associated with the Bible translator, George Lamsa, who proudly admitted of being raised in the Nestorian church. Wierwille became associated in 1957 with Aramaic Bible scholar George Lamsa who finished his translation work for The Holy Bible from Ancient Eastern Manuscripts (Lamsa Bible) in Wierwille’s home.Lamsa and Wierwille together produced the first American Aramaic grammar in 1960 for the study of Biblical manuscripts with the ancient Estrangelo letters.Believing that the original New Testament was written in Aramaic, he became a supporter of George Lamsa’s translation of the Bible, and used it frequently. From the time that they were connected for a single work, Wierwille’s view regarding Christ had changed. From the belief of Christ’s Deity, he shifted into a Nestorian-like doctrine. Wierwille believed and taught the deity of Jesus Christ for 20 years, until finally he made his break with biblical teaching on Jesus when Lamsa entered his life.
Now, we will try to answer the discourses of Wierwille’s “Biblical Unitarians” concerning Christ, and let see if, as they claimed, they were biblical indeed.
What really the Bible says about this matter?
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9)
Here are the two natures of Christ; the Godhead and the human body. In these two natures, which one suffered death according to the Bible?
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?But he spake of the temple of his body.” (John 2: 19-21)
Which one died? The temple of His body, and not the Spirit that dwells inside earthly temple or the body.
Peter further said;
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: (I Peter 3:18)
The Unitarian teaching that the entire being of Christ (both flesh and His Deity) died in the Calvary was definitely a big mistake because the Holy Scriptures, as what we have shown, clearly stated that the only part that suffered death was the body and not the Spirit.
Was it impossible that God have God higher than Him? Biblically speaking, that’s possible. We should remember that the Father is the Most High God, and that Christ is His Son, and as a father is higher than his son, so the Father to Christ.
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Hebrews 1:8-9)
Let’s read the Bible and find out in what state when Christ was being tempted.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18)
The Bible clearly states that to overcome death, Christ should overcome temptation, and He cannot be tempted unless He partakes with flesh and blood because sin works only through flesh and not with the Spirit. Therefore, to destroy the body which was ruled by sin, Christ made Himself in the like of the sinful flesh.
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:6)
We must remember that Christ humiliated Himself by acquiring the likeness of a sinful man, of a servant, and not of God. Therefore, expecting Him to say that He was God is an absurdity. In His prayer, Christ wanted us to know, not just the Father, but also Himself. Although He never testify for Himself (because that was the Father’s concern), yet He prayed that we must know Him, too.
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. (John 5:37)
And how the Father borne witness of Christ?
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (Hebrews 1:8)
“…made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death.” Thus, while He was in the world, Jesus set an example for all Christians, and we should learn from these examples.
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; (Heb.2:14)
The “children” mentioned here are the “children of God” according to verse 13. The children of God, according to verse 14, are partakers of flesh and blood. It means that the “children of God” are not completely children of flesh, but only partakers of it. Why? Because the children of God are also partakers of the divine nature. That divine nature was the Spirit that enables us to have the thinking of Christ. Paul said;
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (II Cor. 4:7)
By joining the divine nature with the flesh and blood, Christ made Himself in the likeness of God’s children in earth; children that doesn’t only partake with flesh and blood, but also partakers of the divine nature.
Wierwille’s “Biblical Unitarians”, by being failed to comprehend the character of our Savior, misunderstood the words of testimony regarding the Deity of Christ. They failed to comprehend the mysteries hidden behind the humble character of the Savior, and by careless conclusion of those things that they never completely understand, they embraced a teaching which contradicts the precious truths about the Savior.
The questions like “why Christ never called Himself God?”, or “if Christ is God, why He prays to the Father” are examples of questions being raised in a carnal mind that doesn’t have the ability to see afar off. They only see those things revealed upon literal eyes and not the deepest part of things. Christ said “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” (Matthew 11:29). By such character, of course, we cannot expect Christ telling that He was God.