I don’t know if I’m allowed to write what I’m about to, but I will anyway. I’m sometimes disappointed by the way many of us identify ourselves as “Christians.” Can I say that? No, it’s not because I’m seeking some existential freedom from labels. I happily own all kinds of different –isms for myself. Nor is it because I think “Christian” is an unbiblical word. On the contrary, it was in Antioch “the disciples were first called Christians” (Acts 11:26). Rather, it’s because I have the sneaking suspicion that many of us have reduced this term “Christian” to identify ourselves only in relation to Christ. To be sure that’s incredibly important. Our union with Christ is the backbone of salvation. But I wonder, when you identify yourself as a “Christian,” is there a self-conscious Trinitarianism behind that label?
The doctrine of the Trinity isn’t a marginal or secondary doctrine appended to our belief in Christ, as if we can remain neutral to the Father or the Spirit. One writer was so bold as to assert, “Between the Trinity and Hell there lies no other choice.” Is he wrong? I don’t think so. A non-triune God is not the God of the […]