Why Are We Not Teaching This?

As I have studied and taught about being a disciple of Jesus over the better part of a decade now, there is something that keeps bothering me that I can’t let go. There is something that we are not teaching people that they need to know.
 
A.W. Tozer wrote in The Crucified Life:
 
“What a bunch of unworthy people we evangelicals have become, daring to stand up on our feet and preach to an intelligent audience that the essence, the final purpose and the cause of Christ is to save us from hell. How stupid can we get and still claim to be followers of Christ.
 
“The purpose of God is not to save us from hell; the purpose of God is to save us and make us like Christ and to make us like God. God will never be done with us until the day we see His face, when His name is on our foreheads; and we shall be like Him because we shall see Him as He is. Read more…


A Response to “Evangelism or Discipleship?”

You may have noticed at His Words His Ways Fellowship that we emphasize what we call “The Four Principles of Discipleship.” These Principles are:
 
  1. The Image of God as the Basis of Discipleship. The ultimate goal of the Gospel is that men bring glory to God by being re-conformed to the image of God that they were originally created to be.[1]

 

  1. The Purpose of Imitating Jesus as His Disciple. The goal of men being re-conformed to the image of God is accomplished by men imitating Jesus (who is the perfect image of God) as His disciple; through the empowerment and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.[2]

 

  1. The First Century, Biblical Understanding of Discipleship. Imitating Jesus as His disciple begins (but does not end) with specifically learning and then keeping the words, teachings, commands, and example that He gave during His earthly ministry. It is simply impossible to imitate someone without knowing what they said and did.[3]

 

  1. Biblical Discipleship in a Relational Environment (Relational Discipleship). Being conformed to the image of Jesus by imitating Him as His disciple is not a passive process, but an active/interactive process that occurs within a relational environment; which was established and demonstrated by Jesus during His earthly ministry.[4]

 

These principles in and of themselves are nothing of great importance, they are simply an outline used to organize information. What is important about The Four Principles is the information which they organize.
 
The information that The Four Principles organize are what we feel are the most important scriptural truths that the Evangelical church in America has failed to communicate to people while teaching them to be disciples of Jesus. Read more…


Progressive Christianity & Polyamory: A Match Made in Hell

Over 15 years ago I made a prediction to my Evangelical friends that the legalization of same-sex marriage was inevitable in the United States.
 
My argument was that there simply wasn’t anything in the Constitution to stop it. The only way it could have been slowed down, is if we would had preemptively adopted a constitutional amendment stating that marriage was between one man and one woman alone, a long time ago.
 
At the time I argued that rather than waste our political capital trying to stop same-sex marriage; we should have been putting that political energy into ending abortion, where we could make a constitutional argument under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment that unborn children are not receiving equal protection (but that is another article).
 
However, what I did not foresee at the time was the number of Evangelicals who would turn to progressive Christian theology in order to attempt to make same-sex relationships acceptable within the Evangelical church. Read more…