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October 2, 2012

Unitarian Faith Growing Nationwide

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

According to a report in this morning’s USA Today, the Unitarian Universalist Church is one of the fastest growing “churches” in all of the US. 

In a nutshell, Universalists are monotheists who believe in “God,” but also believe that Jesus Christ is just a prophet. They work a lot in social ministries. When it comes to doctrine (the whys and whats of why people call themselves Christian or Lutheran or Jewish or Muslim), they tend to be more open — they aren’t doctrinal by any means. 

And they claim they are growing because they are basically a place where people can come and will never be questioned about their beliefs in God, or if they believe in God at all. I’ve known a Universalist or two who believe that there is a god in every part of nature and that god is the one we worship. 

Can they be considered Christian if they don’t believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God? No. There are some Universalists who accept Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and may even accept the notion of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. That’s what makes this “church” a rather odd.

Without a core set of beliefs and doctrines, this “church” accepts anything, including beliefs that aren’t so biblical. That, in my book, is not a church. It is a social club that likes to help people and sing.  

For more: Unitarian faith growing nationwide

(Via USA Today.)

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