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Early scholars used the term Apostolic Church: that demanded that faith and practice be based on the writings of the Apostles recognizing that no one after them had the authority to make changes.Also, this is the first great rock on which the Protestant Reformation is founded.
1. "SCRIPTURES ALONE" or "Sola Scriptura".
The alternative was Church Tradition, the creeds, the councils, the encylicals, and the hierarchy of authority that divested every individual Christian from his or her right to read, understand, and apply the Word of God according to their ability and understanding.
Other rocks were 2. Christ, 3. Grace, 4. Faith, and 5. Glory to God.
This is not to enthrone these five or make them a creed!
2nd century theologians represent the three not as coequal persons as did the Nicene Creed of 325 AD but as a single person, "the Father Who is the Godhead Itself, with His mind, or rationality, and His wisdom" (p. 108, Early Christian Doctrines, 1978, JND Kelly). These thinkers were anxious to offer Christianity as monotheism (one God), obscuring the position of the Son and the Spirit as "persons."Trinitarianism was not fully developed even at the end of the 2nd century AD (100-199 AD), when Irenaeus an early theologian emphasized the monotheistic nature of Christianity, that is, "one God", and that is the Father. But Irenaeus goes on to say "the Father is God, and the Son is God, for whatever is begotten of God is God" (c. 180, Adversus Haereses (Against Heresies), Irenaeus, 47) Although he implies that the Spirit is divine in his eyes, he sees the three not as three equal persons, but as a single person. The Father Who is the Godhead Itself, with His mind, or rationality, and His wisdom. With this monotheism, Irenaeus obscures the position of the Son and the Spirit as "Persons", to use modern terminology.
2nd century theologians represent the three not as coequal persons as did the Nicene Creed of 325 AD but as a single person, "the Father Who is the Godhead Itself, with His mind, or rationality, and His wisdom" (p. 108, Early Christian Doctrines, 1978, JND Kelly). These thinkers were anxious to offer Christianity as monotheism (one God), obscuring the position of the Son and the Spirit as "persons."
The theories of "Popes" Zephyrinus (198-217) and Callistus (217-222) thought that the theories of Hippolytus and Tertullian led to ditheism (I'm not sure if restorationism recognizes them as popes). Others regarded the Son and the Spirit as expansions or projections of the One God the Father.
I could go on and on, but trinitarianism was not full-blown until the Nicene Creed in 325 AD. This brings us to the application of Restorationism. For those wishing to restore primitive Christianity, therefore, the term trinity is generally "invisible", that is never mentioned.
Scriptures Alone suggest that we should speak where the Bible speaks, and remain silent where the Bible is silent. That our people are not aware of these issues today shows the great dearth existing in the pulpit today, with too much emphases on programs and "smooth" Christianity. Polished Christianity can create a bulging crowd, as long as the membership was taught rightly in the past, but with just a few decades of smooth preaching, all doctrinal foundations are erased and the church is just left with the remnants called "ritual." "Ritual" then itself fails when the membership begins to call in question all the basics. Then it is too late. Smooth preaching began in mid-20th century and has continued until the present.
Ken, more words from Jesus Christ.
[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Dave,Donnie,
You must rather enjoy it, akin to Ken....but why you have to make something so beautiful so complicated?
Wrong: I am certain that you can QUOTE THE TEXT a million times and those who are not OF TRUTH or OF FAITH will never believed it. Jesus spoke parables to KEEP the Scribes and Pharisees from hearing and believing. He used Isaiah 6, Isaiah 29 and repeated in Ezekiel 33 to name the hypocrites as "pleasure speakers, singers, instrument players, and audience." Music from mystery MEANS "to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter, to "silence the voice of the victim," defined historically as Sacred Violence. If you cannot believe and confess that which is written, don't worry about it.Donnie,
That is NOT simple.....you guys are like the democrats....you believe if you say it enough times people will believe you.