The key ingredient missing in today's Christianity that was not missing in generations past is the fear and reverence of God and the things pertaining to Him! There was a time when even sinners knew, Church was not a place for joke and idle chit-chat, the sanctuary was the sanctuary!! There was no place for entertainment in the pulpit and the people of God in the pews had a great reverence for God's Word. Fast forward to this generation and the whole of worship has become one great mess of entertainment! The sacred had been consumed by the profane! Where are the clear distinguishing marks, the boundaries, separating the holy from the unholy? The clean from the unclean?
This message is a call to God's people to once again put difference between the holy and the unholy!!
How We Got Our Bible (Pt.8)
I’m sure that every Christian at some point in their experience when talking with an unbeliever about the Bible has had the accusation thrown at them that the Bible has been changed and is full of errors!! When asked this question, I usually respond by throwing the question back at the person by asking them ‘how do you know?’ It is at this point that one is greeted with a barrage of responses ranging from; ‘there are so many different versions of the Bible’ to ‘there are no originals?’ These are all very valid responses and deserve a proper response. The Christian makes a very bold claim, namely that what he holds in his hand is the Word of God. To simply assert this whilst side-stepping the issue of preservation will simply not do. The question that we have to deal with as Christians is the same question that every religion of antiquity has to deal with; namely, have we in our possession a true representation of what was originally written down?
In this teaching we seek to answer this question as it pertains to the Old Testament Scriptures.
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How We Got Our Bible (Pt.7)
By what authority did the early Christians add additional books to the canon of Holy Scripture? How did they recognise these additional books as Scripture? Why 27 books of the New Testament and not 26 or 28? If the Old Testament was attested to by no less authority than Jesus Christ Himself, then by what authority was the New Testament received? Did a council of bishops convene in the 4th century to decide which books would make up the New Testament? If not, then how did the New Testament come to be developed? We endeavour to answer these questions in this teaching, and as we shall see, the issue of the New Testament canon cannot be tackled without placing central, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself!!
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