Dezbatere teologică dintre ortodocşi şi creştinii baptişti (Part 1 / 3)

Septembrie 30,2010. O dezbatere teologica cu aceste puncte de vedere:

Ortodocsii – cred ca intre Scriptura si traditie nu exista nici un conflict si considera eretic crezul „Sola Scriptura”

vs.

Baptistii – cred ca Biblia ne invata clar ca Evanghelia este cea care a fost proclamata de Hristos si de ucenicii Lui si se gaseste doar in Scriptura/Biblie bazat pe aceste texte:

Galateni 1

1Pavel, apostol trimis nu de oameni, nici printr-un om, ci prin Isus Cristos și Dumnezeu Tatăl, care L-a înviat din morți,

2și toți frații care sunt cu mine, către bisericile Galatiei:

3har și pace de la Dumnezeu, Tatăl nostru, și de la Domnul Isus Cristos,

4care S-a dat pe Sine pentru păcatele noastre, ca să ne elibereze din acest veac rău, în conformitate cu voia lui Dumnezeu, Tatăl nostru!

5A Lui să fie gloria întotdeauna, amin!

6Sunt surprins că vă întoarceți atât de repede de la Cel care v-a chemat în harul lui Cristos, la o altă Evanghelie!

7Nu că ar exista o altă Evanghelie, dar sunt unii care vă tulbură și vor să schimbe Evanghelia lui Cristos.

8Dar chiar dacă noi sau un înger din cer v-ar proclama o altă Evanghelie decât cea pe care v-am proclamat-o, să fie blestemat!

9Așa cum v-am spus înainte, vă spun din nou: dacă cineva vă proclamă o altă Evanghelie decât cea pe care ați primit-o, să fie blestemat!

10Caut oare eu să fiu aprobat de oameni – sau de Dumnezeu? Dacă aș fi încă pe placul oamenilor, n-aș fi un sclav al lui Cristos!

11Vreau să știți, fraților, că Evanghelia pe care am proclamat-o eu nu este de origine umană,

12 pentru că nici n-am primit-o de la vreun om, nici n-am fost învățat de către vreun om, ci am primit-o prin revelație de la Isus Cristos.

1 Timotei 4

1Duhul spune că în vremurile din urmă unii se vor îndepărta de la credință, vor crede duhuri care înșală și învățături ale demonilor,

2care vin din ipocrizia oamenilor mincinoși, a căror conștiință a fost însemnată cu fierul roșu.

3Ei interzic căsătoria și se abțin de la mâncarea pe care Dumnezeu a creat-o pentru a fi primită cu mulțumire de către cei care cred și care cunosc adevărul,

4pentru că orice lucru creat de Dumnezeu este bun și nimic din ceea ce este primit cu mulțumire nu trebuie să fie respins,

5pentru că este sfințit prin Cuvântul lui Dumnezeu și prin rugăciune.

6Dacă-i vei învăța pe frați aceste lucruri, vei fi un bun slujitor al lui Cristos Isus, educat în lucrurile credinței și ale bunei învățături pe care ai primit-o.

7Nu da nici o atenție miturilor lumești, caracteristice femeilor bătrâne! Disciplinează-te pentru evlavie,

8pentru că, în timp ce disciplinarea trupului este de un oarecare folos, evlavia este de folos în toate, având promisiunea vieții de acum și a celei viitoare.

9Acest cuvânt este vrednic de încredere și pe deplin vrednic să fie primit;

10pentru aceasta trudim și luptăm, pentru că ne-am pus speranța în Dumnezeul cel viu, care este Salvatorul tuturor oamenilor, mai ales al celor credincioși.

11Poruncește și învață aceste lucruri!

12Nimeni să nu te disprețuiască pentru că ești tânăr! Fii un exemplu pentru credincioși – în vorbire, în comportament, în dragoste, în credință, în curăție!

13Până când voi veni eu, dă atenție citirii din Scriptură, încurajării, învățăturii!

14Să nu neglijezi darul care este în tine, care ți-a fost dat prin profeție, după ce grupul de bătrâni și-a pus mâinile peste tine!

15Fă aceste lucruri și dedică-te lor, pentru ca progresul tău să fie văzut de toți!

16 Fii atent la tine însuți și la învățătura pe care o dai! Rămâi în aceste lucruri, pentru că, făcând aceasta, te vei salva pe tine și pe ascultătorii tăi!

The Prodigal Son – Mark Driscoll at New Saint Andrews College – The Grace Agenda (via) Canon Wired

 
Hans Sebald Beham engraving of the parable of ...

Mark Driscoll preaching on the Parable of the Prodigal Son from Luke 15:11-32.

  •  God’s first plan is always humility, his second plan is humiliation. If you don’t have the first one, you get the second one… God opposes the proud, but honors the humble.
  • Sin is not just breaking the law-it’s breaking the Father’s heart
  • Repentance is much beter than getting caught; some of you are waiting until you get caught
  • Most sinners don’t feel that God, the Father loves them and runs towards them (as in the Prodigal son parable)but He does and He has compassion for the son. Lesson here is: When you sin run to the Father
  • Second part of the story is about the son who stayed home- the religious son. The religious son gets indignant, judgmental and dishonors the Father also, by refusing to honor the father’s request to join them at the banquet. He is lecturing his father; he did not love his fathe; he, like his rebellious brother is using his father and he becomes angr at the father’s grace. The religious person says about others who get radically saved and says:”They don’t deserve it, they didn’t earn it!” That’s right, that’s grace! Don’t be jealous of the grace that God gives to others.
  • Does the religious son repent? No. Religious people often don’t understand that they need to repent of their religiousness (their self righteousness, their pride for their works). When they see sinners they not only get angry, but they get indignant thinking others don’t deserve God’s grace. 
  • You can be moral and lost. You can be religious but completely blind to the grace of the Father.
  • The Father is kind. He is pursuing the rebellious and the religious son to enjoy the fruit of repentance.

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Jon Bloom – Jesus wants you to waste your life…

via desiringGod.org – Read more posts from Jon Bloom here.

Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair (John 12:3).

Judas simply could not fathom Mary’s ridiculous decision.

During dinner she had just dumped all that rare perfume on Jesus’ feet! Almost a year’s wages now puddled on the dirty floor. Completely wasted!

“Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

How noble. But Judas wasn’t concerned for the poor. “He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief and being in charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it” (John 12:6). Judas was concerned for Judas.

Both Mary and Judas had hedonistic motives. Neither was driven by stoic duty. Both pursued the treasure they believed would make them happy. To Mary, Jesus was the priceless Pearl (Matthew 13:45). She wanted that Pearl more than anything. To Judas, thirty pieces of silver was a fair price for the Pearl.

Judas’s sin wasn’t that he wanted happiness. His sin was believing that having money would make him happier than having Christ.

O Judas, the tragedy of your value miscalculation! The Pearl worth more than the entire universe sat in front of you and all you could see were perfume puddles. You grieved a year’s wages while squandering infinite, eternal treasure!

Jesus leads all his disciples to watershed moments like Mary’s and Judas’. They are designed to make us count this cost: “Whoever loves his life loses it. And whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (John 12:25). These moments force us choose what we really believe is gain. And the choices we make reveal whether we value the Pearl or puddles.

If we choose the Pearl, we hear in Judas the world’s appraisal of us. They watch as time, intellects, money, youth, financial futures, and vocations are poured out on Jesus’ feet. They watch them puddle on the floors of churches, mission fields, orphanages, and homes where children are raised and careers are lost. And what they see is foolish waste. Do not expect their respect.

Jesus wants you to waste your life like Mary wasted her perfume. For it is no true waste. It is true worship. A poured out life of love for Jesus that counts worldly gain as loss displays how precious he really is. It preaches to a bewildered, disdainful world that Christ is gain and the real waste is gaining the world’s perfumes and losing one’s soul in the process (Matthew 16:26).

So, in what way are you wasting your life today?

 

Everything in the Christian life flows from our union with the Lord Jesus Christ.

by Ian Hamilton via Banner of Truth Trust, UK
The Fragrance of the Knowledge of Christ

I read some time ago in James Denney’s commentary on 2 Corinthians these words:

as Paul moved through the world, all who had eyes to see saw in him not only the power but the sweetness of God’s redeeming love. The mighty Victor made manifest through him, not only His might, but His charm, not only His greatness, but His grace.

These are surely striking words. Denney is reflecting on the phrase in 2 Corinthians 2:14, where Paul speaks of God, through his saved people, spreading ‘everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.’ Just as the sweet smell of burning incense filled Rome when a victorious general returned from battle, so, says Paul, the triumph and truth of the Crucified is proclaimed fragrantly by the lips and lives of Christ’s captive people.

That Paul should speak of the ‘fragrance’ of the knowledge of Christ is both deeply striking and profoundly searching. We are accustomed, and rightly so, to think of the profound importance of gospel truth being proclaimed accurately. Truth is at a discount in our so-called post-modern world. Christians need more than ever today to assert, and to do so passionately, the objective, unassailable truth of God’s revelation in Jesus Christ. But when we proclaim the gospel, and when we live out the gospel (the gospel inevitably issues in a transformed, that is commandment-obedient, life), do we always succeed in manifesting it fragrantly? Or, is the truth that the gospel’s fragrance, sweetness, winsomeness, charm and attractiveness, is the very thing that is most easily and often missing?

We all surely have known the compelling appeal and power of a sermon, a life, that has radiated the ‘fragrance of the knowledge of Christ.’ The truth has come to us, not coldly or clinically, but clothed in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have heard the dark and solemn truths of sin and righteousness and judgement; but we heard them come from lives which expressed the fragrance of the ‘Rose of Sharon’. The truth was clothed with grace and winsomeness. Why is it then, that Reformed Christians, Calvinists if you will, are so often accused of being cold and clinical, ‘the frozen chosen’?

The answer could well be, of course, that our fellow Christians are simply reacting against our unyielding commitment to let God be God, and to reverence him who is a ‘consuming fire.’ But the answer could also be that we have been guilty of divorcing the truth of Christ from union with Christ. Let me explain. In 2 Corinthians 2:15, Paul speaks of God leading ‘us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spread(ing) everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.’ Everything in the Christian life flows from our union with the Lord Jesus Christ. All the saving and sanctifying blessings we enjoy in the gospel, come to us in union with Christ. He is the vine, we are the branches. The sap of his life, by the Holy Spirit, flows through the believer’s life. This is why Paul can write of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ (see Gal. 5:22-23), and give us a description of the life of the Saviour, with all its grace, winsomeness and charm. If gospel truth is not clothed then with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is it really ‘gospel’ (‘good news’) truth? This in no sense means that gospel truth will never be stern or searchingly humbling. But it does mean that we will speak it and live it as men and women humbled by its grace, filled with its joy, excited by its possibilities, harnessed to the One who is ‘full of grace and truth’.

James Denney was not over-stating the point when he wrote: ‘We miss what is most characteristic in the knowledge of God if we miss this. We leave out that very element in the Evangel which makes it evangelic, and gives it its power to subdue and enchain the souls of men.’ How ‘fragrantly’ do our lives and our sermons commend the Saviour? He is the ‘Rose of Sharon’.



Ian Hamilton is Pastor of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church, now worshipping God on Sunday mornings in All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane, Cambridge and in the Lutheran Church, Huntingdon Road, on Sunday evenings.

www.cambridgepres.org.uk

Modesty (3) The Swimsuit

Paul Washer once said to note that some of the things that Christians find acceptable today were once considered illegal by non christians. Here’s proof that he is telling the truth, from Chicago’s archives (photo is published on an Australian website).

1922: Arrested

This overly dramatic photograph shows police arresting women in Chicago, USA, for defying a ban on wearing brief swimsuits in public. Women were meant to cover-up when not in the water.- Reproduced courtesy Bettmann/Corbis Australia (Photo via Australian National Maritime Museum)

1922 Arrested

Florin Ianovici – Totul este desertaciune…fi daruit lui Dumnezeu la Biserica Agape, WIEN

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