Thursday, October 22, 2009

Christian Ethics

Pastor Lance Quinn wrote a great blog post at Shepherd's Fellowship entitled The True Basis for Christian Ethics. Here is what he wrote:

"Any attempt at defining or even understanding the basis for Christian ethics will by necessity be rooted and grounded in the Word of God, as contained in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments.

Far too often, those who purport to engage in Christian ethics, do so without a clear and proper understanding of the exegesis of the biblical languages themselves, a sturdy grasp of the Bible’s own history and timeline, and a keen observation of the various cultural motifs as shown in the Bible itself. It then becomes impossible to see how all of these crucially important tasks should apply to today’s ethical challenges.

Since these present day challenges are legion, it is incumbent upon everyone who claims to be about the business of doing Christian ethics that they should seriously and diligently understand how Christian ethics must be properly constructed and then applied. Christian ethics then, by the very term must derive its unique and ultimate authority from the only truth-source available to the Christian—Holy Scripture.

Christian ethical ideas, decisions, norms, and mores therefore simply cannot be validly understood or practiced without being constructed from the Word of the living God. Thus, Christian ethics itself must always and forever be informed, defined, understood, and practiced only by a correct knowledge and use of God’s Word. There simply is no true 'Christian ethic' without the Christian’s own reliance upon the truths contained in the Sacred Writings which stretch from Genesis to Revelation."

How do we get 'Christian ethic' without the word of God? We simply cannot do it.

Grace upon grace,
JRL

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