[quote=Huguenot]Thanks a lot, you know French Evangelicals better than I do !!!
I’ve been to the first site , “United Pentocostals”, and have surfed on their site ; there is a kind of confession of faith, in which they say, among other things , that Jesus was and is God ; can one believe that Jesus is God without believing in the Trinity ? ( but some other passages are not so clear, like ( it’s not an exact quotation ) “in creation God manifested Himself as the Father, on the Earth He manifested Himself as the Son and, after the Ascencion, as the Holy Ghost”, as if the three persons of the Trinity couldn’t exist all at the same time …it doesn’t seem very clear to me what they mean .
Near my house there is a Pentocostal church, they believe in Trinity too.
I’ll go back to the United Pentecostal site when I have more time to see where they have churches, how many there are and so on …
Modalists can and DO believe that Jesus is God, yet they do NOT believe in the Trinity. What they believe is that God is not always Jesus. That is to say, they believe that God exists in one of several ‘modes’, as either the Father, or as the Son, or as the Holy Spirit, but never as all three simultaneously. This is why modalism and Sabellianism are known as heresies, as false doctrines.
Not all Pentecostals are modalists. In fact the majority probably do teach and accept the doctrine of the Trinity. The United Pentecostal Church is the English name of one American denomination which happens to be modalistic. You might note however that many of the modalistic churches in the USA try very hard to disguise the differences between themselves and Trinitarian Christians. Some well-known American televangelists are Oneness Pentecostals who decline to be identified as such. Andre Crouch is one such person. TD Jakes is said to be another. Sometimes one must really nail down the language to distinguish Oneness Pentecostals from Trinitarian Christians.
Like most Americans I am geopolitically illiterate by choice. I know very little about France, mainly because they speak French over there and I don’t. I think they have a tower of some sort near one of their big cities, and I think they gave us some sort of a monument once, but apart from that I don’t know much else about France. (Hopefully you realise that I’m having a bit of fun here). It was relatively easy to surmise that there is some sort of a missionary outreach of larger Protestant denominations to France as there would be to most Western European countries by such denominations. The United Pentecost Church (UPC), although it is a heretical church, is relatively sizeable so this made it predictable there would be UPC missionaries there.