I was responding to an article on another site lamenting how churches are no longer doing invitations in services. My response turned into an article of its own that brought a larger problem to the forefront: The Restoration Movement pretending they are focused on being New Testament Churches.
It seems we are more concerned with following Finney instead of the New Testament.
Simply put, the view of history taught to us by the modernist is wrong. The world tells a much different story that is amazingly consistent but still dismissed out of hand by academics. These “experts” feel no shame telling native people what they have handed down to each other is wrong, based upon nothing more than a world view taught by western academic institutions with degrees bestowed upon themselves.
I witnessed this first hand during my visit to Serpent Mound in Ohio. My reading on the subject had told me that early on, the scientific community assumed the local native population had built the Serpent Mound. The natives have always denied this, insisting it was built long before they got there.
This was confirmed on my visit as a worker at the visitor center retold the story of the local tribes insisting that an older culture made the mound. There was another question I wanted to ask, but I couldn't bring myself to ask it, because it was so outside the norm that it frankly embarrassed. My reading also claimed that the natives not only insisted that they did not make it, but the people who did were giants standing much taller than they. Some things you save for later.
My father grew up in Kentucky, with many brothers and sisters in a coal mining community. Their home would best be described as a shack, that rested on Cox's hill near Manchester Kentucky. They were poor, and if you were lucky you got a pair of shoes once a year, and mother made you some new clothes, but most of the time it was hand me downs.
He could have won in a landslide, now he will loose in a landslide.
Showed "Hoosiers" to the girls tonight. They loved it. Now they can't wait for basketball practice.
But have you noticed how "Hoosiers" is a metaphor for the small town church preacher?
The Coach, who is new to town is the preacher. He has knowledge and experience, but the townsfolk (the church) are used to doing things a certain way. The new coach wants to concentrate on fundamentals, the townsfolk want to keep up with what the other towns are doing. Sound familiar?
I believe baptism is for the remission of sins and is the time and place of salvation, but knowing this is not essential for salvation. I know many in the movement disagree with this point of view, but they cross the line into making baptism a work. I say this, because they require a re-baptism, even if the person understood the gospel and has been faithful every since. People who hold this view, think of baptism as the gospel and not what it really is, the proper response to the gospel. Remember, Paul said he came to preach the gospel, not to baptize. That doesn't make Paul a heretic, it just shows there is difference between baptism and the gospel itself (1 Cor 1:17).
Today is the anniversary of 9/11 and sadly it is our lowest point in American History. Our government is now going to facilitate a nuclear device to destroy Israel, or one of our own cities. The danger of this can not be overstated nor the incompetence of the Republican Party that has ceded its power to the President allowing this to happen.
Years ago I watched my friends and family trying to make history instead of trying to do the right thing. The result is that we have elected a President that is on the side of the same terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and most of America sleeps. God help us.
Just watched a video made from CS Lewis' “Man and Rabbit”. It made me uncomfortable watching the end, as the rabbit is removed, scruff by scruff, until the son of God is revealed. It may correct, but it is very dangerous in my mind to deem ourselves a god of any sort. This was what got mankind into trouble in the first place, and seems to be a reoccurring theme all throughout history. Problem is, that people who call themselves such, were always the bad guys.
But it got me thinking, there may be more to this song of God thing, than we realize:
Salvation is certainly the most important doctrine in the Bible. Unfortunately, there are many confusing messages on what should be the most fundamental of all God’s teachings. This makes it difficult to work with others and really challenges the motto, “We are not the only Christians, but Christians only.” Growing up in the denominational world, I believe I have insight in how to explain the proper roles of confession and baptism to those who seek to keep them as far apart as possible.
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