I've had several ideas floating around my skull, and this one won the race to get out first; I thought it would be profitable to start an intermittent series on the doctrines that make Christianity unique, what is absolutely essential and nonnegotiable, the truths that must be defended and, if necessary, that we must be martyred for.
|Rick Warren's biggest fan?!?|
So it's with that air of recurrent disappointment that we introduce our first distinctive with this awful confusion of Christ's Church with its most formidable counterfeit by the best known spokesman for Christianity of our day:
"Join me today in fasting and prayer for the 115 Cardinals seeking God's Will in a new leader. http://instagr.am/p/WvyDIWI0yI/" Rick Warren on Twitter
|"What is thy bidding, my master?"|
It's slightly funny that 2 simple words could be so important; the second means "faith" and the first "only/alone" in Latin. Now, the Bible is positively littered with references to faith: in the O.T., the synonym "trust" is most often used, and the N.T. has whole chapters dedicated to faith. So anyone with even a surface exposure to Scripture has to at least give lip service to this doctrine; and that's exactly what we see groups like Mormonism and Jehovah's Witnesses doing. And to give them credit, Rome goes even further, saying in so many words that faith is absolutely critical to justification, that no one can get to heaven without it.
But Rome goes astray in 2 clear, distinguishable areas, and thankfully, has documented their position better than most. They are: the definition/origin of faith (or "what is faith, and where do we get it from?") and the potency of faith (or "is faith enough?"). We'll explore these next post, but I want to ask something of you in the meantime... In the generic, "check-the-box on the survey" sense, Roman Catholicism is classified as a Christian denomination, one of many. But Jesus isn't coming to your door with a clipboard... He's returning with blood-stained robes and a glistening sword (Rev 19). He will separate the sheep, His true followers, from all those who might be associated with His name, but in reality, are not His. So the only sense for the term "Christian" that matters is His, and He's given us ample testimony in His Word. So let's check our baggage at the desk, and see what He says.
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