Sunday, April 25, 2010

A Question of Faith

Is there any New Testament scripture which explicitly says (or even implies) that the faith of believers that led to salvation is in anything other than - or in addition to - the facts that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9) and the Christ, the Son of God (John 20:31, 11:27; 1 John 5:1-5) ... that He came from God and was going back to God (John 16:27-28); ... that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 4:24; 1 Peter 1:21) ... and that God will bring, with Jesus, those who have died in Him (1 Thessalonians 4:14)?

Is belief in any of those facts regarded by scripture as optional?

Isn't a teaching which denies or refutes any of these tenets of belief called heretical?

5 comments:

matt said...

I do think that a person who believes that Jesus already came (hyper-Preterist) would probably be non-heretical since they would say that the statement in 1 Thessalonians is true to the audience that it was written to but simply no longer applies. Other than that, I would concur. Good post.

laymond said...

Yes Keith, first you have to believe God raised his dead Son.

As our preacher once put it, if this event did not happen, we are following a crazy man.

Alan said...

I feel like these questions are leading me somewhere...

Keith Brenton said...

Where do they lead you, Alan?

Falantedios said...

I don't think so... I think that's the story. I think Paul captures it very neatly (and intentionally so) in Rom 1:1-4. He's about to explain what it does, but first he lays out what it IS.

Nope - none of those are optional.

Yup - denying them's heretical.

The struggle we have, though, is understanding how to obey that. If that is the WHOLE of the Gospel, how to we obey it?