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Agnosticism In The Church. Ephesians 3:1-12. Introduction . Agnosticism Cannot be certain of God’s existence Not enough evidence Truth is relative and situational Right and wrong not absolute. Introduction . Making way into the church Can’t know for sure about certain things

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introduction
Introduction
  • Agnosticism
    • Cannot be certain of God’s existence
    • Not enough evidence
    • Truth is relative and situational
    • Right and wrong not absolute
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Introduction
  • Making way into the church
    • Can’t know for sure about certain things
    • Plea for tolerance
    • Preaching no longer distinctive
importance of revelation
Importance of Revelation
  • Faith based on evidence
    • From God by the Spirit (2 Peter 1:19-21)
    • Inspired, or “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16)
    • Only logical explanation
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Importance of Revelation
  • Importance of Truth
    • Only Truth sets us free (John 8:32)
    • Truth is objective and knowable (Ephesians 3:3-5; Jude 3)
    • Provides an absolute moral standard
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Importance of Revelation
  • Summary
    • We must be open minded (Acts 17:10, 11)
    • Speak Truth with certainty (Luke 1:3, 4)
areas of agnosticism
Areas of Agnosticism
  • Morality
    • Influence of society
    • Sexuality including homosexuality (Romans 1:26, 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)
    • Marriage and divorce (Matthew 19:9)
    • Drinking (1 Peter 4:3)
    • Sin in general (Galatians 5:19-21)
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Areas of Agnosticism
  • Number of churches
    • Ecumenical services
    • Talk of “branches of the Restoration Movement”
    • Opponents are labeled as narrow minded
    • We can know (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22, 23; 4:4)
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Areas of Agnosticism
  • Not sure about acceptable worship
    • Lord’s Supper on other days (Acts 20:7)
    • Instrumental music (Ephesians 5:19)
    • Apostolic worship can be known (Acts 2:42)
    • Vain worship not accepted (Matthew 15:8, 9)
    • Must worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24)
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Areas of Agnosticism
  • Uncertain of man’s spiritual condition
    • Told we cannot know (John 5:13)
    • Told not to judge (Matthew 7:1, 2; John 7:24)
    • Some are clearly in danger (Galatians 6:1, 2; James 5:19, 20)
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Time for certainty
  • Souls are depending on it
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