Under Assault: The Three Indispensable Pillars of the Christian Faith
As we approach the Christmas season, and all that pertains to it in this modern era, I am reminded of the original meaning of the phrase Merry Christmas (Crīstesmæsse in old English), meaning: Christ’s Mass, a time of holy Communion with God, celebrating the birth of Messiah. Regardless to what extent Christmas time has been corrupted by materialism, nor how much of the central theme of Christmas the giving of gifts has been monetized, Christmas is still a Christian Holy Day remembering the birth of our Savior.
Christmas and the Virgin Birth go together; the former is fully dependent upon the latter. As a matter of fact, the entirety of the New Testament rests upon three legs (the Virgin Birth being one those) which in turn stand upon the foundation of Faith.
Those three Pillars are, The Virgin Birth, The Crucifixion and the Resurrection.
One without the other makes ineffectual the remaining two. One could say then, that if you do not believe in the Virgin Birth, one is not a Christian, regardless if one goes to church or considers themselves a Christian. The same is true of the Crucifixion, really the whole of the Passion of Christ, as well as the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.
Too much has been abandoned by the modern Church and its members in regards to the direct proclamations of the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 15:19, it says (paraphrasing), if our hope in Christ does not include His Resurrection, then we are most pitiable. Because, if Jesus is not resurrected, then we have no hope of resurrection; no hope of salvation, not even of the soul. The Church may wish to blame the World for its doctrinal instability as with the commercialization of Christmas, but the fault lies squarely at the feet of the Church and Her members.
These three pillars of the Christian Faith, The Virgin Birth, The Crucifixion and the Resurrection, have always been assailed, but of late, have truly been under direct assault, often, from within the Church, not just from without.
The three pillars I write of, are true because God is not a man, He cannot lie, would not lie does not lie, and does not change as man does (Numbers 23:19, Malachi 3:6, Titus 1:2, Hebrews 6:18, Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, we must believe all of what is proclaimed in the Bible because, God our Savior, who created the earth and man, and all other creatures, and a universe to go along with it, who chose a people, provided, delivered and protected them, and then as fully God, yet fully man, came to earth to die and be resurrected, that we might be saved is all true.
We must accept all the Bible not just what is popular in the Word but all of it. We must embrace the most difficult of Scripture, that there is a Hell to be shunned, and a Heaven to be gained, and not all are going to Heaven. Many there be who will find the road to perdition, the actions which God said were sin, are sin, no re-interpretations are needed (nor welcomed) for what is acceptable to God in our lives.
So, if we believe in the three pillars of the Christian Faith, then we must believe in all the Bible. It is not up to us to pick and choose what appeals to us as an individual or body. God has spoken, let it be so.
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