An important post by the Golf Pro from the Moon. He answers the above question, in part:
Yes. I was a Trinitarian for twenty-two years until God enlightened me through scripture that being a Christian has nothing to do with being Trinitarian. Contrary to church dogma, you don’t have to be a Trinitarian to be a Christian. And being a Trinitarian doesn’t disqualify you from being a Christian.
I too was a trinitarian for about twenty-two or twenty-three years before changing my view. My switch, like Zarley’s, and like a great many before, was based on study of the Bible (and not, as one might think given my profession, on my philosophical views – though it was the problems of all the competing theories that forced me back to the Bible). Back to Zarley,
Some people who believe like I do now–that only the Father is God–do like Trinitarians. They contend that a person who believes in the doctrine of the Trinity believes in three Gods and therefore is not a real Christian, but a polytheist. Some even insist that Trinitarians are idolaters.
Zarley doesn’t buy it, and I’m convinced that he is correct. Trinitarians are not, as such, idolaters. See his whole post for his biblical reasons for holding that trinitarians, like unitarians, can be saved. Whatever side you fall on, I think you should agree.
Is this disagreement minor or peripheral? No it’s serious and central. But so is the disagreement between Calvinists and Arminians and Molinists and open theists. Or between those who think God is timeless and those who think, given that God has made a temporal world, he too is “in time.” Or between Catholics and Protestants.
But Jesus has followers of many sorts. We think that anyone who takes one position named in the previous paragraph and merrily damns all the others is a sectarian, a divisive person, at best immature and out of balance. Why don’t we also think this about trinitarians who damn all unitarians, and vice-versa? As best I can tell, the answer is that 4th c. catholic leaders set us a bad example of truly hating and despising their theological (and ecclesial) opponents, and supposing that God too must hate them as bad or worse. But un-Christ-like hate and swaggering self-righteousness are no more fitting in christology and theology than they are in eschatology, soteriology, or ecclesiology. This is a scandal. Of course, it goes far beyond rudeness.
God is love. And he takes pity on his children who sincerely try to love him with all their minds by theorizing accurately about him, his Son, and his spirit.
“But this is an issue of salvation!”
That’s what Athanasius said. Is it also what Jesus and his apostles said? Zarley argues not, and I agree. But if not, who is your Master – Athanasius, or Jesus? I find the latter far superior to the former.
Seriously, read his post to the end.