Friday, October 12, 2007

Let Us Not Lay Again the Foundation...

Many people today recognize that the Christian, at least in America, is sorely in need of revitalization. We squibble and squabble and fight and protest over elementary doctrine. Amazing, isn't it? How are we to grow if we do not have the essentials firmly established?

The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who, though they should be teaching others, were still needing milk, not solid food, in what they were being taught. Because they needed to grow, the writer of Hebrews says (6:1-2)
Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

These were the doctrines that needed to be laid for baby Christians. How shocking. Nowadays, the pastors and the PhD students and the bright people often argue over these very doctrines! Why do we not accept these doctrines? They are necessary to move on to the solid food we need to teach others - these doctrines are the milk.

Join me in prayer for the church. May we move onto the solid food not needing to lay again this foundation. God permitting, we will do so.

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