A recent study sponsored by Ligonier Ministries and conducted by Lifeway Research sought to discern what Americans believe about God. It revealed that American Christians are confused about core Christian doctrine. It appears that 71% of American Evangelicals agree with the statement “Jesus is the first and greatest creature created by God.” The answers to other questions seem to demonstrate that most American Christians hold to some form of beliefs that do not reflect orthodox Nicene Theology. That many pastors don’t know what “Nicene Theology” is may demonstrate the source of American theological illiteracy. But the real question is “Does it matter?” In other words, can one be a faithful Christian while holding to beliefs that are contrary to orthodox Christian doctrine?
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One of the three great temptations of Christ in the wilderness was to bow before the gods of this world so that he might inherit the glory of the kingdoms of this world. Jesus refused to bow. Instead, he laid down his life, was lifted high upon a cross for the powers of this world to mock, was executed and buried. So much for humanity’s desire for a new world order. This present world order will do just fine, thank you very much.
I find it appropriate that Halloween and Election Day are just around the corner. Halloween is a phantasy. The election is a real horror. Both days are about the masks we wear.
On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 Thesis on the door of the Wittenberg Church. He had no clue that his “protest” against indulgences would ignite a socio-political and religious revolution. Next year will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I’ve been wondering how Christian churches should observe this anniversary. What resources can we employ to teach God’s people about the history of the Faith?
The General Assembly of the Church of God recently approved a measure to promote lifelong learning among our ministers. As a lifelong learner I would like to offer some friendly advice.