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The Christadelphians deny the doctrine of the Trinity. Therefore, they also deny that the Holy Spirit is the third person in the Godhead. When we say that the Holy Spirit is a person, we do not mean that He has a body of flesh and bones, that His first name is Holy and His last name is Spirit. Rather, the Holy Spirit has personhood in that He is self aware, has a will, and can speak. However, the Christadelphians teach that the Holy Spirit is a force, the invisible power and energy of the Father by which God is everywhere present. It is a “power concentrated through an individual or angel for the purpose of a specific miraculous event or activity.”The Testimony: The Distinctive Beliefs of the Christadelphians, Vol. 58, No. 691, July 1988, p. 254.
They teach that the Holy Spirit is an impersonal force by which God inspired the Bible and moved through people the same way as a wind would drive a ship, carrying it along with it. In support of their position, they quote 2 Pet 1:21 NASB which says, “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” They interpret the moving of the Holy Spirit as the moving of the force. They then sometimes go to Acts 27:17 NASB which also contains the word “moved” when it is referring to the ship being “driven along” by the storm.
The problem with this type of thinking is that words mean what they mean in their immediate context. You do not take the meaning of a word in one scripture, take it out of its context, and apply it to another verse. This leads to error and is particularly dangerous when other scriptures are ignored that contradict the interpretation that the Christadelphians are trying to support.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
If the Holy Spirit is like a force, then how can it be lied to?
How can a force have a will, or be able to love, or speak, or be insulted?
Clearly the Bible demonstrate that the Holy Spirit is alive and has attributes of life, self awareness, and a will and is not a mere force.
The Christadelphians go to great lengths to deny the personhood of the Holy Spirit. But, it should be obvious that the Holy Spirit is not a mere force like a radar or a wind. Rather, He is the third person in the Trinity.
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|↑1||The Testimony: The Distinctive Beliefs of the Christadelphians, Vol. 58, No. 691, July 1988, p. 254.|