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Erlo Stegen 95 Theses

Erlo Stegen 95 Theses

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The new 95 theses by Erlo StegenTheses:
Call to Repentance
 1. If our Lord and Master Jesus Christ says:
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven isnear”
(Matthew 4:17), He wants the whole life of the believer to be one of repentance.2. This repentance begins with a new consciousness and grief about the former wrong behaviornot only as individuals but also the church as a whole.3. If there is true repentance it leads to the individual and the church hating sin and departingfrom both it and wrong behavior - not through their own power but through the grace and powerof Jesus Christ.4. God promises the repentant forgiveness and a new beginning:
“When I shut up the heavens sothat there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will healtheir land”
(2 Chronicles 7:13,14).
The Present Situation of Society
 5. People today indulge in many types of sins such as godlessness, pride, lovelessness, occultism,disobedience, abortion, immorality, adultery, homosexuality, drug abuse, lies, greed and robbery(Exodus 20:2-17; Romans 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 6:9; Galatians 5:19-21).6. Certainly such sins have always been committed, but today many of these are openly toleratedand are put on a pedestal.
“They not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them”
(Romans 1:32).7. In many countries laws that forbad blasphemy, pornography, abortion, euthanasia,homosexuality, drug abuse and the like have been slackened or annulled.8. A society that tolerates or even openly encourages such activities that the Holy Scripture saysare “sin” or “abominable” in God's eyes, digs its own grave. It is ready for judgment.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people”
(Proverbs 14:34).9. Many nations today are in a similar situation to the Roman empire before its downfall: Theinternal cause of its downfall was the moral decay.10. It is only a question of time before the national and social systems that reject God'scommandments today, will collapse.
The Failure of the Church
 11. In this situation the churches local and world wide should take their commission seriously tobe
and to oppose these developments (Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 12:2;Ephesians 5:11).12. If they don't do this they stand under God`s judgment concerning the unfaithfulwatchman:
“When I say to a wicked man, `You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man
will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood”
(Ezekiel 3:18).13. Individual people and groups within the church are fighting courageously against currenttrends, but together as a whole, churches in many nations are losing their sense of purpose andfail to preach the Gospel and to defend God`s laws.
14. The church which succumbs to current trends and ideologies loses its sense of direction.15. A church that has lost its sense of direction cannot give individuals any direction.
The Abandoning of the Bible
 16. The loss of direction began with the abandoning of the Bible which is the foundation of allfaith and knowledge.17. Even if the Bible is still used superficially in the church, it is often subjected to autonomous,self glorifying reasoning, thus dividing its content and denying God's revelation.18. Rightly did Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf pray:
“If Your Word is invalid, on what should  faith be based upon? I'm not concerned about a thousand worlds but about Your Word.”
 19. The Reformation defines the church as a
“Creation of the Word of God”
. It ceases to be achurch if it abandons the Word of God.20. If the Word of God is abandoned, then no one should be surprised at the consequences: Theabandonment of the Word of God is followed by the abandonment of the contents of the Word -and that means: the disintegration of Biblical teaching and Biblical lifestyle.
The Disintegration of Biblical Teaching About God
 21. The disintegration of Biblical teaching begins with the disintegration of the Biblicalunderstanding of God. In contradiction to the clear witness of the Bible, many “theologians”deny or misinterpret the meaning of the Trinity. They deny or misinterpret Gods omnipotence,holiness and righteousness.22. Those who deny that the miracles and prophecies witnessed in the Bible came to pass or willcome to pass, imagine God as a powerless principle - figuratively speaking: “without arms andlegs”. But such a “God” is only a self made-idol, a God of rationalistic philosophy and notthe
“God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob”
, the Father of Jesus Christ (BlaisePascal).
The Disintegration of Biblical Teaching about Jesus Christ
 23. Many “theologians” today declare that Jesus Christ was only a man, a social revolutionary, apreacher of peace, a liberator or something similar, but not God. They say that He was not bornof a virgin nor raised bodily from the dead, did not ascend to heaven and will not come againbodily in power and majesty. They also say that His death on the cross couldn't redeem us fromour sins. If what they say is true then the famous heretic Arius, who was condemned in the fourthcentury after Christ, had more insight and taught less falsehoods than many “moderntheologians” today, because he at least defined Jesus as the “supernatural Logos (Word)” and notas a mere human being. But we learn from history, that all false teachings have the tendency toincrease as time goes by.24. Contrary to what Arius and many “modern theologians” are saying Jesus Christ is not anordinary man, nor was He created by God. He is true man and true God at the same time, theeternal Son of God. This means that He is God Himself in the second person of the trinity.
“Hewho has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life”
(1 John5:12).
(See 1 John 2:22; also 1 John 4:2-3)
The Disintegration of Biblical Teaching About Sin and Redemption
 25. Where the Biblical teaching of Christ is absent, the Biblical teaching of sin and redemptionbecomes meaningless. For a “powerless” Christ doesn't have any power to redeem us from sin,death and the devil.26. The result of this will either be that sin will be played down and the validity of thecommandments of God will be denied - or redemption will be partially or totally put in the handsof the people themselves (self redemption or synergism).27. The playing down or the denial of sin in the Biblical sense appears today in different forms insociety and in the church. This is seen in the assertion that the practise of homosexuality isneither sinful nor sick, that pornography, abortion and euthanasia are not to be judged and thatthe legalization of drugs would be helpful in decreasing criminal activities. But
“woe to thosewho call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter”
(Isaiah 5:20).28. The propaganda of self redemption is obvious or hidden in different “fashionabletheologies”. For example in a feminist “blood theology” which expects the salvation from thepower of women and their menstrual blood rather than from the blood of Jesus. Also in a“theology of liberation and revolution” which puts its hope in the force of social groups and theirarmed struggle. And also in a psycho -"theology" where healing strength is drawn from oneself by using certain techniques which serve the purpose of self-realization.29. But
“salvation is found in no one else”
than Jesus Christ “
 for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved”
(Acts 4:12). This is as valid today as it waswhen it was written.
The Invasion of Evil Spirits Into the Church
 30. The more a church conforms to the spirit of the times (current trends), the greater the dangerthat the Spirit of God will be driven from its centre and evil spirits will come in through the back door.31. These evil spirits rule in the ideologies and religions of this world (Ephesians 6:12).32. If it is declared that these evil spirits are identical to the Spirit of God, it shows the greatdarkness of our times (cf. Romans 1:19-23). For the Bible says:
“The sacrifices of pagans areoffered to demons, not to God”
(1 Corinthians 10:20).33. If at inter-faith “prayer meetings” there are entreaties to the “spirit of Assisi” (referring tothe
“prayer of peace of the religions”
in Assisi in 1986), then those leading the meetings shouldpay attention to the First Commandment which is foundational to Christianity:
“I am the Lord  your God. You shall have no other gods before me”
(Exodus 20:2-3).
The Secularization of the Church
 34. Many people, including politicians, wait for a clear word from the Church based upon theBible.35. But the more “up-to-date” and “open-minded” a church desires to be, the greater the dangerthat it will forget the specific message that it owes to a largely atheistic and unstable society.36. A church that conforms to the trends and current political slogans from the right or leftcannot positively influence the world but will be drawn away by the world. The church decaysthrough secularization and becomes useless.37. The only way out is to repent, to listen anew to the Word of God which is given to us in theform of the Bible and to declare it to the world through word and deed.

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