Bartlett, Tenn. (PRWEB) March 01, 2012
“I’ve long felt that the direction we have been given in our churches as to what the ideal Christian looks like is not supported in Scripture.“ It is this perceived incorrectness in doctrine that drove author Nathan James to pen RX for the Ailing Bride: A Biblical Template for the Ideal Christian (published by WestBow Press).
James believes that today’s churches have shackled themselves to many Reformation doctrines not supported in scripture. With regard to salvation, two particularly detrimental doctrines have been Calvinism and Arminianism. Both of these have selectively filtered Biblical passages through their theological construct, effectively rejecting the whole council of God.
Taking special note of Arminianism, James says that the effect of applying this manmade doctrine results in a church that is focused on enticing those outside the church to join an assembly that essentially ignores the needs of those within. “The key marker that Jesus said would show the outside world who we belong to,” he says, “is our love for one another. The early church understood this clearly, as they shared all things in common with their fellow believers. They sacrificially gave of their physical possessions to meet the tangible needs of the saints and used their spiritual gifts to edify and strengthen one another spiritually.”
After challenging believers to discard the shackles of Arminianism, James dedicates the bulk of his writing to encourage believers to follow the primary pillars of the ideal Christian as laid out in scripture. These are: 1) Seeking to be daily clean before God and filled with the Holy Spirit; 2) Operating in the body of Christ in accordance with the spiritual gifts bestowed to each believer; 3) Actively obedient to the commands of Christ.
About the Author
Nathan James is a serious student of the Bible and relishes his role outside of the theological elite. He comes from a layman's perspective on Scripture and is untainted by the bias often baked into seminarians. This allows him to take a fresh, straightforward interpretation of Scripture. Nathan is married to Melissa, his bride of 12 years. They have five children and have made their home in the Memphis area the past 11 years.
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