I have accepted a full-time position teaching eighth-grade Bible at a
Christian school in Phoenix. My starting date is Friday, August 12th, and
the first day of school is Monday, August 22nd. Therefore, my family and I
will be moving from Southern California (we live in San Jacinto) to Phoenix.
I have already found a house and if everything goes according to plan we
will be moving very close to the date I report for work there.
Also, from Monday through Saturday next week (July 18-23) I will be teaching
all day long at Biola University, which is nearly two hours from my home.
For these reasons, my participation in this discussion group will be
severely curtailed from now until at least the end of August. I have asked
Louise, my co-moderator of the Evangelical and JW Theologies list, to
moderate this list as well for at least the next couple of months. (Thanks,
Louise!) Her decisions as moderator will be final.
Thank you for your participation in this list.
In Christ's service,
Robert M. Bowman, Jr.
Center for Biblical Apologetics
- Replying to Robert Bassett:
Thanks for replying. On 19 Jul 2005 at 12:15, you said:
> I do agree with what you say about religious hypocrisy Eric but youI was addressing what I thought was Jeep's more fundamental
> must admit that there has to be one real truth.
question about which religion was true. Since his question mixed in
world religions, Christian denominations, and cults, it was my view
that the best way to frame a response was as I did: the Christian
religion is true, but being part of the "right church" won't save
you. I think this is the basics for further discussion.
> The Godhead must be either the trinity as described by RC and mostTrue, they cannot all be right. And the Godhead might fit some
> Protestants, God and the glorified man Christ as described by JW and
> others or maybe 3 separate beings as described by Mormons. They cannot
> all be right.
different configuration altogether (binitarian, unitarian,
modalistic, panentheistic, etc.). I acknowledge that on a descriptive
level, the law of noncontradiction holds.
My assertion, for Jeep's sake, is that even believing in the
"right" understanding of Godhead is not enough. As I said to him in
my last message:
EP> In the last analysis, Bible knowledge without eternal life
EP> is worthless.
I think that holds for knowledge of true doctrines as well. In my
understanding, a person could conceptually believe in the "right" or
ultimately most correct understanding of theology, christology,
pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and all the rest, and still
not be "saved." Salvation is not obtained by intellectual assent even
to correct propositions and statement. Salvation is based on a
personal decision of the will to turn from sin and trust in Christ as
your sin-bearer, master, and risen Lord.
There are components of this decision that involve ideas (what is
sin? what does "risen" mean? etc.), but there are additional
components that require will, volition, allegiance, faith, and so on.
> I do agree though that participation in any religion doesnt guaranteeI think so too ... so long as those different faiths don't
> salvation, any many individuals of many different faiths will hear the
> words of the shepherd and heed his voice.
"differ" so greatly that they lose or deny the Jesus and gospel of
Scripture. Thanks for writing.