[sword-devel] Doctrinal Statement

Derek seipp sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 28 Jul 2000 13:00:25 -0400

There are those of us who would like to study the Koran, in order to better
witness to Muslims.  I have heard of interesting inconsistencies in their
scriptures, and would like to compare the teachings of christ as outlined in
the Koran (apparently 75% is about Christ) to the Bible..

A Fairly harmless exercise, though someone's doctrinal statement may not
agree with it.

Don't be too rigid, but don't be too lose either...

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Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Doctrinal Statement

Gary Amirault writes:

> I'm not a Christadelphian, but have you ever considered the fact that
> perhaps the largest "cult" going might be "mainstream Christianity?"
> Mainstream Judaism thought they were right in the flow of God and were
> rudely awakened in 70AD. Is a repeat performance possible?

The labels are not as important as doctrinal consistency.

I wouldn't expect a Jewish group to accept my view of theology, although
they should.  And I refuse to knowingly accept theological or scriptural
advice from persons who don't hold to the historic pillars of the Christian

The past breaks with doctrine were not taken lightly.  The death, burial
and resurrection of Christ was needed to break from Judaism, and the
theological thinking of Luther, Calvin and others during the reformation
era were not disguised as Roman Catholocism (at least not once Luther
discovered he couldn't change the church from within).

The bottom line, in light of the past few messages, is that there should be
a clear statement of the objectives of this project, and potentially a
statement of faith.

I don't expect everyone on the project to be hard core Calvinists, but we
should agree on the basics.  Unfortunately there are many that would claim
to be Christians that add or detract from the truth, but if we at least
stay away from some that claim that the Christian theology is flawed, then
we could avoid inadvertantly leading others astray.

"Why can't we all just get along?" is great in the context of peace in the
inner city, but theologically, it is the road to Hell.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-sword-devel@crosswire.org
> [mailto:owner-sword-devel@crosswire.org]On Behalf Of Dan Bertles
> Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2000 11:41 AM
> To: Sword Development
> Subject: [sword-devel] Doctrinal Statement
> Troy,
> Is there a doctrinal statement and/or standard set up for those who
> contribute to the Sword Project?  I always look at links mentioned on the
> e-mail list.  One pointed directly to an orginization called the
> "Christadelphians" which is definitely a cult.  I would be uncomfortable
> having someone contribute texts, etc. from someone who doesn't hold to the
> standard tenants of mainstream Christianity.
> Any thoughts on this?
> In Christ,
> Dan

   Darwin Gregory

   Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
   Evolution is a myth...