Changing the debate

Henry,

I do not know how much you read my blog, but I have been very desirous to converse specifically with you about things I see in scripture.  I wish to address your comments in a more formal manner than just another comment upon comment that sometimes gets overlooked.  Especially concerning such important fundamental truths about the hope held out to us in the gospel.  I hope my addresses to your comments will stir a lot of contemplation and a study of scripture by those who observe this conversation between brothers.

I wish to say, I like your summary of where the crux of the matter is for those who put their hope in Jesus Christ.  For this truly is the heart of the matter. 

“So of course where we are at is that those who desire to be sheep need to take heed that they are not complacent lest they become a instead goat – or they are living as a goat whilst assuming that they are a sheep. I think this is the crux of the matter.”

Ironically this is just one way scripture points to the truth of what you are saying.  In other cases it speaks of fruit and trees, again in other places it comes out and plainly speaks of believing in vain or falling from grace, etc.  Sadly though one half of Christianity believes these truths are not for them, the other half is completely unaware of these truths.  Leaving only a small minority who understand the truth you elaborated on and who strive to live by it. Continue reading

Gospel or not, that is the question

This post is written in response to those who say I do not preach the gospel.  But as you read, ask yourself, Is this the gospel?  Let me know what you think.

I can not imagine there is anybody who says they follow Christ who knowingly or deliberately follows a heresy.  Men become convinced of their beliefs with strong convictions based on what they have come to know.  Yet we know there are many false teachings in Christendom.  Even though there is a multitude of people chasing after these false teachings, they are convinced they are following a true teaching of scripture.  But alas convictions do not make truth.  Truth is truth because it is true, even when men by the multitudes reject it for that which is false, it is still true.

Paul say to those he preached the gospel to they are saved if they keep in memory his gospel.  If they do not keep to his gospel, if they some how stray from his teachings, they will have believed in vain.

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.[1]

I in my heart of hearts believe I am in keeping with the gospel Paul preached on my web site The Gospel According to the Gospel.  Even though this is my conviction, it doesn’t make it true.  As I stated earlier, convictions do not make truth. 

I have watched as others have wrestled with my beliefs as I have communicated on my blog.  To be honest, I am not sure if it how I share these beliefs, the beliefs themselves or a combination of both.  I have been taken back by others insistence that I have somehow strayed from the gospel of Paul.  Such conclusions seem ironic to me, since it is the teachings of Paul that has persuaded me of my beliefs.

Most reactions to the gospel I advocate are strong indeed.  Strong not in a confirming manner but a condemning manner.  It is my desire to lay out for my detractors, who are concerned that I have separated myself from the gospel Paul preached, what it was that Paul preached.  I hope those who are close to me and those who are afar, who have been offended by my zeal by my insistence I have the true gospel of Paul, will take the time to read this lengthy abbreviated gospel of Paul to clear me of any accusations of being in a state of spiritual duress.  That I might once again gain the respect of those I love and not be seen as a tragedy and a thing to be pitied.  But rather rejoice with me in zeal and fervor for the one true gospel of scripture.  Click the below link for the rest of this post. Continue reading

The gospel Paul preached in Acts offends believers

I have been having fun talking with some believers on another site about the gospel Paul preached.  In Acts the last chapter it says that he preached from the Law of Moses and the prophets.  I contend he also wrote about it like the others.  So when I advocate what our New Testament teaches us about our gospel it becomes hard for others to believe what is written.  Why, because it is so different than what we have come to believe.  So check out this debate, the further you read the more interesting it becomes.  I will also link to this from The Debate Rages tab.