Recently, we looked at the first chapter of Colossians where Paul expressed his love of that church and his concern that some heretical theology had been allowed into their body. Paul, as a responsible Christian leader who could see the danger of “bent theology” hurting true Christian beliefs, saw his role as active by sending a warning to the church. With that as a background, we too need to remain vigilant and hold strong to the Biblical teachings that guide our church.
Over the years, I’ve been approached by Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Eastern Lightening believers, and others that have claimed the Bible as their foundational standard, and yet, they had additional teachings taking them outside of the standard Christian faith. Indeed, any church has the responsibility of “vetting” those who become members of their body. Recently, I had a person identified as a Oneness Pentecostal who sought me out to present his thinking on this and how it could help our church. With most conservative Protestants viewing Oneness Pentecostalism as a theological cult, I listened with concern. Oneness theology specifically maintains that God is absolutely and indivisibly one even as it fully opposes Trinitarian doctrine. Oneness believers baptize in the name of Jesus Christ only rather than using the Trinitarian norm. According to Oneness Theology, the Son of God did not exist prior to the incarnation of Jesus. Yes, we must all be on guard as we recognize that our theological stances are not just theory but impact our lives.