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Friday, April 20, 2012

Newsweek: Forget The Church, Follow Jesus, Christianity In Crisis

An article in a recent Newsweek Magazine issue by Andrew Sullivan (here) decries the state of "Christianity" today.  It is the usual worldly view of Christianity and Mr. Sullivan goes out of his way to cut off any real basis for Christians by the following statement:
Others defend a rigid biblical literalism, adamantly wishing away a century and a half of scholarship that has clearly shown that the canonized Gospels were written decades after Jesus’ ministry, and are copies of copies of stories told by those with fallible memory. Still others insist that the earth is merely 6,000 years old—something we now know by the light of reason and science is simply untrue.
His "scholarship" and reason and "science" have all proven the Scriptures to be "fallible" and "untrue" in at least some portions.  Unfortunately today's external church bodies have largely fallen for these onslaughts... and fallen away from the Bible.  The sad thing is that Mr.  Sullivan could be a pastor in any number of the external churches for they have fallen so far..

But I will thank Mr. Sullivan for at least mentioning those who "adamantly" believe the Bible.  They are the Christians and the real "church" spoken of in the Bible and don't need Newsweek Magazine for any guidance in their faith.

Rather Christians should look to Franz Pieper when he said (Christian Dogmatics, vol. I, pg 157):
The Christian Church of our day dare not forget that the modern theologians who draw their teaching from their own consciousness instead of from Scripture are deadly enemies, who aim to dislodge the Christian Church from its position on the Word and thus from the foundation of its faith. 
There was an external church body which defended the Bible against all attacks by reason or so-called "scholarship" and "science"... it was the old (German) Missouri Synod and the Synodical Conference.

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