The Bible clearly calls Christians to honor, obey, and pray for those in authority over us, such as our civil government (Jer. 29:7, Rom. 13, 1 Pet. 2:13-17, Titus 3:1, etc.). Although it’s not always easy to do, God’s people have been doing it for a long, long time! One ancient example is found in… Continue reading An Ancient Prayer for Government
As I mentioned in my last post (something I'm sure many of you know), there is a huge movement in the broader American/Western church which rejects all church authority. The Jesus-figure in The Shack clearly hints that office and authority structure in the church get in the way of one's relationship with himself. Evangelical church-goers… Continue reading The Early Church: A Dynamic, Progressive, Organic Community?
In 1 Clement 32.3-4 (probably written just before 100 AD), we get a great Pauline statement on justification by faith only. "All (the OT saints) therefore were glorified and magnified, not through themselves or their own works or the righteous actions that they did, but through His will. And so we, having been called through… Continue reading Justification by Faith Alone in the Early Church