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The Trinity Delusion An examination of the doctrine of the Trinity

Clement of Rome

Letter to the Corinthians
(ca. 90-96 A.D.)

Clement is counted as the second or third bishop of Rome. He may be the Clement mentioned in Paul's letter to the Philippians. This letter to the Corinthians does not carry his name, but is simply addressed from the congregation at Rome to the congregation at Corinth. However, a letter from Corinth to Rome a few decades later refers to "the letter we received from your bishop Clement, which we still read regularly." Other early writers are unanimous in attributing the letter to Clement. The letter is occasioned due to a group of Christians at Corinth who had banded together against their leaders and had deposed them from office. Clement writes to tell them that they have behaved wrongly, and to remind them of the centrality of Christian unity and love.

In this letter there is no hint of a three-person-God or any thought that Jesus is God. We can see clearly that Clement clearly distinguishes the one God from Christ and views the the Father alone as the one true God and Creator of the universe.

The church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the church of God sojourning at Corinth, to those who are called and sanctified by the will of God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to you, and peace, be multiplied, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ.

For Christ is of those who are humble, and not of those who Lord over his flock. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the sceptre of the majesty of God, did not come in pomp of pride or arrogance, although he might have done so, but in a humble state. (16).

Let us look steadfastly to the Father and Creator of the universe. (19).

All these the great Creator and Lord of all has appointed to exist in peace and harmony, while He does good to all, but most abundantly to us who have fled for safety to His compassions through Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom be glory and Majesty for ever and ever. Amen. (20)

Let us, therefore, approach him with holiness of spirit, lifting unto him pure and undefiled hands, loving the kind and compassionate Father who has made us a part of his elect. For it is thus written, 'when the Most High divided the nations...'" (29).

Called by His will in Christ Jesus, we are not justified out of ourselves, nor by our own wisdom, or understanding, or godliness, or works which we have worked out of holiness of heart, but by that faith through which, from the beginning, Almighty God has justified all men, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (32).

Last Update: January 23, 2011