Over 250 Protestant Leaders Sign 'Reforming Catholic Confession'
Over 250 prominent scholars, pastors, and church leaders from around the world released on Tuesday a theological statement affirming the essentials of the Reformation. And its Protestant authors contend that in this 500th anniversary year, the document is a "catholic" statement in its best sense.
The Reforming Catholic Confession is a document which outlines the main theological commitments held by a wide breadth of Protestant Christians, including evangelicals, since the Reformation. The purpose of such a statement is to demonstrate the remarkable togetherness that exists throughout the world among Protestants on the core elements of Christianity, said Jerry Walls, an author and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University....
I thought Luther's Flood Prayer was worth reading in regard to some of the posts: Almighty and eternal God, according to Your strict judgment You condemned the unbelieving world through the flood, yet according to Your great mercy You preserved believing Noah and his family, eight souls in all. You drowned hard-hearted Pharaoh and all his host in the Red Sea, yet led Your people Israel through the water on dry ground, prefiguring this washing of Your Holy Baptism. Through the Baptism in the Jordan of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, You sanctified and instituted all waters to be a blessed flood, and a lavish washing away of sin. We pray that You would behold (name) according to Your boundless mercy and bless him with true faith by the Holy Spirit that through this saving flood all sin in him which has been inherited from Adam and which he himself has committed since would be drowned and die. Grant that he be kept safe and secure in the holy ark of the Christian Church, being separated from the multitude of unbelievers and serving Your name at all times with a fervent spirit and a joyful hope, so that, with all believers in Your promise, he would be declared worthy of eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
MS wrote: I have been going through a severe trial that involves a loved one who died believing that salvation was in the religion of Rome. So I will sign off for awhile. God's Richest Blessings to all.
So sorry to hear that sister MS, definitely praying for God's grace during these trying times in your life.
Hoping that John Yurich is paying attention to this sad and grievous tragedy. May he see the grief he causes when he defends this vile false religion used by the great deceiver to blind the eyes of an eternal soul. May it be a remind to him that the true Christian governed by the Holy Spirit through the Word of God,says, Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate (not defend or act like it is a matter of no importance) every false way. (Psalm 119:104) Remember John, a corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit, flee to Christ, flee the wrath to come.
May we hold this dear sister before our gracious heavenly Father who knows what needs she has and for the comfort of the Holy Spirit as One called along side of her during this time of grief and pain to sustain her plus the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ who is touched with the feeling of her infirmities to succor her in this severe trial in her life.
Dear Jim While we may have considerable disagreement on political/social issues
I honestly have to Thank You for the links to 2 excellent articles you gave regarding BAPTISM
IMHO the RCC didn't need "reforming" it needed, and still does, REPENTANCE and Christ's words to believing people in the RCC is "Come Out" and I believe it is safe to say that to for any church/denomination thatou has gone apostate
Question for some: What's the matter are you too proud to humble yourself, renounce your infant sprinkling as not being right (it isn't and must be forced upon and into Bible verses twisted to hold to it) and publicly profess faith in Jesus Christ (give a real testimony of conversion, not a fanciful delusion of "I've always been a Christian") and come fully under the authority of the word of God and be publicly identified as a Christian
Many years ago, Dr. Rugh did an excellent booklet on baptism, I would suggest many of you might give it a look.
Dr. Rugh wrote: Baptism: Truth or Traditionâ€”the name chosen for this booklet reminds us that we must place our trust in the truth of the Scriptures, not in the traditions of men. While this is true for any area of our spiritual lives, it is especially true of baptism. So much misunderstanding has surrounded this practiceâ€”to the point that even wars have been fought over it!
Scripture must be our authority. It does no good to say, "But that is the way we have always done it!" If we have no biblical basis for the traditions we hold, perhaps these traditions warrant closer examination. And if they are found to be in error, they must be discarded.
Are you willing to hold your traditions in the light of the Scriptures, even if it means laying them aside if they are wrong? The cost may seem great, but if you understand the value of the truth you will gain, you will see that it is actually a very small price to pay.
Watcher wrote: Don't be quiet just because the spiritual trolls are lurking (no pun intended) about trying to silence your light.
Not to worry. I'm not easily intimidated, just a weary old man. But let's have a look at the text which set this discussion off:
1 Pet 3:20-21 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Peter differentiates between the water that saves and the water that cleanses the filth of the flesh. These waters are mentioned in Gen 1 as waters below or above the firmament (heaven). They correspond to OT circumcision of the flesh and heart which corresponds respectively to JB's baptism and baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus called the upper waters "Living Waters" and are spoken of as a river of life, which flows from the right side of the throne of God, in Ezek 47:1-12.
This Living Water, a figure of the Holy Spirit, is what saves and is the one and only water baptism in the NC age.
Lurker wrote: No worries, bro. I didn't sense anything in your comments suggesting you have "arrived". We are all works in progress and any who think they have "arrived"...... have closed their eyes and ears so they become unteachable/unreachable by God. Not a good place to be.
Brothers, there is nothing wrong with speaking the truth of God's word in gentleness and humility. If you know something, then you know it. Don't be quiet just because the spiritual trolls are lurking (no pun intended) about trying to silence your light.
Dr. Tim wrote: Brother I didn't mean to sound as if I had "perfect understanding of all things from the very first," because I certainly didn't (and still don't). But by carefully and repeatedly studying the Bible, and not someone else's commentary on the Bible, at least I was enabled by God not to be "carried about with every wind of doctrine, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." Any true believer could do the same, if he or she would be willing to throw out everything but God's own book and then judge all else by what that book actually says.
No worries, bro. I didn't sense anything in your comments suggesting you have "arrived". We are all works in progress and any who think they have "arrived"...... have closed their eyes and ears so they become unteachable/unreachable by God. Not a good place to be.
Lurker, you also hit the nail on the head with your comment about "sola scriptura." Some of us should probably change that to sola John MacArthur, or sola Matthew Henry, or sola R. C. Sproul, or sola Charles Spurgeon. Not that those men cannot help round out our understanding of scripture, but they should not replace the Holy Spirit in forming our understanding.
Brother I didn't mean to sound as if I had "perfect understanding of all things from the very first," because I certainly didn't (and still don't). But by carefully and repeatedly studying the Bible, and not someone else's commentary on the Bible, at least I was enabled by God not to be "carried about with every wind of doctrine, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive." Any true believer could do the same, if he or she would be willing to throw out everything but God's own book and then judge all else by what that book actually says.
Sounds like your calling was very similar to mine.... Sola Scriptura in its original sense, not the pleasant saying with no teeth it has become for many. How can we possible weigh the doctrines of men with the balance of scripture if we don't first know the scriptures.
1 Thes 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Is 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Lurker you nailed it. There is indeed "one faith," and it is not the Baptist faith, or the Methodist faith, or the Presbyterian faith, but "THE faith which was once delivered unto the saints." I am thankful that God did not save me in ANY church (although I am of course a church member now), because my belief system was not clouded by denominational prejudices, but rather was formed solely through study of the scriptures. Thank God I didn't know better than to just believe what the Bible says, from Genesis to Revelation. I didn't learn doctrine from men, but from the greatest Teacher of all--I John 2:27. Any saved person who will approach the Bible with an open heart and a willingness to believe what it says, and not what some man says it says, "shall know of the doctrine."