Daily Archives: September 9, 2007


KitKat relayed all of the Scripture reading at mass today and it spurred a question in my mind that I've been talking with a friend about.

Okay, not question...more of a "challenge".

Define "gospel".

Is the gospel the "good news" to the lost? does it stop at baptism (confirmation, whatever)? How do you preach the gospel to the lost? to believers?

Please leave your thoughts! 😉

(I asked a friend a few days ago if she, as a Christian, knew how to give the gospel to her boyfriend. Her answer...no, not really)

I wanted to address these questions, but didn't want them to get lost in the shuffle. Thursday was a 15 hour day (work and college combined), Friday I came home and went to sleep, Saturday I did homework and housework)...

The post is here:

The first question is from Moonshadow: My question - and I doubt anyone here can answer it - is whether the Orthodox feel responsible for our departure, for letting us go.

If I remember the history right, Rome was not pushed out - they left. Not so much because of differences in doctrine (although there were a few), but because of political power. Before that split there was unity. I think of a marriage and a one-flesh covenant. If one spouse leaves the covenant, can the other truly force them to stay?

The nest is from Kelly: My question was, what do you feel should follow as far as the leadership of the church.

My answer: what is the New Testament model?

- Does the New Testament speak of an infallible teaching body? No.

- Did the word "Ekklesia" refer to a magisterium, or to a local assembly? It referred to a local assembly, or to the entire body of believers.

- When the writers of the New Testament spoke of church discipline, who were they instructing to deal with it (the local church).

- Are the specific requirements for church leadership? Yes - and Rome requires that priests and on up be unmarried, a blatantly unbiblical requirement.

The New Testament model for church leadership is

  • leadership based on Biblical standards
  • teaching and doctrine based on Scripture (which included the letters from the New Testament writers)
  • local autonomy in reference to church discipline
  • local elders are to lead by example, not by "lording it over" the flock

Here is an example of a local church led by a "plurality of elders".