Preaching has an important place in God’s purpose, and it is basic to the life and health of the church. If the church is faltering or straying, the preaching is clearly at fault.
My father used to refer to the danger of abstract theology. When I first heard him use that term, I remember thinking the concept of abstract theology seemed itself a bit abstract to me. I have since come to realize it is, in fact, extremely common.
The premise of semper reformanda is that the people of God are to be continually reforming and revising their viewpoints ever closer to the teachings of the Scriptures and away from unbiblical formulations and conceptions that have crept into both doctrine and practice.This is a process that could entail swinging the pendulum back, away from one extreme to another: the truth might possibly lie in the middle.
The fact of the matter is that establishment is an inescapable concept, because both religion and law—the foundations of establishment—are inescapable concepts. We either have an establishment of a humanistic moral and intellectual order or we have a Biblical one. We either have an establishment of righteousness or an establishment of wickedness.
The law-word of God should be the staple by which the family gets its spiritual nourishment and bearings.
“The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience … Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency1…” – The NEA’s 2008 Resolution on Homeschooling
Christianity alone provides real reality. This is so true that when other faith systems arise that deny Christianity, they inevitably ape Christianity despite their denial.