After the American forces defeated the Spanish colonialists in the Philippines in 1898, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist leaders met in New York to discuss how to evangelize the new colony. The leaders signed a comity agreement “to unite all the evangelical forces in the Philippine Islands for the purpose of securing comity and effectiveness in their missionary operations.”
The current discussion in this blog about the recent PCUSA General Assembly has led to some other threads of thought, including the Westminster Standards and early Presbyterianism in the Philippines, especially with regards to the founding of the Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo (Unida Evangelical Church).
“Religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep” – Dr D. Michael Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University. A survey released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life concludes that America is a nation of believers, but what exactly they believe in is not clear.
“What the liberal theologian has retained after abandoning to the enemy one Christian doctrine after another is not Christianity at all, but a religion which is so entirely different from Christianity as to be long in a distinct category…. It is at any rate perfectly clear that liberalism is not Christianity.”
After Christ reigns for 1,000 years over glorified saints who came back from heaven, multitudes led by Gog and Magog rebel against God! Where did all these wicked people come from? Does this mean that in the perfect age to come, glorified saints will mingle with sinful people?
Many who oppose evangelical Zionism rejoiced in the recent McCain-Hagee debacle. It can’t get better than this, they think. But evangelical support for Israel is rooted way beyond Hagee, Hal Lindsey, and Tim Lahaye. Back in 1998, Timothy P. Weber wrote a thorough historical and theological analysis of the reasons why evangelicals love Israel in a Christianity Today article entitled “How Evangelicals Became Israel’s Best Friend.” Here are a couple of his points…
And among these five essentials, “Christ alone” is often attacked today, not only by non-Christians, but also by Christians of various colors in two ways: universalism and inclusivism. Throughout church history, but especially in our postmodern society, both universalism and inclusivism are affirmed by churches of various persuasions.
The first time I talked to a Christian friend about the doctrine of “limited” atonement, the reaction was immediate shock and indignation: “That’s so wrong!” “That can’t be true!” Out of the notable “five points of Calvinism,” two usually generate heated conversations: “unconditional election” and “limited atonement.” Both doctrines evoke images of a whimsical divine puppetmaster who amuses himself by toying with his created beings.
For a printer-friendly PDF copy, click here. I’m re-posting this article from October 26, 2007..