I confess, I am disheartened.
After reading that non-Reformed Christians focus more on self than anything, I felt it appropriate to share the foundation of my own faith–the words that I come back to time and again when trying to define Christianity. You might remember this…it’s a couple of years old:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;
He descended into hell.
The third day He arose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost;
the holy catholic church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Divine Foreknowledge will never unite the Body.
Free Will will never unite the Body.
There is One faith. One hope. One baptism. One Lord.
Calvin wasn’t it. Arminius wasn’t it. Molina wasn’t it. Wesley wasn’t it. Spurgeon wasn’t it.
John Piper…isn’t it.
Can we stop demeaning one another long enough to unite under the one thing that can truly unite us?
I love you, Ben Lem…and I love you, Guest Blogger Ben. You can be in my Jesus Family, even if you disagree with me.
Pax Domini, brothers.