Antiquarian Anabaptist

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The scandal of divided Christianity

For years I have been reading statements that go something like this:

“The greatest stumbling block to Christian missions is the confused message coming from the divisions among those who call themselves Christians.”

I would like to propose a radical solution. Jesus said “I will build my church.” Why don’t we just let Him do it?

That would mean that we would all need to have an experience like Paul had on the road to Damascus. We would need to abandon all of our own ideas about how to build the kingdom of God and ask “Lord, what would thou have me to do?”

Some years later, Paul wrote to the church at Corinth: “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers [servants] by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?  I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:5-7).

Let’s stop giving honour to people as builders of the church, become mere servants taking all our direction from God, and giving all the honour to Him.


The Anabaptist Faith – What is it?

Perhaps it is time to define in simple terms what is meant by the Anabaptist faith.  So here is my definition, in point form.  I will share further thoughts on these points in future posts.

1.    Unadulterated Biblical faith, taking the Bible as a unified book of which all parts point to Jesus Christ.

2.    Accessible to all people, regardless of nationality, language or social status.

3.    Genuine brotherly love, supporting and serving each other in times of material, emotional and spiritual need.

4.    Abhorrence of sin, because it is the one thing that can separate us from God.

5.    Servant leadership, without hierarchy.  Jesus Christ is the head of the church, no man shall exercise lordship over his brothers and sisters.

6.    The use of force is renounced.

7.    Moral purity, a commitment to maintaining healthy, happy homes.

© Bob Goodnough, May 1, 2013

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