Ethics: Former Oneness Pastor Will Not Publicly Confess Trinity!

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What would you do Wednesday!

Today’s scenario involves a former Oneness pastor who is also a comedian. Your church has hired this comedian to come in and do a fundraising show for a mission trip. While you had heard of this comedian, curiosity lead you to do an online search about him. Your search lead you to several Christian apologetic sites which claimed that this comedian denied the Trinity.

The evidence seems to clearly show this comedian is a Oneness Pentecostal. His parent church (the one that planted his current church) has clear anti-Trinitarian statements on their website. The current church he pastors does not have a clear statement of faith either affirming or denying the Trinity.

Immediately, you take these disturbing findings to your pastor(s). Your pastors agree that your findings are a problem and decide they want to meet with the comedian. Thankfully, the comedian only lives an hour away so a face-to-face meeting will be easy.

At the meeting, the comedian is confronted with evidence that he denies the doctrine of the Trinity. He explains that he used to hold to Oneness doctrine. He was raised in a Oneness denomination, but is now Trinitarian. The parent church that planted his current church is led by his uncle who is still a Oneness Pentecostal.

When the comedian is asked why he will not publicly refute claims that he is Oneness, he explains that it would hurt too many in his family. His public proclamation to of Trinitarian theology would hurt his relationship with the parent church, his uncle and other family members.

Your pastors accept the comedian’s answers and decide to go through with the fundraising show.

What would you do?

  • Keep quiet, attend the show and hope for the best.
  • Keep quiet and not attend the show.
  • Tell your pastors that you must inform other church members so they can decide for themselves.
  • Organize a protest with other church members for the day of the show.
  • Or….
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The above article was posted on April 17, 2013 by Mark Lamprecht.
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1 Y A Newsome April 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Temporarily refrain from hiring the comedian telling him he must publicly confess the trinity in obedience to God. The Bible says if anyone is ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of him. Also, we are called on to deny even our parents and loved ones to put God first.

2 Jeremy April 19, 2013 at 1:52 am

Wow, Mark, this one hits close to home for me as you know I am a former Oneness Pentecostal. If the comedian is no longer a oneness adherent and has repented and believed the gospel, then how does he refrain from boldly proclaiming the truth to his family and others? What about his understanding of the gospel?

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