A Perfect Encapsulation

If you read last week’s long post, you know I’ve been debating revelation and knowledge with a Roman Catholic named Tony Fernandez.

He has been mulling over how best to work through that volume I produced, and I have been mulling over my next essay.

Meanwhile, he retweeted this just now:

Isn’t that a perfect encapsulation of the issue? So let’s think about that for a second. If tradition is prior to Scripture, then it is a more authoritative form of revelation. If our knowledge and comprehension of God is more dependent on tradition than it is Scripture, what is the justification for that claim?

It’s funny how when we ask this of Roman Catholics, they appeal to Matthew 18.

It’s also revealing in that Tony had stated to me that he doesn’t believe there is anywhere we can hear Jesus’ voice today, without doubt or hindrance. Of course he is forced into that position, even while his Bible sits on the table beside his keyboard, seeing that the Roman Church has declared that the true and most immediate revelation from God is not Scripture mediated by the Holy Spirit, but rather Scripture mediated by the Church.

My first question, always, is How do I know I am hearing and interpreting the Church rightly, adequately, and without error such that I may be saved?

If only there were somewhere that God is speaking clearly and directly to His people, like a Shepherd who knows His sheep, calls them by name, leads them out, and gives them eternal life such that no one may snatch them out of His omnipotent hand.

But alas, we must hope that we are reading the right parts of tradition (there is no canon of tradition), and that our minds and hearts are sufficiently free of concupiscence so as to interpret that tradition rightly.

Good. Luck.

Islam: Mission Field, Global Threat- Confidence like Paul (Confident Evangelism)

Here is the final installment of my Confident Evangelism class. For all the class videos, click here.

Evangelism to Muslims? The whitest of the white fields ready for harvest. We Christians with financial means must invest in Muslim evangelism, or be found wanting on the Day of Judgment. It’s that serious.

– Adam

Mormonism: Confident Evangelism

Our most recent video from the course on Confident Evangelism at Webster Bible Church. Here is our workbook if you’d like to follow along (highly recommended).

My approach to Mormonism is one of warmth and kindness, patience, and yet directness in how we open the Scripture to show them their error. Your feedback is always welcomed. God bless. – Adam

Confident Evangelism: Roman Catholicism

Here is Week 6: A Confident Answer to Roman Catholicism.

The issue between the Reformation and Roman Catholicism is deeply complex, and easily overwhelming. Many Protestants and Romanists choose to wave away the differences between us as if we’re the same (we’re not), some choose to treat the other as an intractable enemy; but here in the lonely middle, some of us have a desire to find understanding, have evangelistic conversation, and to see them come to a saving knowledge of Christ in His true gospel. What’s your strategy for talking to the Romanist?

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Unnecessary Division between Us

GendronI’ve subscribed to Mike Gendron’s “Proclaiming the Gospel” email newsletter for years, until today. Mike is an ex-Roman Catholic with a focus on evangelizing his ex-brethren, and his teachings are pointed, clear, and helpful in preparing to witness to Romanists.

Although I always knew Mike to be a Dispensationalist, I looked past it to learn other things from him, as I do with excellent men like John MacArthur and others. On April 1 of this year, Mike sent out a short article in his newsletter, reposted here: Continue reading

Finney goes Viral and We All Get Sick

My final paper for my seminary course ending this month (Theology in the Modern Era). Enjoy, comment, pass on with proper credit given.

Grace to y’all

-Adam

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Not a fan.

Not a fan.

The Passing Down of Charles Finney’s Spiritual DNA

            Charles Grandison Finney stands among the most influential Christian leaders since the Reformation. He pushed hard throughout his career against all he perceived to be stultified, spending terrific energy on social justice problems and prodding the sleepy American church culture with a ministry of Revivalism.[1] The fires of revival that he lit burned with hot emotion, as per his philosophy: “unless the religious feelings are awakened and kept excited, counter worldly feeling and excitement will prevail, and men will not obey God.”[2] Continue reading

How I Answered a Jehovah’s Witness Couple

kingdom-hall-signI have prayed a long time for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to find my apartment, which is sort of hidden from the road. They found me, and so a married couple came to my house recently to discuss their Watchtower theology with my wife and me. Our conversation lasted two hours, and they went away with three major passages of Scripture to study. A week ago, the husband emailed me and asked me to reiterate my questions for them – and so I did just now. Below is the text of my email to them. I am publishing it in hopes that it will inform and bolster Christians who interact with the JW people. I also pray that any hungry JWs would read this and give it a fair reading.

I believe and know that there is no refutation for these Scriptures, I have demonstrated that the New Testament consistently reveals Jesus the Son of God to be Himself Jehovah God – one Person of three who are God, the only God. Check it out:

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