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5 June, 2008   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

False Doctrine Worse Than Division   Iain Murray

Divisions and separations are most objectionable in religion. They weaken the cause of true Christianity.- But before we blame people for them, we must be careful that we lay the blame where it is deserved. False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism. If people separate themselves from teaching which is positively false and unscriptural, they ought to be praised rather than reproved. In such cases separation is a virtue and not a sin. ... [Read More!]


1 January, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Church Membership: No Lone Ranger Christians

The modern church is filled with Lone Ranger Christians who often have no intention of ever joining a local in church in any formal way. Their supposed liberty, is desired over service to the body of Christ and submission to scripturally ordained authority. They would have the benefits of hearing the preacher and partaking of the Lord's Supper without commitment to the local church. Church membership is regarded as an unnecessary option. Membership in a local church is something that is taught in scripture and no Christian can be excused for not working to find a church to join and serve in (granted it's not always an easy thing). It is his duty to serve the church and be in submission to those in authority. Church membership is not an outdated tradition for stuffy Christians nor is it an optional practice. ... [Read More!]


10 September, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Making Truth a Matter of Personal Opinion

"The glorious charity of the present day is such, that it believes lies to be as good as truth; and lies and truth have met together and kissed each other; and he that telleth truth is called a bigot, and truth has ceased to be honourable in the world!". Those words of Charles Spurgeon apply to our postmodern time perhaps even more than his era. Many Christians today actually think it's normal and even noble to make truth a matter of personal opinion. As a short demonstration of this, here are some actual quotes, taken from the statements of faith - of large highly respected evangelical churches: ... [Read More!]


13 May, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

"Truth and Doctrine Are Not That Important"

Thanks to Tom Pique for creating this cartoon as a response to the one from Dan Kimball's website, which is reposted in these comments.

Tom's cartoon makes a suitable backdrop for a comment that was recently posted here, calling for everyone to "Love and accept one another" under these terms:

"I am always saddened when 'Truth' and 'Doctrine' are held to be so important. Were this so, I doubt that many of us would be Christians, for Jesus chose to save us while we were sinners." [read more]

... [Read More!]


10 May, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Unity Starts With Defining True Doctrine, Pt 2   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

We are told that the Christian faith cannot be stated in propositions, that it is something mystical that cannot be analyzed or put down in a series of definitions stating what is right and what is wrong. By saying that, they are not only running counter to the practice of the church in the earlier centuries when she drew up her creeds and confessions of faith; They are also denying the teachings of the new Testament itself which maintains that the truth can be so defined that you can say that a man has departed from it. For how can you say that a man has departed from something if you do not know what the thing is? The whole presupposition is that it can be defined and described accurately. ... [Read More!]


9 May, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Unity Starts With Defining True Doctrine, Pt 1   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The majority-view today holds that the way to produce unity is not to discuss and consider doctrine, but rather to work together and pray together. The slogans include 'doctrine divides'. This becomes serious when applied to the question of evangelism. The most common argument used is that evangelism is impossible apart from this unity, that a divided church is an offense to the world, and that while we are divided the world will not listen to us. During an evangelistic campaign in London, a Christian newspaper carried the headline: "Let us have a theological truce during the Campaign". ... [Read More!]


24 April, 2007   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

When To Leave a Church: A Biblical Approach   Robert Reymond

If a Christian's church is faithfully proclaiming the Word of God, administers [the Lord's Supper and Baptism] according to the institution of Christ, and faithfully exercises discipline, his church is a true church of God, and a repudiation of it is wicked and a denial of God and of Christ, even though it may have some error in it. But the Bible recognizes that there are some circumstances that may arise in a church which will compel the Christian to separate himself from his church. The Greek New Testament employs two nouns in the main to describe dreadfully sinful situations in the church: apostasy (gr: apostasia) and heresy (gr: hairesis) ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2006 - by Chad   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Unity With Rome Means Submission to the Pope and Rejection of Christ.

There are many Protestants who believe that unity with Rome should be sought and that the doctrines of Rome are not divergent enough from the scripture to qualify as soul damning heresy. The difference between Rome's teaching on Justification which is faith plus various works and the biblical teaching of justification by faith alone in Christ alone has been examined ad nauseam by so many that I won't examine that in detail here. Suffice it to say that the difference in the doctrine of Justification should be enough to show that Rome does not teach the gospel and never has. Anyone who holds to Rome's doctrine on this rejects Christ as his savior and brings the merits of the saints, indulgences, penance, pilgrimages, relics and the co-mediation of Mary and many other things into their merit in a vain attempt to appease God. In plain language those who hold to Rome's doctrines are not saved since they reject salvation by the finished work of Christ. This is no light thing. Justification is the single most important doctrine. On that all things hinge. Rome's doctrine is false, it is a lie and those who believe it will find themselves under the wrath of God. ... [Read More!]


21 September, 2006   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Brothers?: Catholics, Anglicans, East Orthodox   Rick Warren

It really doesn't matter what your label is. If you love Jesus, we're on the same team . . . I really do feel that these people are brothers and sisters in God's family. I am looking to build bridges with the [Eastern] Orthodox Church, looking to build bridges with the Catholic Church, with the Anglican church ... [Read More!]


17 September, 2006   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Statements of Faith: "How Low Can They Go?"

Even someone taking a first glance at the bible is sure to come away with the impression that "beliefs" really matter.
The Reformers, Puritans, and early church creed writers understood how wrong-beliefs can have catastrophic consequences, both now and for eternity. Why then is such a low emphasis placed on beliefs today? The belief statements of the most popular churches seem to bending over backwards to tell us that a low emphasis is somehow advantageous. But after examining more than a few of these belief statements, I'm left asking "how low can you go?" Here's your chance to help answer that question. ... [Read More!]


24 July, 2006   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

"Belief Statements Create Harmful Borders"

Tony Jones was recently asked about the concerns being expressed by some - that Emergent has no doctrine or a statement of faith. His response: "I'm even more concerned that people [do] have statements of faith. Statements of faith are about drawing borders, which means you have to load your weapons and place soldiers at those borders. You have to check people's passports when they pass those borders." ... [Read More!]


14 June, 2006   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Gospel-Truth More Important Than Unity & Peace

JC Ryle, in writing about what we may learn from Paul at Antioch, pointed out this lesson: "To keep Gospel truth in the Church is of even greater importance than to keep peace". Scripture reveals how Paul hated false doctrine enough to even confront Peter over it. And yet, no man may have known better the value of peace and unity than the Apostle Paul. ... [Read More!]


15 August, 2005   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Meaningless Modern "Belief Statements"

I recently caught the last few minutes of a video sermon from Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral mega-church. On this particular day, Schuller's son was giving the sermon, and it was emphasizing "the need to be saved". This went on for several minutes without mentioning what we are to be saved from. When he finally got around to mentioning it, the emphasis was on our need to be saved from "a lack of self esteem"!

Robert Schuller is notorious for his self esteem false-gospel, but what I found to be quite surprising is how "normal" his church looks on paper... [Read More!]


 

 

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