Deancooper posted a comment · Nov 11, 2017
I've read and reread your 10 Theses, and while they are all fine to a degree, and while I'm sure most church leaders in the evangelical world would largely agree with them, there's something desperately missing from them. Take point 1 for example, restoring the centrality of the cross. How many Christians even know what that means? Sure we know Jesus died to take away our sins, and He even took stripes so that we can be healed, but in day-to-day life, what does the cross really mean to any of us any more? After all, most of what we hear these days is about God being good, loving and affirming. He is Papa God after all, and He is all for us, regardless of what we do because we are His children and His love is unconditional. We don't even hear as much about His forgiveness anymore because what's the point? Forgiveness would imply some measure of disappointment, and that might cause us to think we have to do something to please Him, and that might cause us to strive and do works, and we've been there-done-that and know that doesn't work! And then we're told that God is doing everything for us anyway. He is the one who drew us to Him, He is the one who is building our faith, and He is the one who will complete our faith. So why do anything? Just sit back and relax. Study the Bible? What's the point? Fear God? Are you kidding? Even in your point 9, about restoring the fear of the Lord, you water it down by emphasizing a "healthy" fear and then replacing the word "fear" with the word "reverence" (everybody reverences God after all). But "healthy" implies that one shouldn't really be afraid of God, and "reverence" implies that we're not even talking about fear in the first place. Regardless, nobody can fear a God who we are told over and over loves us SO MUCH! And on that point, I suggest that for Theses 8, that you go back and look more deeply at John 3:16 and what it really says about God's love. I've learned from David Pawson that it doesn't mean what we always thought it meant. He talks a little about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CThfHumfV7M My point here is that your 10 Theses are woefully inadequate for the state we find ourselves in today. If you can't see the problems, then you won't be able to address them. I strongly urge you to wake up, take a truly honest survey of the state of the church, study how our theological thinking got us into this mess, and then seek God on what the answer is to get out of this mess. I don't have much hope that you will, but maybe Nancy can help you see. I think God knew you needed her.