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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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Agnosticism In The Church

Ephesians 3:1-12


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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


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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)


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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)


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Conclusion

  • Time for certainty

  • Souls are depending on it