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To: Tennessean4Bush
I didn't use the word "culprit," but it was either the beginning of the end or a prominent signpost along the way.

Big mountains fall one rock at a time. When you depart from Christian orthodoxy on one point, it's like dominoes falling, but much more slowly. If you want an example that's more recent, look at the various liberal Prot denominations which started ordaining women in the 70's ... and unchaste homosexuals 40 years later.

30 posted on 07/14/2011 7:51:00 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: Campion
Big mountains fall one rock at a time. When you depart from Christian orthodoxy on one point, it's like dominoes falling, but much more slowly. If you want an example that's more recent, look at the various liberal Prot denominations which started ordaining women in the 70's ... and unchaste homosexuals 40 years later.
Nothing institutionalizes an organization like adherence to orthodoxy for its own sake. Trumpeting "orthodoxy" and identifying it as the root cause creates just that mindset, and the organization ceases its primary purpose -- which in this case is to represent the good news of God's love, forgiveness, faith, and hope in the resurrection of Jesus to a lost world. Churches which focus on that simple message of good news and represent it to their communities are vibrant, growing, and relevant in the most important way.

Some churches have accepted people in leadership who demonstrably should not be there, no doubt. Institutions who have lost the ability or will to identify acts that are inconsistent with the good news of our new identity in Christ are organizations in decline, for sure. But the root is the continued lack of focus on the faith, hope, and love that inspire the transformation of the individual, the organization or institution and its members to bear "good fruit." I have (and so have you) sat in churches where adherence to orthodoxy was primary focus and where they would never ever accept any deviation from Scripture -- and they were as dead as a door nail. Just because you dot the i's and cross the t's you will not be justified. Only way is through the transforming love of God, and your faith and hope in the resurrection. Transformation happens one person at a time and infects the institution in a great way. JMHO.

40 posted on 07/14/2011 2:11:02 PM PDT by Tennessean4Bush (An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds. A pessimist fears this is true.)
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