âThe past shows unvaryingly that when a peopleâs freedom disappears,it goes not with a bang, but in silence amid the comfort of being cared for.That is the dire peril in the present trend toward statism. If freedom is not found accompanied by a willingness to resist, and to reject favors, rather than to give up what is intangible but precarious, it will not long be found at all.â Richard Weaver, 1962.
US wrote: âA look at the pagan Christianity bookâ.
This book is a help to show us where many of the pagan practices of our churches as well as the Jewish religion of old have crept in and have been accepted as Biblical. I suggested it to those who are interested.
This book as can be expected, is not received by most and volumes have been written against it. Discernment is sorely lacking in Evangelical circles.
Hi John, this book is quite helpful and as I said also well documented. We have found that if you try to share this info. with other believers it is not well received, and is often met with ridicule and disdain. Western Christianity is comfortable in its various denominational practices/traditions and to suggest otherwise and say that most of what is done is unbiblical...well youâll soon hear âaway with this fellowâ.
A helpful book that I would suggest for perusal of any who are interested. âPagan Christianityâ. by Frank Viola. The authors position is quite clear and well documented. Much of church practice is due to accumulated traditions that have little or no trig in the Bible.
âExperience supplies painful proof that traditions once called into being are first called useful, then they become necessary.At last they are too often made idols, and all must bow down to them or be punished.â J.C. Ryle.
Weighing in on this matter again, as I see it, the Romans 14 days spoken of are individuals keeping âcertain daysâ not the assembly collectively gathered for corporate worship and teaching. So if believers choose to keep C&E days in their own homes that is between them and God, but it is not to be brought into the corporate gatherings and treated as a âspecial dayâ of remembrance. Paul addressed this in Galations 4:10.
It is worthwhile to note that Trinitarian Bible Society on their annual calendars have no âspecialâ church days recognized except the Lordâs Day. No Xmas, Lent, Black Friday, Ishtar, Mom and Pop Day....and on and on.
William Gurnall wrote in the 1600s,: âWe are commanded not to be conformed to this world~that is, not to compromise ourselves with the corrupt customs /practices of our day.The Christian must not be such a compliant tailor as to cut the coat of his profession according to popular fashion. Instead he must clothe himself in the garments of truth. It takes great courage to disregard the abasement you will surely meet for your nonconformityâ.
Most of the IFB along with the SBA have this âplan of salvationâ in their gatherings. It is referred to as decisional regeneration by other denominations who do not employ this method. The Bible calls it another Gospel.