It must have been clear to you when you posted Dan74 that your interpretation does not accord with the Theravada view. And is in fact explicitly denied by mainstream Theravadin thought. I find it hard to believe that you have forgotten the debate the last time you raised the same issue.
So when you chose to air it on a Theravada forum what was your motive ? Is a mission to the benighted ? Did you think that there has been a major revolution within the Theravada in the last few weeks brought about by having our dim eyes opened by visits from Mahayanists .Are you at a loose end ? Or what ?
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.