Some Things to Consider | Prelude

Theology and doctrine are important! As followers of Christ, we, overall, have to be more mindful and convicted just how important they are. Ultimately, how we think about God and his guidelines dictate the living-out of our daily lives. This is true whether we focus intently on theology or not. However, since it is having such an important influence in our lives regardless, let us take more initiative in pursuing a good knowledge of it so we can: 1) Know what we believe and why; 2) Defend these beliefs well; and 3) Ensure we are doing what we can to align our lives up to his standards of living as much as possible (with no condemnation for falling short).

We have to do better! Much of the world has such a negative view of Christianity. Partly, this is due to the new religious leaders appointed to speak guidance into peoples’ lives (specifically scientists and doctors – much more can be said here, but now is not the time) and also because, the world hates our Master, so we should expect no less. However, much of the negative view of Christianity is coming from us and our own lack of walking with a good understanding of what we believe and not walking before our Father humbly and faithfully. Far be it from us to be responsible for keeping people away from Christ.

Let’s look at it this way:

“One aspect of the contemporary church that would probably confound [Jonathan] Edwards is the sharp distinction we make between theology and practical Christian living. Just as he argued for a holistic view of the self in Religious Affections and repudiated the distinction between the head and the heart, so he would argue for the necessary connection of theology to the Christian life. As this sermon [“The Most High, a Prayer-Hearing God”] illustrates so well, Edwards believed that the Christian life should be informed and shaped by a rigorous theology and also that theology should be enlivened by practice. They are mutually necessary, not mutually exclusive.” – Nichols, Steven J. Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing Company, 2001 (pg. 206)

We must regain this! We must have a vibrant theology that lives through our lives, or rather, that our lives live through! This is, in fact, repeated over and over again in the Word of God.

Thus, the beginning of this new series, “Some things to Consider”. What I hope to address throughout the duration of this series is to deal specifically with where I see us lacking in American Christian theology and how each topic can help us walk our faith out. Specifically, I want to address in this series how more of the Old Testament [Hebrew Scriptures] still applies to the lives of believers today; how much of the Law still applies to those under the New Covenant and how forgetting this has truly hurt us and our witness to the world. This will be the lens through which I will be looking at some of the doctrine we take for granted. (And, I am in no way calling for a plea to legalism as some readers may fear; more on this below.)

It is my conviction that we have misunderstood several aspects of the New Testament [Greek Scriptures] and the New Covenant (partly). Along the way, I hope to show how these areas do not line up with the overall narrative of the Bible, Church history, or even, when applicable, our own national history.

Format: I hope to add one additional installment to this series every month. I don’t know how long this series will last, but we’ll go as long as we can. Let me also express a few more things: 1) If you consider yourself a layman and not theologically astute, please, stick around! This is written for the layman as I myself am no theologian. In addition, this is important for all believers. [Ephesians 4.11-14; “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.” (emphasis mine)] 2) You may not agree with all, or any, of my conclusions. That’s great! As we look at the decay of our society, I believe it is apparent and highly important that we have healthy discussions on these topics (as I believe in some of the areas that will be touched on in this series are the catalyst to our current decaying). My goal is not to get people to agree with me, but rather to get his people to think about some of these topics that may never have been thought about before. If you have comments to make, please feel free to do so, but keep it respectful! Let us reason together!

I hope that you join me on this journey. Let’s seek out the truth together!

May the Lord bless you and keep you in his perfect peace and grace!

 

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Legalism | I’m going to oversimplify, but still get the point across. What legalism does, at the end of the day and through whatever language one may use to describe it, is say that works (usually of the Law) must be done in order for salvation. In no way is this what I will propose in any of my posts. Rather, my focus is doing works of the Law post salvation and grace. Walking in the ways of God is a response to his goodness in salvation and not a prerequisite for it. This is the pattern of Scripture. Indeed, it was against this legalism that both Jesus and Paul fought against. No, we walk in the ways of God because of his goodness, not to merit his goodness.

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  1. Looking forward to this!


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