Originally posted by Rajk999
It is entirely possible to find scriptural support for just about any extreme doctrine. For example:
1. All people are saved.and are given eternal life
2. Only those who refrain from sin and are righteous will get eternal life
3. Only those who profess faith in Christ will get eternal life
3. All people from Adam until the present who are not accep ...[text shortened]... e-minded Christians?
Seems like many Christians these days are moving away from moderation ?
This kind of bible belief is what keeps Christians defeated in this life. They are forever trying to do works to please God/Jesus and never able to achieve their goal.
Let's take these one at a time....
Even what you call "moderate Christian doctrine" has a "lukewarm" feel about it...remember what Jesus said about "lukewarm"...
- Christ died for the sin brought into the world by Adam [ie the PAST SINS & sin in the flesh ]
- Christ death is not a licence to sin as some think [ ie Christ did not die for their FUTURE SINS]
No, it is not a license to sin, but you better hope he died for your future sins, because he cannot be crucified again.
- He died for all of mankind not just Christians
since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.
but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Every one should know this, but those who reject him are not redeemed.
- To 'believe in Christ' is not the narrow interpretation of just professing belief with ones mouth, To believe means to accept the doctrine of Christ and the following of His commandments as Christ explained. It is those who are DOERS are the ones that Christ will find worthy of eternal life as Christ himself explained many times.
To believe is to make him Lord, period. If he is Lord, I do his will not my own. But I cannot keep this perfectly and he knows that. So I confess or agree when I sin, that Jesus is right and I am wrong so that I will no longer be a slave to sin.
When I do sin, the "seed" or holy spirit that he created in me is not affected. My soul and my mind are affected. The spirit is impenetrable by sin. It is sealed, incorruptible. I will show you the scripture reference if you wish, but I think you know it.
However, if I sin, then I am putting myself under the authority of Satan, who comes to kill, steal and destroy.
I don't want this, so I repent, confess and agree with Jesus that I was wrong and come back under his authority.
- The most important teaching in the Bible is concerned with personal conduct - love, charity, good works, mercy, abstaining from worldliness and sins of the flesh.
No. The most important teaching is to love God with all my heart, soul and mind, and my neighbor as myself. Or better yet, love one another as Jesus loved them, and be thankful. Praise God continually with thanksgiving.
- The most important teaching is not faith. Faith is just a stepping stone to greater things leading to superior personal conduct, as Paul and the Apostles explained. Faith on its own cannot stand. Love on its own can stand and will stand.
Actually the more important thing is to "renew your mind" according to the scriptures. Put on the "mind of Christ". Know who you are in Christ. Learn that God is not angry with you, instead learn that he loves you. Learn to operate the manifestations of the spirit, else it is like charging Hell with a water pistol.