Understanding the history of our distinct perspective on the Scriptures
The members of STF – USA define themselves according to their doctrinal positions and practices as Biblical Unitarians. In essence, STF- USA is an association of independent Biblical Unitarian churches uniting on the basis of sharing a distinct perspective of the Scriptures, and holding a common ecclesiastical vision, purpose and values.
The Jewish roots of Christianity were Unitarian. The early Church was also mainly Unitarian. In the 5th and 6th centuries the Trinitarian teaching became the dominant belief of the Church, and Unitarian belief was suppressed for almost 1000 years. The Reformation saw a reestablishment of the Unitarian faith. During the turbulent years of the Reformation, there were battles over almost every issue of doctrine, and many Christians, looking into the Scriptures, saw that a faith based on a Biblical Unitarian viewpoint made the most sense and allowed a person to read and believe the Bible as it was written on the page without having to resort to “mystery” to understand it.
The roots of the modern Biblical Unitarian movement are generally considered to be the publication of On the Errors of the Trinity by Michael Servetus in 1531, a book that was published only 14 years after Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg.
Biblical Unitarians are distinguished from the current Unitarian Universalist denomination, which now bears little resemblance to the early Unitarians. Like current Biblical Unitarians, the early Unitarian movements were solidly based upon the integrity of the Scriptures, whereas the later expressions of the Unitarian faith have turned away from the authority of the Scriptures and the uniqueness of Christ as an object of devotion and worship.
“…the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of truth” 1 Tim 3:15 (ESV).
Christian Monotheism: Another term used to describe Unitarians is “Monotheist, meaning a believer in one God, as the Creator. ” Besides Christian Monotheists, there are two other major monotheistic religions, Jews and Muslims, all of which trace their ancestry to Abraham