We hear this evangelical rant every Christmas and Easter. But here are two articles, with short excerpts, debunking these myths.
These early [church] critics believed that chiliasm [premillennialism] represented an approach to biblical religion that was sub-Christian, essentially failing to reckon with the full redemptive implications of the coming of Jesus of Nazareth as Messiah. They saw it as an under-realized, a not-fully-Christian, eschatology.
Testimonies are popular because preaching Christ and the gospel has become not just unnecessary, but “boring” to many evangelicals.
Not until the 1520s did the Christian Church experience opposition specifically to infant Baptism. Under the influence of Thomas Muenzer and other fanatics who opposed both civil and religious authority, original sin and human concupiscence was denied until the “age of accountability.”
The promise of forgiveness and renewal by the Spirit is spoken specifically to the children of Peter’s listeners. But the point is: In expanding his community of grace to the Gentiles, God will not expel the children.
Today, President Arroyo declared September 7 as a national day of mourning for the late Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) leader Bro. EraÃ±o Manalo. All flags will be flown at half mast on Monday. The INC rejects the Trinity and like the 4th century Arians, believes that Jesus is only a created being (as do the Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses).
Desmond Tutu writes in the foreword, “It is possible to have a new kind of world, a world where there will be more compassion, more gentleness, more caring, more laughter, more joy for all of God’s creation, because that is God’s dream. And God says, ‘Help me, help me, help me realize my dream.'”
Evangelicals have no knowledge as to what the church’s worship and music was like only a few decades ago. They have no connectedness to the past, and will surely be disconnected from the future.
What is Reformed worship? It’s none other than worship recovered by the 16th century Reformers such as Luther, Calvin and Bucer, after they realized that the medieval church had strayed far from Biblical worship.