What I Read Online – 11/06/2013 (p.m.)

07 Nov
    • The seventh mark of the effective personal evangelist is faith. With prayer is allied faith
    • Why else do we go on preaching the same truths to people who so often seem unresponsive or even antagonistic? It is because we serve a saving God
    • We know we are being touched by a finger of that right hand at which there are pleasures for evermore. There need be no question of thanks or praise as a separate event, something done afterwards. To experience the tiny theophany is itself to adore.
    • It is the method least likely to stray from Scripture.
    • It teaches people how to read their Bibles.
    • It gives confidence to the preacher and authorizes the sermon.
    • It meets the need for relevance without letting the clamor for relevance dictate the message.
    • It forces the preacher to handle the tough questions.
    • It enables the preacher to expound systematically the whole counsel of God. 
    • I’m not trying to be divisive, I’m just saying that historically they would be taking a position that adopts an interpretation of scripture unheard of for nearly 2000 years, let alone in NZ Baptist churches. As N.T. Wright says, “Jesus’s own stern denunciation of sexual immorality would certainly have carried, to his hearers, a clear implied rejection of all sexual behaviour outside heterosexual monogamy. This isn’t a matter of ‘private response to Scripture’ but of the uniform teaching of the whole Bible, of Jesus himself, and of the entire Christian tradition.”


      It may avoid conflict (which I’m a fan of!) to say, “You hold your conviction and I’ll hold mine,” but if that’s the default stance on issues like this one, then being a New Zealand Baptist becomes meaningless. All our unity means then is that we’re okay with being in a room together every now and then.


      That’s why – while I want to listen and learn – I’ll almost certainly vote “yes” to this proposal, even if it makes me worry that I might be perceived as a fundamentalist. And hey, if you vote “no” I hope we can still be friends.

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

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