Thursday, July 14, 2011

Means of Grace?

The Christian Curmudgeon discusses why many Christians view historic Protestantism as something more like Roman Catholicism.

A "high view of the Church, of the ministry, of the Word and sacraments is historic Protestantism, but it sounds Catholic to many evangelicals today."

...Historic Protestantism sounds strange to evangelical ears because it believes the means of grace are just that – means whereby, with the blessing of the Holy Spirit, God’s grace enters our lives. 

Of course, there is much more to be said about "means of grace," but it is quite helpful to realize that American evangelicals in general are deeply mystical. Thus they have a difficult time making a connection between the grace of God and any external action. For all practical purposes, God is privately experienced "in my heart." Going to church, for example, is quite extraneous to the essence of my personal relationship with God.

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