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Our Scripture verse today is Hebrews 11:16 which reads: "But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city."
Our quote today is from John Calvin. He said: "A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent."
Today, we are looking at "The Defense of the Faith" (Part 5) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Today's subject is The Arguments of the Apologists
Justin's use of the doctrine of the Logos provided a basic framework within which Christians could claim whatever they wished from the rich lode of classical culture. But there still remained the need to refute the various objections raised against Christianity. Although it is impossible to list here all such refutations, some examples will give a general idea of the nature of the arguments of the apologists.
When accused of being atheists because they had no visible gods, Christians responded that in that case many of the greatest philosophers and poets were also atheists. To support that statement it sufficed to quote the ancient writers who had affirmed that the gods were human inventions, and that their vices were worse than those of their worshipers. Aristides suggested that such gods had been invented precisely in order to give full rein to human vice. Also, a common argument was that the idols, often made of gold and precious stones, had to be guarded against thieves. How can a god that must be protected provide any protection? How can a god made by human hands be above humans? On these points orthodox Christianity held to the doctrine of monotheism and divine creation that it had learned from its Jewish background...
How do you know when you are in faith? That question will be answered in tonight's broadcast by Pastor Will as he go through the bible to see what The Word of God has to say about the subject of faith. That way you can judge and examine yourself to see where you are at in your faith and how to grow from there.
This Bible Study is designed for anyone who has a desire to Grow in their faith and relationship with God. You may be a new Christian (recently saved) or a seasoned believer who sometimes still struggles with being overwhelmed, anxious and unsure if God is really present in the situation you may be currently in.
My prayer for each listen is like the one prayed in the Bible, "that you may become/grow into mature Christians, stand firm on your faith; and be fully assured in all the will of God for you. (Colossians 4:12)
May this Bible Study water the seeds that have been planted so that you may produce good fruit to the Glory of God!
Our Scripture verse today is Matthew 16:18 which reads: "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
Our quote today is from J.C. Ryle. He said: "The one true Church is composed of all believers in the Lord Jesus. It is made up of all God’s elect – of all converted men and women – of all true Christians. In whomever we can discern the election of God the Father, the sprinkling of the blood of God the Son, the sanctifying work of God the Spirit, in that person we see a member of Christ’s true church."
Today, we are looking at "The Deposit of the Faith" (Part 7) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
The Response: Apostolic Succession
Although the canon of the New Testament and the various creeds were valuable instruments in the struggle against heresy, the debate finally came to the issue of the authority of the church. This was important, not simply because someone had to decide who was right and who was wrong, but because of the very nature of the issues at stake. All agreed that the true message was the one taught by Jesus. The Gnostics (nos-tiks) claimed that they had some secret access to that original message, through a succession of secret teachers. Marcion claimed that he had access to that message through the writings of Paul and Luke - which, however, had to be purged of what did not agree with Marcion's views regarding the Old Testament. Over against Marcion and the Gnostics (nos-tiks) , the church at large claimed to be in possession of the original gospel and the true teachings of Jesus. Thus, what was debated was in a way the authority of the church against the claims of the heretics.
Our Scripture verse today is 1 John 4:1 which reads: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
Our quote today is from Vance Havner. He said: "The early Christians condemned false doctrine in a way that sounds almost unchristian today."
Today, we are looking at "The Deposit of the Faith" (Part 4) from Dr. Justo L. Gonzalez's fine book, The Story of Christianity (Volume 1).
Marcion, whose father was a bishop of Sinope on the southern coast of the Black Sea, knew Christianity from an early age. But he profoundly disliked both Judaism and the material world. He thus developed an understanding of Christianity that was both anti-Jewish and anti-material. He went to Rome, around the year 144 AD, and there he gathered a following. But eventually the church at large came to the conclusion that his doctrines contradicted several fundamental points in Christian doctrine. He then founded his own church , which lasted for several centuries as a rival to the orthodox church.
Since Marcion was convinced that the world is evil, he came to the conclusion that its creator must be either evil or ignorant - or both. But instead of positing a long series of spiritual beings, as the Gnostics did, Marcion proposed a much simpler solution. According to him, the God and Father of Jesus is not the same as Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament. It was Yahweh who made this world. The Father's purpose was to have only a spiritual world. But Yahweh, either through ignorance or out of evil intent, made this world and placed humankind in it -- a theme that one finds in many Gnostic writings as well...
Faith is talking 24/7 daily at WSCIRO of Greater Boston on Blog Talk Radio. Come join General Manager's and Media Missionaries, Dr Shirley Canniff and her husband, Dr Jeffrey Canniff as they embark in a journey of "Faith" to discover the hand of God at work in the ordinary circumstances of life. WSCIRO, the official internet radio outreach of Seek Christian Teaching and Worship Center, Inc. is a Christian Internet Radio Outreach that focuses on the following areas of ministry: "Relevant Social Justice Topics"; " Releasing God's Glory"; "Prophetic Teaching"; "Dream Interpretation"; "Inner Healing"; "Prophetic Revelation"; "Harp & Bowl Intercession"; "Messianic Worship";" Praise and Worship". Here on WSCIRO FAITH TALKS LIVE PRAYER, they will focus on the issues of "FAITH".
Human sexuality is an important biblical topic. It is an equally important topic in the world where sexual promiscuity is rampant on TV, in the movies, the internet ography, and indiscreet advertisements in magazines and even radio commercials. The secular world has no problem flaunting sexuality before our eyes. It has no remorse in using women's bodies and sexual situations and innuendos to sell, entice, and even control people so that they can get money out of them. The world takes that which was made holy by God and uses it to make money. This is not how it should be.
According to the National Association of Evangelicals, 80 percent of unmarried evangelical Christians between ages 18-29 admit to having had premarital sex, a shocking figure when measured against the number of pledges made in youth ministries and wristbands worn endorsing abstinence around the country throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s. For a generation fed a steady diet of “just wait until you’re married for sex,” why are so many of us losing our virginity before we say “I do”? What is causing the growing chasm between our Christian belief and sexual purity?
Join us Monday night for this important discussion
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