Not Ashamed of the Gospel   2 comments

EDITOR’S NOTE:

I have become convinced, based on my readings in the background of the New Testament, that my great-grandfather had a simplistic and false understanding of first century C.E. forms of Judaism.  I am quite familiar with these simplistic and false ideas, having learned them during my childhood.  Much of my Christian pilgrimage as an adult has consisted of laying aside misinformation from my childhood Sunday School.

I take this opportunity to defend ritualism yet again.  See also my comment here:

https://taylorfamilypoems.wordpress.com/2013/05/30/spiritual-religion-and-ritualism/.

I am sure that, by “professor,” my great-grandfather meant “one who professes,” not one who teaches at a college or university.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 1, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Romans 1, 16

Paul was acquainted with three distinct ideas of life–Greek culture, Roman law, and Jewish ritualism.  These had their excellencies but decided weaknesses.  Paul stands unashamed to compare facts and results with them all.  Culture did not save the Greeks, their gods were not gentlemen.  Law fails, having no power to dispose the heart aright–Rom. 8.  Ritualism can’t give spirituality.

1.  The gospel is an incontrovertible fact.  Its tenets are well-founded in facts of life.  No scientific truth is better attested, tried in the crucible of experience.  It makes good in every test.

2.  It is to be received by faith.  This attitude makes actual to the believer the fulfillment of every promise and benefit of grace.  Faith is the open door through which enters the truth of the gospel; yea, “is the hand that takes hold of and receives the blessing God offers.”

3.  When received it becomes a power in the life, renovating the whole life.  It never fails when given undisputed sway–saves the king and the peasant.

Let every professor make his boast in this gospel and rejoice in its promulgation and blessings.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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