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WHI-1064 | Preaching the Gospel in an Age of Super-Apostles

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In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul warned his readers about various slick preachers that he referred to as the "super-apostles." Though their style was smooth and rhetorically attractive, the substance of the gospel was either being ignored, or distorted. So Paul admonishes the Corinthians church saying, "if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus...you put up with it readily enough!" On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts discuss Paul's concerns about style over substance, especially as it relates to trends in the contemporary church.

In his second letter to the Corinthians, Paul warned his readers about various slick preachers that he referred to as the "super-apostles." Though their style was smooth and rhetorically attractive, the substance of the gospel was either being ignored, or distorted. So Paul admonishes the Corinthians church saying, "if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus...you put up with it readily enough!" On this edition of the White Horse Inn the hosts discuss Paul's concerns about style over substance, especially as it relates to trends in the contemporary church.




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  • Guest - thomas bridges

    It's ironic that on a show warning of wolves you quote one of the biggest wolves in Christian history - John Calvin.

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  • Thomas,

    It will be interesting to clarify your statement as to how Calvin was one of the biggest wolves in Christian history...

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  • Guest - James

    I guess if you consider the teaching of the sovereignty of God and the doctrines of grace as false than that would make Calvin a wolf. Both doctrines happen to be biblecal, which to me makes Calvin one of the greatest theologians ever. Read Institutes of the Christian religion by Calvin and see where he stood on the doctrines of the Bible. It will dispel alot of the false information out there on who he was and what he taught.

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  • thomas, the show is about reformation theology, and Calvin was a reformer . I suppose if you would like to go back to Roman Catholicism, you can make the case from that point of view that Calvin was a wolf.

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  • Thomas - I'm also very curious if you can back up your extremely bold statement with solid facts and Biblical proof. I've been extremely blessed and had my eyes opened from Calvin's teachings and the doctrines of grace.

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  • Guest - thomas bridges

    hello all,

    Even though i may be direct in my statements i do not intend to be disrespectful of beliefs nor offensive.

    The reason i see john calvin as a wolf is due to his doctrine being unsupported by scripture and in fact appears to be a different gospel. Books arguing detailed refutation are available for research so i'll just give one example to start with.

    The doctrine of unconditional election is a violation of the second greatest commandment. (The parable of the Good Samaritan - Luke 10).

    Follow this - Jesus (God) came to fulfill the law – which same will not pass away until all is accomplished (Matthew 5:17-18). This includes the second greatest commandment, on which – along with the first (you shall the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind) ‘DEPEND THE WHOLE LAW AND THE PROPHETS’ – Matthew 22:40.

    And sinse Jesus stated He spoke only what the Father told him and He (Jesus) is the image of the Father and came to to do His will, God the Father has and will fulfill this second greatest commandment through His Son.

    I believe it must first be understood that the second greatest commandment has nothing to do with justice deserved. It is a commandment to show mercy.

    So it is agreed that God the Father has no obligation to show mercy to those who need mercy. But here is the point - God the Father through His Son commands men to extend mercy to those who meet only one criterion - they need mercy. And if it is within our power to extend mercy we are to do so.

    Luke 10:36-37 > ‘Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?” And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”

    The lawyer understood the commandment was to love. But he was asking in effect, ‘who am I to love’? In other words, what criterion am I to use in judging who my neighbor is? Jesus simply gave him this criterion and nothing more. And the criterion given was this – that the man who needed a neighbor was helpless to save himself. Notice in the parable that nothing is said of who or what the injured man was or why he was there. Whether he was deserving of what happened to him or even what his reaction might have been to the love (mercy) extended by the Samaritan.

    Jesus purposely left the one in need of love annonymous and without any other condition the lawyer could grasp onto to show love. This is the only condition that required the commandment to be obeyed. This was the only condition put forth that required love to be extended.

    Now the Samaritan was not a neighbor because he was successful at saving the man, he was a neighbor because he loved the man, and this love was expressed in his attempt at saving the man. God judges the heart and motivation of an action or attempt, not whether our attempts at love were successful or not. The Samaritan would still have been a neighbor (and fulfilled this second greatest commandment) if the helpless man had awoken and rejected the Samaritan’s offer of love and salvation. The only way to violate the commandment is to ignore it as the priest and levite did.

    Paul interpreted this second greatest commandment to his readers in Romans 13:8 & 10 ‘…for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law’, and ‘love is the fulfillment of the law’. James 4:17 states, ‘Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin’. And 1 John 3:4 states ‘Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness’. So we see that not showing mercy when it is within our power to do so is lawlessness and is therefore sin. And of course God does not sin.

    But here is the question to ask – whether or not the parable is a picture of how God loves. Whether the one simply in need of love (mercy) is the one God offers mercy. Either it is – or it isn’t. If the parable is a correct representation of how God acts toward men, it is definitely in opposition to the doctrine of Unconditional Election in this way;

    Unconditional Election has God commanding men to obey the law of love, yet at the same time choosing to ignore it Himself. This makes God out to be a hypocrite. It also directly contradicts the facts of scripture that God Himself stated He has and will fulfull this commandment and not ignore it for His own glory or 'pleasure to do so'.

    Based on this one example alone it appears to me that the doctrine of unconditional election is a misrepresentation of the God of the bible, and is therefore a violation of scripture and a different gospel.

    - Thomas

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