Christian Teachings

My prayer is that these Christian teachings are a clear call a clear path to radical discipleship, a zeal for God, and a love for his will. The teachings on this page have been "baptized" in a love for the apostles' teachings and the writings of the early Christians who clung tenaciously to "the faith once delivered to the saints."

The Church

Jesus said that the world would know the Father sent him because of Christian unity (Jn. 17:20-23). Teaching on the Church is basically completely lost to American Christianity. Biblically, our growth as Christians and our testimony to the world hinges on the Church and the unity of the Church.

As you can see from the links, I intend to do several more teachings on this topic.

What is the Gospel of Jesus?

The true Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16). The righteousness of God will be revealed in it. This means it will produce righteousness by its own power in every believer.

"It was not in ... a righteousness-hungry heart that the revolting legal fiction of imputed righteousness first arose. Righteousness, God's righteousness, righteousness in their own being, in heart and brains and hands, is what such righteousness-hungry men and women want, not some make-believe pretend form of what is not righteousness but is called righteousness."

– George MacDonald

The Gospel of Jesus is heavily compromised in much of the world in order to fill pews and obtain money. Hundreds of years of tradition have taught us to cling tenaciously to views that were unknown to the early Christians and which cannot be defended scripturally. Perhaps directly as a result, 80 to 90% of those who make a profession of faith are not even attending church five years later. (Though, as you can see from the church section above, the church is not something to be "attended" anyway.)

The things that I'm saying are scriptural and historical both, but they do fly in the face of a lot of modern tradition. Therefore, I have broached this subject from many different perspectives.

  • The page on the substitutionary atonement is an important prelude to a lot of the teachings in this section.
  • What Is the Gospel: A reproduction of a blog post, I believe this is the best place to begin on this subject.
  • Orthodox Christianity: What does it really mean to have "orthodox" belief?
  • I hope to move the articles from my Rest of the Old, Old Story site here soon, but it has several other articles on salvation.
  • I wrote one of my more comprehensive, but perhaps harsher teachings under the title The Gospel.
  • A direct discussion of faith alone called Sola Fide.
  • And a shorter discussion of faith alone at Not by Faith Alone, which discusses James 2:24. (You may or may not know that James 2:24 is the only occurrence of "faith alone" in the Bible.)
  • All gifts are free by definition. Yet our Bibles have the redundant phrase "free gift" in them. Why?

I think that the page on TULIP, the five points of Calvinism needs to be in this section as well.

The History of the Trinity

The Nicene Creed (or its sister, the Apostles Creed) is quoted in all liturgical churches (Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, Anglican, some Presbyterian, and others) every week. As far as I know, not one of them believes it except the Eastern Orthodox churches!

The doctrine of the Trinity taught by the council of Nicea (Nicaea)—and contained in the Nicene Creed—is forgotten. I've never met anyone who knows it, though I've met many who've found their teaching very satisfying, answering the many questions they've had as a result of western explanation of the Trinity developed in the Middle Ages.

My pages on the doctrine of the Trinity come in seven parts

You may find the podcast on the Trinity easier than reading, though you will find an 8-minute summation, shorter than the podcast, on the first Trinity page.

Also, please note that my book, In the Beginning Was the Logos, delves far further into the history of the Council of Nicea and the doctrine of the Trinity.

The Creation Vs. Evolution Controversy

It would be nice to never have to bring up this topic, but honesty requires it. Honesty created my position on this issue, and honesty requires me to address it. (Knowing the open, figurative approach of the early Chistians to the old covenant writings and knowing their wholehearted embracing of the message of nature certainly helped as well!)

If you are a Christian in the modern world, the subject will almost certainly find you.

Nature will always proclaim the majesty of God, never take away from it. I have chosen to devote an entire web site to the subject. It's not for the weak of heart. However, it's a lot better for you to hear this news from me—a whole-hearted believer in God and his creation—than from someone attacking your faith.

"Lost" Early Christian Teachings

These would be teachings that were common in the early Christian writings, but most modern Christians don't know about them. The Trinity, emphasizing subordinationism and one divine "substance," would fall into this category, but I have a whole section on the Trinity above.

Most of these answer questions that eat at modern Christians, making some of the most puzzling Scriptures we face into something easy and obvious.

Miscellaneous Teachings

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