The Old and the New

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana; Life of Reason, Reason in Common Sense, Scribner’s, 1905, page 284. air max pas cher We’ve all heard this or some form of this common axiom. Air Max 90 Donna Nere

It is the shortest way to stress the importance of human history to the progression of human advancement. But it is not a new idea. new balance chaussures new balance 998 homme Jesus, for example, taught two disciples the meaning of their day’s reality based on history, “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:27) Today’s Christian possess a rich tradition, a rich and deep heritage – much of which was bought for us not only by the blood of the prophets and Christ, but also by the blood of many martyrs since. cheap uggs for sale Nike Air Max 2017 Dames

While Jesus said, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old” it is a travesty of the condition of the modern Church who is quick to embrace whatever is “new” and equally quick to distance herself from that which is “old.” The historic Christian Confessions, Creeds, and Catechisms exemplify just one of the ways God is superintending His Church to maturity. asics onitsuka They serve the Church as a means of Christian education, a means of codifying the essentials of the Christian faith, and as a means of shielding and protecting the Church from destructive aberrant beliefs and practices. new balance rose Maglie Los Angeles Lakers A good portion of the New Testament Epistles was directed at bad beliefs and practices infiltrating the infant New Testament Church. The post Apostolic Church encountered many of the same challenges along with some new aberrant beliefs and practices. asics chaussures It should not be surprising that our modern Church struggles with the same issues 2000 years later since she has, for the most part, jettisoned everything the Apostolic & Early Church Fathers wrote, taught, and died for. nike air huarache pas cher Scarpe Nike Italia Since the late 1800’s, the Church in America has become more and more revolutionary in her theology and practice rather than progressively covenantal. nike free trainer Cam Newton Auburn Football Jerseys Chaussures Nike The historic Christian Confessions, Creeds, and Catechisms serve as an anchor in today’s stormy doctrinal waters for which we can tether ourselves to the historic truths while venturing out into the stormy waters of modern pop culture. adidas cloudfoam Nike Air Max 2017 Verde Uomo

Thus, the Confessions serve to isolate specific doctrines scattered throughout the Scriptures concerning the nature of God, man, sin, and salvation (for example) into a systematic and rational codification. Nike Air Max 90 Uomo That is not to say that God’s inspired Special Revelation to mankind was wanting or inadequate. Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville Jerseys It is to say that, God in His inspired Special Revelation, covenantally speaking, is echoed by the words of Jesus recorded at Matthew 13:10-13. fjallraven occasion In Jesus’ own words at Matthew 13:9 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” We live in a universe ruled by His sovereign laws of logic. Virginia Tech Hokies Jerseys Maturity is understanding and applying His word according to those laws of Logic for the furtherance of His Kingdom. AIR MAX 2017

Kanken No.2 Baratas One of the interesting and important aspects of the historic Christian Confessions and Creeds is their very specific focus on the essential doctrines and beliefs of the Christian faith while staying away from issues classified as matters of personal conscience. adidas zx flux Of Christian Liberty, the Westminster Confession of Faith states, “God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in anything contrary to his Word, or beside it in matters of faith on worship. Virginia Cavaliers So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience; and the requiring an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.” So it is that all the Church’s historic confessions and creeds point us back to the foundation of God’s holy and inspired Word as the only rule of life and faith practice. nike zoom Air Jordan 1 Uomo Today’s generation (like that of the 1960’s) may want to separate itself from the past, may deny history and any affiliation with it, may want to establish its own foundation of morals and ethics for going forward, but we cannot divorce ourselves from the covenantal bonds of our past. We are made in the image of God and our calling is to be His image bearers yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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