Sunday, June 29, 2008
A summation of their meeting is a 4 page document that deserves reading (courtesy of the BBC): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/bsp/hi/pdfs/29_06_08_anglican_statement.pdf
I love their willingness to stand on the Scriptures, their clear teaching on what Biblical marriage is, and also on the "false gospels" that are being preached in the name of Christianity. I also appreciate their humility in confessing the sins of people who embrace heterosexual marriage, but fail to honor it as we should.
Here are a few of the statements in their Jerusalem Declaration that I believe every Christian should also be willing to confess:
"We joyfully embrace his command to proclaim the reality of his kingdom which he first announced in this land. The gospel of the kingdom is the good news of salvation, liberation and transformation for all. In light of the above, we agree to chart a way forward together that promotes and protects the biblical gospel and mission to the world . . . "
1. We rejoice in the gospel of God through which we have been saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because God first loved us, we love him and as believers bring forth fruits of love, ongoing repentance, lively hope and thanksgiving to God in all things.
2. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the Word of God written and to contain all things necessary for salvation. The Bible is to be translated, read, preached, taught and obeyed in its plain and canonical sense, respectful of the church’s historic and consensual reading.
3. We uphold the four Ecumenical Councils and the three historic Creeds as expressing the rule of faith of the one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
5. We gladly proclaim and submit to the unique and universal Lordship of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, humanity’s only Saviour from sin, judgement and hell, who lived the life we could not live and died the death that we deserve. By his atoning death and glorious resurrection, he secured the redemption of all who come to him in repentance and faith.
8. We acknowledge God’s creation of humankind as male and female and the unchangeable standard of Christian marriage between one man and one woman as the proper place for sexual intimacy and the basis of the family. We repent of our failures to maintain this standard and call for a renewed commitment to lifelong fidelity in marriage and abstinence for those who are not married.
9. We gladly accept the Great Commission of the risen Lord to make disciples of all nations, to seek those who do not know Christ and to baptise, teach and bring new believers to maturity.
10. We are mindful of our responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation, to uphold and advocate justice in society, and to seek relief and empowerment of the poor and needy.
12. We celebrate the God-given diversity among us which enriches our global fellowship, and we
acknowledge freedom in secondary matters. We pledge to work together to seek the mind of Christ on issues that divide us.
13. We reject the authority of those churches and leaders who have denied the orthodox faith in word or deed. We pray for them and call on them to repent and return to the Lord.
14. We rejoice at the prospect of Jesus’ coming again in glory, and while we await this final event of history, we praise him for the way he builds up his church through his Spirit by miraculously changing lives.
But now, it becomes commonplace news (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,373441,00.html).
A woman in the U.K. had 11 eggs fertilized to make human babies. Then six were killed and rejected because they carried a "potential" gene that might have led to breast cancer later in life. Not only was in-vitro fertilization used to ward off this "dangerous gene", but in-vitro was not even necessary because the couple had shown no complications to impede natural conception.
Some people marvel that in-vitro fertilization allows for parents to pick the gender and greater ensure the healthiness of their child. But do we ever pause and think of the millions of lives that are not given a chance at breath because they carry "potentially" harmful deficiencies. I have the joy of knowing children with physical and mental handicaps. I know many men and women who have struggled through cancer and other vicious diseases. But all of them deserved a chance at life, and so do these babies who are being denied their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Not to mention that many of the "rejected embryos" are then subject to scientific testing, as if these human lives are lab rats.
Please take a moment and silently think of the life that is being denied because of the "progress" of human scientific evolution.
Friday, June 27, 2008
For the first time in 58 years after the creation of the Evangelical Free Church of America, the denomination voted to revise its statement of faith. Unlike so many revisions across the history of U.S. churches, this revision has NOT moved in any direction toward theological liberalism. In fact, the E.F.C.A. further clarifies its strong belief in the inspiration and authority of the Holy Scriptures. It takes a firm stand on the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ and His premillennial return.. It raises a banner on the importance of the biblical commands to feed the hungry and care for the disenfranchised! It expresses belief in the supernatural forces that wage war against believers and the world around us and our need to combat these forces through the Holy Spirit's power. It also challenges every believer and church to be active in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Though I was unable to attend the national convention, I commend the people who put forward this statement (now nearly five years ago) and those who voted in favor of it on June 26, 2008! I pray this statement guides our young denomination for another 50 years as well as the original statement of faith. I am honored to be ordained into such a Christ-honoring fellowship.
To read the document check out the E.F.C.A. website: http://efca.org/about/doctrine/
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
"Democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." --Winston Churchill
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Praise the Lord this catastrophe has only caused the loss of one life across the area. Pray for continued protection for those suffering. Pray for the broken hearts that are being experienced by many as their homes, memories and lives have been ransacked by the flooding.
If you are interested in pictures or articles, the Des Moines Register (dmregister.com) has more than most can handle.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Monday, June 02, 2008
Click either one or both of these articles and enjoy these short explanations that help to clear up some confusion and false ideas that have been promoted lately in books and the mainstream press.
Article 1: Talks about why arguments again believing in God lack credibility.
Article 2: Talks about why we can trust the truth and historical accuracy of the Bible.
Here are my favorites:
1. They are humble and respectful and courteous and even funny (the ones I've met).4. They believe that the Bible is true, all of it.
8. They believe in hell and are loving enough to warn people about it.12. They resist trendiness.
15. They still sing hymns.
16. They are not breathless about being accepted in the scholarly guild. (my favorite)