Skip to comments.Broken Cisterns
Posted on 04/30/2014 8:09:46 AM PDT by fishtank
by Henry Morris III, D.Min. *
For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisternsbroken cisterns that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13)
Nearly 27 centuries ago, the prophet Jeremiah delivered Gods message of pending judgment to the nation of Judah. Some 150 years prior to Jeremiahs ministry, Judahs northern neighbor, the nation of Israel, had been taken captive by Assyria. Both nations had capitulated broadly to idolatry. Although Judah had experienced earlier periods of revival, with the death of faithful King Josiah it became a pagan nation, falling into gross immorality, open political corruption, and a deplorable form of cultic Baal idolatry.
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“There are broken cisterns being built in seminaries and departments of religion in universities across our land. These man-made cisterns appear to hold water but they leak because their foundations are not built on the Word of God.
Some teach a universal salvationthe belief that ultimately all will be saved because God is good and would not eternally punish His creation with an eternal hell.
Others promote a cooperative relationship whereby we maintain our salvation by good works and a careful adherence to certain systems and sacraments.
Still others propose that salvation is ushered in as mankind becomes more godlikethat humanity will ultimately embrace the best of all religions and philosophies, becoming one with that which offends no one.
These various kinds of theology have one thing in common: They each turn their back on the authority of Gods Word and the efficacy of His gospel.
May God rebuke those who teach them.”
Oddly, the only Church that can trace its roots back to Jesus himself seems to be one of your targets. You know better than Paul?
These are much more hidden attacks that is all.
Hi. If you are speaking of the church of Rome, I’d recommend they apply Paul’s “letter to the Romans”.
The Roman church has STILL not learned the lesson of justification by grace through faith alone.
Not to mention, the Roman church, along with the prematurely-labeled “Reformed theologians”, have not applied or learned the lessons in Romans chapters 9 though 11 about GOd’s future plans for the nation of Israel.
A different opinion that is all.
I don’t question the authority of the Bible. I question the authority of Creationists to specify the one and only interpretation of the Bible.
He's just "fishing" for a response. Faith and good works go hand in hand. Faith alone is useless unless it brings about good works. PRAYER is considered a good work too. If we can't DO, we CAN pray.
St. Paul...what a story. God certainly does work in mysterious ways, doesn't He?
QUESTION: Does one become righteous through NO action of his/her own? And does the righteousness continue even when people continue to sin? Does one NOT have to lead a good and righteous life for God to justify him/her? I'm asking because I am NOT a Lutheran and don't know the answers to these questions and am curious.
Ah yes, Martin Luther, the defrocked-Catholic priest who decided that HE was right and the 1500-year old Catholic Church was wrong.
He was an amazing man, wasn't he? Now he even has a Protestant faith named after him. Nothing left for Protestants to protest, is there?
I visited the castle where he was staying and the famous "INK BLOT" wall where he threw his ink pot at the devil. No one can doubt his fire and passion for our Catholic faith. I certainly don't!
The Reformation WAS a good thing for the Catholic Church and its sinful practices that he deprecated. The Church DID reform.
I wonder if Luther would say TODAY that formation of "Protestantism" and the ensuing 30,000 (Catholic Church numbers) to 40,000 (Protestant numbers) different denominations of Protestants was a GOOD thing and well worth it.
In today's Mass homily our priest talked about the attacks like that.
Today's attacks on Catholics are not the same as they were during the Roman times but they are still attacks...perhaps more subtle, more hidden, but attacks nevertheless.
I think this applies to all Christians who worship and practice their faith daily.
Looks like someone has guilty consciences is all.
No denomination was named by name, but if the shoe fits.......
Sheesh, it didn’t take long for your thread to get hijacked, did it?
A phrase found nowhere in Romans, or anywhere else in the New Testament. In fact, the only place the word "justified" appears together with "by faith alone" is in James, where we are told we are *not* justified by faith alone.
The phrase which you were apparently condemning was not; "justified by faith alone" but "justified through grace by faith alone".
Not justified by works, although one not only can SHOW their faith by their works, but are indeed called to/required to do so, or else the faith not put into action is useless.
A key word from James, is that word "show". It can unlock meaning there without running afoul of it being impossible to justify ourselves and the grace extended to us by our own "works".
The faith itself can be shown however, even though the world as it were would not consider it justified, for there is often no immediate "worldly" gain when showing or putting faith (in Christ, and His overall message) but rather it can be costly or less than convenient.
Have at it if you'd care to have another go at it?
Putting faith into action can be so simple even a caveman can do the first part, though through distractions of the world can likely fail at the second, leading to then failing at the first part [of the below]
From the same book of James, the first chapter;
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Does my putting it this way make any sense?
Now for the rest of the thread's article --- I don't know much one way or another, for I haven't gone to the link to read it yet beyond skimming through what is visible here.
We do have our traditions around here, you know? lol
I meant to write when putting faith in Christ (etc.) into action having left out the putting or doing "action" part.
Fishtank uses the word “sacraments”. Which Church moves the sacraments to a central place of its worship? Surely not those with no Communion at their Sabbath meetings. We are proud of our devotion to the sacraments, they are gifts to man from God.
At some point we are all creationists. We are not all however Creationists.
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