“The secular world of ideas plays the doubting game almost exclusively and is usually scornful of anyone who doesn’t. Ironically, however, the church also plays this game to a great extent. The mystery of the gospel, the paradox of the incarnation, and the wondrous enigma of grace are freeze-dried into a highly rationalized and/or authoritarian system of theologies, codes, rules, prescriptions, orders of service and forms of church government. Everything is written down, everything is organized, so that all can be certain and those in error detected.”
- Daniel Taylor
We would rather cling to the Christ and His purposes than to try to be another voice in the already crowded debate over doctrine.
One of the most common ways people tend to define a church community is through the doctrines they profess. This definition is then used to evaluate and eventually judge one particular church over and against another. It is in this way that through the centuries Christianity has become a much divided religion. Don’t read us wrong — we are not saying that all division is blatantly deconstructive. Christ’s own metaphor of the Kingdom of God being like a large tree in which all the birds of the air come to nest may have been a haunting but tender prophecy of this very present divisive reality. Division may not be the Divine ideal, but certainly it has not left a too-small tree.