The body of Christ is organized in administrative and cultural silos which have developed for historical reasons, and which make it difficult to have inclusive forums for discussion across the body of Christ.
I am hoping that this method of publishing would allow for this article to be shared and republished within groupings to which I would not normally have access. I would love for the conclusions and outcomes of your discussions to be shared with me so that I may serve as a bridge that facilitates these discussions having an even broader breadth of discourse, while at the same time resulting in outcomes across the board for the body of Christ, that are coherent and unanimous.
- Unconditional local church, ministry, denominational/network autonomy [sad legacy of Protestantism] This has proven over the years to be something no one believes but nevertheless practice in the name of pragmatism. The apostle Paul expressed horror at this idea, Jesus prayed against it, and the Catholic church touts it. Up to now a Catholic Christian church has proven to be unworkable. We therefore have to face the question of whether doctrine should be formulated from what is practical, and the consequences of doing so. January 6th happened in part because Christians lost the practice of listening to and being accountable to other Christians who represent a different perspective, history or cultural practice.
- Spirituality without guard rails [irresponsible expression of the Prophetic Movement] The issue here is an incomplete, insufficient doctrine of man - a misunderstanding of the workings of human spirituality. By what means does a human being hear from God, and by what means does a human being prevent his heart from being deceived? It is irresponsible to venture into spiritual adventures without understanding what must be done to ensure that we remain in the truth - irrespective of what our spiritual experiences are. History is littered with experiences of the prophetic "getting it wrong" with catastrophic effects, and the Bible warns the church to establish guard rails for the prophetic, while placing a high value on the prophet's contribution to the church.
- Good News! Righteousness is Irrelevant! [deviant version of Reformation theology] This is an example of a correction gone overboard. This is corrected by a more complete statement of the doctrine of righteousness, where imputed righteousness is a necessary and very important of the doctrine of righteousness. At great cost, Martin Luther gave us justification by faith, where all the church had previously was an understanding of a forgiveness that was earned by works of righteousness. There is, however, more to the doctrine of righteousness, and to what is imparted at salvation, and the loss of this understanding has led to a slide in the perceived transforming power of the Gospel. Damage to the Gospel - the eradication of righteousness from the Christian image, has been building over the last few years, and reached a new low on January 6th.
- Holiness is an impractical ideal [wisdom = pragmatic balance => Church = spirit + culture, Success => God’s supply + human contribution [Modernism assumes this] Modernism is a movement towards modifying traditional beliefs in accordance with modern ideas. Mixing human effort with God's supply is not exclusively a modern phenomenon, however. Under the influence of secular humanism, there is perhaps a greater influence in this direction than in earlier times. It is still inexcusable, and must be repented of if we are to learn anything at all from Saul, Uzzah, David (the numbering of the army), etc. Unfortunately, the increasing politicization of Christianity, on show on January 6th, seems to completely ignore the Biblical record on this issue.
- Logic, science and evidence are incompatible with faith, theocracy and spiritual realities [deviant version of the Faith Movement] This is a particularly odd, recent phenomenon, especially when we realize that modern science is based on Christianity and its strong commitment to truth as indicated by evidence and experiment, when we take into consideration the fact that Christian doctrine holds the Logos (same root as the word Logic) to be the means by whom God created everything. The whole Bible presents the reality of God and his authority alongside and in spite of the reality of practical challenges, not in denial of them. The fact is that faith is made easier by denial of facts, but we need to understand that this brand of easy faith is not actually Biblical faith at all. This doctrine that minimizes the importance of truth and minimizes the damage caused by believing what actually isn't true, is probably the error that is easiest to tie directly into the the events of January 6th.
With the exception of Modernism, the above movements have my 99% support. I am a supporter, simply requesting course corrections in these movements.
We must ask ourselves
i) Does Jesus Christ still matter in Christianity
ii) Are there still boundaries, both a) dispensational and b) with regard to the “mystery” of Godliness, which we must fear and respect.
It is imperative that an immediate 2Chron 7:14 review - because of the times - should have the following outcomes:
i) with humility and inter-ministry collaboration, redeem the time (Eph 5)
ii) A Gospel focus - full and potent (the New Testament)
iii) With purity and intimacy in persecution - a joyful focus (The Bible)
iv) Unlabelled, unaborted revival (Eph 5)
Verily, verily, this is urgent - Jesus Christ is Coming
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