New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies | Christianity Today

Christianity TodaySurvey finds many American evangelicals hold unorthodox views on the Trinity, salvation, and other doctrines.
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4 Responses to New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies | Christianity Today

  1. Brad says:

    In your answer you limit our free will given to us by our most sovereign God, by stating that we are not absolutely free by way of instruction to not eat of the forbidden fruit. I contend that our freedom is not limited and that we are truly and totally free by God creating us in his own unbridled image, as it regards freedom of choice. It is that very freedom that got us into trouble. Had he limited us short of making our own free choices, we could never have fallen.
    Now then, if it is that we add a parameter of what God will accept, then we are definitely limited and not free to choose. But even when we go beyond that acceptance line, he provides a way to be forgiven, which of course we must again exercise our freedom of choice to repent. His grace and mercy prevails, allowing us once again to make a responsible decision affix on him to carry us through. Always our decision.

  2. parsonsmike says:

    Brad,
    FYI, this article was not posted by the author on this site. So unless you go to his site, he probably won’t be responding to you.
    peace to you,
    mike

  3. Christiane says:

    Most Christian people, unless they have been raised with the creeds of the early Church and with catechism instruction from childhood through the age of confirmation, are not good at sorting out some of the more difficult questions that confounded many in the early Church . . . of course, I mean ‘the nature of the Holy Trinity’, and exactly ‘who Christ is’.
    But there remain areas that are so theologically difficult to sort out that even those who have studied and read and prayed the sacred Scriptures all of their lives will still get confused about. One example is the question ‘did God die on the Cross’ . . . the responses, even among certain ministers will vary on this answer. Another question concerns the variances among evangelical people to do with whether Christ is ‘eternally’ subordinate to the Father. I have also noticed that there are variances in how the term ‘biblical gospel’ is defined . . . not so much that the definitions contradict one another, no, but that they emphasize different aspects of the Christ Event as it relates to our salvation. It is all very interesting, and there is much room for dialogue among Christian people of good will that is respectful in its acknowledgement of important differences and also what is shared and valued among us all.

  4. What we find, from reading the article or comment, is that the people are influenced by what they read, see, and hear in the mass media. What we need to counter balance the heretical influences is better theological writings, writings that are put into the popular vein for public consumption. We need a better organized, more efficient, and focused media blitz for those works that reflect the orthodox doctrines. But we also need a leadership that really knows the history of Baptists and their commitments, including the ones that were so powerful in the beginning. For example, we really do need access to every church record, the writings of our past and present leaders, and the futurist anticipations of what might be coming down the road. The knowledge of that we have of the written word of God does not consider it from the perspective that the Book is inspired by Omniscience and therefore the end result ought to reflect that reality and be commensurate with it.. John Robinson, the pastor of the Pilgrims said it so well, “Who knows what new light is getting ready to break forth from God’s word?” Having examined the Bible from the viewpoint of intellectualism, I can say that that along with knowledge from other fields opened up new vistas of possibilities for human life in this world, a needed quality in a world where the gloom and doom angle prevails and sells. This raises an interesting issue: Who benefits from such an outlook? Besides the authors, etc., what about other organizations that stand to benefit from people acting constantly from fear?

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