Because of my
heretical unorthodox heretical views, for over a decade I’ve found myself most comfortable as a Methodist. After all, anyone who hates John Calvin and Augustine can’t be all bad, right? But the events of the past year in the United Methodist Church have me worried. Did I say past year? How about four decades?
Okay, let’s just stick to the past year. I attend a UMC church in Virginia, which puts me in the Virginia Conference. Last year, for the first time ever, the Virginia Annual Conference voted to petition the General Conference (quadrennial world-wide UMC gathering) to change the Book of Discipline (the UMC book of faith and practice) to eliminate statements saying that homosexuality is antithetical to the Christian faith. Continue reading
“I’m a Great Christian,” said no Christian, ever!
With that introduction, I want to get into why Christians need to check themselves and the validity of their faith if they have any leaning toward voting for Donald Trump.
I just learned this week that the pollster George Barna, in trying to interpret polling data, created two categories for people who claimed to be Christians. When I discovered these two categories, I shouted “Amen, brother!”, because he nailed the fact that not everyone who claims “Jesus is Lord” actually means it. Barna’s two categories are creedal and notional. Continue reading
I’m curious. Do the David Jeremiahs and Thomas Ices of the world feel like they are fighting a losing battle, or do they feel like they are still the majority view?
I’m speaking, of course, of the broken cistern that is Dispensationalism. I well remember the consternation I felt when, in the late ’70s, I was first confronted with the idea that maybe, just maybe, Christ would not be returning to Earth before the Tribulation. After all, I had been assured by Salem Kirban, Hal Lindsey, Jack Van Impe and many, many others that the Bible taught clearly and unequivocally that Jesus would return for the Church before the Tribulation, to take His Bride to be with Him in Heaven for seven years, before the actual Second Coming after the Tribulation. Continue reading