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We're asking the big "What if...?" questions about the Synod of Alberta and the Territories in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. It's more than a conversation, we hope to be part of God's action!
These are not simply “voices asking questions”. These are people that have already come to conclusions. The conclusions are contrary to the Historic Christian faith and what the Bible teaches. They have abandoned sound doctrine and do not preach Christ and Him crucified for our sins.
For example one person who is celebrated and included among them is Ian Lawton. He took down the cross and took out the name of Christ from his once called, “Christ Community Church” (now C3Exchange) because they no longer stand for the message of the cross.
It is my prayer that we would take seriously the repeated warnings in Scripture about false prophets and teachers. What happened to Christ Community Church is where false teaching will take the church if we start listening to these voices. “The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18
It is my prayer this advent season that we would be voices to point others to the hope we have in Christ alone, the light that came into the world the first Christmas.
So are we to dismiss the knowledge that science and evolution bring to us in today’s world? How do we make relevant the Scriptural text and what we now have come to know about the world through science. Those involved in the series are doing that very thing, they are talking about how they understand the Biblical story and how it continues to speak to us today in a world that dismisses much of the Bible because of its seeming conflict with scientific understanding.
The warnings about false teachers and prophets, I think, has to do with speaking against the Gospel of Christ, not the first century “biblical” worldview. Is the Gospel true? Yes. Was the earth created in six days? No.
Give the dialogues a chance by listening to them. Do not dismiss them because certain of the group changed the name of their congregation. That isn’t taking Christ out of the church, it is taking the word “Christ” out of a market label identifier. And maybe it would be more appropriate to take down the cross and put in an empty grave into our churches. Wouldn’t that speak closer to what the gift of the resurrection means in our lives?
It is my prayer this Advent season that we would be willing to let the light of Christ shine into the world and reveal what is still being spoken to us by God today.
Cool website Scott. Denis Lamoureux, is one of my favourite profs from undergrad and it is nice to see him interviewed on the site.
Christina: I appreciate your concerns. And I don’t think anyone is telling you to accept everything (or even anything) that is said by either “evolutionists” or “creationists”. Rather, I think the hope here is to ask questions. If a website like this one can help you and us to ask a few good questions. Questions without right or wrong answers, but that requires us to dig deeper.
“Never accept and be content with unanalyzed assumptions, assumptions about the work, about the people, about the church or Christianity. Never be afraid to ask questions about the work we have inherited or the work we are doing. There is no question that should not be asked or that is outlawed. The day we are completely satisfied with what we have been doing; the day we have found the perfect, unchangeable system of work, the perfect answer, never in need of being corrected again, on that day we will know that we are wrong, that we have made the greatest mistake of all.” – Vincent J. Donovan