Hemphill denies the Trinity. At one time he was Jesus Only, believing that only Jesus is God, but he says that he had a divine revelation in 2005 teaching him that Jesus is not God but rather a sinless created being, and that only the Father is God. He presented this heresy in his book To God Be the Glory: Exalting the Bible View of God. In a letter responding to criticism of the book, he said:
“The focus of my book isn't what Jesus is not, but rather who God the Father is. GOD IS IMMORTAL - JESUS WAS NOT. He was appointed to death Heb. 9:27. God is omnipresent - Jesus was not. He said at Lazarus' tomb, ‘I am glad for your sakes that I was not there’ John 11:15. GOD IS OMNIPOTENT - JESUS WAS NOT. ... Hebrews teaches, and I believe that Jesus did not come in the God family (there is only one God), or the angel family, but in the human family (Heb. 2:7, 9). He is perfect, sinless man, but man nevertheless! … A GOD-MAN COULD NOT REDEEM US. It took a sinless man, the Lamb of God, with righteous blood untainted by the sin of Adam, to redeem mankind. HE IS THE SECOND ADAM, NOT THE FIRST GOD-MAN… If the disciples who had just seen Jesus ascend to heaven in Acts chapter one, did not pray to him in Acts chapter four, then HE IS NOT GOD!… The incarnation as taught by modern Christianity is a fable” (Hemphill, “Response to ‘To God Be the Glory,’” www.trumpetcallbooks.com/Glory_Response.html).
In a telephone conversation with Evangelist Robert Sumner in 2008, Hemphill said, “We’re going to bring down the doctrine of the Trinity” (“Musician Joel Hemphill,” The Biblical Evangelist, Sept.-Oct. 2008).
Hemphill pastored a Southern Baptist Church that knew of his denial of the Trinity, obviously loving music more than they love God (Ibid.).
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