Category: Church in UK


Being cool.

What we need is to make everyone fit and rich and pretty and we’ll attract people to our church. Put on lively music, interesting talks and a general welcoming feel-good factor and we will have a successful, growing church.

We’ll become a popular destination. We will cut out tricky subjects and never discuss problems and above all we will not tell people about the need for repentance. We will even stop talking about the cross.

Eventually, we will talk about Jesus dying as an act of love. However it will not have been necessary because God just loves us. Love Wins see?

But that is NOT the Gospel of Christ. Jesus wasn’t cool. Jesus was executed. His followers were executed one by one.

It has never been cool to be a follower of Jesus. True followers were ridiculed, spat on, persecuted and murdered.

We are not called to be COOL. We are called to be FAITHFUL!

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Rob Bell

Yes.

It’s Time.

Having read some previews of Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins” this could well be a defining moment in my own Christian Experience.

Rob Bell is either loved or hated and with good reason. By appealing to younger Christians, he teaches a kind of liberal Christianity with an appeal to the “nice” aspects of God. Universal love and acceptance is the way to go and lets not condemn people for anything!

The Nooma videos have gone round the globe and indeed get shown in many churches, even during the main worship services.

 

I don’t like him, to be honest … so am I biased?

He comes across as quite arrogant and pleased with himself in those videos.

 

But what is his message.

 

Essentially, 2000 years of biblical preaching, teaching and understanding is totally wrong, according to Bell. It appears that he believes that everyone will eventually end up in Heaven. Some will find themselves in Hell for a short time, or longer time, but certainly not forever.

 

Love wins, see.

Hmm.

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I shall have to get a copy of the book and do a critical analysis of what he is actually saying. However, it does look like he has completely abandoned the God of the Bible.

He is essentially saying “Did God really say … ?”

We all know who started that train of thought in the Garden of Eden.

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The wider question, however, is why do we need Hero-Preachers in the first place?

Rob Bell has been called a Christian Rock-Star. This kind of idol should have no place in a protestant Christianity that effectively rejected one form of it when the reformation happened. Are we so lacking in confidence in our own walk with the Lord that we need an idol to look up to? Isn’t Jesus enough?

 

 

Leadership is male?

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In the Anglican Church, the seemingly endless debate on first women priest and lately women bishops has perhaps clouded the public perception of Christians in general. While giving a premise for the comedy series “The Vicar of Dibley”, the majority of people still think that the Church is largely irrelevant despite it’s attempt to get up to date.

 

Many independent christian fellowships in the UK have gone down the route of having women elders … while ignoring the outline of the role given by Paul to Timothy. Some have tried to manufacture a compromise position whereby married couples become eldership teams with both Husband and Wife becoming church elders.

 

Why has the church travelled down the road of equality decades after the rest of society? Was the Church wrong in the past? Does the church blame Paul for being too paternalistic?

Is it the Holy Spirit who is leading and guiding? Or is it the spirit of the age we live in?