Christian Theology by Pastor Melissa Scott

November 30, 2011 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 

It’s a hard – this is such an easy concept, but it’s so hard to explain because we have complicated our understanding of calling and election and predestination. Now watch what happens. There was no doctrine of predestination until Augustine. You read the textbooks. I don’t care where you are or who you are. Go and find a book of Christian thought, Christian theological – what has been laid out by the fathers and you will not find that topic until Augustine. Somewhere around 397 and it’s not because he did not have an inspiration. Oh yes, he had an inspiration, but the mistake we make – and I’m guilty of it. You say, “Where’s Mrs. Scott going? ¬†You have to follow me to find out. The mistake that’s made if we are simplistic enough to do this, Strong’s Concordance, if we think that “predestination” and “predestinated” occurred just by the usage of the words, we’re terribly mistaken. Those words only occur twice in Romans and twice in Ephesians. Other times, may be “foreordained,” “foreknowledge,” “calling,” “election;” that becomes something else. But they’re not used. It became a doctrine, implemented by Augustine. And that’s not to say that I don’t believe that there’s something behind the something. If we understand, some doctrines creep into the church because it is man trying to comprehend. We reach up to grab God and bring Him down to where we are because our mind can’t comprehend beyond. We end up reducing God to our littleness or our insignificance if you will.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that Augustine was the one that really put it out there in response to Palagious. And you know because I’ve talked about this, Dr. Scott talked about this. Palagious and Augustine really went at it. In fact, and I applaud Augustine because I don’t agree with everything Augustine said, but some of the things that Palagious said and he followers said were insane. Listen to this. I’m going to read something to you. I want to make sure that I get this across because the subject of predestination, which I said I would discuss before we went into the second chapter, must have an appendage attached to it. If you remember Dr. Scott quoting Paul Tillich – now I have quote two people now. He used to say, “It’s as blasphemous to define God as it is to deny Him” or vice versa. So we come to a place where there’s the right desire to comprehend what saith the scripture. But this is how clever Satan is. Satan comes as an angel of light to make you focus in on an attribute of God, which is not wrong. That’s beautiful. But instead of focusing on the attribute, he makes you take your eyes off of the attribute and focus on a function. This is the function. Suddenly that becomes the reason for being not what brought you there in the first place. And all of these people, all of these church fathers had something to say on the subject.


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