10 things Evangelicals don’t tell you at first – What is in Kelvin’s Head?.
Here they are (what do you think):
- Evangelicals believe in hell.
- Evangelicals claim to read the bible and claim to take it very seriously but curiously, they don’t read much of it in their churches.
- Evangelicals tend to view only one theory of the atonement as valid.
- Many Evangelicals believe the modern State of Israel to be a fulfillment of biblical prophecy.
- It is a common view amongst Evangelicals that it is only Evangelicals who are the real Christians.
- Despite reading the bible and claiming to believe it, many evangelicals believe simony to be a legitimate way of getting what they want in the church.
- Evangelicals form the core of the opposition to lesbian and gay people in many denominations.
- Evangelicalism tends to follow the cultural trends of society 30 years later than other types of Christianity.
- Evangelicals tend to think that the personal is more important than God’s good news for society.
- Evangelicals are a modern phenomenon.
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Perceived Theological Differences and Difference in Church Practice
Although there are clearly many differences between Eastern and Western Christianity, these differences do not need to be viewed, as they often are, as a source of conflict or disagreement, but should instead be understood as an attempt to contextualize the Christian faith within the social context of each church community. In the West, more emphasis is placed on individual autonomy in theology and church practice. For example, the doctrine of justification is one which deals with individuals and one’s particular relationship with God. Continue reading “Salim Munayer – Beyond Bells and Smells. The Gap between Eastern and Western Christianity – 3”
(Photo, Hubert Steed)
There is an old anecdote in which a mystic, an evangelical pastor and a fundamentalist preacher die on the same day and awake to find themselves by the pearly gates. Upon reaching the gates they are promptly greeted by Peter, who informs them that before entering heaven they must be interviewed by Jesus concerning the state of their doctrine.
The first to be called forward is the mystic, who is quietly ushered into a room. Five hours later the mystic reappears with a smile saying, ‘I thought I had got it all wrong.’ Continue reading “The Mistic, the Evangelical and the Fundamentalist”