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REVIEWS: Dr. Edward Dalcour's, A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology: In the Light of Biblical Trinitarianism

 

 

 

For those who do not have time to conduct the exegetical work necessary to refute Oneness claims but who wish to be theologically informed or to discuss the doctrine of the Trinity with theologians in the United Pentecostal tradition, Dalcour has provided a valuable resource.”
 

     —Dr. John D. Laing, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Southwestern Theological Seminary, Harvard School for Theological Studies

           

 “Dr. Edward Dalcour's work is a much needed contribution to answering the heretical theological claims of the UPCI. I am sure readers will find engaging this scholarly treatise that both documents UPCI beliefs and answers them with clear, concise exegesis of the biblical texts in question. Dalcour's work needs to find a place on the shelves of concerned Christians who are dialoguing with adherents of the UPCI. In the process of digesting Dalcour's work, Christians will find that their Christology has been sharpened and their knowledge of the doctrine of the Trinity deepened.”               

 

     —Dr. Steven Tsoukalas, Executive Director of Sound Doctrine Ministries and Adjunct Faculty, E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary

  

"Too often apologetics is a subject uniquely avoided in many denominations and evangelical circles. Edward Dalcour has not conveniently avoided the calling of the apologist to defend the faith in his book A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology. Because the Christian church, by and large, is greatly deficient in providing a clear biblical affirmation and a scriptural defense of the doctrine of the Trinity, those who champion Oneness theology (or Modalism) have circled the wagons and with persistence and have continued to make unfounded attacks on the core of biblical theology. Oneness theology is a doctrinal attempt to destroy and undermine the simple truth of the holy Trinity. Dalcour provides a refreshing affirmation of the doctrine of the Trinity and a cogent exegetical refutation of the ancient heresy known then as Modalistic Monarchianism, known today as Oneness Pentecostalism. This book is a much needed answer to the confusion that surrounds many unsuspecting Christians."

     —Dr. Richard M. Fales, Director and editor for the Biblical and American Archaeologist. Professor of Archaeology, Greek, and Apologetics for Cal Pacific, Theological Department of Pacific International University

  

“In A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology, Dr. Edward Dalcour brings great clarity and insight to the subject of Oneness theology. As he examines the Scriptures, he reveals the truth of the Trinity and accurately disputes the claims that argue against God as three distinct Persons—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. He expounds the Scriptures with great detail and precision and takes seriously his calling to defend the truth of God’s Word.”
 

—Dr. David Smith, Senior Pastor, Grace Point Church, Denton, TX.

 

 

"Edward Dalcour has done the Christian church a great service through his book A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology: Defending the Tri-Unity of God. With his exegetical skills of the Holy Scriptures, vast knowledge of the topic, and immense passion for the subject, Dalcour clearly demonstrates who the one true God of the Bible is. Every apologetic group, pastor, and Bible teacher ought to have this book and a working knowledge of this subject."
                   

       —Timothy D. Oliver, Director, Christian Soldiers Ministries

 

 

 

"Oneness theology cuts through the very heart of biblical theology. It rejects and distorts the biblical revelation of God. Regrettably, the Oneness view of God has found its way into Christian communities and networks of all sorts. In A Definitive Look at Oneness Theology, Edward Dalcour plainly and biblically shows the fundamental differences between the unipersonal God of Oneness theology and the triune God of historic biblical Christianity. Finally, a clear-cut presentation of Oneness theology, which examines the issues carefully and objectively, has arrived. This book is a must read for all Christians!"
          

      —Tom Sirotnak, President, SEND Ministries International and Regional Director, Christian Men’s Network

 

 

 

I've been waiting breathlessly for such a manuscript as this. Dr. Dalcour is obviously very schooled in his bereavement and it shows as such. My wife and I have always been privy to an exegesis of oneness theology and we now can say that we've been trumped! Good Job, Edward!

 

      —Brandon Hensley, President Team Impact Ministries, Dallas, TX

 

 

 

Having been raised in a Pentecostal home and spent my initial Christian life in the Pentecostal church, I am fully aware of the so-called Oneness Pentecostals (or "Jesus Only"). Ironically the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) has spent the past few years trying to change its perception from outsiders especially that of evangelicals even trying to join the National Association of Evangelicals but were denied based on their refusal to change their doctrines. While the Oneness are trying to change their image (cult to evangelical) they are not trying to change their doctrines and continue to preach that only the elect (the Oneness believers) are the faithfully saved remnant.

Thankfully we have brothers such as Edward Dalcour who has written this incredible volume on the subject of Modalism and the Oneness Pentecostal movement. Dalcour does a great job of showing from Scripture and from Church history the errors of the Oneness movement. He doesn't just teach biblical truth but he does a good job of interacting with Oneness writers such as the works of the UPCI theologian David Bernard (see his works on Amazon).

The book is quite easy to follow. Dalcour introduces us to Oneness theology and then examines the various points of Oneness theology. His obvious point is that he is writing to defend the historic doctrine of the Trinity against the modalistic teachings of the Oneness movement. I greatly enjoyed Dalcour using the early Church fathers to show that Bernard and the Oneness theologians are wrong in their assumption that the early Christians were modalist.

Along with Greg Boyd's ONENESS PENTECOSTALS & THE TRINITY, there are no major evangelical replies to Oneness theologians. Furthermore this work lines up with James White's THE FORGOTTEN TRINITY as major defenses of the biblical truth of the holy Trinity. A must read for every serious disciple of Jesus.

    

 

      Roy Ingle