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The Necessity of the Christ for a Good Life

On Resurrection Sunday a few years ago, numerous pastors of churches in a fading mainline American denomination rose to deny Jesus. The statement dozens of these heretics had agreed upon was spoken as in unison. They said, “Jesus, called the Christ, if he ever actually existed, was certainly not the  divine Son of God and cannot be said in any way to be sole means of salvation for  human souls.”

A few months after this event, I sat listening to a friendly woman pastor of the same denomination. She had written a well-received book on the demise of American Christianity. I admit I did not read her book. She lamented the death of American Christianity, coming, as it did, in a time when her Church had come to so believe in grace that no one actually needed to present Jesus as the divine Christ, since all persons were already accepted by God in grace.

I am going to make some statements to follow up on these ruminations above. I freely admit they have bothered me since I heard them, though their denomination is certainly not mine.

Statement One: I perceive God in Jesus Christ. I believe in Jesus Christ as the only-gotten Son of the Father, the Savior of a race in need of saving.

Statement Two: The historic, creedal affirmation of Jesus as the Christ, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, is the last and final bulwark between the real, confessing Church and paganism.

Statement Three: The group or the person who fails to continue (or never begins) to recognize Jesus as the Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, crucified, dead and resurrected, ascended into Heaven and coming again, loses the vitality to call itself the Church, or any part of the Church, or part of any Church.

Statement Four: God is a people-having God. This group or that sect may perish, but God will have a people. For any of us to claim to be Christian must mean we accept the moral demands put on us by the presence, person and purpose of the Christ.

Statement Five: Christ’s moral influence on us is the inevitable consequence of His appearance in the flesh and His death on the Cross. If I am so good I do not need saving (no one who knows this will claim it for me) then the Cross is an extreme event.

Statement Six: Christ’s inevitable moral influence on us requires (rather than allows) that we take a stand against evil, whether we find it in popular culture or populist politics.

I freely admit a dissident (immediately or finally) has to suffer the wages of his dissidence. Contemporary North American Christians notice their denominations dwindling down to death and wonder why. I believe the basic requirement of spiritual awakening must be the reaffirmation of the historic and creedal emphasis of Christ among Christians who wish to have a Christian Church.

Prayers for Peace: Friday, June 8, 2018

The recent events in the Conservative Resurgence version of the Southern Baptist Convention caused various persons who remember me from the old days to reach out for some thoughts from me. It is true I fought early and hard for the now long dead SBC, but those days are long behind me. For continued thoughts… Continue Reading

Writer’s Note II-On the Sabbath Day (Christian)-Discrimen

I am writing in this space about Jesus, whom I call the Christ. His name is part name, part title, as are most of our names, if we know them. If we do not know the title that is our name, no matter. we seek titles to put before and after our names, cluttering our… Continue Reading

Heroes

The rich TV preachers, you know the ones I mean, they tell you to give money to God but you must send it first to them; they tell us our faith is somehow deficient if we suffer at all.  Gain is good, they tell you, and brag about what God gives them through you. Jesus… Continue Reading

Mr. Trump: What He Says

Mr. Trump is oft maligned for what he does not say. He will not give many details about he would do as POTUS. In a recent Dallas speech, Mr. Trump revealed these secrets: The hair on his head is his own hair and only his hair. He is a winner who will make America a… Continue Reading

Jesus Lost the Only Election He Ever Entered

The day our Lord died, there were more people who voted for Barabbas. Pontius Pilate thought he had a No-Brainer working when he offered the scheming multitudes the life of Jesus, the Christ in exchange for the life of Jesus, called Barabbas. Barabbas, after all, murdered, stole, incited rebellion, endangered the nation and otherwise proved… Continue Reading

In America, Racial Humor Will…

…cause some serious strain on relationships. So, it is with the greatest fear that I acknowledge a well-known racial fact. Ready? As we enter the six hour marathon known as the Academy Awards, or Oscars (all rights reserved, trademarked name), I lament this racial certainty. Apparently, I am the only white man in America who… Continue Reading

As We Allow Justice Scalia His Rest

In Statu Confessionis The Church must always be in a state of confession. If the Church were to remain in a constant state of confession, there is some small possibility that the Church might never have to reach the state of crisis in which the state might imperil itself by negating the work of the… Continue Reading