Randal Rauser recently posted Must a Christian believe in the Trinity? This post was an outgrowth of recent previous posts he had written. Most of the ensuing discussion was about the correct definition of “Christian” and whether or not it entailed being a “Trinitarian.” After much discussion by others, I made the following comment (with minor editing here):
Looking at the words themselves, one would think Christian meant “of Christ” and Trinitarian meant “of the Trinity.” But maybe that’s too simple (or should I have said simpliciter?)
To put it another way, if to be a Christian you must be a Trinitarian, perhaps to be a Trinitarian you similarly must be something in addition to a Trinitarian. That is, if truly being “of Christ” means you must be “of the Trinity” then to be truly “of the Trinity” you must be “of yet something else.” (This sort of logic is worthy of Lewis Carroll.)
I’m surprised that all those who insist that a Christian must be a Trinitarian do not simply call themselves Trinitarians instead of Christians as this would make their point so much more clearly. Or perhaps, in a compromise, call themselves the composite name of Trinitarian-Christians (“TC” could also stand for “true Christian” which would be extra nifty) so as not to let others confuse them with the unwashed claimants to the name of Christ.
All kidding aside, and before anyone sets out to argue with me about these definitions, let me warn you: I will not defend them. I won’t engage in that argument because I don’t care about the definition of a Christian. I don’t care about it because I don’t believe our Lord cares about the labels we assign ourselves (arguments about what constituted a true Pharisee weren’t of interest to Him either). What He does care about is the degree to which each of us does His word. Remember that He said:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” – Luke 6:46
To see this comment as originally made in context, go to the post at Randal’s blog.
To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:
This article describes how demographers are estimating and marking the birth of the world’s seven billionth person this week. [Editorial note May 15, 2014: Apparently, the host is no longer maintaining this article online.]
We have come a long way from God telling just two people, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28). Oh, the wonder and glory of our God, who can make the mightiest things come forth from the smallest of beginnings.
And, oh, how we should thank God for every single child He sends into the world. And how we should be sure to bring each and every one of them up “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4).
Children are a blessing, and by blessing them we bless God.
Who is the One who died and rose again on our behalf? God. (2 Corinthians 5:15)
But someone will say, “Wasn’t it Christ who matched that description?” The answer is, “Yes, God died and rose again on our behalf as Christ.” (Christ is a type of God, and particularly so because Christ was God.)
God died to His former life as Creator and Lord of Israel that He might become Redeemer and Lord of all creation. He died as Lord of heaven to live as Jesus of Nazareth that He might be raised to Lord of heaven. Since He was God Almighty before and God Almighty afterward it didn’t change life much for Him, but it sure changed life for us! Because of what He did everyone is going to heaven. Nevertheless, we must live holy, else we bring judgment upon ourselves between now and then.
Have you accepted the church as your corporate Lord and Savior? I hope not. Rather, I hope you have accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
The evangelical movement began in Jesus but has devolved into church. Read the previous post on this subject.
For some reason, the saints of Jesus have turned away from Him and toward each other for salvation. Let us rather return to the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls (1 Peter 2:25) and forsake human shepherds.
I am a child of the evangelical movement. I believed in Jesus after someone confessed to me, “I have accepted Jesus Christ has my personal Lord and Savior.” I examined the claims reading the Bible and acknowledged Him myself.
Nevertheless, the evangelical movement has strayed far from this simple and powerful message. The message has been corrupted into “I have accepted the church as my corporate Lord and Savior.” This is a sad state of affairs. Let us return to Him from whom we have deeply defected (Isaiah 31:6).
Where is the Lord today? Unless people have no regard for Him at all, they say, “He’s everywhere.” The theologically-minded might use the word “omnipresent.”
But if God is everywhere, why don’t people act like it? At most they seem to act like He’s in buildings called churches and in heaven far off – both far removed from where most people spend the vast majority of their lives.
So again: if God is everywhere, why don’t we act like it?
Trinitarians call Jesus the Lord, and indeed He is.
Isaiah prophesied (Isaiah 2:11, 17) that there would come a day when ” Lord alone will be exalted.” If the Lord alone will be exalted, how can Trinitarians say Jesus is only the second Person of a trinity?