What's Wrong with Pietism?

Wednesday, 06 Jun 2007

When Paul, Silas, and Timothy first wrote to the church in Thessalonica, they said they knew that God had saved the Thessalonians because "our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction" (1 Thess. 1:5). The authenticity of the Thessalonians' faith was evident in their imitation of their teachers' lives and in their joyfulness in welcoming the gospel message even as they suffered severely for it. Pietism's insistence that true Christian faith manifests itself in changed lives is obviously correct. Dead orthodoxy makes even ...

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