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The Trinity – A Foundational Doctrine

I am convinced that the doctrine of the Holy Trinity is foundational to all Christian truth.  This is a rather bold statement.  Indeed, it is rather controversial.  There are some Christian teachers who would adamantly disagree with this.  They may accept the Trinity as a biblical doctrine, but they argue that acceptance of the Trinity is not essential in order to be a Christian.  While I honor their privilege to believe as they do, I must differ with this position most stringently.

I have dealt with this issue in an earlier post.  You can read for yourself regarding the question of the necessity of belief in the Trinity.  Allow me to summarize my argument for you.  First of all, we understand that salvation is experienced in a person’s life by that person repenting of sin, accepting Christ, and coming into a personal relationship with the Lord God.  Thus, relationship is at the heart of the Christian experience.  In this light, it is important to note the words of Christ in John 17:3, where He declares that eternal life consists of knowing the true God and the true Son of God.  In other words, without a relationship with the true God, there is no eternal life.  And thus, whether or not God is triune in His nature is necessary for salvation.  You cannot have a relationship with a false god and have eternal life.  If God is a monarchial, monolithic deity—one God, one Person—then to assert that you have a relationship with a triune God is a false premise.  You cannot have eternal life if you have a relationship with a deity that doesn’t exist. Continue reading

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Shincheonji

For decades the Christian church has been exploding in South Korea.  At the same time, heretical cults are also springing up at a truly alarming rate.  It is estimated that there are over 50 indigenous cults in South Korea.  The largest and best known is the Unification Church founded by the late Sun Myung Moon.  Another large and growing group is the Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, also known as Shincheonji. Continue reading