Before we arrive at the Godhead, or any doctrine associated with Councils and Doctrinal Development, we must first decide on the proper place for Doctrinal Progression. I offer two points against such a theory:
Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that you may learn in us not to think beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other. (1 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV)
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. (2 Timothy 1:13 NKJV)
How then can we go above that which is stands written, not only in the Old but the New – the Prophets and the Apostles – and create a new pattern of words – sound or otherwise?
If we are commanded not to go beyond what is written, then how can we have Church Councils which establish doctrine different, or progressed, than the Apostles?
If we are commanded to hold to the pattern of words which the Apostle spoke, then how can we create theological concepts, words, and indeed languages, when Paul would not have recognized them?
If Doctrine is allowed to be progressed, then who decides the correct doctrine if we can no longer measure the doctrine in full by the holy Scriptures?
Can we move past the Apostles and still hold to Paul’s words? Who has the authority to amend the Apostles?
If no Doctrinal Progession, then no Trinity – and no oneness or modalism either. Must we hold to only those words (translated or transliterated) found in the Bible to describe our theology proper?
More questions than answers, but that is what the comment section is for!