Decided I should add new things to this post at the top on it’s easy to tell.
As we end the year 12/29/21 check out these insightful posts. The last two are from women bloggers. They don’t need any comments just read them.
I lead off today December 1st, with this challenging argument by one who came to faith by God’s Grace and speaks openly about it.
I recommend reading it and deciding for yourself if we have been duped by very sincere Evangelicals, who miss the mark on bringing people into the faith?
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
BY RICHARD BENNETT
“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:14-15
Introduction: I had great difficulties as a Catholic priest in listening to evangelists in my fourteen years of searching for the Gospel. Christian radio programs continually told me the amount of things I had to do to accept Jesus into my heart. Christian tracts likewise told me the amount of dedication or commitment I needed in order to make a decision for Christ.
After an agonizing search in the face of being told what I must do to be saved, I discovered that the first thing that must be understood biblically about the Gospel is that it is “concerning Jesus Christ our Lord“, in the words of Paul in Romans 1:3. While the Gospel is proclaimed to all, it is not about us or about anything that happens in us. It solely concerns what Jesus Christ did and His death and resurrection.
I found out, too, that the Gospel is a historic fact. Biblical faith is not concerned with recommending techniques, whether mystical or ethical, whereby salvation may be obtained for that is the burden of all false religion. Rather the Bible proclaims the fact that God has in concrete historical fact saved all His people from destruction. The Gospel “by which ye are saved” (I Corinthians 15:1-4) is the finished and complete work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read more…
Here is another article I found to make solid points about the Gospel and being a Christian. Written by: Iain H. Murray
“Against the scholars who viewed Christianity largely in terms of a discussion on opinions and morality, and who objected to all claims to certainty, the Reformers asserted the sufﬁciency and ﬁnality of the truth which they had been taught by Christ. They saw the difference between the Renaissance and scriptural Christianity as the difference between natural and supernatural. Thus Luther could respond to Erasmus:”
“Leave us free to make assertions, and to ﬁnd in assertions our satisfaction and delight; and you may applaud your Sceptics and Academics – till Christ calls you too! . . . The truth is that nobody who has not the Spirit of God sees a jot of what is in the Scriptures. All men have their hearts darkened, so that, even when they can discuss and quote all that is in Scripture, they do not understand or really know any of it.”Read full article here.