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Trinitarian Crisis in Popular Evangelicalism

brorito's picture

Several years ago I came to the suspicion that the doctrine of the trinity had fallen on hard times. The lack of empirical indicators to prove such a statement left me only with a suspicion. However, it seemed to me that the doctrine of the trinity didn’t quite get the same recognition as some of the popular teachings like prosperity, morality, self-esteem, and relationships. Yet one cannot deny the perennial nature of the trinity and its related teachings. It doesn't take long before one begins to notice that within contemporary evangelicalism discourses seem to emphasize second order discourses and primary order discourses Christology, God, or the trinity were relegated to secondary status. It seems to me that the sentiment today is that the trinity is a doctrine to be believed not understood which I would say is a CRISIS. Any thoughts?

ElderDad's picture

Possibly a helpful outline for you to fill in the Scripture

The following five points can be shown through Scripture to be true. Being true doesn't mean they are easy to understand with our mathematically trained minds. God' being is beyond our human comprehension at this time. That's one of the reasons why I look forward to an eternity with Him to figure it out. I leave to you to play with this and easily add the Scriptures.

1. The Father is God (lots of passages, few dissenters).
2. The Son is God (lots of passages, many dissenters).
3. The Holy Spirit is God (a person, not a force -- some passages, many dissenters).
4. These three are separate Persons (as opposed to a modalistic approach suggesting one God seen three ways at three different times -- many passages, some dissenters).
5. There is only one God (lots of O.T passages expecially).

Thank you for bringing up this topic and pointing out the necessity of this doctrine. There are many other doctrines impacted by this if we deny the truth of the doctrine of the Trinity. If we fail to address it, other doctrines loose some of their foundation. I believe the doctrine of who God is, is foundational to all other doctrines of the Christian church.

Perhaps, though, the term "evangelical" is too loose a term for the modern churches described in the "prosperity, morality, self-esteem, and relationships" arena. I prefer to think of evangelical from the standpoint of its base meening -- presenting the gospel of salvation made available by the crucifixion (not "crucifiction," as I saw it spelled somewhere in the forums -- there's no fiction in it) of God the Son Who humbled Himself and took on the form of man in order to take our sins upon Him.

Dave S.
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2 Tim. 3:16--All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.