I’m writing just after having voted against the Trinity Paper presented by the Office of Theology and Worship. This paper has kicked up considerable controversy because of its very subtlety – in the opinion of many, the paper blurs our understanding of the very names of the Triune God whom we worship. I have some serious concerns about this paper, and I was in support of a substitute motion that would have referred the paper back to the Office of Theology and Worship for a further two years of input from churches.
By a very narrow margin (thirteen votes, if I have my numbers right), the Assembly voted to approve the paper.
Quite honestly I don’t know what this does for the church. I wonder if people will get the difference between receieving a paper and approving a paper (one ammendment changed the language so that the Assembly technically didn't approve the paper) – I have heard many say that this Trinity paper will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back – that we will no longer be an orthodox Christian church. Have we indeed slipped into some kind of neo-gnosticism?
I will say this – I am very, very concerned.
And so I affirm my friends
I believe in God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost. I trust in God's soveriegnty and that out of this troubling development, His glory may yet increase.
Soli Deo Gloria