Archive for August 15th, 2020

Review – A Matter of Days – Chapter 22

Dr. Ross tries to equate circumcision and Creation science as matters that church councils have dealt with, thus meaning the Creation debate is a matter of salvation. I could agree, seeing as some polls have shown that many left the faith over the matter of evolution versus a literal 6-day Creation. That implies a salvation issue, as evolutionary teachings led people astray.
However, I do not automatically assume Christians who believe in evolution are necessarily apostate or false believers, so this could very well be a false equivocation by Dr. Ross.



Councils Attempt to Bring Calm

Throughout Christian history, there have been ideas and theories which the church has to address as unorthodox. Dr. Ross addresses a few of them in the first few pages of chapter 22.

Circumcision. The first century church had to deal with the sign of the old covenant with regards to the gentile Christians. Should gentile Christians be forced to observe the sign of the old covenant? To help answer this question, the Council at Jerusalem convened to make sure there was a resolution that honored the Lord. Later Paul addresses this in his epistles to the churches. The conclusion – “Therefore, the promise comes by faith so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring – not only to those who are of the law but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham.”

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VerseD: Galatians 5:25

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
Galatians 5:25, ESV

By the Holy Spirit we promote the gospel of peace to our fallen world and amongst each other in all love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.