Thursday, March 30, 2017

Faith - What is it Really?

A hallmark of the Reformation ignited by Martin Luther 500 years ago is “Sola Fide,” that is, “Faith Alone.”  Faith was defined as first knowing Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture, secondly, assenting to this truth, and thirdly, relying on Christ and the promises of forgiveness of sins and eternal life gained for humanity by His life, death, and resurrection.  Faith ALONE means “that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16).

The problem is that our culture has given new meanings to the word “faith.”  Positive thinking is considered to be faith.  “I can do it.”  If one holds to any religion he is referred to as a “person of faith.”  Faith is made a synonym of religion, such as “the Muslim faith,” or “the Hindu faith.”  Liberal theologians are saying you can have faith without believing the miracles and the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ.  These come very close to the cynical definition given by Mark Twain, “Faith is believing something you know is not true.”

The Christian’s faith does not make something true.  This faith relies on the witness of the of the Apostles, as recorded in Holy Scripture, of their having seen, touched, and heard the risen Lord Jesus Christ,  They declared, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20), and this they did in the face of imprisonment and death.   Come join with people of this faith at Peace Lutheran Church.  Sunday Service time is 9:00 a.m.