Scott on July 27, 2007 at 9:43 am
Ingrid over at Slice of Laodicea has provided an impressive list of questions that reveal just a bit of her perspective regarding what real/true Christians are supposed to know as followers of Christ. I have provided her list of questions below. Check out the link to her post for the answers.
I have a question of my own about her questions, though. If these questions touch on the most important things that Christians are supposed to know/believe, then what did the believers do in the early years of the church before things like “effectual calling,” sanctification and justification, and “communion of the saints” were codified in the Westminster Confession (which as we all know is THE litmus test for the quality and veracity of a believer’s faith)?
And of course it goes without saying that the thief on the cross was doomed from the start since most of what Ingrid’s questions touch upon hadn’t even been conceptualized yet, since the Church hadn’t been born.
Anyhow, on to Ingrid’s questions:
1. Name the Ten Commandments, in order.
2. Name the 12 Apostles
3. Give a concise biblical definition of sin
4. What is God?
5. What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?
6. How do we partake of the redemption purchased by Christ?
7. What does the term, “effectual calling” mean?
8. Give a concise definition of “justification.”
9. Give a concise definition of “sanctification.”
10. What duty does God require of man?
11. Where is the moral law summed up in the Scriptures?
12. What words from God are the preface to His Ten Commandments? Also, where in Scripture are the Ten Commandments found?
13. What do we pray for in the First Petition of the Lord’s prayer?
14. What about the Second Petition?
15. The Third?
16. The Fourth?
17. The Fifth? The Sixth?
18. How does the ministry of the Law bring us toward Christ?
19. How does the ministry of the Gospel help you in your accursed state?
20. What is prayer?
21. What is repentance?
22. What is meant by the “communion of the saints”?
23. What is the Bible?
Oddly enough, there does seem to be something missing from Ingrid’s whole perspective. She reveals much about her legalistic, narrow view of the Christian faith by what she leaves out of her questions. Things like…
Question: What is the most important commandment and how are we to regard God and live as Christians in light of this commandment?
Answer: Matthew 22:36-38 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.”
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Question: What expectations does the Lord place on believers as they actually live out their faith in the real world?
Answer: James 1:27 – “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
I don’t know. Maybe loving God with all your heart, soul and mind while being an active and effectual light in the world and being a conduit of God’s love into the lives of those in need is overrated. Maybe Ingrid is right. I better go blow the dust off my copy of the Westminster Confession and start-a-studyin’. I hear Ingrid’s been put in charge of pop quizzes up in Heaven. Anything less than 90% gets a person booted right over the pearly gates back out into the darkness.
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