Friday, November 11, 2011

Undiminished Christianity and Unfailing Love

If you have not done so already, I encourage you to read David de Bruyn's series of articles on conservative Christian churches. His conclusion points us to what is always at the heart of a lively and biblical conservatism - Spiritual love.

Pastor de Bruyn begins:

Conservative Christian churches are not eccentric. They believe they are merely consistent in their understanding and application of Christianity. They believe that the Christianity they have received must be passed  on without diminution. Where they differ from many other Christians is that they believe there is more to Christianity than the gospel and a statement of faith. They believe there is such a thing as Christian worship, and they wish to pass this on. They believe Christianity is a life of love and worship, therefore they believe they must preserve and pass on the whole notion of ordinate affection. They believe Christianity must be applied to a continually changing world, therefore they wish to pass on a concern for meaning. They believe they are simply one link on the chain of Christian history, therefore they wish to honor what is truly Christian from the past.

Consequently, he pleads with his fellow pastors, "Love people, not populism." 

A love for people means supplying them with what they need most and what will help them most: an undiminished Christianity. This will mean teaching them things that they may initially reject, or misunderstand, or fail to grasp. It may mean enduring charges of elitism, Gnosticism, or authoritarianism. Yes, many of our people are populists, and expect us to be too. But as any parent knows, love is not merely meeting the expectations of your children all the time. Love is patient, love is kind, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

At HCBC, we long, by the grace of God, to love too much to be populist. 

Read the whole thing.

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