Sometimes polemicists can sound cranky – get past this, they have work to do!
“Yes, pastors can be polemicsts. Furthermore, pastors must be polemicists.
“First, a definition. A ‘polemicist’ is one who does polemics, and polemics is the field of theological study in which we contend for the truth (Jude 1:3) by demolishing arguments raised against God (2 Corinthians 10:5), always being careful to train the powers of our discernment with constant practice (Hebrews 5:14). In particular, polemics – as opposed to the broader field of apologetics – is typically contending with those who claim to be Christians, recognizing that there are many anti-christs who all bear His name, but are opposed to His mission, message and purpose (1 John 2:18).”
J D Hall
“A Pastor and a Polemicist?”
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.
2 Corinthians 10:5
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
1 John 2:18
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
“The claim of some is that you don’t find the teaching of Justification Sola Fide (Faith Alone) in the Church until the reformation. As before, it is not just Roman Catholics that assert this. So to put this accusation to rest I have assembled a sample of Patristic quotes below from the same source used in my prior post. . .
“. . .The point is this, Sola Fide can be demonstrated very easily in the writings of the early Church. The truth of the Reformation is not a truth added to Christianity but the very Gospel itself restored. Don’t let anyone tell you that Sola Fide is a new doctrine. . .”
“I am a layman who blogs my Biblical studies. Enjoy, please read with an open Bible and do double check with your pastor.”
ACTheologian is a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Christian and a former Seventh Day Adventist.
An older video with lots of helpful information and analysis.
1 Peter 1:7-9
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
How long will it take for us to understand that pictures or images or sculptures of Jesus do not represent Him, and that the Lord clearly told us not to make them, whether for worship or devotion or communication or evangelism, whether they’re considered masterpieces, or are used in Sunday School materials or in memes. Please, I implore you – don’t use what doesn’t please the Lord and is a stumbling-block to your brothers and sisters.
You may feel that making and using images of Jesus has to do with liberty of conscience. That’s not so. But even if it were, we would be called to please others rather than ourselves. Please. I don’t know how to ask more strongly, except to beseech you in the Name of Jesus Christ.
It is a loving and obedient thing to warn others, that is, to help them to experience a genuine Biblical fear of God. Yet we need to do this prayerfully and respectfully. May Jesus help us when the need confronts us!
16 Now it came to pass at the end of seven days that the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.”