November 25, 2020

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #74

podcast_logo.gifDrought. Deleting old podcasts. Decisional methodology and the evangelical problem. New books.

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  1. Nicholas Anton says

    General hatred for the true believer in Jesus Christ existed from day one. That is the story of the church as recorded in the New Testament. That is the story of the second century church. The condition and manners of the Christians in the second century church are most beautifully described by the unknown author of the “Epistola ad Diognetum” in the early part of the second century.
    “The Christians,” he says, “are not distinguished from other men by country, by language, nor by civil institutions. For they neither dwell in cities by themselves, nor use a peculiar tongue, nor lead a singular mode of life. They dwell in the Grecian or barbarian cities, as the case may be; they follow the usage of the country in dress, food, and the other affairs of life. Yet they present a wonderful and confessedly paradoxical conduct. They dwell in their own native lands, but as strangers. They take part in all things as citizens; and they suffer all things, as foreigners. Every foreign country is a fatherland to them, and every native land is a foreign. They marry, like all others; they have children; but they do not cast away their offspring. They have the table in common, but not wives. They are in the flesh, but do not live after the flesh. They live upon the earth, but are citizens of heaven. They obey the existing laws, and excel the laws by their lives. They love all, and are persecuted by all. They are unknown, and yet they are condemned. They are killed and are made alive. They are poor and make many rich. They lack all things, and in all things abound. They are reproached, and glory in their reproaches. They are calumniated (slandered), and are justified. They are cursed, and they bless. They receive scorn, and they give honor. They do good, and are punished as evil-doers. When punished, they rejoice, as being made alive. By the Jews they are attacked as aliens, and by the Greeks persecuted; and the cause of the enmity their enemies cannot tell….This lot God has assigned to the Christians in the world; and it cannot be taken from them.”
    A dilemma however exists between those who profess versus those who live their faith. The secular world does not seem to be able to distinguish between the two.
    It seems to me that the hatred towards the genuine believer and follower of Jesus Christ is far greater than that experienced by evangelicals in general, in that they not only are hated by non believers, but by professing believers as well. I could list numerous examples of people that I have encountered in my short life.

  2. Nicholas Anton says

    Sorry! The above was not intended for this podcast but for “Why do they hate us?” Yes, I listened to the podcast and agree thoroughly. The contemporary church has not only detached faith (what I believe) from the experience (what I feel), but also the symbol from the object/concept symbolized. In consequence, Baptism no longer represents our death and resurrection with Christ, The Lord’s Table no longer represents the fellowship and unity of the Body of Christ, and marriage no longer represents the Bride of Christ as chaste and pure, reserved for the Bridegroom alone. Instead, the contemporary bride and her handmaidens hang out their parts for public display as any whore would. (By the way, my niece’s daughter who is charismatic got married today.) The preacher asked her/them if they had accepted Christ as savior, and if they had the filling of the spirit, but “spirit” was the last thing on their minds. It was all “body”. We need more Vashtis in the church and fewer Jezebels.

  3. Michael,

    I was thrilled to hear your thoughts about “crossing the line.” The “yes, I see that hand” approach doesn’t work. And of course, the traditional “sinner’s prayer” is not found in the New Testament.

    Great thoughts about baptism. We “Campbellites” (wow, I didn’t think anyone called us that anymore)” have been teaching it for years!

    Love the podcast.

    MIke Kjergaard
    Leo, Indiana