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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Accuracy of Theology or the Impact of Christ on a life- Which is more important?

It seems to me that when it comes to the proclamation, hearing and response to the Gospel of Salvation, the deep theological nature of this spiritual transaction, matters far more to pedantic theologians than those who are the recipients of the blessing.

The issue revolves around concepts of predestination and free will.

There is a cold war..sometimes a bit hotter than cold, between Calvinists and Arminians. (you can google those terms to find out their meaning).
Dr James White (who I regularly listen to on the Dividing Line-AOMin) is a strong Calvinist. He has a number of "Dr Moriarty's" on the other side such as Ergun Caner, (a most interesting sage this one).

But my question is this, at the end of the day and of the systematic theology discourse, the thing which matters is how a life is change in Christ.  I wonder if this occurs to the polarized ends of this discussion.

The great evangelist (and barely literate) Gyspy Smith once said.."I was born in a field, don't put me in a flower pot" and like another great evangelist Billy Sunday he probably knew as much about theology as a jackrabbit knows about ping pong!

There is a useful saying.. "this" side of glory, the fact is.."whosoever will"...on the other side, in heaven, it is "I have predestined you before the foundation of the world". In these two assertions, the nexus between eternity and time meet. Who can fathom it? I suggest no one.  But we can experience it, the new birth, the fulness of the Holy Spirit, new life, new behavior, new attitude and rich fellowship. Let the pundits fight out the details as for the rest of us, we will just get on with enjoying the new life we've found.

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