The Most Important Theological Question?

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  1. Daniel Dunivan

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    What do you think is the most important theological question facing the church in the 21st century?

    Grace and Peace, Danny [​IMG]
     
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    The doctrine of the Holy Spirit
     
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    Primarily, the doctrine of justification.


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    The most important, as always, will be Christology.

    The most distracting will most likely be eschatology.
     
  5. Daniel Dunivan

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    I think questions of inculturation and social relevance will continue to be the most important (as they have been for the last 30 years).

    aefting, how can you justify saying that the doctrine of justification is/will be the most important issue? How long do we have to live in the 16th century?

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    What will you do with Jesus?
     
  7. Daniel Dunivan

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    The question is still "who do you say that I am"? Good one!

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    True doctrine of inspiration v False teaching of preservation will be an issue among some ifb'ers.

    Eschatology (ala Left Behind) is losing its appeal to the unchurched masses.

    Think the doctrine of Christ - all aspects - will be the focus in the next decade. In every denomination and sect.
     
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    the greatest question in the world today is are the "big ten" suggestions or commands? :/

    The greatest theological question for the Church of the 21st century is: If you do not catch fish then can you be called a fisher of men?

    that is, can you be called a Christian (meaning Christ like) if you do not obey ALL commandments, especially Matt 28? I think it is sad that God's children still cling to the self serving complex of the world and never take into consideration the future of their neighbor. If it is your neighbor then you are their lighthouse! Start pointing them to Jesus Church, point them to JESUS!!! There I ranted enough lol
     
  10. aefting

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    I don't think evangelicals today understand the doctrine at all. Most people think that any place with a steeple on the top of it or a crucifix on the inside is teaching gospel truth. It just isn't so.

    The latest issue of JETS (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society) has an article where the author claims that the RCC has moved to the protestant prosition of justification by faith alone. It would be very easy to tell if that ever happened. The pope would issue some sort of edict repudiating Trent and confessing their sins through the centuries of leading people astray from the true gospel of Christ. That, of course, has not happened but because a group of Lutherans and Catholics signed a Joint Declaration (similar to ECT I and II)on salvation then that is supposed to show somehow that the RCC has moved. They can say they believe in justification by faith alone all the want but it doesn't mean anything if they continue to beleive that justification is a process of infusing Christ's righteousness into the person rather than a judical act that declares one righteous based soley on the imputed righteousness of Christ.

    The problem does not just exist between Protestants and Catholics but even within Protestantism (is that a word?) itself. Back when he was still alive, D. Martin Lloyd-Jones would preach on "What is an evangelical?" or "What is a Christian" because of the apostasy developing within the Anglican church. Sadly, it has only gotten worse since then.

    So I think ML-J's question is probably still the most important quesiton for the church to grapple with today and the answer rests squarely on the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

    Andy
     
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    I strongly consider, Soteriology doctrine is the MOSTLY important for every Christians ought to understand about the doctrine of salvation. Because, I notice, soteriology(salavtion) doctrine is the mostly debate among Christians and religions throughout centuries. This is nothing new to us today. The mainly debate between Calvinism and Arminianism. Actually, they debate most mainly base on salvation issue.

    I am more concerning about salvation doctrine than anything, exactly eschatology is my favorite. But, I strong consider salvation doctrine is more important than eschatology.

    Because EVERY Christians all are on either two roads to eternal life or eternal punishment - Matt 7:13-14. No one shall escape from the destiny right after they die. We all go to two either way - eternal life or eternal punishment. Also, no one shall escape from the judgement day - Heb. 9:27.

    That why, I am fear of the Lord, I know He shall judge my life and work in the judgement. That why salvation doctrine is so important for every Christians ought to know about the doctrine of salvation from the Bible.

    More people are on the way to eternal punishment than go to eternal life. Because of false religions and doctrines. We ought to be watch out for the religions and men's doctrine - Matt 7:15 and Col. 2:8.

    My consider the doctrine of salvation is more than any doctrines so far, I am aware of.

    In Christ
    Rev. 22:20 - Amen!
     
  12. Daniel Dunivan

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    In the 20th century, the questions of cultural inclusion have played the greatest role in the development of theology. The question of how one does theology (theological method) has also occupied a large number of pages written by systematic theologians.

    Do you think that ecclesiology could become the most important in the 21st? Maybe not among baptists (we hardly have an ecclesiology at all--or we think that ecclesiology is not theology?), but in the larger church I think it is a distinct possibility.

    Grace and Peace, Danny [​IMG]
     
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    I am a "grandpa" now and I see a decline in true preaching of the gospel, from what it used to be many years ago. Now evangelical churches ENTERTAIN you with music, programs for youth and "book studies" on the latest popular Christian writer.

    Many Pastors do not want to OFFEND the masses that flock into their churches. So they preach all about the love of God and the promises of God, but NEVER on the wrath of God upon sinners. Seldom is hell ever preached on or the real need of "repentance". A great deal of Christians are being told they are "saved" and born again, but they never repented of their sins to begin with. They are believers who still live pretty much the same lifestyle they always have during the weekdays.

    Christianity is DYING to oneself, and letting Christ and his word live through you. I remember a few years back, John MacArthur came out with a book about "Lordship Salvation" and he was lam-blasted by Pastors throughout the country as teaching "works" for salvation. When all he was trying to say was when a Christian believes they must also be willing to OBEY.

    I do not mean to be critical of these modern times, but I do see a radical change in what it means to become a Christian and what one is really saved from. What would Charles Spurgeon say if he were alive today?
     
  14. Aaron

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    Who is Jesus Christ?
     
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    Creation or Evolution?

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