These allegations cannot be easily put aside, for they strike directly at our understanding of salvation. The New Testament is known as the last and definite revelation of God, through Jesus Christ. The events are no longer th... ... middle of paper ... ... the death and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, this is the main reason their definition of faith and salvation differ. What sets Paul apart from Jesus, is also the massive interest in the Holy Spirit and the Gentle mission, his negative attitude toward the Old Testament, and teachings on the church as a ‘body’.
Preaching is God’s holy inspired word, delivered through the preacher himself, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. One asks, how can it be said that a word is God’s lest it be spoken by God himself. It is important that proclaimers understand that it is God who is in action and not ourselves. Many times, so call preachers approach the sacred desk and begin to proclaim words of themselves that are not inspired by God. Preaching that is done for oneself is flat and meaningless.
This primarily means the Bible for some, although as Catholics we accept as equally true the teachings of the Apostles handed down through the bishops and known as Tradition. For both the Bible and Tradition, we believe we must obey because the teachings come from God, not because they are wise, will ensure a long life or prosperity. Christian ethics may be contrasted with Utilitarianism, whose adherents simply "do what works." Utilitarian ethics allowed the Holocaust, slavery, and totalitarian Communism. Because Christians do not believe humans made themselves or occurred "naturally," we do not believe we are free to do whatever su... ... middle of paper ... ...?
As Christians, we should be adherents of Christ, our Lord and Savior. Moreover, we are to carry out and preach The Great Commission to all humanity, whereby we are governed. Likewise, as verbalized in I Peter 2:9, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” (King James Version), we should live a conscientious life that is pleasing to God. Nevertheless, in order to have Holiness, we must be compliant to God’s commandments and attend to our conscience. However, our conscience begins with the heart and it is the heart which fuels our conscious to compel us to live our lives Holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1) Holiness Defined Moreover, the Bible tells us in I Thessalonians 4:7, “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness” (King James Version).
Fundamentally, Paul’s position is that one can not separate theology and practice. Jesus himself said that we would be known by the fruit of our lives (Matt. 7:16). So, it is vitally important to live in correspondence with the truth of the gospel, but what does that mean? How does one know what issues are inconsequential and what matters are to die
By understanding the situation of the biblical audience, we know that the Galatian believers struggled to understand that salvation is not from the works of the law but of the works of Jesus. Next, we decipher the differences between those believers and us today. They were more threatened by the Mosaic law than we are. After this, we can determine the theological principle of the freedom in Christ and being led by His Spirit. Finally, we can apply this principle to our lives by knowing we are free from the law and from sin in Jesus and we desire to love and serve him because of His Spirit in
This will also prevent people from separating God in both the Old Testament God and New Testament God and especially stop the myth that Christians should only follow one. Yahweh is an integral part of Christianity and being able to understand him will teach Christians valuable life lessons on how to better the world through the word of God.
“Who gets to Narrate the World?” by Robert E. Webber focuses on responding to challenges by understanding and practicing the fullness of God’s narrative. Christians must acknowledge that the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church. They must also remember that not only are they to relearn God’s story in the biblical times, but also remember how God’s story was formed in pagan Rome. Similarly, they must be aware of contenders to the faith and they must demonstrate to all nations how God’s story can transform lives as they once again seek to narrate the world through a Christian standpoint. Currently, Western Christianity is in a weakened state because of cultural accommodation to consumerism, pragmatism, narcissism, and other secular
Os Guinness says “The dissolution of faith’s authority and the disappearance of any positive force for truth and godliness turn into high-density, negative, and devouring force for evil” ( Hayes, 99). This is a reason why our Modern Church needs to specifically preach and teach the Word of God and let the Holy Spirit to go to work in unison with the Word. Instead of conforming to the world we live in and the culture surrounding us, the Modern Church needs to conform to Jesus Christ as the foundation. The Modern Church follows the New Testament Church in a way of having leadership in the Church. If we look at the word pastor it comes from the Latin meaning “one who cares for sheep” (Hayes,142).
Fundamentalism is an espresso shot of Christianity—strong, bitter, and undiluted. Fundamentalists believe the Bible should be interpreted as literal fact, not metaphorically. To them, it is God’s direct word to humanity and the ultimate earthly authority. And so fundamentalists follow the Bible with unwavering certainty, as if it were God himself, and press their interpretation of the book upon society. But the certainty at fundamentalism’s core is unwarranted, leading them to wrongfully ignore their oppositions’ own valid opinions and the potential gains that come with them.