Abraham Flies In The Face Of Modernism

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  1. Mark Osgatharp

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    The whole modernistic heresy - which has plagued Christianity throughout the 20th century, rent churches and associations of churches assunder, led us into the flagrant moral debauchery now openly condoned among professedly "Christian" churches, overturned all pretense of decency in society, and well nigh put a stop to any significant evangelism - has it's root in the infidelic philosophy that faith must somehow be tested by "science" and that any doctrine which seems to conflict with "science" cannot be accepted as an article of faith.

    How contrary to the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all the faithful. Abraham had an explicitly unscientific faith. Here is how Paul described it:

    "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

    Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

    Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."

    Here we have the statement of God's word that God intentionally set before Abraham a doctrine to believe, a doctrine which was explicitly and intentionally contradictory to the known facts of science. God's reason for this was to declare to the whole human race that His word is to be accepted and beleived above any wisdom or reasoning of man.

    Just as unscientific as Isaac's birth was the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Every shred of scientific evidence available to man points conclusively to the fact that when men die they do not rise again. And yet, as Paul said,

    "Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification."

    In order to become a Christian, a man must drop all pretense to wisdom and prudence and all claims to scientific investigation and believe an absolutely unscientific dogma - that Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

    Any man who will not do this will not be justified and, ultimately, will be cast into a lake of fire to be tormented day and night forever and ever.

    Mark Osgatharp
     
  2. Pete Richert

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    Mark,

    Could you give some examples of how you think modernity has eroded the Churches today (beside the example of churhces who don't believe Jesus rose from the dead, which non of us would define as a church anyway).

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  3. Mark Osgatharp

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    Pete,

    By rejecting the authority of the Scriptures "moderninity" has thrown the door open to the approval of things the Lord declares sinful.

    For example, we have all heard of attempts in recent years to justify the practice of sodomy. This is not to say that sodomy is a new sin; the thing which is new is the attempt to declare sodomy to be no sin at all. The only way a man can do this is by rejecting the authority of the Scriptures.

    Another example, which preceded the sodomy issue in it's development, is the feminist issue. In order to deny the authority of the man over the woman, we must reject the authority of the Scriptues; for the Scriptures plainly teach that the husband is the head of the wife.

    The rejection of the Biblical roles of man and woman has also led to the breakdown of the family. Without authority there is chaos and chaos is exactly what we see in the modern family.

    Another example is that by teaching our children that the world operates on "laws of nature" we have denied the Scriptural teaching that the creation operates by God's Providence. No longer to men see nature as the finger of God but simply as natural phenomena. The ramifications of this shift in the perception of the creation are obvious and monumental.

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