“Understand that there are three offices of the Godhead. Like this little lady said. She said, ‘To my husband I am a wife, to my children I am a mother, that’s my office. To hundreds of third graders I am their teacher and have been down through the years. That’s a different office; none of them the same, but I’m still the same person.” – (The Shepherd’s Chapel, broadcast June 4, 1991)
This definition of the Godhead is textbook heresy. That God is not the God of the bible but it is a very popular one. Anyone who holds to such teachings and propagates them will surely answer to God. It is all the proof that you need that this person is not of God.
From Wikipedia on the ancient Sabellian heresy:
“In Christianity, Sabellianism (also known as modalism, modalistic monarchianism, or modal monarchism) is the nontrinitarian or anti-trinitarian belief that the Heavenly Father, Resurrected Son, and Holy Spirit are three different modes or aspects of one monadic God, as perceived by the believer, rather than three distinct persons within the Godhead – that there are no real or substantial differences between the three, such that there is no substantial identity for the Spirit or the Son. The term Sabellianism comes from Sabellius, who was a theologian and priest from the 3rd century.”
Where there is smoke, there’s fire. Though the Chapel gives lip service to the doctrine of the Trinity their own definition of the Godhead betrays them.
This was the first false doctrine that Jesus Christ blew the lid off of in 2004… after this I began to see a tidal wave of erroneous teaching that I had been led to believe as truth…
Interesting side note, Murray will often say that God created everything because He was consumed with His own loneliness… really? That is an understandable conclusion for someone who teaches modalism… but I can assure you loneliness was not the reason God created everything.
In the Trinitarian Godhead there is an eternal inter-relating of persons; in the modalistic conception there is only one person and no inter-relating. Easy for Murray to imagine God being lonely.
In late 2004 I ordered a tape set from Reformed theologian R.C. Sproul on the Holy Spirit. It was the first time I heard a clear scriptural exposition of the Godhead – something that Murray had never done.
In Spring of 2005 when I was busting loose from the chapel I realized that Murray was teaching the modalistic heresy – this is when the war began, it was knives out against the Chapel from this point… I rejected him as thoroughly satanic at that point and realized I had been deceived.
The modalistic heresy, or Sabellian heresy asserts that there is one person God, in three successive, modes, states, forms or offices. And this is certainly what Murray teaches. But what does the scripture say about this?