This is addressed to all those who call themselves members of the church of Christ. If you do not, then this blog probably won’t make any sense to you…and rightly so.
In the churches of Christ, we hear the terms “liberal” and “conservative” thrown around so much. People on both sides are saying division is coming, but I’ve got news for everyone: division is already here. It sickens me. Both sides have equally detestable issues. Conservatives are so set in their ways that they believe anything out of the traditional norm is unscriptural or just plain wrong. Liberals keep adding more and more new ideas, challenging tradition and even the Bible itself with no end in sight.
This is not new. In fact, I firmly believe that the church today is living with a modern state of Pharisees and Sadducees. The Pharisees, you might remember, bound their own traditions on the Jews, putting the letter of the law above the spirit of the law, placing a heavy burden that no one could possibly lift. Sadducees thought outside of the box, so outside of the box that they failed to believe in a resurrection after death. It’s the same thing today.
Conservatives have become so polarizingly opposed to liberalism that they take refuge in the “safe” traditions that have been brought in throughout the years. They cling to the name “church of Christ,” they thump their Bibles with no regard for tact, they oppose everything “new” or different. It’s sad.
Liberals on the other hand keep trying to break new ground. Whether it’s praise teams in worship, musical instruments in worship, denying the virgin birth of Christ, or even doubting the inspiration of the Bible, there is no line drawn. They emphasize love, which is great! But they go so far that they run towards total ecumenical assimilation (fellowshipping with all different denominations and faiths without regard to doctrine).
I suggest a compromise. Let’s go back to the Bible. Let’s work together to restore New Testament Christianity. What a novel idea! If it’s controversial, we should weigh it, compare it with the scriptures, test it, and figure out if it does more harm than good. If it’s traditional, we should do the exact same thing. I’d like to see people actually debate these issues publicly. Challenge everything. Study our Bibles like the Bereans. If the church will do this, I believe that both sides (liberal and conservative) will find that they both are operating under a certain degree of error.
As for me, I define myself as a Christian. To be specific, a New Testament Christian. To be more specific, a New Testament Christian that believes in restoring the church as established in Acts 2. I am not a conservative. I am not a liberal. I am not denominational. I claim no man’s doctrine. I am a Christian.