What I Read Online – 07/26/2012 (p.m.)

27 Jul
    • The latest issue of Modern Reformation has landed on the office doorstep and there is a short, but excellent article on the Insider Movement:


      Maybe you haven’t heard but the most explosive issue in global missions within the evangelical church today is something called “insider movements.” You aren’t alone if you don’t know anything about it, as most of the evangelical world in the West knew nothing of the movement until about the year 2000…



      But as Bill Nikides points out this movement is both unbiblical and contrary to the fundamental doctrine of the church. If you’re still not sure what it is, this is where people from other faiths become Christians but stay inside their faith organisations and systems – so here are some of the aliases you may have heard: “born again Islam, incarnational Jesus movements, Jesus Muslims, Messianic Muslims” and so on. 


      I’ve seen this movement in action in India, seen it decimating a church – perhaps you haven’t come across it, but it’s both dangerous and insidious. 

    • They believe they are the only ones who are consistently reformed. 
    • This group is perhaps the most vocal critics of others co-opting the term “Reformed.”
    • They historically ground their Reformed lineage by defending an “English Separatist” view of Baptist Origins (with which I agree) over the “Anabaptist Kinship” view (popular in many SBC circles) or “Landmarkist” view.  Applying the adjective “Reformed” to Baptists is more of a 20th Century development, as their early British Baptist forefathers preferred the terms “Particular” (for particular atonement) or simply “Calvinistic” rather than “Reformed.”
    • When some ask if a particular person or institution is “Reformed” what they really want to know is if they hold to Covenant Theology.  I usually hear the term “Reformed” equated with Covenant (or Federal) Theology by Dispensationalists.
    • Being Reformed in this understanding is equated not so much with particular doctrines of soteriology, but with the hermeneutics undergirding a theological system.  In this way, many a Dispensationalist, who embraces TULIP (or most of it anyway), would still not say they are “Reformed” because they reject the Covenant of Works/Grace schema of biblical-theological interpretation.
    • In my limited experience, this I believe has become the general litmus test to whether someone can justly use the term “Reformed” in the modern American Evangelical landscape (much to the chagrin of the Confessionally Reformed). 
    • This approach to culture, then, gives no carte blanche approval to any cultural expression (not even classical music and high art), since it also recognizes that even the best culture is produced by sinners. Every cultural expression must be evaluated by the criteria of to what degree does it reveal, obscure or deny the truth. Rather than a simplistic approach, then, a more nuanced (and I believe, biblical) approach is needed. Culture ought to be evaluated on how clearly it expresses the truth

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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