Theologian Fred Sanders Says Failure to Properly Understand the Trinity Can Lead to Heresy

A failure to properly understand the Trinity can result in dangerous, non-Christian understandings and even heresy, a theologian said.

In a recent video posted on The Gospel Coalition website, Fred Sanders, professor of theology at Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University, said the doctrine of the Trinity — the belief that there is one God who eternally exists as three distinct Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — is “really, really important.”

“I think the reason that so many heresies that come up anywhere in Christian thought can be traced back to problems with the doctrine of the Trinity, is that the doctrine of the Trinity is the Christian answer to the question, ‘Who is God?’”

While Scripture is full of details, fascinating stories, and teachings on a wide variety of topics, it essentially reveals that “God is the Father who sends the Son and the Holy Spirit,” Sanders said.

“God is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” he said. “To come up with any other answer to the question, ‘Who is God,’ is to get off track at a very foundational issue.”

When people come to the doctrine of the Trinity, they “often end up in one of two ditches,” he warned.

“Either they think it’s just a mystery we’re never supposed to look at all, or, on the other hand, they may think they’re free to make up their own ideas about what the Trinity might mean, he said.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett