This is the third video in the Christian Research Institute’s series concerning the shortcomings of an Open Letter addressed to Living Stream Ministry and the Local Churches regarding their their beliefs.
Elliot comments on Witness Lee’s teachings on deification. He said,
“Witness Lee says, on the one hand, the New Testament reveals that the Godhead is unique and that only God alone who has the Godhead should be worshipped. On the other hand, the New Testament reveals that we believers in Christ have God’s life and nature, that we are becoming God in life and nature but will never have His Godhead.”
Elliot then discusses some of the implications of this statement and concludes,
“They’re talking about things that we ourselves believe in.“
Elliott Miller, Editor in Chief of Christian Research Institute, says:
Let’s understand the context of what they’re teaching. When you get the context of what they’re teaching; for example, Witness Lee says, ‘On the one hand, the New Testament reveals that the Godhead is unique and that, only God who alone has the Godhead, should be worshiped. On the other hand, the New Testament reveals that we, the believers in Christ, have God’s life and nature and that we are becoming God in life and nature, but will never have His Godhead.’ I lay out all of these different quotes in which he teaches that ‘we do not partake in the sovereignty of God, we are not to be worshiped, and furthermore we partake in the deity, not with respect to eternity or the godological nature of God, but with respect to God’s economy: His salvation plan here on the earth, which is a progressive manifestation of God. First through the creation, then through Christ, then through the work of the Holy Spirit, and then through the church. And ultimately, when the church is perfected, our lowly human natures will be conformed into the likeness of His glorious nature. He became man, that we might become like Him and might manifest God as perfectly as He does, that we might have an intimacy with the Triune God that is such that we perfectly represent Him. He prayed, ‘That they might be one even as we are one.’ Okay, this is the kind of thing that the Local Church is talking about. They’re talking about things that we ourselves believe in, they’re just not using the same words for it. They’re not talking about us becoming like God in His eternal nature, becoming objects of worship, having sovereignty, becoming omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient – no, those are incommunicable attributes of God. What they’re talking about is exactly what we believe. That as we are perfected in His image, we will take on His communicable attributes and we will experience an intimacy with Him that is perfect.