On February 20th, Marcus Rogers, a professing Christian Rapper, released a video attacking the Doctrine of the Trinity. He made an argument for what appeared to be Partialism. While he called the Trinity, "false doctrine" and "man made", he appeared to not truly understand it (In the short 3 minutes he spoke, the only thing he ended up refuting with actual verses is Tritheism, the heretical belief that there are three gods).
Since there seems to be some confusion in the argument as to just what the Trinity is, I will explain it. Best summed up in the Athanasian Creed, the Trinity teaches that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are three separate persons and at the same time, one being, one God. It is not the belief that God is three separate beings (Which is Tritheism). This video from Pastor Hans Fiene shows some of the different heresies that miss this doctrine (All that I am aware of except Socianism and Tritheism). Below is the video that Rogers released.
Firstly, he brings up Matthew 28:19. He mostly focuses on how the Bible uses the singular word, "Name" to refer to all three members of the Godhead. I would agree that that has theological implications. However, it doesn't point to the fact that God is not three separate persons. Instead, it points to the fact that he is one being. The fact that Rogers is using the fact that there is only one being in the Godhead to argue against the Trinity proved Dr. James R. White right when he commented, "Mr. Rogers has no Earthly idea what the doctrine of the Trinity is in the first place." (Source).
He then asked, "Where do you even see the word 'Trinity' in the Bible?" I will concede that the word "Trinity" does not appear in the Bible. However, I don't find this argument particularly convincing. Many words that describe Biblical things aren't found in the Bible. A very important one was used in his original statement, and that is the word "Bible".
Most of the verses he uses after that point really only point to God being one in being. Isaiah 45:5-6, John 10:30, and Deuteronomy 6:4 all point to God being one being. After citing these verses, he then goes on to profess Partialism. He says that, "[The Father] took a part of Him[self] and he put it in Jesus, His son." He also referred to the Holy Spirit as, "A part of [Jesus]." This means that Jesus is only a part of God and the Holy Spirit is only part of God. Neither are fully God. Which means that John 10:30 (A verse he quoted) can't be true, because Jesus and the Father wouldn't be one. They'd be 2/3.
His arguments against the Trinity are loose and flawed. He denies an essential doctrine in favor of a heresy. I don't know who these people who initially called him out are, but they are right. He is teaching a false doctrine and he is not only a danger to new believers in the Church, but a danger to himself.
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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