95. Lutheran Theology Part 2

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Andy answers some listener questions about Lutheran theology that are about the the divisions of Lutheranism in America.  Also a question about Lutherans and their lack of focus on end time teachings was addressed.  He then closes with more points on the Teachings of the Lutheran Church he created to be recognized as being qualified to teach Theology in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod: Christian Identity, The Bondage of the Will, and The Doctrine of Christ.

Show Links:

Jake Wells – “Tattooing and Flying Drones for Jesus”

“Is Total Depravity in Scripture Alone”

“Jesus vs. Marvel vs. DC”

“Law and Gospel”

94. Lutheran Theology Part 1

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In this episode, Andy and Wes discuss an outline of Lutheran Theology that Andy had to fill-in for completion of a program to be Commissioned Minister of Religion in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  This series on Lutheran Theology will likely require 5-8 episodes to complete

The Nature of God

The doctrine of the Trinity states that there is only one God, yet God exists in three distinct persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:6; Matthew 28:19; and 2 Corinthians 13:14)  All three persons of the Trinity are eternal, not created, nor made.  The Father begets the Son.  The Son is eternally begotten of the Father.  The Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son who send him.

In addition to being eternal (Psalm 90:2; Exodus 3:14; John 1:1; Romans 1:20; and Revelation 22:13), all three person of the Trinity are each omnipresent (Psalm 139:7-13 and Jeremiah 23:23-24), omniscient (Psalm 139:1-5 and 1 John 3:20), omnipotent (Luke 1:37 and Ephesians 3:20), immutable (Numbers 23:29 and Malachi 3:6), and love (1 John 4:8). Concerning the character of the Triune Lord, all three persons are holy (Isaiah 6:3 and 55:8-9), good (Psalm 145:9), just (Deuteronomy 32:4), merciful (Micah 7:18 and Luke 1:50), gracious (Joel 2:13), and patient (2 Peter 3:9).

The Origins of the Universe

Scripture teaches that God created all things out of nothing by his spoken word (Genesis 1, Psalm 33:6, and Hebrews 11:3).

Scripture teaches that God created all things in six days and that he rested on the seventh, which is the basis of the Sabbath command for man to work for six days and rest on the seventh. (Exodus 20:9-11; 31:15-17) Each day of creation was an evening and a morning. (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, and 31) The immediacy of creation through God’s spoken word also supports a six day creation period.

The LCMS rejects theistic evolution. Man came from God’s direct and intimate work of creation, not from his hand of involvement in millions of years of death in the animal kingdom. (Genesis 2)  Scripture also teaches that death entered the world through one man’s sin (Romans 5:12), not through God’s process of creation.

The Fall into Sin

The doctrine of Original Sin teaches that all men are sinful, inheriting a sinful nature from the moment of their conception. David writes, Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5, NIV).

Every human inherits Adam’s guilt and the wrath that comes with it. Paul writes, By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else” (Ephesians 2:3, NLT).

God’s response to original sin is the new Adam, Jesus Christ.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many” (Romans 5:15, NIV)!

93. Why Don’t Christians Care More About Their Sins?

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Andy received a Facebook message from a follower of his Contradict – They Can’t All Be True page that asked his thoughts on how to respond to the question, “Why Don’t Christians Care More About their Sins?”  This episode of Reconnect gives a lengthy response to this question, weaving in various Youtube videos that feature Alistair Begg, R.C. Sproul, and Paul Washer.

Show Links

“Why Don’t Christians Care That They Sin?” Video – R.C. Sproul and Alistair Begg

“Sensitive to Sin?” Video – Paul Washer

What is False Conversion?” Blog – Wrasman

92. Presuppositions and Evidence in Christian Apologetics

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David Pratt is back on Reconnect to further discuss his love of Presuppositional Apologetics.

His brother, Jonathan Pratt, and Andy Wrasman have lots of questions for him, especially Andy, who prefers to lead with the Gospel and defend the message of the Gospel using historical evidence for the historicity of the New Testament.

The following questions are discussed (not in the particular order of the video):

Did the Apostles ever try to convince someone that God exists?

Did the Apostles ever use presuppositional apologetics?
Did the Apostles ever use evidential apologetics?

What does 1 Peter 3:15 tell us to be able to prepared to give a defense for?

Does Scripture teach that everyone knows that the Triune Lord exists or just that a Creator God exists?

So Atheists are lying when they say there is no God, because they actually know there is a God? Do you find it helpful to tell Atheists, you’re not an Atheist, you know God exists? Then more specifically tell them that they know the Christian God?

Is Presuppositional Apologetics an argument from natural knowledge or revealed knowledge? If it is an argument from natural knowledge, then how does it show Christianity to be true?

Isn’t evidence beyond the existence of truth, knowledge, and logic needed to show that Christianity is true?

When would you, if ever, use evidence for the historical reliability of the Gospels and the evidence of the resurrection? Are you opposed to it?