I will rather confess my faith than argue it....

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  1. Gerhard Ebersoehn

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    Confession of Faith

    I believe in God, the Almighty, Father, Creator
    of heavens and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ his only-begotten Son, our Lord,
    conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary,
    who under Pontius Pilate suffered and was crucified,
    who descended into hell, died and was buried
    and on the third day according to the Scriptures rose
    from the dead,
    who ascended to heaven and sits on the right hand of
    the power of God,
    hence He shall come to judge the living and the dead,
    I believe in the Holy Spirit;
    I believe one Christian Church of the elect,
    the holy communion of believers,
    the forgiveness of sin, the everlasting life and the resurrection,
    in the glorified body of flesh.

    I believe the Scriptures, the true, only and closed canon
    of authority for and in the faith, doctrine and living.
    God speaks in the Scriptures
    through his Spirit in the Congregation
    of the Son in Whom we have life.

    The Election of God :
    The reconciliation and justification in Jesus Christ of those
    according to God’s Eternal Predestination and Purpose
    in Covenant of Grace elected and
    in the Baptism of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit
    sealed and attested in regeneration and sanctification
    of repentance and conversion, of redemption from sin, and
    of growth and perseverance in faith.

    The Lord’s Supper of bread, wine and the washing of feet,
    as through faith partaking
    of Jesus Christ, of his body and of his blood,
    his Salvation proclaiming and Return expecting.

    The Lord’s Day
    the Sabbath of the Lord thy God,
    for God concerning the Seventh Day thus spoke,
    and God on the Seventh Day from all his works rested
    according to the working of the exceeding greatness
    of his mighty power which He wrought in Christ
    when He raised Him from the dead
    and finished all his works He had made
    to reign, the King, for ever and ever.
     
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    I think all Christians would agree. I would rather proclaim the gospel than argue it, but if confronted with false gospels we must be prepared to give answer for the hope that is in us. hmmmmmm I've heard taht somewhere before. lol
     
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    Do they teach you that anywhere....seminary perhaps?
     
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    1Pe 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

    2Ti 2:23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

    Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

    The key is to Be ready to give a reason for the HOPE that is YOU...

    NOT a reason for them Not to have hope...

    I think this is the Catch more flies with Honey than Vinegar effect?

    Also, we are to,

    Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

    Not so sure we are to confront and resist one another?

    Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

    Eph 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

    2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

    If we are too quickly inclined to consider a different "jargon" or "semantics" as heretical, cultic or satanic, then we may be attacking a fellow Believer.

    (Note: I am not talking about issues that clearly deny the Deity of Christ, or The neccesity of His Cleansing Blood, or Jesus being the Only Name whereby One can be Saved.)

    Also, we should remember that it is easier to take a dry bone from a dog, if you first "offer" to give him something meaty, instead of beating him over the head with it.

    (Not that *I'd* ever do *that*...)

    And, while I may not agree with every nauance of G.E.'s Confession...

    GOOD WORD G.E.! :thumbsup:
     
  5. Gerhard Ebersoehn

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    If I believed I will confess. But what is it to confess on one's own? It's not confession. My faith must needs be the Faith of US; my confession is confession ONLY in and with and as the Congregation of Christ's, in the world, before God. Else it's useless, and therefore worthless, monologue.

    Now the implication of THIS....!?
     
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    The implication of this is confrontation with and division within the One Body of Believers.

    Is division then a bad thing, or the inevitable GOOD of faithful Confession?
     
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    >I will rather confess my faith than argue it

    OK, you did. Now you should be finished on/with this list. You have nothing else to add. Been fun.<G>
     
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    but scripture admonishes us to CONTEND for the faith that was once for all given to the saints. How do u approach that?
     
  9. Gerhard Ebersoehn

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    GE:

    Yes; if you look at the threads on this forum, you will see 'contend' is about all I do. It exhausts one. I find no fun in my contending all the time; it's wearisome. But I guess it's one's duty as a believer.

    I try while I engage in contentions, to confess, as far as possible. Many times those confessions developed into Scriptural Analyses. (my terminology) Karl Barth's theology became known as something similar to 'analytical / dialectical theology' .... I just can't remember the exact word now .... However, I would that my 'theology' be characterised by two concepts: Scriptural and Confessional. It leaves the impression of my dual loyalty to the Christian Faith towards the Scriptures first and equally towards the Christian Church as a result. Call it 'orthodox'; but that term has obtained connotations the very contrary of my approach to The Faith. The same for 'orthodox'. 'Fundamental'? Too much of 'jihadian' stuff attached. Therefore simply what I mean in practice: To the Scriptures and faithful to the Body of Christ's Own of all times and eras despite divisions and contentions.

     

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