It seems like nearly every professing Christian has their own eschatological interpretations, many times differing from our own. Should we break fellowship with someone who professes Christ as their Lord and Savior simply because their eschatological interpretation is different from our own or should we examine their essential beliefs prior to dividing? Yesterday I came across a website that I feel demonstrates when and where I personally would draw the line.
These fellows call this the “Prophecy of the Century“. They have videos you can access for free which they feel validates this prophecy. They believe that the Lord led them to believe this prophecy. I’ve seen prophecies like this before and I guess it’s just a matter of time before we find out if this is really a correct interpretation or not.
Would I break fellowship with this group based on their interpretation? On the basis of this; no I would not. Would I call them names and refuse to listen to them? Should I publicly question their salvation? I would hope that I wouldn’t. One thing I would do is ask how they feel about essential Christian doctrines such as “Do you believe in the Trinity?” I didn’t have to contact them as they openly share their views on this essential and important Christian doctrine here.
THERE IS NO TRINITY. Right there is the red flag. The Trinity is an essential Christian doctrine. This is a doctrine that any true professing Christian holds dearly. A brief overview of the Trinity can be found here.
Can we safely assume someone professing Christ yet denying the Trinity isn’t saved? Should we state this publicly about someone? That’s a tough call and one I used to be comfortable making all the time….just not anymore. We really have no way of knowing who the elect are however I suspect and believe someone who denies the Trinity probably isn’t saved. Notice I said probably isn’t and I’m only speaking for myself here.
Seeing they deny Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God by denying the Trinity, I decided to look a little deeper into their website. I discovered they adhere to and promote the teachings of Mrs. Ellen White who co-founded along with her husband the Seventh Day Adventists. Many consider the Seventh Day Adventists to be a cult.
There are plenty more of their teachings on the website which we could carve up like Thanksgiving turkeys if we wanted to but what would be the point of that? Their clear denial of the Trinity is reason enough to simply walk away and leave them alone. We must also pray they see the error of their ways and repent of their heretical teachings.
I would break fellowship with professing believers who deny the existence of the Trinity. I wouldn’t listen to anything a denier of the Trinity has to say on anything biblical which includes the above prophecy. If their exegesis is sloppy enough to deny an essential doctrine how can they then be trusted with anything else biblical? In my opinion, they can’t.
Now, let’s suppose these fellows adhere to essential Orthodox Christian doctrines such as the Trinity, would I break fellowship over their eschatological views? My answer would be no whether I agree with them or not. Someone’s eschatological viewpoints aren’t as important to me as essential doctrines such as the Trinity.
You now know where I would divide and break fellowship. I have other reasons but that isn’t the point of this post. Remember, this is just for me. Each of you has to decide when to divide and what to divide over. I can’t tell you that and I wouldn’t want that responsibility but I am curious about something…….
Where do you draw the line?