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Friday, September 7, 2012

The Deficiency of the Apostle's Creed

By Mike Gendron  
pro-gospel.org http://proclaimingthegospel.org/  

On a recent radio broadcast with Brannon Howse, I was asked if the Apostle's Creed is an acceptable standard for determining who is a Christian and who is not. I said the Apostle's Creed is deficient in determining the Christian faith because it does not include the complete Gospel nor does it call for repentance. Only the Gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe. Roman Catholics and Protestants can believe every part of the Apostle's Creed and still be lost. This is because the creed does not mention salvation by grace alone, the substitutionary atonement, or the sufficiency of Christ to save sinners completely and forever. These are important distinctions because proponents of the ecumenical movement are using the ancient creeds as a basis for unity between Catholics and Christians. To use any creed as a marker for who is a true Christian is to compromise the integrity of the Gospel and how people respond to it. One of the best messages I have heard on what it means to be a Christian - a new Creature in Christ is available here:http://www.gracelifedallas.org/db_files/glc_play_audio.php?type=mp3&id=+195&utm_source=September+2012&utm_campaign=September&utm_medium=email.

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