In this series of videos, Hank Hanegraaff and Elliot Miller discuss the “Open Letter to the Leadership of Living Stream Ministry” and how seventy Christian scholars and ministry leaders could be wrong. Elliot describes the early research done by CRI and comments that, “they [the open letter signers] would be wrong only follows since they’re building their conclusions on our original work, and we were wrong.”
Elliot Miller then goes on to speak about Witness Lee’s teaching on the Trinity. He says that Western Christianity tends to oversimplify the Trinity while the teaching of Witness Lee and the local churches “actually are bringing a correction to a problem within Western evangelicalism.” Next, Elliot comments on the teaching on deification. He states that, “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.” Hank Hanegraaff further confirms this point by speaking about the affirmation of a famous axiom of Athanasius, an early church father sometimes called “the father of orthodoxy,” that “God became man to make man God.” He says it is a double standard to accuse Witness Lee of heresy when Athanasius affirms the same thing. Furthermore, Hank says, “The Apostle Peter would be suspect for stating that we are partakers of the divine nature.” Finally, Elliot explains the teaching of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee concerning the proper standing of a local church.
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