Saturday, November 17, 2007
Recently, I have been following a thread on a blog here, and I cannot help but feel the force of a great gulf, a great dividing line between certain reformed people of a certain view, compared to those who attempt to hold onto a passion when speaking not only of faith in Christ, but also His gospel.
It really ought not to be a huge surprise that Official Roman Catholic teaching is antithetical to the gospel. Rome has piled upon the very simple gospel an order of magnitude that obliterates the gospel entirely.
It has faith in Christ plus the propitiatory sacrifice of the mass. It has piled on infallible Popes and Alter Christos (Anther Christ!) Priests. It has Mary interceding for sinners, her immaculate conception, bodily assumption into heaven and perpetual virginity, the worship of idols, purging of sinners in opposition to the finished work of Christ and then all of the seven sacraments sitting on top of the overall monstrosity.
Yet, there are so called reformed types out there in evangelical land who would at the drop of a hat come to Rome's defence against a more robust and consistent Protestant who dares to die on the hill of faithfulness to Christ and His gospel.
Christ and His gospel, two things that cannot be separated.
As James White so repeatedly says, "Theology matters."
And it does.
I often get the taste that many Protestants have no passion for the gospel. They too, are arguing for faith in Christ as the main hill to die on.
But what does faith in Christ mean to many today?
Well, once you unpack all of their presuppositions and epistemological assertions, you begin to see where the theology is leading, and why faithfulness to the gospel is disappearing on every front.
You see, theology does matter.
Increasingly I am hearing many today on the Protestant side, speak so unpassionately about such things as Justification, atonement and redemption.
I hear the term "theory" being included in such contexts.
It is no secret that I have spent a lot of my time and energy over the years, mainly talking about the atonement and soteriology, and I make no apology for doing so.
I am fairly convinced that above faith in Christ, the theology of "theory" has been set in place to explain the great doctrines that we are supposed to be defending.
How can anyone passionately defend a theory?
Even in the world, theories are bandied about with as much passion as there are opinions.
-Faith in Christ matters.
-His Gospel matters.
There's a trinity above worth dying for.
Gal 1:6 I marvel that you so soon are being moved away from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to another gospel,
Gal 1:7 which is not another, but some are troubling you, and desiring to pervert the gospel of Christ.
Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from Heaven preach a gospel to you beside what we preached to you, let him be accursed.
Mar 8:38 Therefore whoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man shall also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.