The Theological Dam of Christendom’s Creeds

Posted March 3, 2017 by SandreS
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A creed may be nothing more than a doctrinal rut, serving to channel the mental activities of those upon whom the creed is imposed into certain desired directions. Whether it be a rut or a river-bed, in either case the result is identical – in other words, limitation. Perhaps a better simile would be that of a dam, for a channel, or rut, does not hinder the motion, it merely directs it, whereas a dam is altogether repressive, forbidding motion. The theological dams of Christendom have always acted thus, until at times the flood-tides of thought, or reason, have burst through the barriers. …

When creedal statements acquire a fixed finality we may gravely question whether such fixity is the immutability of immortal perfection or simply the rigor mortis associated with mental or doctrinal death. Creeds, like their makers, are mortal, and some of them are corrupt. A creed may be the Bethlehem of important truth; but alas! most of them are but the graveyards of Christian thought, in which the faith of millions has interred the questions and doubts of a thousand years.

Alan Burns (1884-1929)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 8, page 145
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A God Worthy of the Name

Posted February 4, 2017 by SandreS
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What a relief to point to a God worthy of the name! A God Who has a purpose in pain and a design in death. A God Who will use every groan for His glory and His creature’s gain, and will turn every torment into ecstasy and the exaltation of His great name.

God’s glad message does not consist in heralding a horrid hell. It concerns His Son, and the universal reconciliation is but the gospel ultimate, for it, too, concerns His Son and His eventual triumph. It is the popular orthodox “gospel” which is driving men into various by-paths.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 9, page 98
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Religious Mutilation

Posted January 14, 2017 by SandreS
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Beware of the concision [κατατομή, katatomee]. For we are the circumcision [περιτομή, peritomee] (Philippians 3:23).

Thus are contrasted the false and the true “circumcision.” True circumcision is,

To worship God in the spirit, to rejoice in Christ Jesus, and to have no confidence in the flesh (Philippians 3:3).

It is “of the heart in spirit, and not in letter” (Romans 2:25, 29). To go back therefore to ordinances, and to this ordinance [of circumcision], after having been made free in Christ is mutilation, not true circumcision. The verb κατατέμνειν (katatemnein) is always connected with mutilation (see Leviticus 21:5; I Kings 18:28; Isaiah 15:2; Hosea 7:14).

EWBE.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Figures of Speech Used in the Bible, Bible Student’s Press, page 142

The One Body Was Himself!

Posted December 24, 2016 by SandreS
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A story is going around that shows the futility of the phrase “gathering on the ground of the one body.” This always means union on the basis of agreement in doctrine. A zealous brother sought earnestly to associate only with those who had “the truth.” He separated himself from all doctrinal error (except what he unconsciously held himself)!

Gradually his fellowship became restricted to a very few, as one after another was found to be “unsound” in the faith. Finally he found that all of his associates, except his wife, were tainted with “evil doctrine.” To make matters still worse, he discovered one day that even his wife was not sufficiently “sound.” He was all alone. Then, however, he realized that he had indeed come to the ground of the “one body.” The one body was himself!

Those believers who confine their fellowship to saints of the same mind in doctrinal matters have a sad history of dissension and division. The numbers of adherents have grown but little, but the number of parties has multiplied. The idea that fellowship is based on doctrine is itself false teaching. In Corinth the fundamentally unsound deniers of the resurrection were not put out, either by the assembly or the apostle. The immoral person was excluded, not the heretics. In Paul’s epistles, which should guide us in this administration, doctrine is not the basis of fellowship. We should patiently bear with false teaching. We should lovingly correct it; but we should never exclude those who hold it. In practice, in many cases, those who have the truth were excluded by those who were in error. It is a device of Satan to divide those who should preserve the spirit’s unity.

KnochA.E. Knoch (1874-1965)
The Ground of the One Body
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 22 (1931)
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Christianity: A Religion of Works

Posted December 9, 2016 by SandreS
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Most of all, present-day Christianity is a religion of works. It is believed you must “accept Christ,” or you cannot be saved. Some think you must make a public confession or you will not be saved. If you do not think this is works, then look up the definition. Anything you DO to be saved, no matter how miniscule, is a “work.” You can argue with evangelicals and Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox and they will deny to your face that “accepting Christ” is a work, even though it is something you must “do” in order to be saved. You cannot participate in your salvation. It is too important to leave to me, you or anyone else. It is the job of God’s only-begotten Son. His faith saves, not yours. His acceptance of you counts (not your acceptance of Him and God the Father). His righteousness, His baptism, His circumcision, His death, His resurrection, His blood on the altar in heaven, and His return, count – not any possible action by you.

David SielaffDavid Sielaff
Antichrist and Salvation
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Misplaced Devotion

Posted November 14, 2016 by SandreS
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It is because of a devotion to and jealousy for some “thing”; a “Mission,” “Denomination,” “Tradition,” “Fellowship,” “Movement,” etc. that rivalries and bad feelings spring up.

T Austin SparksT. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony, January, 1944

“The Church” of Augustine

Posted October 24, 2016 by SandreS
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Augustine substituted an organized Church and a supernatural hierarchy for an ever-present Christ. To Augustine more than anyone else is due the theory which is most prolific of the abiding curse inflicted on many generations by an arrogant and usurping priest-craft.

The outward Church of Augustine was Judaic, not Christian. … And all that was most deplorable in this theology and ecclesiasticism became the most cherished heritage of ‘the Church’ of the Middle Ages …

Lives of the Fathers, Vol. II., page 603 (the Dean of Canterbury)
Cited by Sir Robert Anderson (1841-1918) in
The Buddha of Christendom, pages 40-41


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