Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Thideological News of the Day

A Study in Contrasts

A house-church leader in China has been sentenced to 7 ½ years in prison essentially because he is unashamed of the Gospel of Christ and will not stop bearing witness of our Lord Jesus. Pastor Zhang Rongliang (pictured at right), who is 55-years-old and suffers from diabetes, needs our prayer. Read more about him here.

Now, contrast his story with this one from agape press about how the Presbyterian Church (USA) recently voted to allow the denomination’s churches to use the phrase “compassionate mother, beloved child, and life-giving womb” in place of “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”

Two things strike me. First, that the Presbyterian Church (USA) actually thinks the Church receives its authority by consensus and not from the Word of God. And two, that they compromise things clearly stated in Scripture for fear of “offending” someone. All this while Christians in China accept prison and torture rather than compromise the Word of God.

May God forgive us for compromising the authority of His Word and give us the boldness He has given our Chinese brethren in proclaiming that Word.

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