What Do Oneness Pentecostals Believe?

What Do Oneness Pentecostals Believe?

Official Doctrines & Teachings Of The UPCI


Many people do not know who Oneness Pentecostals are or what they believe. Oneness Pentecostals are of the United Pentecostal Church International, and they have many un-Biblical doctrines and teachings contrary to the Christian faith. What are the main doctrines of the UPCI that are un-Biblical? The UPCI rejects the doctrine of the Trinity; rejects God revealed in three distinct personages; rejects salvation by grace through faith alone apart from works; and they state those who believe in such man-made doctrines are not saved. (Christians) The UPCI holds to a oneness view of God, which means they believe God has been revealed through three manifestations not personages. The UPCI teaches that a person must not only believe in Jesus (the oneness view) but also be water baptized (in Jesus name only) and speak in other tongues in order to be saved. (as the evidence of being baptized with the Holy Spirit)


Official Teachings and Doctrines of the UPCI on the doctrine of the Trinity


The United Pentecostal Church International rejects the doctrine of the Trinity. They believe that God is three manifestations: Father in creation; the Son in redemption; the Holy Spirit in regeneration.

the UPCI reflect most of the beliefs of the Holiness-Pentecostal movement, with the exception of the “second work of grace,” the historic doctrine of the Trinity, and the traditional Trinitarian formula in water baptism. It embraces the Pentecostal view that speaking in tongues is the initial sign of receiving the Holy Spirit.” (from


In distinction to the doctrine of the Trinity, the UPCI holds to a oneness view of God. It views the Trinitarian concept of God, that of God eternally existing as three distinctive persons, as inadequate and a departure from the consistent and emphatic biblical revelation of God being one…Thus God is manifested as Father in creation and as the Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regeneration.”


Additional references from Oneness Pentecostal websites on the nature of God & the Trinity.

God is manifested as Father in creation and as the Father of the Son, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our regenerationRather than affirm the man-made doctrine known as the Trinity, we adhere to the wonderful, biblical revelation and doctrine that God is one…God is not a committee of three persons, and neither is He schizophrenic (Apostolic Church of Clarksburg/


“We believe the Bible teaches that there is only one true, ever living, eternal God, infinite in power, holy in nature, attributes and purpose, and possessing absolute, invisible deity. The One true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son in redemption, and as the Holy Ghost, by emanation. This one true God manifested Himself in the Old Testament in various ways; in the Son while he walked among men; as the Holy Ghost after the ascension.”

(Bethel United Pentecostal Church/


we see that the doctrine of the trinity is nonbiblical both in terminology and in historical origin. It has its roots in polytheism, pagan religion, and pagan philosophy (David Bernard/ Oneness of God/


The Scriptures do not teach the doctrine of the trinity, but trinitarianism has its roots in paganism (David Bernard/ Oneness of God/


We believe that trinitarianism is not a biblical doctrine and that it contradicts the Bible in many ways. The Scriptures do not teach a trinity of persons. The doctrine of the trinity uses terminology not used in Scripture. It teaches and emphasizes plurality in the Godhead while the Bible emphasizes the oneness of God. It detracts from the fulness of Jesus Christ’s deity. It contradicts many specific verses of Scripture. It is not logical. No one can understand or explain it rationally, not even those who advocate it. In short, trinitarianism is a doctrine that does not belong to Christianity.”

(David Bernard/ Oneness of God/


The Bible does not teach the doctrine of the trinity, and trinitarianism actually contradicts the Bible. It does not add any positive benefit to the Christian message. Without the man-made doctrine of the trinity we can still affirm the deity of Jesus (David Bernard/ Oneness of God/

These references give the truth on what the UPCI (Oneness Pentecostals) believe concerning the Trinity doctrine. It is clear they worship a different God, Jesus, and Christians need to be informed. The intention of sharing this was to expose openly the un-Biblical doctrines of the UPCI, and give Biblical resources. The following links are solid articles refuting Oneness Pentecostal false doctrines & teachings of the Trinity.

A Biblical Account to, “What is the Trinity”

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Refuting the false doctrines of Oneness Pentecostalism on the doctrine of the Trinity


What does the Bible teach about the doctrine of the Trinity?

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Official Teachings & Doctrines of the UPCI on “What must I do to be saved?”


The official teachings and doctrines of the UPCI for someone to be saved are: A person must repent of their ways; turn to Christ; be water baptized in Jesus name only; speak in other tongues as the evidence being baptized in the Spirit; and live a holy life.

“a sinner must believe the gospel; he is commanded to repent of his sinful life, to be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ, and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (from


“It is true that water itself does not contain any saving virtue, but God has chosen to include it in His plan of salvation. Peter explained, “Baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:21). According to Luke 7:30, “the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized.” (from


“Millions have experienced this same baptism in the Spirit. Wherever this message is proclaimed, the question is asked, “Why did God choose speaking in tongues as the initial, physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost?”…One vital reason why God chose other tongues as the initial sign of receiving the Holy Ghost is that speaking in tongues is an immediate, external evidence.” (from


“The initial, outward evidence is speaking with tongues, which means speaking miraculously in languages the speaker does not know…Speaking with other tongues has been connected with Spirit baptism since the beginning of the church age.” (from

These references can easily be found online. I have provided them so people will know exactly what the United Pentecostal Church International (Oneness Pentecostals) teach on what a person must do to be saved. The following links provide Biblical refutations to the false and inaccurate teachings of the UPCI.

Refuting Oneness Pentecostal Doctrines & Teachings on Salvation


Refuting Oneness Pentecostal Doctrines & Teachings on water baptism for Salvation


The Gospel Message


This information was shared for Christians to know exactly what Oneness Pentecostals believe and why they are not Christians Biblically, theologically, and logically. For more information on the history and development of the United Pentecostal Church International check out the Watchman’s Expositor profile of them at


There may be some of you who think this is being judgmental against those in the UPCI movement, and you may think that they are Christians. But Biblically they have another God, another Jesus, another gospel, and another spirit. The Bible warns about those who claim to be of the faith but are not Christians. The Bible warns about being careful of false teachings and prophets who appear to be of God but are wolves in sheep’ clothing. The bottom line is to examine yourselves to see whether or not you are in the faith, unless you fail the test. (Matthew 7:13-27, Matthew 24:22-24, Acts 20:23-31, Galatians 1:6-9,

2 Corinthians 11:4 & 13-15, 2 Corinthians 13:5, 2 Peter 2-3, 1 John 2:18-23, 1 John 4:1-4)


Those of the United Pentecostal Church state that those who do not hold to their doctrines are not saved. The following is from David Bernard, a UPCI pastor and teacher:

Sincere profession based on a faulty concept of Christ is not enough; one must believe and obey the gospel. False prophets and cultists profess Christ, but they are not saved. According to Jesus, some people will sincerely profess Him, believe that they are saved, and even profess to perform miracles in His name, but they will not be saved because they did not obey His Word (Matthew 7:21-27). Many will profess to know Him and even to have enjoyed His presence but will not be saved (Luke 13:25-27).
We cannot impose demands that the Bible does not support, nor can we make exceptions that the Bible does not grant. Precisely because God is sovereign in granting salvation, we must limit ourselves to the clear teaching of Scripture. If God has plans that go beyond what He has revealed to us in the Bible, that is His prerogative, but we have authority only to teach the plan God gave to us in the Scriptures. We have no right to offer false or uncertain hopes based on wishful thinking, speculations, reasoning, philosophy, or doubtful interpretations of difficult passages. We cannot make exceptions for situations that arise from failure to follow biblical teachings and examples.

What must I do to be saved?” The New Testament answer is to exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, by repenting from sin, being baptized in the name of Jesus for the remission of sins, receiving the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of speaking in tongues, and continuing to live a holy, separated life by the power of the indwelling Spirit.”

(David Bernard/

If you have any questions or comments concerning this information or additional topics please send us an email. May this information be clear and useful for the body of Christ, and help lead people out of the non-Christian affiliation of the UPCI into a genuine relationship with the God of the Bible and be set free from their sins.

8 Comments on What Do Oneness Pentecostals Believe?

  1. Hi,
    I found your Web Site by Google
    And I wish you the best you can get,
    the peace of God through Jesus Christ.

    The New Birth

    “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent
    me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written
    in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man
    therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh
    unto me.” John 6:44-45. “And he said, Therefore said I unto you,
    that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of
    my Father.” (Verse 65).

    The Father draws people to Jesus. Jesus baptizes them by the
    Holy Spirit, and the Spirit gives them the new life in Christ so
    that they become born again. We become new creations in
    Christ. When God created the first man, Adam, he breathed
    into his nostrils the breath of life; and man becomes a living
    soul. Genesis 2:7. When Jesus baptizes us by the Holy Spirit
    it is a new creating act. The Spirit gives us the new life in
    Christ and makes us to new creations. “So then if anyone is
    in Christ, that one is a new creation; the old things have
    passed away; behold, all things have come to be new!”
    2 Cor. 5:17.

    Earlier we have been only created beings, now
    we are relatives to the Creator. Jesus’ Father becomes our
    Father, and we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

    Through the new birth we enter the Assembly of God, God’s family.
    This has nothing to do with churches and denominations. The
    Bible describes the Assembly of God as the Body of Christ.
    Accordingly, a living Body. Rom. 12:4-5. 1 Cor. 10:17. 12:27.
    “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body,
    as it hath pleased him.” 1 Cor. 12:18. We cannot by men be selected
    to members of the Assembly of God.

    The Pentecostal preachers use to speak so proudly about the
    baptism by the Holy Spirit, and they mean that the “Pentecostal
    Revival” has conveyed this truth. However, what did the
    “Pentecostal Revival” do? The “Pentecostal Revival” censored
    away a big part of the truth of the baptism by the Holy Spirit,
    so that this truth has been preached and understood only partly.
    As a result of this, the truth of the baptism by the Holy Spirit
    has never been preached within the Pentecostal movement.
    They have learnt only a little part of this truth, and this they
    have turned back to front.

    Because of this false doctrine about the baptism by the Holy
    Spirit, people have not understood the connection between the
    baptism by the Holy Spirit and the new birth. They do not
    understand that it is when Jesus baptizes us by the Holy Spirit
    we get the new life in Christ and we become born again. The
    Holy Spirit gives us the new life in Christ and make the new
    birth. We are born of the Spirit. John 3:3-8.

    They have preached that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is
    only for those who are born again. Yet, on the day of Pentecost
    the apostle Peter promised people, which were not born again,
    that they would get the Holy Spirit as a gift when they did
    repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Consider,
    that Peter promised the Holy Spirit to people who had not been
    born again! And when they received the Holy Spirit, what
    happened then? Well, then they got the new life in Christ and
    became born again!

    In the Assembly of God (the Body of Christ) we are all
    baptized by the Holy Spirit, but not all are speaking with
    tongues. 1 Kor. 12:12-31. The Pentecostal preachers have
    turned this back to front. They say that only those who can
    speak with tongues are baptized by the Holy Spirit, and the
    speaking with tongues is the only certain sign of that someone
    is baptized by the Holy Spirit. This is a dangerous denying
    of a work that Jesus and the Holy Spirit have done, and
    legalization of false speaking with tongues.

  2. Scott Perkins // December 30, 2008 at 9:28 am //

    To Russell Redden.

    Sorry man, the same Spirit does not move in both churches.

    If you are a oneness believer you reject Jesus Christ.

    Oneness believers play the diety game.

    they say we believe in the diety of Jesus, but thats your excuse for rejecting the Son of God.

    the Father is not Jesus Christ. the Word of God said that the Father sent His Son, that whosoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

    Jesus said no man goes to the Father but through me, but you think you will.

    just put the name of the Son on His Father then your in.


    good luck.

    but as for me and my house we shall serve the Triune God.

    the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

  3. Russell Redden // November 19, 2008 at 2:45 pm //

    You obvously have not visited a UPC church. The same Spirit of God that moves within trinitarian assemblies moves in the UPC. God does not think that they teach “another God” or else He would not move there. Visit Assemblies of God, Church of God, Charasmatic churches, and then visit the UPC. It is the same Holy Spirit. It is believing in the Deity of Christ that matters. If you are saved by grace, not by works, what does it matter what you believe? Isn’t one’s own theology a “work”? If works do not matter, then neither does the doctrine of the U.P.C.

  4. Do penecostals believe in birth control

  5. To the fellow defender, Scott Perkins.

    You asked:

    “…my question is, and I hope you are not apart of this cult, but I could not find your statement of beliefs.”

    Yes, we have our Statements of Beleifs. Click on the “Statements of Faith” link under the Subpages directory. But for some light of our belief of Trinity, let me quote some.

    “That in one Godhood (kind/class/order/category/essence of being God) there are three (3) Members-Persons… the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit… is individually, eternally and absolutely distinct from, unique among and not interchangeable with, any one or more of the other two remaining Members-Persons of this TRINITY.”

    It’s more extensive than that, so I hope you take time to read them too.

    In Jesus Christ’s service,

    Baguio City

  6. Scott Perkins // August 29, 2008 at 10:03 am //

    Hello, my name is Scott Perkins, my question is, and I hope you are not apart of this cult, but I could not find your statement of beliefs.

    I feel there is a perversion growing in the Church of God, that no one seems to get.

    it is the doctrine of Oneness, it is a belief that Jesus is the Father, that there is no true Son of God, that the Son had a beginning and shall surely have a ending.

    the 200 times Jesus spoke and prayed to his Father, they say he was praying to himself.
    when he was being baptised, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him, the Father spoke from heaven and said this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased, again they say it was a illusion.

    they say the Father in his diety become the Son in his humanity, so when the Son was on the earth, heaven was empty, but if thats true, why did the Father from heaven speak about his Son?

    also they say Jesus the son never coexisted with his Father at anytime, they say the Son is the Father.

    If thats true, than why did Jesus in John 17.5 say this, Glorify me O Father, with the Glory which I had with you before the world was?

    again they say the son only existed when he was born of the virgin Mary, but Jesus preaches another gospel, Jesus also said the Father loved Him, before the foundation of the world.

    they say it was not really the son that was with his Father, it was the future thought of the son, meaning when Jesus said, Glorify me O Father with the glory which I had with you before the world was.

    it was the future thought of the Father coming down and calling himself his Son.

    Jesus said the wittness of two is true, if I went to court and I told the judge I bear wittness of my self, and my spirit bears wittness of me also, sorry that would not be legal would it.

    this doctrine is the biggest pile of garbage i ever heard in my life, and people are flocking to it, the new revelation, and all who reject this doctrine is refusing to come out of Babylon.

    sorry this was so long, my question is are these people saved? I do not believe so.

    people think because they say Jesus this, and Jesus that, only in the name of Jesus, that they are Christians.

    but the truth is, they do not believe in Jesus Christ at all.

    the Jehovah wittnessess think Jesus is the Arch angel Micheal, they do not believe in Jesus Christ.
    the oneness cult believe Jesus is his own Father, they believe Jesus is the Father, they reject the Son.

    can you be saved just by the name of Jesus, are do you need to beleive in Jesus Christ to be saved, thankyou.

    because they truly believe in a differant Jesus, a differant Spirit, a differant doctrine.

    Scott, defender

  7. Hi Cinu,

    Can you be more specific? What do you mean by “love marriage”?

  8. cinu g thomas // February 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm //

    can we support love marriage accoridng to pentecostal belief or bible.if so or not pls give me the reference from the bible

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