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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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, January 12, 2009

Billy Graham Versus Article XVIII



Is Jesus Christ really the only way of salvation? Can we be saved by the "light we have"? Or do we believe what the Bible says?

John 5:24-25 (ESV) 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 "Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

John 14:6 (ESV) 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Acts 4:12 (ESV) 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."


Even the English Reformers believed that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation:


Article XVIII

Of obtaining eternal salvation only by the name of Christ

They also are to be had accursed that presume to say that every man shall be saved by the law or sect which he professeth, so that he be diligent to frame his life according to that law and the light of nature. For Holy Scripture doth set out to us only the name of Jesus Christ, whereby men must be saved. 
(Acts 4:10, 12).


Now let us compare what the Bible and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion have to say with what Billy Graham and Robert Schuller have to say:




Just as a followup to the article above I want to point out that the Cambridge Declaration also challenges Billy Graham's position:


"We also earnestly call back erring professing evangelicals who have deviated from God's Word in the matters discussed in this Declaration. This includes those who declare that there is hope of eternal life apart from explicit faith in Jesus Christ, who claim that those who reject Christ in this life will be annihilated rather than endure the just judgment of God through eternal suffering, or who claim that evangelicals and Roman Catholics are one in Jesus Christ even where the biblical doctrine of justification is not believed."

3 comments:

Dizma said...

Schuller and Graham said that there was a wideness in God's mercy. I think there was a weediness in those guys's doctrine.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Unfortunately, Evangelicalism is a mixed bag. Much of it is apostate or pelagian or even out and out liberal these days.

Charlie J. Ray said...

Just as a followup to the article above I want to point out that the Cambridge Declaration also challenges Billy Graham's position:

"We also earnestly call back erring professing evangelicals who have deviated from God's Word in
the matters discussed in this Declaration. This includes those who declare that there is hope of
eternal life apart from explicit faith in Jesus Christ, who claim that those who reject Christ in this
life will be annihilated rather than endure the just judgment of God through eternal suffering, or who
claim that evangelicals and Roman Catholics are one in Jesus Christ even where the biblical
doctrine of justification is not believed."


http://www.horizonsbaptist.org/cambridge.pdf

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