I’ve been avoiding this topic for two days. Two hours of reading later…
Technically, the only essential doctrine is believing the deity of Jesus, believing he is Lord, believing that God raised Him from the dead, and trusting him with our life, or in better terms, what Mr. E3 said.
The truth is, we don’t know from the scriptures how the Godhead works. Honestly, I don’t even see how different Noah’s and Micah’s beliefs are from the Trinity. It’s a difference in detail: we say that the Holy Spirit is an independent part of the Godhead. If I am understanding correctly, Micah and Noah are saying that the Holy Spirit is not an “independent member” of the Godhead, but is the spirit of God the Father.
I personally see the Trinity as the best simplification of the concept of the Godhead, but, it can’t be said that Noah and Micah are wrong, so long as they believe in the divinity of them, which they do. They’re just taking a different angle of explaining what we see in the Word.
Here are some verses about the Trinity: [http://www.openbible.info/topics/the_trinity]
You will notice that while the Father, Son, and Spirit are identified separately, there isn’t anything that determines the true answer to this argument. We simply don’t know.
Spiritual fellowship doesn’t have to take place in a church building.
Churches may be a helpful way to connect with fellow Christians in person, but it is nigh impossible to find sola scriptura churches in some regions.
Compromising and attending a church where the Word is neglected could easily do more spiritual harm than good, and the Bible nowhere indicates this is a wise course of action—the exact opposite.
As someone who hasn’t been to a church in years myself… amen. I am ever so thankful to have fellowship with you all.
That is quite the assumption, Mr. A8.
I don’t think she means to be. She is technically right.
Why do you believe that?
If it were to be so obvious, why would the Word warn us over and over to watch, be circumspect, and avoid the severe deception foretold?
Interesting, that does seem to be a good sign. Could I see your source for this?
Hm? It could apply to much more than marriage. The context does not mention marriage whatsoever, for starters.
The word for “unequally yoked together,” ἑτεροζυγέω, is used once in the New Testament and has the following Strong’s definition:
That could apply to a business partnership as well as a marriage.
The following word for “communion,” κοινωνία, is broad:
It is used 20 times, often translated in the KJV as fellowship, such as in Acts 2:42:
Some propose that Paul was referring to a verse in Leviticus 19, thus making this inherently a reference to marriage, but the translation of that verse itself is not universally agreed upon:
Therefore, I don’t think this verse should be so restricted to only the topic of marriage. Even so, the concept is biblically supported. Psalm 1:1 etc.