Al Mohler: True Christians believe every word of the Apostles' Creed
In a society in which counterfeit gospels, false doctrines, and diluted theology are becoming rampant, Albert Mohler Jr. is calling on the Church to define Christianity in its historical biblical terms for true spiritual fulfillment.
In his new book, The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits, Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, argues that the Apostles' Creed, although written nearly 2,000 years ago, remains a powerful summary of the Christian faith as revealed in the Bible for the 21st century Church.
âWe live in a day where thereâs âspirituality,â but not Christianity,â Mohler told The Christian Post. âThatâs not a category found in Scripture. Thereâs no Christianity that isnât doctrinal Christianity. Christianity is based on events that took place in space and time in history. Itâs a faith of definite,...
Dr. Tim wrote: But John, why evangelize? Isnât it easier and far more comfortable to merely fossilize? âOne, two, three, fourâjust me and mine and not one more.â
It is a great question, Tim. I realise it is rhetorical, but hey, why not answer it anyway?
I have always believed, from day one of my conversion, that it has to do with the infilling of the Spirit which, in other words, is God filling the heart and soul. Now God is love, and God filled the Lord Jesus, such that he wept over Jerusalem for their unbelief and upcoming judgment.
Thusly, all who experience the following, will have the correct mindset, and will have a burden for souls which has to find an outlet.
Acts 1:8 KJV (8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
It becomes us older ones to show our younger brothers that this Holy Ghost infilling is still happening today, and HE still has the same effect, in causing us to be Christ's witnesses, not only locally but "unto the uttermost part of the earth".
Dr. Tim wrote: Not too far from here is a Baptist church that started as when a contentious faction split off from another Baptist Church. That is always sad, but I chuckle every time I pass the building belonging to the hard-to-get-along-with splinter group and see that they call themselves âUnity Baptist Church.â I do hope that at least they have unity among themselves.
Many years ago, there was a young pastor of a small Baptist church in Leicester, England (six miles from where I was born).
The Lord put on his heart the need to evangelise the world, and he put it to a board for confirmation but only had encouragement from one other.
Thusly begins the film, which is available to watch on YouTube (about 90 mins) and it is called "Candle in The Dark", a re-enactment of the life of William Carey and his missionary endeavours in India.
Not too far from here is a Baptist church that started as when a contentious faction split off from another Baptist Church. That is always sad, but I chuckle every time I pass the building belonging to the hard-to-get-along-with splinter group and see that they call themselves âUnity Baptist Church.â I do hope that at least they have unity among themselves.
Dr. Tim wrote: Brother John, on this I couldnât agree more! As Joseph told his brothers as they departed to fetch their father Jacob, âSee that ye fall not out by the way.â Far, far too many times on this forum what started as a discussion soon turned into a debate and then it became a falling out.
Yes, I will be on my guard bro, to make sure that I am not guilty of such a thing. Unity in the body is a marvellous thing, and can be compared to stuff dribbling down someone's beard.
Brother John, on this I couldnât agree more! As Joseph told his brothers as they departed to fetch their father Jacob, âSee that ye fall not out by the way.â Far, far too many times on this forum what started as a discussion soon turned into a debate and then it became a falling out.
"Biblical literalists believe that, unless a passage is clearly intended by the writer as allegory, poetry, or some other genre, the Bible should be interpreted as literal statements by the author. Critics argue that allegorical intent can be ambiguous. Fundamentalists typically treat as simple history, according to its plain sense, passages such as those that recount the Genesis creation, the deluge and Noah's ark, and the unnaturally long life-spans of the patriarchs given in genealogies of Genesis, as well as the strict historicity of the narrative accounts of Ancient Israel, the supernatural interventions of God in history, and Jesus' miracles. Literalism does not deny that parables, metaphors and allegory exist in the Bible, but rather relies on contextual interpretations based on apparent authorial intention." wik
.....both you and I are biblical literalists and fundamentalists. But literalists will not always agree on interpretation, as the above quote shows. So you will not always agree with me, and I will not always agree with you. But one thing that we do agree on, is that disciples are to "love one another", which thing I am very keen to do.
When the Bible says that God created the universe in six days, it means six literal days. When it says it rained forty days and forty nights, it means forty literal days and nights. When God said Israel would be held captive in Egypt for four hundred years, He meant four hundred literal years. When Jesus said He would be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth, He meant three literal days and nightsâand there goes your so-called âGood Fridayâ right out the window. You may as well get on board with Good Wednesday. Again and again God uses literal time periods in His Word. I have no reason to doubt that Christ will literally rule this world from literal Jerusalem for one thousand literal years.
There is one thing we can determine. The nations are deceived now, and always have been. It would be quite the feat to prove otherwise. What does this mean? It means the devil therefore has never been bound such that he "should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled..." This holds however the thousand years is understood, whether a literal 1000 years, or an undefined period of time, and is something yet to come.
Dr. Tim wrote: Yeah, JUK, it sure is strange that those crazy old Baptists actually believe passages such as Revelation 20:1-7, Isaiah 24:23 and Jeremiah 23:5. What can they possibly be thinking?
They are thinking, bro, that the entire scripture can be trusted as the word of God, to be believed and obeyed, nothing doubting. I too believe those passages you mentioned, as I do every other verse in the Bible. And the conclusion I have reached, through a sincere and humble dependence on the Holy Ghost for enlightenment on the whole context of the Bible, is that when Jesus Christ the Lord returns in the clouds of glory, time will cease, the sheep separated from the goats, and each one will discover their eternal destination immediately.
The twelve apostles of the Lamb initially believed that Jesus was going to be a political deliverer, and they needed to learn better.
Some Christians still believe that, and it is a great shame that otherwise mighty fine saints should fall for the self-same error, largely due to being too literalist in certain passages of the Bible.
p.s. A biblical literalist does not take every verse of scripture literally.
Dr Tim Wrote: "Obviously all of the apostles were dead way before the âApostlesâ Creedâ was written, Christopherâso why donât we call it What Some Guy Thinks the Apostlesâ Creed Would Be If the Apostles Had Had a Creed?"
Take a few deep breaths, there, Doctor Tim, and remember to utilize the news skills you learned in your anger management class. I was only reporting on its history, and had no choice but to refer to it as the Apostles Creed, because that's what it's been/being called, you krazy mountain kook. Can you write yourself a script for Xanex with an honorary Doctorate from Muppet university, and signed by the Sesame Street gang? đ
Sorry, maybe I should go a bit easier on your kind. A 124IQ, compared to an 11, average, for mountain folk, well, I guess it's really not all that fair of me to use so many words and syllables. Sorry.đ