What if we returned to the ancient faith?

There’s a quiet revolution going on within the body of Christ; one that’s recovering ancient Christological truths that are setting us free from the powerless, humanistic, and deistic philosophies that have dominated Western theology since the Enlightenment. We’re recovering the truth that following Christ is not transactional but relational, as this video interview brings out so well.

I’ve talked a lot about this transactional-relational distinction here so I won’t belabor the subject, but we’re discovering a very real and unbreakable union in Christ in God. We’re rejecting the dualistic illusion of distance and separation from God and discovering that we have a Good Father who has brought us to Himself in Christ. We don’t we see ourselves as “dirty sinners” anymore; we’re the redeemed sons and daughters of His love. And, as Jesus is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). We’re learning how to walk in the reality of Christ’s own life. We’re discovering not just what God did for us on the Cross, or even what He did as us, but what He did to us.

We’re starting to see that we’re the conduit between heaven and earth because we’ve been placed in Christ, and this truth is saving us from a powerless Christianity that’s totally foreign to the testimony of the Bible we profess to believe.

But a critical part of this relation-based recovery is due to our return to the ancient truths of the Trinity. This central doctrine is no longer relegated to the sidelines, or dismissed as inexplicable, but is at the very core of our understanding of God and our identity as sons and daughters in Him, and how we are to live out our faith in this world. It’s how we understand self-giving love.

On that note, I’m posting a lengthy interview by John Crowder with one of my favorite theologians, Dr. C. Baxter Kruger. It is longer than most videos I post but they share so many important things that those of us who’ve been swimming in our Western fishbowl need to understand. I also share this knowing the risk that, to the modern dualistic and deistic mind, some of this may be misunderstood. Parts of it may even sound like universalism (it’s not, which only shows how far removed we are from the ancient faith).

It’s well worth watching (and understanding). Enjoy!

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 39 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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4 Responses to What if we returned to the ancient faith?

  1. hawk2017 says:

    Thank you.:)

  2. It is not bad that we can find an evolution more people wanting to come to find the Biblical Truth and daring to put away all those false human doctrines (like the Trinity a.o.). The world is in need of recovering ancient Christological truths that are setting them free from the powers of human institutions, and bringing them back to the worship of the first followers of Christ, who worshipped the same God as Christ and his pupils did, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

    Today still to many do not see and do not want to believe the Words of God and the words of Christ about themselves and their relationship, Jesus being the way to God and not being God himself, but being the son of God and son of man.

    You speak about “But a critical part of this relation-based recovery is due to our return to the ancient truths of the Trinity. ” But that Trinity is the worst false doctrine which had entered Christianity in the 4th century. We only should adore the Only One True God Who is One, and not two or three, and Who is an eternal all-knowing invisible Spirit Being.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “But that Trinity is the worst false doctrine which had entered Christianity in the 4th century.”

      That’s your opinion, not a historical fact. And you’re simply parroting a popular myth that many Christian cults, skeptics, and Islamic apologists also continue to propagate. The truth is, Arius’s Unitarian view—that Jesus was not God the Son—was the new doctrine introduced in the 4th century, not taught by the early church fathers. In fact, this point was made very strongly during the Nicene Council in 325 AD. They found that Arius was reinterpreting many Scriptures that had been established long before the 4th century.

      Because of the Arian heresy, the Council only formally made the Trinitarian statement known as the Nicene Creed. But that is certainly not where the doctrine came from. Trinitarian doctrine was already established toward the end of the first century (Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch around 110 second century); in second century with Tertullian and Origen.

      Here’s a video clip from Inspiring Philosophy (IP) that gives the facts about what happened at the Nicene Council (I use the clips because it’s easier than having to cite all the documentation).

      I also wrote series of posts on Trinitarian doctrine, including answers to common objections (using IP videos) in a post here.

      Another problem I have with Unitarianism is relational. If God’s essence is love (1 John 4:8), which love is other-centered and relational, then He must be love apart from His creation, otherwise, we can only say He has love. There’s also a whole host of other problems that I have with Unitarianism that I don’t care to go into; I’m not really interested in arguing this point. I wish you the best. Blessings.

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