Rebuilding the Foundations
With so many Christian voices and so little Christian living, have you ever wondered, "Who's right?"
Thirty years later, I have some answers. Better yet, I have resources so you can find answers.
My answers are based on two things:
Many Christians, at least Protestant Christians, have no idea that we have writings from the earliest days of the Christian church, including several letters written by men who knew the apostles. These letters resolve several subjects that create disputes among Christians.
Despite the fact that I'm proud of how Decoding Nicea turned out, I consider the much shorter booklets Apostles' Gospel and Grace to be more significant. If you've never looked at the Gospel and grace, these booklets are very simple, very straightforward, and plainly scriptural.
One of my goals as a teacher is to tell you about the life of the apostles' churches the many things they wrote. They are often referred to as the church fathers, and Protestants tend to think they were Roman Catholics. That is absolutely not true.
More and more, Protestants are beginning to read the early church fathers and getting a chance to know what the church was like shortly after the apostles. In the early days of Protestantism, though, all the leading Protestant teachers read the early church fathers. Take, for example, John Wesley, who wrote the following:
Can any who spend several years in those seats of learning, be excused if they do not add to that the reading of the Fathers the most authentic commentators on Scripture, as being both nearest the fountain, eminently endued with that Spirit by whom all Scripture was given. It will be easily perceived, I speak chiefly of those who wrote before the council of Nicea.
My books and writings are designed to introduce you to those fathers and their life, tie their teachings to Scripture, and open to you the resources needed to overcome the corruption that is in this world. Peter described that power long ago:
His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue. He has given us great and precious promises, that through these we may become partakers of his divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:3-4)
I have an entire web site devoted to the history of the apostles' churches.
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