First, the Trinity is a way of explaining the Godhead, but it is not the only way. To confuse creeds and doctrines with the Gospel – that Christ saved us from our sins – is to put the work back into the hands of humanity, as if we discovered the mystery, as if that discovery is what saves us. As if we couldn’t possibly be wrong about the way we describe God. Surely not. We weren’t wrong with Constantine (and I note the origins of creedal orthodoxy), the Crusades, the Salem Witchtrails, oppression of men, women and children. The Church was never wrong about the way it pursued ‘doctrinal purity’, stood against science, gave a religious reason to colonize and commit genocide.
The Gospel is not doctrine, dogma or creeds. As Mark Stevens, 3 of 9 of uni-matrix 7, wrote:
…I think the gospel is the announcement that Jesus is Israel’s Messiah and Lord of the world! (As in Wright and more recently McKnight)
Be surprised but I think when you live outside of the US evangelical bubble you see things very differently. The US is the only place that is having these discussions and then a very small part of if the US at that!
Now, that can be verified by Scripture, from the earliest Christians. And yet… what about the Doctrine of the Trinity? There are so many versions of it, but pick the one you like, and defend it first completely from Scripture, then from Church History, and then from biblical scholarship. Now, watch the others do the exact same thing.
Sorry, guys, but ‘Orthodoxy’ is pertaining to generally the Tradition in Charge. I prefer orthopraxy. I prefer the communion of those who disagree, and even reject the doctrines of another, but around the Table of the Lord, can break bread together, in humble admission that we have been saved, are being saved, and will be saved not by our works (of doctrine, or otherwise), but by Christ.
- Anti-Trinitarians in the Gospel Coalition? (wateristhickerthanblood.wordpress.com)