While the Christian faith is much more than facts, much more than doctrines, it can never be less. Christianity is dependent upon truths that are taught by God’s Word and received by God’s people. Every Christian is responsible to learn sound doctrine, to be in trained in the truth in order to discern error. Here are three means God has provided for us to train ourselves in sound doctrine.
“When Christ bids a man,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer says, “he bids him come and die.”
Ah, but then he lives! Really, truly lives.
But I can tell you this: far too many Christians live indifferently to the glory of Christ. I have seen it over and over again. So many professing Christians are unmoved by Christ’s beauty. We seem to talk of everything but him. We are professionals at talking about the trivial while ignoring the substance. We are chasing the tails of fireflies while ignoring the radiance of the sun. Even among those who study theology; we can talk all about people, doctrine, and history, but say very little about Christ himself.
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We can no longer be silent about these things.
Bringing them into the light and under the influence of the gospel is where healing and transformation will take place. With compassion and not condemnation, Christians must be willing to embrace those struggling with addiction.
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I agree with this statement and unfortunately see it played out in he lives of many believers: “We either don’t understand, or fail to embrace, the theology of the “now-ism” of the gospel. In other words, we don’t take full advantage of all the benefits of the work of Christ today.”
Worth reading and considering.
The obvious question is this: How is it that so many evangelical Christians seem to be drawn not only to this story, but to the theology presented in the narrative — a theology at so many points in conflict with evangelical convictions?
We aren’t meant to read the Bible with ourselves on team Jesus and everybody who disagrees with us on Team Pharisee. The Pharisees were the cream of the crop when it came to dedication to God and the Law. That isn’t a bad thing. And so when Jesus said, “your righteousness must exceed the scribes and Pharisees” not a one of them in the audience would have thought like we do—“whew, that’s a pretty low bar. I think we can attain the righteousness of these rank hypocrites”. Not a one. Instead, they’d have been trembling and wondering “who then can be saved?”