One doctrine that has brought up much discussion in the Doctrine Class at SFC Sunday afternoons is the doctrine of the Trinity. This is the doctrine that has caused a great deal of confusion in the Christian church. Marsha mentioned to Jeff and I about a Baptist church in Texas that had a deacon who did not believe in the Trinity. The church was set to vote on removing the deacon but, to many’s surprise, they voted to keep him. At that, the pastor of the church announced he would resign. The class agreed that the church did not leave the pastor any choice as, when they rejected the importance of the doctrine of the Trinity, they ceased to be Baptists.

One thing we discussed in class is that the doctrine of the Trinity is illogical (cannot make sense) because it conflicts with itself. For you who were not able to attend the classes, here are the three basic truths of the doctrine in the Bible:

  1. God is three persons
  2. Each person is fully God
  3. There is one God

These are the truths in Scripture and by faith we know they are true. Many people cannot accept these because they do not add up and they cannot accept things by faith but must understand God before they can accept Him and worship the religion instead of God. Jeff made a very good point when he quoted his former pastor as saying, “When a man finally understands God, He stops being God.” Sinners want to have comfort in their religion through proof and are uncomfortable in saying 3=1. However, this is nothing new; from the beginning of the world, up until now, we hear Satan asking us, “Did God actually say, …?” (Gen 3:1) Some tell us that there is really only one God in one person with three roles (Modalism), some will tell us there is one God and that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not God (Arianism), and some will tell us that there are three gods (Tritheism). Let them try to carve God’s image into stone and worship it, but I will worship Him by faith and say with His servant Job, “These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” (Job 26:14 NLT)

There are many mysteries of God we cannot understand and it is sad that many will change the truth of God they cannot understand into a lie they can and worship the lie. They believe the lie of Satan saying, “When you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:4, 5 ESV)

“they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:25 ESV)

Grace and peace,