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Tyranny of the Trinity
by P. R. Lackey
by Barbara Buzzard
We do need angry people: righteous anger is an incredible motivator. Our great heroine, Rosa Parks, was peaceful, calm, and deliberate but I daresay that when she boarded that bus, she was angry and she was confrontational. We need people who will stand and call the emperor naked if need be. Ms. Lackey is angry and she makes a creditable plea in her book "The Tyranny of the Trinity" for us to examine her case and join her in her outrage.
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes is quoted as saying that “the mark of a civilized man is his willingness to re-examine his most cherished beliefs.” Ms. Lackey points out that in her personal research she did not find one single person who knew the origin of the Trinity nor how it came to be installed as the foundational non-optional statement of Christendom. This author refuses to “surrender to the precepts of men.” What is her beef? Simply this:
“I find it deplorable that so many Christians have absolutely no idea of the origin of the Trinity or the purpose for its inception, and sadly, out of their ignorance on this issue, they have taken liberties in judging both unjustly and harshly their unitarian brethren. I and those of like mind have been vilified, demonized, scorned, and ostracized, refused communion, and referred to as heretics, cultists, unsaved, anti-Christ, and non-Christian.” She feels that “if we non-Trinitarians had no viable basis for our belief, then our Christian brethren might be justified in their condemnation, yet we have far more scriptural evidence for our stance than those who would condemn and judge based on their own tenuous belief system — a doctrine considered even within their own camp to be a "mystery." In their ignorance, they go so far as to claim that God didn’t mean for His own children to understand Him — He’s a mystery!”
Ms. Lackey brings to this controversy all of her gifts of southern humor, sarcasm, shoot-from-the-hip mentality, and a most colorful descriptive talent in calling a spade a spade. The experiences she has had in researching and addressing the question of the Trinity are very revealing of a system that has closed ranks against all questioning and behaved in an uncivilized, barbaric, shoot-the-questioner fashion. Athanasius, having trouble with his own definitions, wrote “the more I thought the less I comprehended; as the more I wrote the less capable was I of expressing my thoughts.” Lackey says the Council of Nicea “shanghaid” through this piece of incomprehensible language and furthermore attached to it an anathema for anyone doubting any part of it. Were it not so serious and cruelly painful, it could almost be funny.
Ms. Lackey says that “As long as Christians persist in teaching that God is essentially outside the realm of reason, even to the point that He embraces contradiction and absurdity, many will be limited in their ability to grow in real and practical knowledge of Him...Many dedicated Christians are currently exercised about the Gnostic and mystical tendencies affecting the Church. But many are unaware that philosophical, mystical ideas invaded the Church from the second century onwards via the ‘Church Fathers,’ who were steeped in pagan philosophy and laid the foundation of the creeds now called ‘orthodox.’”
Ms. Lackey addresses the central point which is often overlooked when “mystery” is given as a defense — that as Deuteronomy 29:29 states: “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever.” Since God has revealed His unity in the Bible in more than 11,000 places, it might be good to remember that, as Lackey puts it: “By what right have churches determined that their creeds and doctrines are beyond dispute and outweigh the explicit words of God?”
“Since the words: God the Son, eternal Son, triune God and God-man appear nowhere in the Scriptures, would not an inquiring mind be somewhat curious?” Ought we not take most soberly and seriously words like these from William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania: “I should inform you, reader, concerning the origin of the Trinitarian doctrine: Thou mayest assure thyself, it is neither from the Scriptures nor reason.”
“Over the centuries millions have died because their loyalty to the Bible precluded their acceptance of the unscriptural formulas of Nicea and Chalcedon. They could not accept the "triune" Being of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As impressive as it might sound, it is not found in the Scriptures. If this Trinitarian formula created in the fourth century was of the Holy Spirit, why did it produce centuries of hatred and bloodshed?...It is important to note that a false view of who Jesus is would foster an antichristian spirit (1 John 4:2-3).” This is a challenging paragraph as it not only gives the historical facts, but it ties those facts into events, providing an understanding necessary to correctly assess world events past and present.