The Most Pressing Issue

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    In Luthers day, it was the authority of Scripture. In Athanasius's day, the diety of Christ.

    What do you think the most pressing issue is facing the Church?
     
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    Well, those two issues are a great start since they are both being attacked.

    Aside from that, I think the issue that hurts the church the most is people who ignore important vitals for the Christian faith, and make a big issue out of things that are at best interesting subjects to talk about such as Calvinism, end time events, etc., and using those issues to divide us further than we already are.

    You hit the nail on the head. The two most important issues are who Jesus Christ is and Scripture.
     
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    The greatest issue facing Christianity...great question!

    That we see a new Reformation go through the Church. The first reformation was about recapturing the authority of Scripture. A second Reformation that seeks to recapture the practice of Christianity is needed.

    The first reformation was about truth, this reformation is about actions.

    great thread idea :thumbs:
     
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    The most pressing issue is ..... will you be in heaven? will your family be in heaven? will your coworkers be in heaven? will your neighbors be in heaven?
     
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    The sufficiency of scripture.
     
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    Great responses. I think preachingjesus made a good point. Both of them, for sure, need to be emphasized. Of course, I believe preaching from God's Word, delivered in the power of the Holy Spirit is what will bring about that Reformation in the Church.



    I'm really looking forward to this thread. :)
     
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    Easy believism or lack of Biblical grounding. I think both are equally pressing.
     
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    Good thread, BTW. :thumbs:

    I think it is the case for the Real God of the Bible as opposed to the God of Open Theism and the Emergent Communities.
     
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    Yes --- I agree with "Two Tim" on this one

    We need to know that Scripture(God's written word) is as holy as He is!!!

    I know there's some who will say ---- Yes ---- the original manuscripts are as holy as he is

    But I'm reminded of what I heard the late great Prince of Exposition --- Dr. Stephen Olford say

    We are to preach the word that is before us as HOLY!!!!
     
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    I think biblical illiteracy is one of the largest issues facing the church. We have a good majority of christians who know absolutely nothing about the scripture. It's a sad state of affairs. If people became more familiar with scripture, a lot of the plagues facing Christianity today would be remedied.
     
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    I believe thyat the most important issue facing the Church today is decipleship. Too many are claiming that Christianity consists of Grace+nothing whereas Jesus always emphasized committment, picking up our cross and following Him.
     
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    I think the church is being challenged by the secular world and by the growth of Islam on the historical nature of our faith. The secular world, through books and movies like The DaVinci Code challenges Christian history and perverts truth by raising up ancient extra-biblical sources that, to them, challenge the historical accuracy of Christianity. Islam challenges us as well by altogether denying that Christ died on the cross. I think laypeople in the pews are ill-equipped to handle these challenges.

    A second challenge is the challenge for popular atheism from writers like Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris on the existence of God.
     
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    I think one of the most pressing issues for the Church for today is all the bad theology being thrown around today with all the pretty bows attached to make it seem right. Namely the doctrine taught in the WOF, name-it-claim-it prosperity gospel.
     
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    Two German theologians have defined the most serious problems facing the church. Dietrich Bonhoeffer called it "cheap grace". It is a watered-down gospel message that requires no commitment and no sacrifice. Paul Tillich talks about elevating trivial matters to the level of our "ultimate concern". As I heard someone quoted recently, "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting. It has not been tried at all!" We need to proclaim a whole gospel that addresses both the spiritual needs and the physical needs of people just as Jesus did.

    Tim Reynolds
     
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    I agree, and have been seeing a growing need to be prepared to combat Athiest allegations and secular worldly wisdoms. BTW, found this site the other day that I think is worth mentioning: http://www.answers.org/atheism/atheism2.html
     
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    I think in any day and at any time, the most pressing issues facing the church are always internal and never external. Thus, issues like lukewarmness, poor doctrine, poor leadership, etc. are the ones the church should be concerned about. External issues like Islam, atheism, secularization are of secondary concern, and only until our internal issues are addressed will we be able to effectively address any external issues. The gates of hell shall not prevail.
     

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