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

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The Charismatic Theology of Kenosis and the Spirit-filled Man, Jesus

Jesus was 100% God but He laid down His divine essence in the Incarnation and walked as a man 100% yielded to God. God the Father was the source of the miracles of the Gospels. It was God the Father working through God the Holy Spirit, Who was resident within Jesus (the Incarnated Son of Man), which worked the miracles. There is no end result difference between God directly working a miracle and God working a miracle through a yielded vessel. [From No Difference in Result between God and Someone 100% Yielded to God ].

Does anyone except me have a problem with the above statement? It is clearly a denial of the deity of Jesus Christ. If Christ laid aside the divine nature, that would contradict Colossians 1:19 and Colossians 2:9 which clearly says that Jesus was indwelt by all the fullness of deity. The idea that Jesus was merely a man and was simply filled with the Spirit has more in common with the adoptionist heresy than anything else. Also, saying that believers are no different from Jesus is to confuse the incarnation of Jesus, who is fully God and fully man in one person, with sinful men who are not divine but are only human. The orthodox position is that Jesus is 100% God and 100% man at one and the same time. The Definition of Chalcedon in 451 A.D. expresses the orthodox position accepted universally by Protestants, Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox. The charismatic movement clearly wants to confuse the creature with the Creator, which is idolatry. Jesus is the only man who can be worshipped because He is God, not simply a Spirit-filled man who is adopted as God's Son at His baptism.

The title of the article above implies that if you can become 100% yielded to God then you are an incarnate god on the same level as Jesus. This implies pelagianism as well since no one is without sin except Jesus (Romans 3:23). The idea that there is a possibility of absolute sinlessness in this life contradicts Romans 7 and 1 John 1:6-10.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV)

For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. (Hebrews 7:26 ESV)

He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. (1 Peter 2:22 ESV)

Charismatics draw more of their theology from Christian Science and from their own ecstatic experiences than from the Bible. They, like other heretics, give lip service to Scripture but they do not really believe the Bible is the final word in all matters of doctrine, morality, and practice. It is for this reason that Reformed believers should separate themselves from charismatics. I do not mean shunning them completely but in the sense that we must not endorse their heresies. I still have charismatic friends but I am trying to lead them back to solid ground. Such a task takes much patience but in the end we will receive a reward of God's approval, a reward which is itself a result of God's grace and mercy to those who do not deserve it.

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