Sunday, April 3, 2011

Biblical Vs. Traditional

One goal I have is to learn to view the Church biblically rather than traditionally. What this means is my definition of Church should be governed by what the Bible says rather than what I have traditionally called "Church."

I believe that we are at a point in history where many of our traditional norms have reached a point where they do little to grow believers in their faith or impact the lives of those around us. Our paradigm is traditional and attractional which can keep us immature and selfish while inoculating the world to Jesus through our traditional Christian culture. We hold on to these traditions out of comfort or obligation not out of obedience to God's Word.

Our world has changed so much on a fundamental level that church should have reciprocated. Instead I believe what happened was we changed on a superficial level. We did not adapt and survive. Therefore we became irrelevant, misunderstood, and judgmental. Effectively what the world hates about Christianity is Christian culture, not Biblical living. Interest in Jesus is very high and interest in church is very low.

The solution cannot be another implementation of what we already know and do, that would be expecting different results with the same inputs the very definition of insanity. So I believe true freedom will come with a Biblical understanding of Church, Christianity, and Mission.

Know Bible
Know God

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