Following last week’s need to be hated by Rome (i.e., World System) we find Christians appealing to Rome for an official status. As Christianity becomes Christianity, and not simply a secondary Judaism, more and more Gentiles are bringing in their customs, traditions, and philosophies. They are also bringing in the need to be more metropolitan. Word: Apology, a defense. This is the time of Christian Apologetics, when Christians turned to defending Christianity and thus exploring its theological tenets. Rome respected one thing: antiquity. This is why they stole every the Greeks had done — from the gods and goddesses
A few weeks ago, Greenwell Springs Baptist Church hosted a town hall – a TOWN HALL. Whether Liberal or Conservative issues, Churches should not be involved in politics. We are called to be holy – apart, separate – and yet pastors around the country are holding these things. Now, I have a few friends that attend here, and I have expressed my opinion – and will do so again. Christians are called to be separated from this world, and frankly, I cannot say it any better than the unknown author of the Epistle to Diognetus. Some of the videos
It has been speculated that the writer of this Epistle was Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. I am not sure it is or not, however, it does add a special touch to it if he is indeed the writer. What we must remember in this time of politics, is that Christians are commanded not to be apart of this world and not to entangle ourselves in the affairs of this world. The Christians during the time of the writing of this epistle (125) took those commandments to heart. I believe that it is a healthy reminder that Christians are not
The Epistle of Diognetus ( c125) Below is a chapter from one of the earliest, outside the Apostles, defense of Christianity. The simply beauty of the letter is only recently coming to light. It was written by an unknown saint, calling himself only the Disciple and written to an Emperor or perhaps someone close to the Emperor. The best dating is 125. It is a beloved work by the author of this blog. Chapter VII.—The manifestation of Christ. For, as I said, this was no mere earthly invention which was delivered to them, nor is it a mere human
(NOTE TO READERS: I have created a new category, Devotional. It will be the parent directory of Sermon Notes, which most likely will not be used again, but I don’t want to remove a category that I have posted into. For the first few, they will be ‘left over’ sermons, so they will not be detailed, but I hope to be able to move into true devotionals later in July.) Chasing the Wind Ecc 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Ecc 2:11 Then
Over at takingthoughtscaptive, there is a great post.