Fideism versus Real Faith

by Rob Lundberg

While I am trying to figure out what I am going to do with this blog and site, I figured I would use it to share some thoughts, as an evangelist and apologist. Please be sure to check out The Real Issue Apologetics Ministry. But while you are here, I would like to share some of the things that have been buzzing around on my heart.  One of those is the whole idea of what biblical faith is all about.

You see many in the church embrace a type faith that is positioned in a choice not factor in evidence to their faith. This is known as fideism.  This type of faith is unscriptural, irrational, and a losing position in a conversation with someone seeking to know why you are a Christian.[1] 

Some of my blog fodder comes from things that I observe, but this posting comes from a few thoughts which I jotted down from Hebrews 11:1. Many of us are familiar with the passage,  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)

Now I know that I have probably written on this subject before on The Real Issue blog and possibly here, but coming from my devotional time this morning, here are some things that I would like to mention from the highlighted words in the verse.

Hebrews 11:1 is a not a definition or a description of blind faith. Like I said if we look at the words “substance,” “hoped,” and “evidence,” we are going to find that this verse gives strong support for a robust kind of faith that the church is lacking today…

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