Jim, There is a glaring error on the part of Mark Galli in the article you presented. One, God sovereignly places and removes kings/presidents. Two, Paul‚Äôs letter to the Romans reiterated ‚Äúnone are righteous, no not one.‚ÄĚ Three, supporting actions which are in line with biblical truth doesn‚Äôt necessarily equate to membership in a cult of personality. Finally, the presentation of the Gospel is based on the GOSPEL not political affiliation. It is the Holy Spirit which quickens souls, not the moral aptitude.
Bloomberg has expressed what many believe; subjectively defined good works merit heavenly residence. From pagan religions to Pelagianism, onto the more deceptive form in Arminianism; the world is full of merit-based salvation believers.
I‚Äôve had this issue in my graduate program; a Dr./professor (at a ‚ÄúChristian‚ÄĚ university) told me citing Scriptural text should be limited and not to be used as foundational Academic sourcing. Really saddened and frustrated me.
US, Astute response. The American form of government is the result of influential frameworks devised by Locke and apparent in Rutherford‚Äôs Lex Rex. I would add the Roman jurisprudence and Christian moral base.
Weird how a celebration of Christ‚Äôs advent is somehow ‚Äúdeceptive‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúmisleading‚ÄĚ because of peripheral aspects (day, separate and dead pagan unrelated rituals). What do the naysayers think of the biblical carols associated with the holiday? Should Christians avoid singing ‚ÄúO Holy Night‚ÄĚ, parts of Handel‚Äôs ‚ÄúMessiah‚ÄĚ and other Advent specific carols?
Happy Advent! Christ is to be worshipped each moment, but enjoy the holiday to celebrate His gift to, presence with, and continued care for us. Praise God in Christ even if you do not ‚Äúcelebrate‚ÄĚ this day.
CT has missed the target here. The conspicuous lack of Scripture understanding makes their editorial the more shameful and embarrassing. God installs and removes leaders and commands His people to submit to the authorities established. Goodness, the worst anti-God, blasphemous empire in history was the occupying authority when Christ was on the earth.
Premillennialism is a rather new ‚Äúdoctrine‚ÄĚ. There is scant reference, at best, to it historically. The fundamental problem should be conspicuous; how can sinners remain if an unveiled, glorified Christ is on earth?
John UK, I celebrate on the 25th with gift exchange and merriment. The scripture says we are to rejoice in the Lord always, and so I shall on that day. If one does not celebrate, God be with them nonetheless.
John UK, I do believe there is a distinction between what God makes Holy, which is absolute and non-negotiable, and days set aside by His children (fasting, celebration, weddings). Celebrating the Advent of Christ is NEVER wrong, regardless of the peripheral secularized festivities.
Advent celebration (as should rightly to be referred as) is made holy (set aside as significant) because it IS significant. It‚Äôs easy to point out the peripheral errors (Christ MASS, pagan aspects, or greed), but teaching and displaying dedication toward a universally or cosmic event of the upmost grandeur and meaning should not be dismissed because of cultural piccadillos some may find inappropriate.
Again, the deferring lies in your court by refefrencing opinion rather than the source material. I‚Äôm not trying too hard to defend the untrainable, I‚Äôm stating fact. To say Lewis was unequivocally embracing witchcraft in practice is connecting something nefarious to his writing which is simply not present.
I‚Äôll leave it alone, Lewis knows for certain now and rejoices in the presence of God. Thanks for proper debate.
B. McCausland, Correction- never stated not paganism is witchcraft. You actually quoted my statement, but did not comprehend. Paganism LIKE witchcraft IS sinful. Paganism being anything not of the true God. Yet, Paul used pagan poets and pagan athletic games to illustrate truth. Lewis used mythological illustrations to do the same.
Again, unless you have read the material, you cannot make claims for or against.
I appreciate your commitment to preservation of purity, we all need to remain so, hence why discernment is necessary to make distinctions between illustration and practice
B. McCausland, Why not reference Lewis material rather than someone‚Äôs opinion? Again, Paul used pagan illustrations because the crowd would understand. Pagan is no less sinful in PRACTICE than witchcraft. You would be hard pressed to provide an actual example of Lewis approving or supporting witchcraft/occultism in his writings.
Paul quoted pagan poets and made divinely inspired points using analogies referencing Greek/pagan athletic games. The use of mythological imagery to illustrate truth is no different when it was done by Lewis. This notion he was somehow infiltrating young minds with witchcraft and occultism is real stretch and actually reveals that some have never really read his material. A Problem with Pain and A Grief Observed are two examples of a Christian‚Äôs wrestling with pain in all its forms, and grief in particular.
C.S Lewis never referred to himself as a theologian, in fact, he was professor of Medieval literature. His writings do not presume to e theological treatises, but one man‚Äôs experiential understanding and use of conspicuous talent to express it. Does his work have errors? Yes. But does his work express what God has done in man and highlight His divine creation of imagination? Absolutely.