Following Christ CAN Be a Sustainable Faith for Linchpins: #18

On the heels of the release of “Love Wins” by Rob Bell, there seem to be a large number of offended Christians that I can’t comfort.  The fact is that so many doctrines have crept into the church under the guise of tradition that few will resist the notion they’re un-Biblical.  If you’d like to read more, I recommend a tract series written by Keith Green entitled “What’s Wrong with the Gospel?” where you can read more about what’s been added and what’s missing.

Here’s a summary of what’s NOT in the Bible:

  1. Altar calls

  2. The sinner’s prayer

  3. The gift of discernment

  4. The Trinity

  5. The Rapture

  6. The order of a church service (three songs, offering, message, etc.)

  7. The church as a building of bricks and mortar

  8. Church as a “brand” (Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.)

  9. “Joining” a church as part of the salvation process

  10. Re-baptism in order to join, re-brand, or change church brands.

  11. Aryan Jesus

  12. Republican Jesus

I can keep going but I won’t because there are more doctrines and beliefs that are fantasy rather than scripture which might explain why there are 38,000 sects within modern Christianity.  To change from any of those to another equates to heresy and if you’ve done this ever in your life (as I have many times) then YOU are a heretic.

There ARE twelve central themes within the Bible that cycle from cradle to cradle, as any sustainable system should.

These pillars of faith represent the process of re-birth from the cradle of civilization to the grave that becomes a cradle of revival.  (Special thanks to Dr. Dan who invited {challenged?} me to repsond to a Facebook post about this matter…I didn’t need notes to recite these, but I did need to write them down first because I’d inevitably miss something otherwise.)

  1. Creation: All beginnings are hopeful

  2. Fall: Failure isn’t entirely fatal.  Adam lost his life, not his breath.

  3. Flood: Preparation is the prelude to success.

  4. First Jew: Cutting a deal can change the world.

  5. Slaves in Egypt: Pacifism can be powerful.

  6. Out with Moses: Leaders are prepared through times of crisis.

  7. In with Joshua: An apprentice is supposed to do different things than the master.

  8. Period of The Judges: Failure is not sustainable, but it is repeatable.

  9. United Kingdom: Great difficulties can end in unprecedented victory.

  10. Divided Kingdom: Victory does not always follow victory.

  11. Assyrian and Babylonian captivity: The world can be a catalyst and platform for training and empowering the faithful.

  12. Restoration: “Ultimate Rest” is not “Ultimate Rec.” although this cycles the process all the way to a purity not seen since Creation.

Other primary themes are interwoven throughout the Bible that have significant meaning to me and I will share a few:

  1. Perfection: (Joseph, Daniel, and Jesus)

  2. Love: (meekness is not weakness)

  3. The God-man: Jesus as deity personified 100% man / 100% God.

  4. The One-ness of God: The Jews believe this.  The AoG doesn’t.

  5. The Two-ness of God: Visible and Invisible

  6. The Three-ness of God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit (a.k.a. Holy Ghost)

  7. Kingdom: (not democracy)

  8. Purpose for assembly of the saints: to provoke one another to love and good works.

  9. Priesthood of the believer

  10. The principle of the second birth (The second born gets the blessing.  The second mouse gets the cheese.)

I haven’t read “Love Wins,” although I probably will…but not because of the hoopla:

I saw an interview with the author on CNN and one of the newcasters engaged him in a personal matter about her mother and father because of their divergent faiths.  Anyone in this age that can inspire that open discussion (especially with the media industry focussed on a “particular” message and “look”) on television is worth reading.

Will I believe everything I read in “Love Wins”?

I’m certain that I won’t, because I don’t believe everything that I think.

Where’s the Linchpin opportunity?

The world is your oyster if you can lead the people who are unreachable…and this generation is unwanted, despised, and rejected by much of the religious community.

They need Linchpin leaders, and don’t care about the dogma of a church, but they will respond to love.

(I also riff on the May 21st crowd who have taken the stance that the world is guaranteed to end this month, so click {HERE} if you want to read what I think about them.)

 

 



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