Revised on May 29, 2020
James’ short letter to early Christians doesn’t have a plethora of references to God and Jesus, but what it does have is more than enough to demolish Trinitarian notions. First of all, notice who James says that he is a servant of:
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (James 1:1 NIV). James identifies himself as serving two distinct personages, namely Almighty God and Jesus Christ. These two are not merged together, as Trinitarians assert. Their distinctiveness is maintained. Notable by absence are references to the Trinity and the Holy Spirit. If these are real, why isn’t James serving them?—The Trinity, of course, is fictional, that’s why James isn’t serving the Trinity. He’s not serving the Holy Spirit because it’s not a person, even though it is real. The Holy Spirit is called “it” in John 14:17 REB; Romans 8:26,27 REB. Persons are not called “it”. The Holy Spirit is God’s “power” (Acts 1:8).
“God cannot be tempted by evil” (James 1:13 NIV). This scripture itself proves that Jesus cannot be Almighty God, because “Jesus the Son of God . . . high priest . . . has been tempted in every way, just as we are—-yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:14,15 NIV). The scriptures are crystal clear—-God cannot be tempted, yet Jesus was tempted in every way, thus proving that Jesus cannot be Almighty God.
“A pure and faultless religion in the sight of God the Father is this . . . ” (James 1:27 REB). Notice that “God” is referred to as the Father. Jesus said that his “Father” is “the only true God” (John 17:1,3). This excludes anyone else from being included in “the only true God”. In fact, clarifying the matter even further, Jesus said that “the true worshippers will worship the Father” (John 4:23).
“You believe that there is one God. Good!” (James 2:19 NIV), as opposed to believing that other “gods” are also real. The demons know that there is only the one true God, who is Jesus’ Father (John 17:1,3). The Trinity doctrine asserts that ‘the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. That’s three Gods, despite Trinitarian denials. James 2:19 makes it perfectly clear that there is only one Almighty God, not three Almighty Gods, as confirmed by James 5:4.
“The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty” (James 5:4 NIV). James shows here that the “one God” that he refers to is “the Lord Almighty”, just as Galatians 3:20 says “God is only one” (NASB), not three.
There is only one “the Lord Almighty”, the one who “cannot be tempted”. Trinitarianism finds no support in the Letter of James. In fact, the doctrine of the Trinity is resoundingly contradicted by the short Letter of James.