On the front page of the left-wing Presbyterian Voices for Justice web site, there’s an interesting letter they received from a John Tindal of South Carolina. Mr. Tindal writes to PVJ with a concern he has about the Belhar Confession, which is currently being voted on by presbyteries for inclusion in the PCUSA Book of Confessions. Mr. Tindal’s concern seems to be that the Confession is too Christian:
We recently received this thoughtful comment from a website visitor:
I’m concerned about the opening paragraph of the Belhar Confession that reads:
We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who gathers, protects and cares for the church through Word and Spirit. This, God has done since the beginning of the world and will do to the end.
While perhaps implied by scripture, the phrase “triune God” does not appear in the Bible.
The doctrine of the trinity is a later development of the church. Because this doctrine has been a barrier in our relations with Jews and Muslims, I would prefer the following wording:
We believe in one God who we experience as creator, redeemer and sustainer.
There are a lot of responses that I could offer to this (feel free to have at it in the comments), but I think I’ll confine my response to a question: when did the PJV and its friends turn into biblical fundamentalists?