B17) Why Didn’t Anyone in the Bible Ever Direct Prayer or Worship to the Holy Spirit? [Can this Open to Deception as Derek Prince Warned? Does a misreading of “three (distinct) persons” as “three separate persons” lie behind this?]. Steve Dobbs, March, 2019:  [Re-written]

Part I: How did this error enter the churches and open Christians to deception?

Introduction: Although I don’t have a teaching ministry I believe God has given me the all clear to go ahead with this as it forms an extension to my footnotes for Prophecy (A40), Section B, (link). I also believe I've had repeated discernment on this issue and a witness in the Spirit that this article is correct overall, (although not word for word correct since it is an article not a prophecy). I’ve attempted to explain why no one in the bible ever appears to have ever directed prayer or worship to the Holy Spirit, and why attempting to do so can open Christians to deception as Derek Prince warned. I believe that this is one of the devils most insidious routes into deception today because it initially appears to parallel Trinitarian Doctrine although this is not, in fact, the case. I found this extremely hard to describe, though, as it deals with the phrases “three (distinct) persons" which have perplexed Christians since it was first coined the late C2nd. To avoid any misunderstandings I’ve, therefore, included my Statement of Faith at the end of this article to show that I agree with the Nicene Creed and do not accept the Oneness Doctrine as one reader wrongly assumed. I believe this unbiblical practice stems from people misinterpreting the phrases “three persons" and "three distinct persons" as "three separate persons" instead. This is a common error which all Trinitarian scholars have warned about throughout history. From that error many Christians then develop the false belief that the Holy Spirit is a third separate person to the Father and Son instead of adhering to the bibles teaching that the Holy Spirit, (Gods Spirit), is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. This also explains, in a simple biblical way, why the three really are literally One God. I have used the K.J.V throughout, except when quoting from Derek Prince’s article.

“God is not the author of confusion,” (1 Cor 14: 33).

i) Summary: The Godhead is often mistakenly seen as three separate persons, (a misunderstanding of the phrase "three distinct persons"). Instead of being the Spirit of both the Father and the Son the Holy Spirit is then wrongly perceived as a separate person to the Father and the Son. This is not the Holy Spirit described in the bible. It is an erroneous view of the Holy Spirit, one that is not part of the biblical Godhead. Addressing prayer or worship to another version of the "Holy Spirit" will open to deception. The devil can send a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit to such Christians. As the Spirit of both the Father and the Son He, the Holy Spirit, shares in and is the source of their two personas/personalities. There is no third persona/personality of the Holy Spirit for us to pray to other than theirs. In the same way a man’s spirit is not a separate person, with a separate persona/personality to that man’s own, instead they "share" the same persona/personality. This explains why everyone in the bible addressed all their prayers and communications to the Father or the Son and never attempted to address the Holy Spirit as if He were a separate person to them. Attempting to do so will open to deception and "counterfeits of the holy spirit" as Derek prince warns below.

ii) Derek Prince’s warning against attempting to direct prayer or worship to the Holy Spirit: Derek Prince was one of the UKs most respected interdenominational, Trinitarian teachers of modern times. In his article, entitled; Protection from Deception,” section “The Identity of the Holy Spirit,” (link), he wrote; “I have not found in the Scripture anywhere an example of a prayer addressed to the Holy Spirit. So far as I can understand, no one in the Scripture ever prayed to the Holy Spirit… Any spirit that focuses on the Holy Spirit and glorifies the Holy Spirit is not the Holy Spirit… a New-Ager… said about the "New Age," "When the holy spirit comes, then the New Age will be here." Of course I am sure most of you would understand that when she talks about the holy spirit, she is not talking about the same Holy Spirit that the Bible speaks about. This is one of various indications that there is a counterfeit holy spirit…” “It is nothing new for Satan to produce a religious counterfeit…  When we want the Holy Spirit to do something, we address our request to the Father or to the Son… the Holy Spirit does not speak from Himself; He has no message of His own… He only reports to us what He is hearing from the Father and the Son.” He then underlined these points by quoting the following scripture, using the N.K.J.V:

John 16: 13-14, However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak on His own authority [literally: from Himself] but whatever He hears He will speak: and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you,” (N.K.J.V).

iii) The error of "three separate persons:" I believe the unbiblical practice of addressing the Holy Spirit as a separate person to the Father and the Son arises when the phrases “three persons,” and “three distinct persons” are perceived, in image form, as three separate men, see fig 1 below. The fig 1 image lends itself to the false assumption that the Godhead consists of “three separate persons.” Trinitarian theologians have always warned that “three separate persons,” is an error, a misreading of these phrases. I believe that this common error is resulting in many Christians attempting to relate to the Holy Spirit as if He were a separate person to the Father and the Son. This is not something that is taught in scripture or within Trinitarian doctrine. [It is important to note that the doctrinal phrases "three persons and "three distinct persons" do not exist anywhere in the bible so cannot be viewed as carrying the same authority as scripture].

                                                                               "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” (Hosea 4; 6).

                                                                                        Fig 1; this reflects “three separate persons,” which all Trinitarian                  Fig 2; doesn't suggest the separate persons” error. Instead the                      teachers state is a misinterpretation of “three (distinct) persons.”                Holy Spirit is depicted as the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. 

iv) The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a third separate person to them:  Everyone agrees that the Godhead definitely does not consist of “three separate persons.” The following two scriptures reveal to us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father as well as the Spirit of the Son, (I will support this with a longer list of scriptures further down).  

"For it is not you that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you," (Matt 10; 20).

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts," (Gal 4:6).

There cannot be two separate Spirits of God since the following verses prove there is only one Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

“God is a Spirit,” (Jn 4; 24).  

"There is... one Spirit," (Eph 4; 4).

So the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. [This also explains why the three are literally one, One God, not three separate persons who always happen to agree with one another as fig 1 wrongly suggests].  

v) This analogy may help? We know that man is made in Gods image. As a man’s spirit is that man himself, (as opposed to a separate person to that man), so Gods Spirit is the Father and the Son themselves not a third, separate person to them. This is why we don’t one day speak to a man named John and the next day try to address John’s spirit as if his spirit were a separate person to him. Today, however, many Christians try to address the Holy Spirit as if He were a separate person to the Father and the Son when no one in the bible ever appears to have done this.

vi) The “three separate persons” error stems from a misunderstanding: I don’t know of any scriptures that suggest that the Holy Spirit is a third separate person to the Father or a third separate person to the Son. Instead He is their shared Spirit. All Trinitarian teachers, even the first, (Tertullian, see below), have always warned against an interpretation of “three separate persons.” So the concept of “three separate persons” is an error that is not endorsed by the bible or by Trinitarian teaching. The error stems from misinterpretation the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons,” to mean “three separate persons” instead. No one ever intended these two phrases to be interpreted as “three separate persons.” However this is an easy mistake to make.

vii) Historical Overview: I believe that this is the most subtle and sinister route into deception because it is so hard to explain. In order to do so we need to go right back into church history. In the late C2nd the phrase “three persons” was coined by man. It’s important to note that this phrase doesn’t exist anywhere in the bible, (the word “person(s)” only exists in the Latin, not in the Greek or Hebrew languages of the Old and New Testaments). Whilst not wrong I would describe the creation of phrase “three persons” as being like a small fissure or crack appearing in a rock, a small deviation away from relying solely on scripture to describe the Godhead. Over time this fissure becomes wider opening to all the confusion concerning the Godhead and the question; “how can God be three persons and yet One God?” Was it wise or necessary to start relying on man-made phraseology instead of verses taken directly from the bible when this opened the door to such confusion and ambiguity from the start?  There was no confusion about the Godhead in the N/T Church before this phrase was developed. The Catholics consider “three persons” to be an advance on the revelation of God beyond what the N/T Apostles understood, beyond the words of their Epistles. However, whilst not wrong this phrase has sown confusion and perplexity into the body of Christ concerning the Godhead itself. We are told in the scriptures that “God is not the author of confusion,” (1 Cor 14; 33), the confusion comes from the man-made phrases that whilst not wrong, are open to ambiguity. In an age when few people could read this phrase may have been easier to remember than a list of scriptures, as it’s so succinct, but wouldn’t it have been safer, spiritually, to have drawn directly from the bible instead? Until the C4th/C5th phrase “three persons” was only used by a minority of Bishops who became known as the Trinitarian group, (although not incorrect even the phrase “Trinity” doesn’t actually appear in the bible so again reflects this small move away from a foundation based directly on the Word of God). Until the C5th most Bishops didn’t consider themselves Trinitarians because of problems associated with that phrase. Even Tertullian, (155 - 240 AD, often regarded today as the first Trinitarian), noted that the phrase “three persons” was being misunderstood to mean three separate persons by a large number of Christians, as if the Father, Son and Holy Spirit were separate to one another. This confusion exists into the present day and opens the Church to an ambiguity concerning the Godhead that is hard to pin down and address. “Three persons” was useful in standing against heresy, particularly the error of Sabellianism, though, (similar to today’s erroneous Oneness Doctrine which mistakenly teaches that God appears in three modes, but only one mode at any one time), which may explain its popular usage. The fact that “three persons,” was also so commonly misunderstood to mean “three separate persons,” though, may explain why it was not included in the First or Second Nicene Creeds, laid down at the Councils of Nicaea, in 325, and Constantinople in 381. It’s important to note that the Trinitarian Bishops were only a minority group at these Church Councils. Only 15% of the Bishops present at the Council of Nicaea considered themselves part of the Trinitarian group, the 75% majority did not. They were in agreement concerning the identity of the Godhead, though, so the Trinitarians were accepted by the majority as adhering to sound Christian Doctrine. They stood together in opposition to the 10% of Bishops from the Arian group of Bishops who are thought to have denied Christ’s deity. Under subsequent Emperors the Arians battled the majority of Bishops for political power and control of the Catholic Church, a political struggle that swung backwards and forwards under different Roman Emperors. At the same time, after the Council of Constantinople in 385, divisions also appeared between the majority of Bishops and those of the Trinitarian group who were then banished by the majority from Rome. By the C5th the Trinitarian group had gained the ascendency and their preferred phrase “three persons” then became official doctrine within the Catholic Church. This has remained the case within Roman Catholicism ever since. Several other variations of this phrase were also developed, “three distinct persons” becoming the most well-known. We can see, therefore, that these phrases do not come from the bible but instead emerged as official doctrine out of historical  political struggles between different groups of Bishops vying for control of the increasingly authoritarian Catholic Church. These man-made phrases were then given the same level of authority as scripture even though they don’t exist anywhere in the bible. Whilst well intentioned was it wise to elevate phrases coined by men to the same level of authority as the Word of God? Surely this was based on the intellectual pride? Maybe that’s where the first error lies. So, historically, these phrases are known to have always been open to ambiguity and misinterpretation. Both “three persons” as well as “three distinct persons” have commonly been misunderstood to mean “three separate persons” instead. This confusion doesn’t appear to have ever been fully addressed or the full dangers of “three separate persons” widely exposed. We see the error reflected in the religious art in fig 1 which reflects the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as three separate persons. In fig 2 the Father and Son are united and made One by the Holy Spirit who is depicted as the Spirit shared by both of them. The Holy Spirit is God Himself, His very person, Gods Spirit, the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. This explains why the three are One God, as a man and his spirit are also one. The Jews have always known that the Holy Spirit is Jehovah’s Spirit not a second alternative person to Him. If we view the Godhead according to the misunderstanding of “three separate persons” instead, though, “distinct” is swapped withseparate,” and an additional third persona/personality is then to the Godhead for which there is no evidence or suggestion in scripture. This is equivalent to believing that a man’s spirit has a separate persona/personality to that man himself, when in reality the man and his spirit are the same person and share the same persona/personality. Similarly the Holy Spirit is the same person as both the Father and the Son, and shares, and is the source of the personas of both the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit doesn’t have a third separate persona/personality to theirs. The Holy Spirit is God Himself but when He reveals His persona/personality this will always be as either the persona/personality of the Father or the Son or as both at once. Theirs are the two personas/personalities of God the Holy Spirit. There is no third persona/personality of the Holy Spirit. There lies the error.  The Doctrine of the Trinity is not wrong, it just doesn’t appear to address this issue, and instead its focus is a defence the deity of both the Father and the Son along with that of the Father. When we address prayer or worship to the Holy Spirit as if He were a separate person we will be misconceiving Him as having a third separate persona/personality when no such thing exists in the biblical Godhead. We will not then be praying to the biblical Godhead. We will be praying to a different version of the “Holy Spirit” to one that is not scriptural. Satan is then able to send a counterfeit of the Holy Spirit, another spirit, in response to this error. This explains why no one in the bible ever addressed a persona/personality of the Holy Spirit other than that of the Father or the Son’s persona/personalities. According to the biblical record they are the only two ways in which God the Holy Spirit reveals His persons/personas/personalities to us. In our post charismatic age everyone is seeking to be anointed by the Holy Spirit. Since the charismatic renewal of the 1970’s false teachers have arisen and are claiming a short cut to the anointing is to address the Holy Spirit as if He had a third separate persona/personality alternative to those of the Father and Sons. This is opening many Christin’s to the counterfeit “holy spirit” that Derek Prince warned us about. Many New Agers are engaging in this same unbiblical practice and, like those deceived Christians, are also receiving this same counterfeit of the ”holy spirit.” In the future this will lead many Christians into thinking that the New Age/occult is true, that they move in the same spirit as us, that there are many ways to God, and many Christians will then be led into apostasy as a result. What makes this deception so dangerous is that without an understanding of and this complex issue many Christians will wrongly assume that this error is supported by the standard doctrinal phrases, “three persons” and “three distinct persons” when this is not in fact the case, the deception is based on a historical misunderstanding of those phrases and the ambiguity that arises from them. If in doubt stick with biblical practice; no one in the bible ever addressed prayer or worship to Gods Holy Spirit.

viii) Tertullian, 155 - 240 AD:  The mistake of interpreting “three persons” as “three separate persons” has been around almost as long as the phrase “three persons” itself which was coined in the late C2nd. This phrase was promoted by Tertullian, considered by many to be the first Trinitarian. He wrote; “the Father, Son and Spirit are inseparable from each other…” but were being… “taken in a wrong sense by every uneducated… person, as if it predicated […] a separation among the Father, […] Son, and […] Spirit,” , (from “Tertullian Against Praxeas, 9, ANF3: 604). So this is not a recent problem but seems to have accompanied the phrase “three persons,” and the later phrase “three distinct persons,” since they were first coined. This may be why it was not included in either of the two Nicene Creeds.

ix) Problems with visualising the eternal Godhead: The man-made phrases have introduced unnecessary complication and confusion into Christianity. No such confusion about the Godhead appears to have arisen within the N/T church which relied solely on scripture for its descriptions of God. The bible gives a very broad and in depth description of the Godhead but I would argue that we need to study several scriptures together in order to understand this properly.  As I see it, the problem with the man-made phrases, “three persons” and “three distinct persons,” is that they attempt to condense all those scriptures into extremely short phrases, (by comparison the Nicene Creed didn’t attempt to do this). Many people’s minds will automatically perceive short phrases as visual images. A lot can end up being added or removed when our imaginations translate words into images in this way. This process often takes place subconsciously without us even realising our imaginations are doing this. There was surely good reason why God forbid the Jews from ever making an image of Himself. Although no such rule applies to Christians our images of the Godhead do become problematic. Both fig 1 and fig could be interpreted in ways that contain truth, whilst omitting other vital truths, at the same time as also suggesting error. Depicting the Holy Spirit as a dove in fig 2, for example, doesn’t defend the personhood of the Holy Spirit. Fig 1 does defend the personhood of the Holy Spirit because it depicts Gods Spirit in person form, however, fig 1 also depicts “three separate persons,” the very error all Trinitarian teachers warn against. Fig 1 thereby suggests that there are three persona/personalities in the Godhead, with a third attributed to the Holy Spirit. This changes the Holy Spirit from being the Spirit of both the Father and Son into being a third separate person to the Father and Son instead. This is not the Holy Spirit described in the bible but the alternative counterfeit “holy spirit” that Derek Prince warned us about.

x) A third non-existent persona/personality is added to the Godhead: As the Spirit of both the Father and the Son the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of the two personas/personalities of the Father and the Son. As their Spirit the Holy Spirit doesn’t exhibit a third person/personality that is separate to theirs. This is mirrored by the fact that a man’s own spirit doesn’t exhibit a separate persona/personality to that man himself. Fig 1, however, strongly suggests that there are three personas/personalities in the Godhead, one for each of the three separate men depicted. An additional, third persona/personality is thereby created and added to the Godhead for which there is no evidence in the bible.*

xi) **How this practice opens to deception: ** If we address an aspect or attribute of “God” that does not exist then we will not praying to the God of the bible. Our prayers will be misdirected to the “god” of our imaginations instead. This is exactly what unbelievers do, they address another version of “god” and thereby receive an occult counterfeit anointing sent from the devil in response. Christians who address a third separate person’s version of the “holy spirit,” are not addressing the God of the bible at all. They will not be perceiving the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of both the Father and the Son in line with scripture. Instead they will perceive a “holy spirit” that is a separate person to the father and Son with a third separate persona/personality to the Father and Sons. They will still address the Father and Son in line with the biblical description of them. However, when they come to address a third separate person version of the Holy Spirit they will not be addressing any aspect of the biblical godhead. Instead they will be addressing the counterfeit version of the “holy spirit.”  As a result Satan can send a deceiving spirit in response to those theologically inaccurate prayers. This other spirit will manifest as the unbiblical version of the “holy spirit” that these Christians perceive in their imaginations. This is how I believe this unbiblical practice will open Christians to deception and to the counterfeits of the real Holy Spirit that Derek Prince warned us about.

xii) Interactions with the Holy Spirit:The bible describes the Holy Spirit in ways that are sometimes distinct and different from the Father and Son, but this is always in impersonal form. Examples are as the anointing, Gods power, through the gifts of the Holy Spirit or as the peace love, fruit or comfort of God. The Holy Spirit can also minister messages to us from the Father or the Son. However, the Holy Spirit never reveals Himself with a separate third personality.* The Holy Spirit only ever appears to us in person form as either the person of the Father or the person of the Son according to scripture. This is because He is their shared Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not the spirit of a third separate person.  This is why there are no conversations recorded between the Father and the Holy Spirit or between Jesus and the Holy Spirit in the bible.  Jesus and the Father dialogue with one another but neither ever have any dialogue with the Holy Spirit. Similarly the Father and Son are both addressed by Christians in the N/T but no one ever attempted to address the person of the Holy Spirit. This is because the Holy Spirit doesn’t operate as a third separate person to the Father or the Son, or have a third separate persona/personality to theirs, instead He is their Spirit. If we look at fig 1, however, we would expect the Father and Son to dialogue with the Holy Spirit as they do with one another, in contradiction to what the bible has revealed to us. By attempting to correctly depict the personhood of Gods Spirit, fig 1 also inadvertently suggests that there are three separate persons with three separate personalities in the Godhead, (a huge unintended theological error). The Spirit of the Father is the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of the Son is also the Holy Spirit, this is why the three are literally One God not three separate persons.

xiii) Another spirit: Another spirit enters a church or an individual Christians life as they direct prayer or worship to a “god” that is not the God described in the bible. There is no third separate persons of the Holy Spirit, who has a third persona/personality that is separate to those of the Father or the Sons. Any prayer to such a spirit is not being addressed to any aspect of the God described in the bible. Many New Agers also address a third separate persons version of the ”holy spirit” in the same way as such any Christians do. In both cases, be it a Christian or the New Ager, they will be praying to a non-existent “god” of their imaginations. The devil will respond to this by sending an occult spirit upon them to counterfeit the real Holy Spirit.

xiv) “Three (distinct) persons:” It is not that “three (distinct) persons,” is wrong, it is correct when viewed from the intended perspective. It is unfortunate, however, that it is so easily misunderstood to mean “three separate persons” instead. This is because these phrases do not describe the ways in which they are “distinct” from one another. The tendency is then to wrongly assume that this is because they are “separate” from one another. “Separate” is one of the many ways things can be “distinct” from one another but this is not the case with the father, Son and Holy Spirit and no theologians has ever suggested that this is the case. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit do, together, number “three.” They are “distinct” (i.e. different in some ways from one another, for example only Jesus, not the Father was born with a physical body and since Jesus rose from the dead only the Holy Spirit is now with us on earth today, until Jesus’ second Coming physically). All three could also be said to be the “person” of God. “Person” is obvious so far as the Father and Son are concerned, however, the Holy Spirit could also be said to be the person of God since He is Gods own Spirit. He, the Holy Spirit, is God Himself not just Gods power or unction as Jehovah’s Witnesses wrong claim. The use of the word “person” becomes a little complicated, though, due to it not existing as a word in either the Hebrew or Greek, the original languages of the Old and New Testaments. This may explain why neither the phrase “three persons” nor “three distinct persons” exist anywhere in the bible. The word “person(s)” was a Latin construct, the language of Rome and introduced by the proto- Catholic Church. So we have been relying on non-biblical language to describe the Godhead which has not surprisingly led to much confusion. However, from the correct perspective putting the three words together as the short phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons” does make sense when viewed from that intended perspective. These phrases were designed to defend the deity of the Son and Holy Spirit along with that of the Father and they do this very effectively. They also stand effectively against the heresy of Arianism as well as the error of Sabbelianism, (from which is derived todays Ones Doctrine), which ware both rampant in the early post N/T church, (in particular the proto - Catholic Church). Both phrases also make clear that the Holy Spirit is God Himself not just Gods power. The problem appears to me to be that whilst correctly defending the personhood of Gods Spirit these phrases at the same time fail to underline the biblical teaching that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. Once that emphasis is lost there is a tendency amongst many Christians to assume that the word “three” also means that there are three personas/personalities in the Godhead which simply isn’t biblical. This can then lead to the Holy Spirit then being wrongly perceived as a third separate person to the Father and the Son instead of being their shared Spirit. As the Spirit of the Father the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of the persona/personality of the Father. As the Spirit of the Son the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of the two persona/personalities of the Father and the Son. There is no third persona/personality of the Holy Spirit for us to address prayer to other than those two. There is no third separate person with a third separate persona/personality version of the Holy Spirit for us to address our prayers to. If we want to address the person of the Holy Spirit, i.e. address one of His person/persona/personality forms, we must, therefore, either address the persona/personality of the Father or that of the Son, (Jesus Christ). There are no other personas of the Holy Spirit described in the bible for us to address prayer or worship to.* The Holy Spirit is the person of God, (Gods own Spirit), but He is not a third alternative separate person to the Father or Son. He. the Holy Spirit, is the shared Spirit of the Father and the Son.

xv) The three are literally One: The Holy Spirit is One with the Father because He is the Fathers Spirit. The Holy Spirit is One with the Son because He is also the Sons Spirit. The Father and Son are One because they both share and are of the same Holy Spirit. The three are, therefore, literally one person, One God, as well as being “distinct” from one another, (different in some ways from one another). Although they are always in agreement with one another they are not One just because of this alone. They are not “three separate persons” with three separate personas/personalities and three separate minds who always just happen to agree with one another as is suggested fig 1 and 3 (below). Neither the bible nor Trinitarian teaching has ever suggested that they are “three separate persons.” This, therefore, represents an extremely serious theological error. I believe that the unbiblical practice of addressing a third separate person version of the “holy spirit” is derived from this error and I also believe I have a witness in the Spirit to this being the case.

xvi) Conclusion: I am convinced that all the confusion concerning the Godhead stems from a misunderstanding that can arise from the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons.” This occurs when these phrases are wrongly assumed to mean “three separate persons” instead. A counterfeit non-existent version of the Holy Spirit is derived from this misunderstanding. The biblical description of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of both the Father and the Son is then replaced by a “holy spirit” that is perceived to be a separate person to the Father and Son instead. This alternative counterfeit version of the “holy spirit” is thought to have a separate, third persona/personality that is separate to those of the Father and Sons. In reality though because the Holy Spirit is their shared Spirit He shares in and is the source of the two personalities/personas of the Father and the Son. A third persona/personality of God has been invented due to this misunderstanding and added to the Godhead, for which there is no evidence in the bible. If we address prayer to this unbiblical separate person’s version of the “holy spirit” we will not be addressing prayer to the God described in the bible. This will open such Christians up to another spirit. This false “holy spirit” will then be entitled to come upon them and deceive them with counterfeits. The same thing happens when New Agers try to address prayer to the “holy spirit” in this way.

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Fig 3; wrongly suggests three personas/personalities in the Godhead.  Fig 4; suggests just two personas/personalities as we see reflected in scrip- ture. As the Spirit of both the Father and the Son the Holy Spirit shares in and is the source of, the two personas/personalities of the Father and the Son. There isn't a third persona/personality of God for us to direct our prayer or worship to, attempting to do so will open us to deception and another spirit that will counterfeit the real Holy Spirit parralleling Derek Prince' warning. 

xvii) The potential bad fruit of this practice: This practice has been propagated across the body of Christ since the 1970s by deceived ministers. This appears to have been the devils main agenda so far. The harm it can do has not yet been fully unleashed upon the church. This explains why so few people have been concerned about this practice. When the time is ripe the devil will then unleash its full potential to harm the body of Christ along with other forms of deception too. Imagine the danger for Christians who engage in this practice when they start rubbing shoulders with New Ages within the Interfaith Movement, (which is headed up by the Catholic Church). They will think all religions are praying to the same god. Both the Christians and New Agers, and for e.g. Hindus or Buddhists etc. who try engaging in this practice will be addressing their prayers to “the Holy Spirit,” and be receiving the same counterfeit anointing. This could lead the Christians to believe that all religions worship the same god, the same universal spirit, and that Christ death on the cross is not the only way to the Father. This counterfeit of the Holy Spirit can also lead such Christians into all the same occult spiritual practices and beliefs that unbelievers engage in. This practice can become a road into apostasy and rejection of the Doctrine of Christ. As well as individual Christians whole congregations can fall into this snare as they address prayer or sing worship songs to this alternative erroneous version of the “holy spirit.” Such churches can be flooded with counterfeits of the spiritual gifts, counterfeit prophecy etc. Even a counterfeit occult healing power which may heal some Christians in order to help the devil recruit others into following this other spirit. An entire counterfeit revival based on such occult power will one day result from this practice. Some people will appear to be blessed by this as the enemy raises them up in counterfeit ministries based on this power. Others will become oppressed as they receive this other spirit, and become spiritually, emotionally, mentally or physically ill as a result. Death can even result from this. No counterfeit revival or move will produce lasting fruit though and most of those involved in this will eventually get discouraged as well as confused. Many will loose their faith in Christ altogether as a result. They will mistakenly assume that they prayed to the God of the bible but were then oppressed or made ill or led into deception by His Spirit as a result.  

xviii) Key to avoiding this snare: I think this is probably the most dangerous deception of all because it will appear to be backed up by the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons.” This error is based on misinterpreting those phrases as “three separate persons” though. This is a tragedy waiting to happen. Few people even know about Derek Princes warnings about this. And it is also hard for those who do know to explain to others why this practice is so dangerous. All the present confusion about the Godhead that results from those man made phrase creates an atmosphere within which it is hard to teach. Once you start getting caught up in non-biblical terminology about the Holy Spirit, e.g. “three persons,” you end up getting tied up in knots. The key is to remember that no one in the bible ever attempted to direct any form of communication to Gods Spirit, instead everyone always addressed everything to Gods two personas/personalities, those of the Father or the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not an alternative separate person to them.

 

Part II: Further analysis and a more in depth bible study on this issue: 

i) Biblical evidence for just two persons/personas/personalities in the Godhead: Most of us would agree that it is clear from the bible that the Holy Spirit is God Himself not just Gods power, (also in every culture the word “spirit” is almost always thought to denote that person/being themselves not just that persons/beings power). Whilst the Holy Spirit can appear as "distinct," from, (different in some ways from), the Father and the Son as far as I’m aware this is always when the Holy Spirit is appearing in impersonal form, for e.g. as the wind and tongues of fire on the day of Pentecost, as the anointing, the power of God, through the gifts of the Spirit or when the Holy Spirit is bringing peace, comfort or joy to someone without necessarily revealing God Himself to them at the same time.  At such times we can be aware of the Holy Spirit without necessarily being aware of any of the persons/personas/personalities of God. Whenever the Holy Spirit reveals His person to us, though, this will always be as either the person of the Father or the person of the Son. I am unaware of the Holy Spirit ever revealing Himself to Christians as anyone other than the Father or the Son when in person form.* I would argue, therefore, that the Farther and the Son are the two persons of God the Holy Spirit and there isn’t a third for us to address prayer to since no third persona/personality of God is mentioned in the bible. There is no evidence in the bible that I have found, of a third persona/personality of God that is attributable to the Holy Spirit alone. I concluded above that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a separate, third, alternative person to them. We can look at this in more scriptural detail here starting with the scriptures we used before.

ii) Bible Study: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son: The first verse proves that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father, (as Jews have always believed). The second verse proves that the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the Son, (Jesus).

“For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you,” (Matt 10; 20).

“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts,” (Gal 4; 6).

Since there is only one Spirit of God, the Spirit of the Father must be the same Spirit as the Spirit of the Son.

“God is a Spirit,” (Jn 4; 24).  

“There is... one Spirit,” (Eph 4: 4).

The Holy Spirit is, therefore, the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. This is also reflected in the following verse:

“Jesus answered… and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him,” (Jn 14; 23).

When we allow the Holy Spirit to abide in us we are allowing both the Father and the Son to abide within us too because the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. Since Jesus rose from the dead the Father and the Son are both seated in heaven at present but they both dwell within us by their shared Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son.  I don’t know of any evidence in the bible that suggests that the Holy Spirit is a separate person to the Father or the Son and this also contradicts Trinitarian teaching too.  

iii) The following verses provided further evidence of the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of the Father: First are O/T scriptures which obviously refer to God as the Father because the Jews didn’t yet, (and still don’t) understand God as Jesus the Son. The point here is that the Holy Spirit is described here as the Fathers Spirit.

“but they rebelled and vexed his holy spirit,” (Is 63;10).

“he that put his holy Spirit within him,” Isaiah (63; 11).

“the Spirit of the Lord,” Isaiah (63; 14).

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord,” (Zech 4; 6).

“the Lord of hosts hath sent his spirit,” (Zech 7; 12).

“I will pour out my spirit on all flesh,” (Joel 2; 28).

The following scriptures are from the N/T and also describe the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of the Father.

“I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh,” (Acts 2; 17), taken from Joel; 2; 28 above.

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” (2 Cor 3:17).

iv) The next list of scriptures prove that the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the Son, Jesus Christ: 

“Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you…” (Rms 8; 9, 10).

“Jesus… he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost,” (Jn 20; 21 - 22).

As Paul, Timothy and Silas were being directed by the Holy Spirit as to where to travel to next the bible says “When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to,” (Acts 16:7), from the NKJV and NIV although I couldn’t find this in the KJV. However the JKV states the following which are very similar:

Jesus said; “I will manifest myself to him,” (Jn 14; 21)Jesus still resides in heaven until his Second Coming but He has sent the Holy Spirit to us, so Jesus manifests Himself to us by His Holy Spirit. i.e. it is the Holy Spirit who reveals the person/persona/personality of Jesus to us.

“if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,” (Rev 3. 20), i.e. Jesus will come into him by the Holy Spirit, who must therefore be the Spirit of Jesus Christ Himself.

“Until the day in which he (Jesus) was taken up, after that, he (Jesus) through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen,” (Acts 1; 2).  So Jesus instructed the Apostles through the Holy Spirit after He had risen.

v) The following scriptures reveal that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father as well as the Spirit of the Son: 

 “Jesus answered… If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him,” (Jn 14; 23).  As it is the Holy Spirit that resides within a believer then the Holy Spirit must be the Spirit of the Father as well as the Spirit of the Son. We don’t have two separate Holy Spirits within us only the one Spirit who is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son.

So surely there can be no doubt it, there is an abundance of teaching in the bible that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. The false idea of the “Holy Spirit” being a separate person to the Father and the Son, who we can relate to as a third separate person, does not come from scripture. I believe it arises unintentionally when “three persons” and “three distinct persons” are misunderstood to mean “three separate persons” instead, the error all Trinitarian teachers have always warned about.

vi) We can now understand the otherwise mysterious statements Jesus’ made about Himself: We can now make sense of all the otherwise mysterious statement’s that Jesus made about Himself, those that do not make sense when viewed from the “three separate persons” perspective of fig 1 and fig 3.

When Jesus said “as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee,” (Jn 17; 21), this is explained by the fact that both the Father and the Son share the same Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Father was, therefore, in Jesus, and the Spirit of Jesus was in the Father. This is also reflected in the following verse; “ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him,” (Jn 10; 38). When we view the Godhead as wrongly as three separate persons this doesn’t then make any sense at all. I believe that all the confusion about the Godhead since the late C2nd stems from this.

Jesus also said; “but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” (John 14: 10). The explanation; because the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Spirit, dwelt in Jesus the works were done by the Spirit of the Father, so the works were done by the Father.

“He that hath seen me hath seen the Father,” (Jn 14; 9). By seeing Jesus one has seen the embodiment of the Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of Jesus. Since the Holy Spirit is also the Spirit of the Father they had also seen the Father as well. The following example is similar:

“Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me,” (John 14:8-11).

Once again this is explained by the fact that the Spirit of the Father, the Holy Spirit, is also Jesus’ own Spirit too, and so dwelt in Jesus too. It was the Holy Spirit who spoke as Jesus, and worked through Jesus.

vii) The Oneness Doctrine: I’d like to reiterate that I am not advocating the Oneness Doctrine here, that false teaching claims that the Father and Son can never appear together at the same time but are different alternative forms/manifestations that God takes at different times. The Oneness Doctrine is clearly wrong as the Holy Spirit was present at the same time as Jesus at Jesus’ baptism and descended upon Him as a dove. Likewise the Father was present with Jesus when He spoke to Jesus disciples saying “this is my son in whom I am well pleased.” The Oneness Doctrine is an error that attempts to but doesn’t solve the confusion of how God can be Three and yet One. Nor does it remove the likelihood of Christians addressing prayer or worship to an unbiblical third separate persons version of the Holy Spirit, a practice that can open us to deception and counterfeits just as Derek Prince warned.

viii) Overview: God did not give us an impossible to understand revelation of Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, instead He revealed Himself to us in a way that make compete rational sense when viewed from a scriptural perspective. God is not the author of all the confusion about the Godhead, the confusion came about as man replaced Gods words, found in scripture, with their own phrases, (well intentioned and useful throughout history though these have been), i.e. the phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons.”  The question of “how can God be three persons and yet One God” was an unintended consequence of those phrases. There is no evidence in the bible that this question about Gods identity ever arose as an issue within the N/T Church. I believe that all the confusion emerged as intellectual pride took hold in the C2nd, as a scholarly  independent mind-set emerged, with such men coining their own phrases to replace scripture, phrases which were correct but at the same time  prone to being misunderstood as “three separate persons” instead. Surely if anyone is still in doubt about this they should stick with scripture alone for their definitions of the Godhead, and there is no mention of “three (distinct) persons” anywhere in the bible.

ix) Distinct but impersonal forms of the Holy Spirit: There are distinct forms of the Holy Spirit described in the bible though, where the Holy Spirit is revealed when the Father and Son are not. These occur where the (Holy) Spirit of both the Father and the Son appears to man without revealing Himself as the Father or the Son. These are always impersonal forms of God though, when the Holy Spirit is not revealing any persona/personality of God at all. Examples are when the Holy Spirit appears as the anointing, Gods power, the gifts of the Spirit, often when he brings messages or comfort or peace etc. There are many examples, one was when He, (the Holy Spirit), appeared as the wind on the Day of Pentecost. Whilst the Holy Spirit is not just God in impersonal form but is Gods own Spirit whenever He (the Holy Spirit), reveals His person/persona/personality to us this will always be as either the person of the Father or the person of the Son, with the persona/personality of either the father or the Son, (or sometimes both at once). There is no third person of God, no third separate person of God with a third separate persona/personality for us to pray to. This is why addressing prayer to a third separate persons version of the Holy Spirit will open us to deception and counterfeits of the real Holy Spirit.  Recap: The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a third, separate person to them. Here are some scriptures which describe the Holy Spirit as distinct from the Father and the Son, you will notice that non describe any persona/personality of God at all, i.e. no third persona/personality of God:

x) Jewish and N/T Christians view of the Godhead: As I understand it the Jews have always known and taught that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father. They have never believed that the Holy Spirit is a separate person to the Father with a separate persona/personality to the Fathers. The Jews also always knew that the Messiah would be Emmanuel, God with us, God in human form. Likewise the N/T church always knew that the Holy Spirit was the Spirit of both the Father and the Son. Neither group ever perceived the Holy Spirit as a separate person to either the Father or the Son/Messiah. This explains why is there isn’t any record in the N/T of any debate or disagreement about the Godhead between the Jews and the N/T Christians. The only disagreement between them concerned whether or not Jesus was the Messiah or whether he had been a fake. By comparison though, Jews today do not accept the Doctrine of the Trinity. I believe that this is because most Jews probably perceive the Christian Godhead according to the misinterpretation of “three separate persons,” i.e. as is also suggested fig1 and fig 3. No Orthodox Jew would disagree with the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of both the Father and the Messiah though. The schism between many Christians and Jews today appears to stem from the ambiguity that arose once the phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons” were introduced to the church. Jews would agree with any Christian who stated that the Holy Spirit was the Spirit of both the Father and the Messiah. Adding the phrases of men appears to be what has created today’s schism between Jews and many Christians where none existed in N/T times.

xi) How are the three, (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit), One God? None of the confusion about the Godhead concerning the perplexing question of; “how can the three be One?” appears to have existed within the N/T Church. The nature of the Godhead is never even discussed anywhere in the bible. I appears that all Jews and N/T Christians had a natural awareness of the simplicity of the Godhead. The confusion only appears to have arisen after the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons” were introduced. If we put these phrases to one side and look at the Godhead using scripture alone all the confusion then disappears and the Godhead becomes very easy to understand and totally rational too. God has already revealed Himself to us his identity as Father, Son and Holy Spirit in the bible. This is no longer a mystery and so shouldn’t confuse us. God didn’t intend just the most intelligent, intellectual theologians to understand the Godhead, (and even their complex analogies never quite add up). God wants all Christians, including children, to know who He is and to understand the Godhead. It’s really very simple as He has already revealed this to us within the pages of the bible: The Father and the Son are two persons, with two different personas/personalities which is why they communicate with one another. They are also one person, One God, because they both share, and are of, the same Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Father is the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of the Son is the same Holy Spirit. So the Father and the Son are the same person, the Holy Spirit,  as well as being two persons. Likewise the Holy Spirit is One with both the Father and the Son because He is their shared Spirit, the Spirit of both the Father and the Son, the Spirit of God. The Godhead really is simple to understand when this is viewed from a purely biblical basis instead of from the words of men. This explains why the bibles states that:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD,” (Deut 6:4).

“there be one Lord, and his name one,” (Zech 14; 9).

xii) The Oneness Doctrine: This teaches error; that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit can only appear separately, in one of three modes, only one at a time, which contradicts so many passages of scripture, (for e.g. when both Jesus and the Holy Spirit were present at Jesus’ baptism in the River Jordan, and when the Father spoke to Jesus and His disciples on the mountain top, and when Jesus prayed to the Father, in the Holy Spirit, when the Father must have been listening). I wouldn’t be surprised if Oneness Pentecostals turned to the error of Sabellianism in a well-intentioned attempt to solve the question of; “how can God be three persons and yet One God,” a confusion that arises from the Trinitarian phrase “three distinct persons.”  It doesn’t address or solve the question of how many personas/personalities are there in the Godhead though, instead it adds error to that Trinitarian ambiguity.

xiii) Binitarianism: Many will say I am advocating Binitarianism instead of Trinitarianism here. Since neither term exists in the bible, and neither was used by the N/T church, and I am trying to draw from scripture alone, this seems to be an unnecessary debate.  Most Binitarian’s do not believe that the Holy Spirit is God Himself, believing, instead, that Gods Spirit is just Gods unction or power, the error adhered to by Jehovah’s Witnesses. I agree with the Doctrine of the Trinity that the Holy Spirit is God Himself in the same way as a man’s spirit is that man himself not just his energy. I agree with Binitarain’s so far as there are just two personas/personalities in the Godhead, those of the Father and the Son. However the Trinity doesn’t contradict that, it just doesn’t address the issue. There lies the ambiguity within the doctrine of the Trinity. Some may think that “three (distinct) persons” and figs 1 and 3 above suggest that there are three personas/personalities in the Godhead, others not. Figs 2 and 4 above suggest just two personas/personalities, but neither is actually stated as the case within the Doctrine of the Trinity. People are left to draw their own conclusions which give opportunity for the error. This is why we need to go back beyond the man-made phrases “three persons” and “three distinct persons” to the scriptures instead. The Doctrine of the Trinity doesn’t give a full or detailed enough description of the Godhead to resolve that issue but the bible does. We need to go back to the bibles description of the Godhead to avoid the error. Most Binitarain’s, all Trinitarians and all Oneness Pentecostals can study the bible and should realise that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son, (and is God Himself as the Jews also know). If this were presented as a list of verses taken straight from the bible that could then become the unifying doctrine, (see above). Surely the historic mistake has been drifting into the words of men instead, often designed to focus on exposing others error and heresy more than anything else, which is a good thing but not comprehensive enough.  

xiv) Protestant denominations: Why do so many protestant denominations drew their doctrine from the Catholic Church and its phrases? Is it because some of the main ones, the Lutherans and Anglicans, for example, came from within the Catholic Church, originally with leaders who had been Roman Catholics? I understand protestant denominations using the Nicene Creed but why the later phrases “three (distinct) persons” who’s meaning has been causing confusion from its very conception? The Anabaptists always drew their doctrine directly from the bible instead and would never rely on doctrines worded by Catholic Bishops. The Catholic Church has persecuted and killed more bible believing Christians, historically, than any other organisation on earth. They claim the Pope is Gods vicar on earth, the rightful ruler of all Christians. There is a long history of torture by the Spanish Inquisition and then the Jesuit Order, (which is still so active in other controlling covert operations in the world today).  Maybe smaller protestant denominations have wanted to be recognised by the others as orthodox by reciting the same phrases to prove they are not cults? But surely adhering to the Catholic phrases about the Godhead that have always resulted in so much confusion about the Godhead isn’t very wise, especially when it relies, as its foundation, on the words of Catholic Bishops, who we don’t even know the names of now? Maybe these phrases were used because the Doctrine of the Trinity does such a good job at defending the deity of Christ and personhood of the Holy Spirit as God Himself? Maybe few denominations realised the dangers of directing prayer to a third separate person of the “holy spirit” that can arise when those man made phrases are misunderstood. This leaves most protestant denominations today wide open to the dangers of receiving a counterfeit “holy spirit” along with the Roman Catholics.

xv) Today in our post charismatic era: Trying to direct prayer directly to the “Holy Spirit” must have resulted in the same false anointing in the past. This is hard to spot unless it does widespread harm though. It is as if the devil has been able to keep this under the radar up until our day, so this practice hasn’t been exposed or dealt with by the Church on a large scale. This may explain why it doesn’t appear to have been debated as a major issue amongst Catholic or protestant theologians historically. Their main focus appears to have been on the errors contained within the doctrines of Arianism and Sabellianism in particular, rather than spiritual deception and counterfeits of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic denomination never appears to have focussed much on moving in the things of Gods Spirit anyway. Since the charismatic renewal of the 1970’s a much higher percentage of Christians are now keen to move in the gifts, anointing and ministries from the Holy Spirit than has ever been the case in the past. Most Protestants are open to the possibility of having their own small ministries themselves. Since the charismatic renewal of the 1970s this may have led to an overemphasis on the Holy Spirit. This leaves people open to false teachers today, who claim that praying directly to the “holy spirit” instead of addressing the Father or the Son is a short cut to receiving the anointed. This doesn’t even make sense. We all know that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are always in agreement with one another, if praying to the Father or Son doesn’t result in someone receiving a power anointing then nor could praying to the Holy Spirit either even if this was a biblical practice, (which it isn’t).  

xvi) Conclusion: The bible warns us that deception will increase as we head into the end times. I believe a great flood of deception will soon sweep many “Christians” from the church of the western world into apostasy. They will then link to the New Age Movement whilst maintaining a “christian” façade. The practice of addressing prayer and worship to the Holy Spirit is possibly the most subtle route into deception and probably, therefore, the most dangerous. This has gone largely unnoticed throughout history, as if the devils tried to keep this unbiblical practice under the radar, so that when its maximum potential to deceive arrives in the end times it will then be too late for most of us to address. The fact this practice appears to be backed up by Trinitarian Doctrine and the phrases “three (distinct) persons” adds such confusion that it is hard to explain to anyone who’s being deceived.  If you explain to someone that they are receiving a “counterfeit of the holy spirit” most will not believe that God would even allow that, they will say they have been well intentioned and sincere in their prayers. Others will refuse to listen because they will think such warnings are a blasphemy against the real Holy Spirit which they will mistakenly think they are moving in. Furthermore few Christians move in the gift of discerning of spirits today, few even know what discernment is, mistaking it for rational analysis. There is also an increasing number of (false) teachers, many of whom are well intentioned, some with very large ministries and budgets, who concentrate on promoting this dangerous spiritual practice. They are often backed up by a strange power that accompanies them, which is often very exhibitionist, knocking people over, even hundreds at the same time, for no apparent reason. Despite being unlike anything Jesus ever engaged in this false anointing is still attracting and convincing the crowds. Almost anyone can ask for and receive this counterfeit power anointing, the false “holy spirit.” This is unlike a genuine power anointing which is not available to everyone, enhancing the popularity of this counterfeit. Most churches in the western world, (and perhaps globally) are now open to it. Even though attempting to address prayer to the Holy Spirit is not a scriptural practice the devil has been very effective in promoting this practice across most of the body of Christ, especially in the western world. When the season is ripe the devil will then lose its full potential to deceive upon us at the same time as other deceptions. We urgently need to see more Christians moving in the gift of discrnemnt of spirits as a subtle version of this counterfeit anointing can be almost impossible to spot at times through human observation, (more extreme versions are easier to spot, such as when animal manifestations occur or people start flailing around on the floor as if possessed by demons, etc.). Like a good quality forged bank note it can be harder to spot, as it can looks very similar to the original. It’s also important  to have a biblical understanding of the Godhead, one that is not based on the confusion stemming from religious traditions and the words of men. The bible clearly teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of both the Father and the Son not a third separate person to them and doesn’t have a third separate persona/personality to theirs. Obviously if we pray to something/someone that is not part of the biblical Godhead we will open to the counterfeit. This is almost inevitable. If stick with biblical N/T practice we will avoid this dangerous route into deception. If we ignore scriptural practice and go with modern Christian trends instead we leave ourselves in danger.  If in doubt stick with the bible; no one in the O/T or N/T ever attempted to address prayer, worship or any other form of communication directly to the Holy Spirit, this was always directed to either the Father or the Son just as Derek Prince correctly pointed out. 

S. Dobbs, completed Oct 21st, 2019.