The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 2

I would contend there is a minimal difference in correlation between evangelical children and teenagers who make a decision for Christ and who later become genuine disciples, and Roman Catholics who are baptized as infants and who as adults become faithful and devout Catholic disciples. I am fully aware of the pointedness of this accusation, directed as it is at us who have for years contended that we are saved while Roman Catholics are (or may) not (be), but I am trying to make just that point. I’m not convinced our system works much more effectively than theirs. I am happy to be proven wrong, but being wrong here won’t change the central challenges of this book. One more point: focusing youth events, retreats, and programs on persuading people to make a decision disarms the gospel, distorts numbers, and diminishes the significance of discipleship.

Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (Zondervan, 2011), p 20

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I am afraid most evangelicals will find this hard to swollow, because, if it is true, it undermines in a decisive manner the claimed superiority for salvation and Christian discipleship of personal decision for baptism over infant baptism.

And, by the way, as an Anglican I agree fully with Scot, which should be expected by those who know me already.

So, what do you think?

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

One thought on “The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited 2”

  1. Interesanta comparatia. Si superficiala ca orice comparatie. Lipsesc din ecuatie multe lucruri: bunaoara confirmarea -pe care o gasesc foarte importanta -si un fel de corijare a erorii initiale (botezul copiilor). Desigur ca statistica e importanta dar ea nu ia in considerare un fapt: la evanghelici oamenii sunt priviti individual: il cunosc pe Domnul, sunt mintuti, ori ba? Ce vreau sa spun e ca copiii evanghelicilor pot fi mintuit de la o virsta frageda indiferent cind se boteaza.. sau pot sa nu fie mintuiti decit mult timp dupa botez. “La noi” oamenii nu se iau la gramada: esti catolic/te impartasesti, esti a lui Dumnzeu…Am cunoscut copii de-ai evanghelicilor – leaderi- care bateau recordul la pacate… Unii si-au revenit; altii ba… Catolicii ar face bine sa ia putin in considerare ceea ce au adus evanghelicii “nou pe piata”… Le-ar face bine lor; mai degraba sa tot gaseasca scuze ca sa nu schimbe “sistemul”. Drept e c-au avut un ajornamentor…iar acum pe multi ii bate gindul la contra – ajornamento… la fel cum pe unii protestanti -mai ales teologi- ii bate gindul unei contrareforme… Ce va urma? Dupa vreo 100 de ani o noua reforma sau o noua ajornamento… Vorba lui Lenin: un pas inapoi pt a face un salt inainte…. Dar mai bine am merge inainte pt ca pasii inapoi sunt mult prea prapastiosi.


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