Don’t know much about Church Councils?

So. Church Councils. Would you like to learn a bit about them? Here’s a great opportunity. This guy will help:

Pastor Heath Curtis knows a thing or seven about Church Councils.

Pastor Curtis allowed me to reproduce some of his work on my blog in my last post. I don’t know about you, unless you’re Paul McCain, but I think he did a bang-up job. You’ll see some more of his work here.

But I digress.

The Lutheran talk radio show Issues, Etc. has Pastor Curtis on as a frequent guest commentator. Recently, he commentated about the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church. He gave his talk in eight sections — an introduction, and then one session per council. I’ve provided links to each of them below so that you can listen to them all from a central location. Very nice, eh?

I do hope that you take the time to listen to the whole series. It will be highly worth your time.

Update: I’m listening to the series over again and adding some notes.
 
Introduction:

1. First Council of Nicaea

  • First draft of the Nicene Creed promulgated contra Arius, a priest in Alexandria; Arius had contended that Jesus is not God, but is in fact a created being — however, Nicaea I leaves the door open for modalism
  • Sets the date of Easter
  • All the clergy in a bishopric should convene biannually
  • Discipline for certain sins discussed and mandated
  • Non-trinitarian baptisms are not licit
  • Alexandria, Antioch, and Rome have equal privileges; Bishop of Rome, like other bishops, has no control outside of his provincial domain.

 
2. First Council of Constantinople

  • Nicaea I has left some problems: it did not find a way to talk about the Biblical doctrine of God in a cogent way to all Christians in the Roman Empire, did not explain “oneness” and “threeness” sufficiently. By the first Nicene definition, we are all heretics.
  • Condemns Apollinarism

3. Council of Ephesus

4. Council of Chalcedon

5. Second Council of Constantinople

6. Third Council of Constantinople

7. Second Council of Nicaea

 

+VDMA

One Comment

  1. Thanks for getting all these in one spot. I often wish Issues would put their series like this.

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