Monday, December 17, 2012

Updated: What is the central teaching of the Christian Religion?

Just because Christ died
for all sins, does not mean
that all people become God's
children, anymore than a
cookie jar, contains cookies.
What is the central teaching of the Christian Religion? -- What distinguishes it from all others? - thechristianmessage.org/2010/10/

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Excerpt:

>>>>> ...... The pardon for human sin had been granted when Christ was crucified. [Galatians 4:4;5] But, that does not make all sinners recipients of that gracious (redemptive) pardon, no more than a cookie jar contains, cookies. Sinners must come by faith, in order to receive Christ and His sacrifice on their behalf, in order to become God's dear children......<<<<<
 -- thechristianmessage.org/2010/10/

2 comments:

  1. I looked up the hymn and the full second stanza is:

    •Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
    To every believer the promise of God;
    The vilest offender who truly believes,
    That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

    Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/39#ixzz2FUnLIjX8

    I believe the word "moment" correctly refers to the moment of belief and not the universalistic moment of Redemption. Redemption being Christ paying for the whole worlds sins - period. Not to include the false teaching sweeping the Lutheran Synods - the whole unbelieving world being declared sinless, guiltless, forgiven all sin and righteous in Christ.

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  2. Brett Meyer -

    Yes! You do make your point. I will edit this, as soon as I am able. Since the hymn writer is long gone and cannot speak for himself; far be it from me not to give him the benefit of any doubt on my part, and to read into his excellent work.

    What you say in reference to the world of denominational Lutheranism, is spot on. It is such a shame to witness that, since these religious bodies contain the very name [of Luther] which broke from the Dark Age false belief of a person's own works, (supposedly) gaining worth and favor with God. Instead of embracing the teaching of "justification by faith alone," exposed by the Great Reformer, Dr. Martin Luther; Lutherans have now (sadly) joined the Universalists, as you well point out.

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