I am growing more and more fond of Steve Lawson, particularly his look at church history. This series is fantastic, and I’ll be listening to them again to get all the information. These messages are delivered at the Friday morning ‘Men’s Seminary’ meeting at Christ Fellowship Baptist Church. We are greatly blessed to be able to sit in on these sessions.
In his series ‘Long Line of Godly Men’, Steve Lawson recently covered the life of Augustine of Hippo, one of the most influential men in church history. Lawson looks intently at Augustine’s battle with the monk Pelagius, and draws some timely conclusions the church needs to hear today. We enjoy a thousand years of history to see that the outworking of Pelagianism is secular humanism, while the outworking of Augustine is Reformed Theology. Shortly after, a halfway house between these two theologies emerged, that being Semi-Pelagianism, which dogs the church today.
Augustine was also the writer that had a tremendous impact on Calvin and Luther. Part 3 looks at how our understanding of the fall, man’s nature and sin directly effects everything else we believe including the Christ’s work on the cross and evangelism. The distinctions Lawson examine are critical for a correct gospel.
The first message listed, ‘From Clement of Rome to Augustine of Hippo’ is an excellent overview of the first 400 years of church history. Unfortunately, I am unable to locate this message since CFBC has moved the audio on their website. If you find it please leave a comment with a link to this audio file.