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Where Christianity Begins


As usual, I received a few good books for Christmas. Among them was Albert Mohler’s recent publication, The Apostles’ Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits. I began reading it this morning.

In the popular culture, we hear much of “faith.” But the object of that faith is usually something less than certain; often, it is simply faith itself, as though simply believing has power to make things happen. In his introduction, Mohler emphasizes a point that bears frequent repetition: “Christianity is not belief in belief.”

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I believe. These two words are among the most explosive words any human can utter. They open the door to eternal life and are the foundation of the Christian faith. Belief stands as the very center of Christian faithfulness and is where Christianity begins for the Christian. We enter the faith and find eternal life in Christ by responding to the truth with trust—that is, with belief.

But Christianity is not belief in belief. It is belief in a propositional truth: that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and savior of sinners. We do not believe in a Christ of our imagination but in the Christ of Scripture—the Christ believed in by every generation of true Christians. Furthermore, beyond belief in Christ stands belief in everything Jesus taught his disciples. Matthew recorded that Jesus instructed his disciples to teach others to observe all that he had commanded them (Matt. 28:18–20). Therefore, there is no Christianity without belief, without teaching, and without obedience to Christ.

—Albert Mohler, The Apostles’ Creed (Crossway, 2019), xvi.



Posted 2020·01·28 by David Kjos
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