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Rev. Thomas W. Bye MDiv

December 17, 2016  11:38am

As a confessional Lutheran pastor for 36 years in the LCMS The problem of "unbeautiful Gospel" has been the Reformed and Arminian groups of not rightly dividing the distinction of the Law and the Gospel in theology. When legalism dominates a church's behavior the Gospel is naturally minimized. This results in an attenuation of the beauty of the Gospel especially explained in Galatians. In many Baptist circles I have noticed that one becomes born again by grace and then tries to live by the Law. This leads to a polemical legalism. Personal sanctification comes by understanding what Christ has done for us more than what we exercise by personal discipline. Peter's exchange with Paul regarding eating with Jews rather than Gentile Christians typifies this. Gal 3:1-3. It's about time to magnify the beautiful orthodoxy. Well done!

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Rev. Thomas W. Bye MDiv

December 17, 2016  11:34am

As a confessional Lutheran pastor for 36 years in the LCMS The problem of "unbeautiful" has been the Reformed and Arminian groups of not rightly dividing the distinction of the Law and the Gospel in theology. When legalism dominates a church's behavior the Gospel is naturally minimized. This results in an attenuation of the beauty of the Gospel especially explained in Galatians. In many Baptist circles I have noticed that one becomes born again by grace and then tries to live by the Law. This leads to a polemical legalism. Personal sanctification comes by understanding what Christ has done for us more than what we exercise by personal discipline. Peter's exchange with Paul regarding eating with Jews rather than Gentile Christians typifies this. Gal 3:1-3. It's about time to magnify "beautiful orthodoxy.

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Vivian Ruth Sawyer

July 02, 2015  6:20pm

Lovely -- something I can post and hope that all of my friends (1300 across the spectrum in many ways) might read and understand a little better how I view Christ and how sublime it is when I encounter him in the world. Thank you.

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Raymond M. Perkins, Jr., Ph.D.

May 26, 2015  5:07pm

Indeed, indeed. I am refreshed by your commitment, you actions, you communications. We are to have "right thought," embraced with "right means and methods and feeling." At least that's the picture my mind creates when I read the life of Jesus in the Gospels. It is the Gospel that resonates in my heart as I read the polished prose of the Apostle Paul straight through Ephesians 1:1 through 6:24---the way he intended for it to be read! Seize the day.

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