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Proclaimers and Defenders

As this year’s Annual Conference ended with unresolved struggle in our denomination regarding Biblical Authority,  my mind traveled back to the Israelite’s making of a golden calf.  In brief, Moses is receiving the law directly from God. But, the people become impatient and gave in to pagan ideas, creating an idol to worship.

It’s pretty clear that leaders of God’s people have a dual responsibility.  Not only are we to proclaim God’s Word, but we will also need to defend it from a variety of attacks.

Throughout history, many of the great theologians of the Church are known not only for their faithful stance, but also for the heretical groups that they had to address and refute.

In several New Testament passages, Paul spoke out against the Judaizes who insisted that Gentile Christians, must first become Jews before they could become Christians.  Paul was not meek and mild in his directives.

Athanasius (A.D.  296-373), a monk turned bishop, survived the persecutions of the early church only to find himself engaged in a lifelong struggle with a heretical group known as the Arians.  The Arians taught that Jesus was created by God and NOT eternally divine, like God the Father.  Not long after Christianity found favor with the Roman government, The Arians moved in and gained favor with the Romans.

Athanasius actually died, before the work of putting down this heresy was done, but his efforts prevailed.  Eight years after his death, a church counsel affirmed the orthodox position of the Trinity.

C.S. Lewis said this about Athanasius, “If Athanasius had not fought so bravely and persistently, orthodox Christianity might have disappeared from history.”

So, today, I find that history offers encouragement.  While we continue our calling to proclaim the Word of God, we will also need to always be prepared to gracefully defend His Word.  Looking back, we are in some very good company.