Randal Rauser on Christians and Trinitarians

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To see this comment as originally made in context, go to the post at Randal’s blog.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:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Randal Rauser on Who Is a Christian

Randal Rauser recently posted Will the real Christian please stand up?  There have been many comments on his post.  I commented, mainly to point out the futility and counterproductivity of the exercise.  The comment string also led to a discussion of the Trinity and Modalism – both false conceptions of God.

For more on the correct conception of God, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Trinitarians Try to Rewrite the Scriptures

Proverbs 9:10 (NASB) reads:

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

However, when Trinitarians read this verse, here’s what they “see”:

“The fear of the Trinity is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy Three is understanding.”

The Trinitarians have paid insufficient attention to the Lord, the Holy One of Israel (the one they call “the second person of the trinity”).  There is a veil over their eyes (2 Corinthians 3:15-16), and it will not be removed until they return to their first love (Revelation 2:4).

Let us never forsake the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The Head We Hold Fast to Is Christ, not the “Godhead”

Colossians 2:19 tells us to “hold fast to the head,” speaking of Jesus Christ.  Indeed we should.  Why then do Trinitarians say we should instead hold fast to something they call “the Godhead”?  I’ve written previously on the unfortunate term “Godhead,” so I won’t elaborate that point here.

I will say here that the Bible is clear that the only head we should be holding fast to is Christ our Lord.  Never let Him go!

To learn more about Christ versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The Son of God Is My God

In our day and age, everyone has a god – even if his only god is himself.

Some worship Allah, some worship a Trinity, some worship success, some worship fame, and so on.  And, as I said above, some worship themselves.

I worship the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  He is Lord of heaven and earth.  All things are subject to His authority and power.

I commend Him to you.  He is the one true God.

Actually, you already know Him.  He is the God of right and wrong.  If you’ve wandered from Him, I urge you to return.  He’s waiting.

Repent, and return to Jesus Christ our Lord!

For more on the Son of God versus the Trinity, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Names of the Lord: Jesus Is the Beginning of the Creation of God

In the book of Revelation, one of the names by which Jesus refers to Himself is “the Beginning of the Creation of God” (Revelation 3:14).  God was determined to have a new creation which would reign supreme over the sin that had marred the original creation.

God spoke of this new creation  through the apostles (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1), and through the prophets long before (Isaiah 42:9; 43:19; 65:17; 66:22).

This new creation covered everything – including Himself.  That’s why Jesus is “the beginning of the creation of God.”  God was creating everything new through Jesus Christ, who would be the head in the new order.  For this reason the apostle Paul called Jesus “the beginning, the firstborn from the dead” (Colossians 1:18).  Paul went on to say in that passage that the purpose was so that Jesus “might come to have first place in everything.”  In another letter, Paul said that God’s plan was to have “an administration suitable to the fullness of times: that is, the summing up in Christ of all things in heaven and on earth” (Ephesians 1:10).

In short, God was doing a “reset” of creation through Christ.  Christ would be over all, through all, and in all.  This would only make sense if God Himself is Christ…and He is!

Call on His Name

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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God Clothed Himself with Christ

God clothed Himself with Christ that He might walk among us – that He might walk a mile in our shoes, as it were.

God’s spirit was hidden in Jesus of Nazareth.  Said another way, Jesus of Nazareth was animated by the spirit that is God.

A human being is the union of a spirit and a body, the result of which is a soul.

Our bodies clothe our spirits – even from ourselves.  For what human can distinguish between spirit and soul?

In the case of Jesus of Nazareth, the spirit was the spirit of Him who had made heaven and earth.  We could not see His spirit just as no human can see the spirit of another human.  Yet, His behavior was entirely distinctive.  And His resurrection from the dead to an indestructible life added indelibly to that distinction.

Finally, in the revelation of Jesus Christ, we see that He was…and is…God.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Where You Would Expect to See the Trinity, You Don’t

Trinitarians are fond of quoting 2 Corinthians 13:14 as a proof text for the trinity doctrine.  It is hardly that.  This verse simply mentions the Lord Jesus Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit all in the same sentence.  That’s hardly a basis for justifying the trinity doctrine.  If anything, it’s a basis for understanding them separately, not combined in an incomprehensible construct of multiple “persons” in a singular “being.”

Interestingly, there are other passages which speak of three divine entities which trinitarians probably wish they could point to in the way they do to 2 Corinthians 13:14, but such passages won’t even serve those purposes.

For example, in the middle of His diatribe against the Pharisees, Jesus mentions in one breath the Teacher, the Father, and the Leader (Matthew 23:8-10).  I’m sure the trinitarians wish He’d said the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (though, as we saw above, even that wouldn’t prove anything).  The additional problem for Trinitarians in Matthew 23:8-10 is that Jesus is referring to Himself in all three cases, and Isaiah bears Him witness: Jesus is the Teacher (Isaiah 30:20), the Father (Isaiah 9:6), and the Leader (Isaiah 55:4).

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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The Trinity Is Not Only Unbiblical – It’s AntiBiblical

It’s not just that the Bible doesn’t support the doctrine of the Trinity.  It’s that the Trinity doctrine contradicts the Bible.

Most notably, the doctrine of the Trinity is at odds with the Bible’s emphasis on Christ.  Where the Bible is constantly drawing attention to Christ, the Trinity is constantly saying that the Son must share the spotlight with the Father and the Holy Spirit.  For example, the Bible quotes the Father as saying, “Listen to My Son” (Matthew 17:5), the Holy Spirit will not speak of Himself but only of Jesus (John 16:13-14), and yet Jesus says that His own words are the determining factor in the outcome of a person’s life (Luke 6:46-49).  There is no doubt that in the Bible, all eyes point to Christ.  Trinitarians, by contrast, are uncomfortable letting Jesus so singularly stand out.

Discard the convoluted and idolatrous trinity doctrine.  Let’s forsake our sins and worship Jesus Christ our Lord!

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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Let’s Live for the One Who Died and Rose Again on Our Behalf

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.

For more on this subject, see:

There Is No Trinity; There Is Christ

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