Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Friday, May 05, 2006

Justification by Faith Alone

According to a recent broadcast on The White Horse Inn radio program, over 31% of respondents at a recent evangelical ministers' conference did not know the correct answer to the question: Is justification by faith alone or by faith and works together? This is an appalling statistic considering that these are the men who are teaching and preaching the gospel from the pulpits.

It is becoming increasingly clear that evangelical Christianity is in terrible trouble. Essential doctrines like the trinity and the deity of Christ are under attack by oneness pentecostals and by the word of faith movement. Yet evangelical theologians and pastors are not sounding the alarm. What then should we do?

The only option at this point is to begin to confront the heretical departures from the Christian faith and to teach and preach the truth. Sometimes this will require a radical departure from churches which have compromised the faith to the point of heterodoxy and even outright heresy. True Christian faith requires that we become part of a local congregation but what happens if there is no local congregation that is faithful to the gospel of Jesus Christ and apostolic doctrine?

I pray that Christ will return soon because the current state of the church leaves one wondering if there is any true church left? The true church is the one where the gospel is rightly preached and the sacraments are rightly administered. Come soon Lord Jesus!

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