Showing posts from November, 2017

Light in the darkness

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:5 NIV)It’s certainly dark at the moment! It’s that time of year when it’s dark when you get up, dark early in the evening (or more like late in the afternoon!)and even when it is daylight it can be pretty gloomy with heavy clouds and heavy rain!It’s dark in another way though. When Jesus’ disciple John wrote his book about the life of Jesus, the theme of darkness and light was prominent. Darkness points to active evil and rebellion against the Creator of the world. John pictures the world that Jesus was born into as filled with darkness and the same could be said now.Just in the last few weeks we’ve had revelations and claims about MPs and film stars relating to sexual abuse. In Rochdale we’re far from unaware of the reality of such terrible things and this is just one example of many where it seems like darkness reigns. The world can be terribly dark because of evil, as we humans reject God’s commands to …

Article IX: Of Original or Birth Sin (Part 2)

The concept of sin is increasing important for Christians and Churches to hold onto. In fact one of the great weakness of the church in the west and the Church of England, the denomination in which I minister, is that it has lost a grip on the doctrine of sin. It's particularly important, because the Bible is clear that sin has terrible consequences.

It's quite a while ago, but I did a blog beginning to look at Article IX of the XXXIX Articles of Religion which are the statement of doctrinal belief of the Church of England. This article focuses us on the stated doctrine of sin in the Church of England. Here is part 2!

IX. Of Original or Birth-sin Original Sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is ingendered of the offspring of Adam; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth alway…