Thursday, February 12, 2009

The True Gospel and the False

My on-line brother The Postman left a comment pointing to a remarkable article on The True Gospel and the False. While I'd place more emphasis on some of the first six distinctions than the author does, he points out just what is radically wrong with much (maybe most) modern Christianity.

1 comment:

Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Yes, I just went to the article and read it, and I also think it's pretty accurate. Zac Poonen is articulating something that most disciples of Jesus instinctively know (by instinct I don't mean natural instinct, but the inner testimony of the Spirit, I'm not sure how else to put it). Knowing this, most disciples try to be vigilant in following the Lord. That's what makes them sometimes seem to be non-religious, because if they don't also belong to a "religious tradition" they are often judged by others as being non-conformists.

There's a trend that seems to be growing again, especially in churches that are "prosperous," and that is to demand conformity to their merely human programs. If you don't join in and especially if you tell them why, you are as good as expelled in their eyes.

If that is happening to me, I don't take notice much, but I do notice when it happens to others, especially to the youth. It seems the church only cares about people "en masse" but not the individual, and that is why discipleship breaks down badly.

Only disciples can follow Jesus. I'm not sure what the others are even doing in church.