Do you have to believe in the Trinity in order to be saved?
This question sounds more complicated than it is because of how it is asked. If we believe in Jesus and through Him have salvation from our sins, we need to make sure it’s the right Jesus. If we are going to say anything about who Jesus is and how He is different from/relates to the Father and Holy Spirit, it needs to come through His written Word. With all of that said, where does the concept of the Trinity come from? It comes from the exact same place we get our understanding of salvation from. It would be inconsistent to believe in God’s definition of salvation but reject His description of His own nature. And in that the answer to this question is found. When the man who was crucified with Jesus recognized Him for who He was, that was all He was held accountable to in order for his salvation to be “legitimate.” Likewise, the Pharisees knew more about the Messiah than most pastors do today, yet consciously chose to reject it when it was being fulfilled right in front of them. Knowing information didn’t save them any more than the man on the cross. It was what they did with it. To whom much is given, much shall be required. If you enter eternity only aware of who Jesus is and what He did for you, then you’re only going to be held accountable for that. If you are aware of what scripture teaches about the nature of God and consciously choose to reject it in favor of a more popular position socially, then you’re going to be held accountable for that as well. This is the salvation issue. God won’t hold you accountable what you don’t know, but rejecting what you should.
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