JPBC February 14, 2007
I. Definitions: What is Unitarianism?
II. Historical Backgrounds:
- Michael Servetus (1511-53).
- Faustus Socinus (1539-1604).
- John Biddle (1615-62).
- American Unitarian Association formed in 1825.
- In 1961 they merged with the Universalist Association of America to form the Unitarian-Universalist Association.
1. Reason and conscience as authority, vis-à-vis the Bible.
2. Complete religious toleration.
3. The innate goodness of man.
4. Universal salvation.
5. Liberal social agenda. Examples: Pro homosexual behavior/marriage; anti-war, etc.
IV. What do you say to a Unitarian?
1. What does the Bible teach about God?
The Bible teaches the Trinity.
Examples: (1) Baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3; (2) Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20; (3) Acts 2:32-33; (4) Romans 1:2-3; (4) 2 Corinthians 13:14.
Does the Unitarian view do justice to Jesus’ own self-understanding?
Compare the claims Jesus made for himself. See:
John 10:30: "I and My Father are one."
John 14:6: "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
Luke 5:17-26: "Who can forgive sins but God alone?" (v. 21).
Does the Unitarian view do justice to the early Christian view of Jesus?
See "Jesus is Lord" (Rom 10:9; 1 Cor 12:3).
See the warning against those who do not preach Jesus properly: 1 John 4:1-3; 5:1, 9-13.
2. Does it make sense to say that all religions deserve equal toleration and consideration?
3. If men are innately good, then why is there so much human evil in the world?
4. If all men meet the same eternal destiny what does this say about the justice of God?
5. Can we ever hope to solve all the world’s problems apart from God’s complete and final intervention?