Sorry I haven"t written in such a long time. I'm back and will try to write everyday. The subjects covered will, as usual, be to inform you of what's happening in evangelical churches today. Formerly, I've covered mostly apostate trends coming into the churches which I will certainly continue to do. But, I also am looking for places that are carrying out the doctrinal and organizational ideas that I see having been done in the first century by the newly established eklesia (usually translated 'church' in English, although the literal meaning is 'called out ones; or a group revolving around a common activity).
First up today is an interesting article from the current ( September 2012) issue of Christianity Today magazine. The Southern Baptists had a debate over what is known as the "Sinner"s Prayer." they finally afirmed for it. I just bet this was happening because of the Young (New) Calvinists. The editors of Christianity Today felt the Sinner's Prayer was good and they were glad the Southern Baptists kept it. To make sure everyone is on the same page as to what this prayer is, I will quote the part of the CT article that defines it. The prayer usually consists of two parts:
1. "repentance for sin"
2. "trust in Christ's redemptive work at the Cross,for forgiveness"
The big objection from the Young Calvinists, as I've read so often at their blogs in the past years is Romans 10:9,10. In that passage are two parts--confessing with your mouth, which the Sinner"s Prayer does, and believing in your heart. It is the latter item that many are not sure the Sinner's Prayer adequately addresses. So how does one know another is a Christian? Your thoughts? I will address this tomorrow and in subsequent posts.
Tomorrow: Let's talk about Paul Washer and what he really believes. Is he really a legalist? And what does this have to do with the Sinner's Prayer?
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