Theological Conference 12 – Discerning the Difference Between Two Opposed Theologies

Click here to listen to Discerning the Difference Between Two Opposed Theologies presented by Anthony Buzzard, Apr 30th 2008, Atlanta Georgia. Commentary by John Obelenus

Anthony opens by explaining to us that distorted versions of the faith, held up by theological and spiritual leaders in high places, fight against the revealed biblical truth. He spotlights Swindoll and Zuck’s Understanding Christian Theology as a perfect example of this distorted version of the faith from the evangelical camp.

Often times the evangelical camp find and dictate a pre-existent Jesus in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord, despite their admission that there is no precise verse to declare a pre-existent Jesus. Futhermore they massively misunderstand the phrase “Son of God” by importing a post-Christian creedal understanding onto the person of Jesus in the gospels. This is where they begin their incarnation doctrines about Jesus that are so repellent to the biblical text and first century Judaism.

Next he analyzes the Gospel according to the evangelicals: “What was the content of the good news that especially Paul was commissioned to present [Note the unnoticed loss of Jesus and his Gospel!] He stated this clearly in 1 Cor 15.1,3-5 [the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus]. Paul… was ’separated to the gospel of God, … concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord (Rom 1.1-3). At the end of his third missionary journey Paul told the elders of the church at Ephesus that his ministry was ‘to testify to the gospel [evangelion] of the grace of God (Acts 20.24).” The Gospel has thus been taken away from Jesus, granted to Paul, and contains vastly different information. In a footnote, we gather that Webster’s dictionary provides a much more accurate definition of the Gospel than do evangelicals.

Anthony finds that FF Bruce has stepped up to reclaim the words of Jesus and the kingdom back into the Gospel package. He denies that Paul’s Gospel is any different than Jesus’ as Dallas Seminary, and the whole Dispensational (Darby/Scofield) scheme would have us to believe.

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One response to this post.

  1. I suppose the question might involve how two parties can learn to disagree. I must admit the rigidity sanctioned under the rubric of religion would not be acceptable in other domains. Perhaps this means there is a larger problem…

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