Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Wolf of Reformed Dogma

It's 7:52 a.m. on Sunday, September 22.  I have fifteen minutes before I head out the door and drive forty-five minutes to hear Reverend Roger James, LCMS missionary to Sri Lanka, preach from the pulpit at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Memphis, Michigan.

Yesterday, I picked up Rev. John T. Pless' book, Handling the Word of Truth: Law and Gospel in the Church Today.  I have only a few minutes so I can't peruse the book.  Glancing at the preface, I read these introductory words by Rev. Pless.
"Promise Keepers, 'What Would Jesus Do?' (WWJD?), The Prayer of Jabez, and The Purpose-Driven Life are notable examples in which the wolf of Reformed dogma sneaks into the Lutheran flock under the sheep's clothing of biblical principles for living."
Oh, this is going to be a great read.

4 comments:

Steve Finnell said...

THE APOSTLES' TEACHING

The early Christians believed the apostles' teaching. (Acts 2:42 They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching....)

What was not the apostles' teaching? What was the apostles' teaching, what was their source?

The apostles' teaching did not originate from the Pharisees creed books. They did not teach from the Sadducees statement of faith. The apostles did not use the catechisms of the Judaizers as the final authority or as a substitute for the Scriptures.

The Scriptures were the source of the apostles' teaching and the words and writings of the apostles were also the Scriptures.

Acts 17:2 And according to Paul's customs, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures......

Paul taught from the Scriptures, not from man-made creed books and catechisms.

2 Peter 2:15-16 just as also our beloved brother Paul, according the the wisdom given him , wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of theses things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

Peter included the apostles Paul's writing as being Scriptures.

The apostles' teaching was from the Old Testament Scriptures and from their own words and letters which were in fact the New Testament Scriptures.

The apostles did not teach from the creed books of the Pharisees. The did not use the catechisms of the Judaizers to instruct their brethren in faith and practice. They did not consult the Sadducees statement of faith, in order to teach others.

The apostle John wrote the last Scripture in A.D. 95, it was the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

A.D. 95 was the last recorded teaching by an apostle.

If the contemporary creed books, catechisms, statements of faith, Bible commentaries, so-called new revelation of modern-day apostles, and other extra-Biblical sources are not the exact same teachings of the apostles of the Bible, then, THEY ARE IN FACT, WRITTEN WORDS OF FALSE DOCTRINE.

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