Decentralization of Theology
So I’m sitting here looking at the way the world thinks (ain’t the tag surfer on wordpress grand?), and I’m getting more and more amazed at the problems of society. One post is an atheist mocking Christianity by pretending to be an “ultra conservative” poster, meanwhile another post by an actual christian is quoting statistics from a religious watchdog group showing how many pastors in certain denominations deny the resurrection of Christ. What is going on in the world? The beginning of the great Falling Away mentioned in 2nd Thessalonians, chapter 2. This is where people are beginning to take the word of God, and make it say what they like to hear, simply because it makes them feel better about themselves. The prosperity doctrine (laughingly called by my roommates the “American Gospel”), Replacement Theology, Pre-tribulation rapture… it is simply not true. I was looking around on other blogs and came across this post and I thought it made an interesting point related to that jazz… something this particular blogger said in a different post, is that Protestants need to tighten the ranks from heresy, I must say that I agree.
Back in the days of yore, when the early church had a major dispute about a piece of doctrine, they would call a counsel of church leaders to discuss and sort out the issue (Case in point, the Jerusalem council of 52AD settled that Gentiles did not need to be circumcised to attain salvation by grace)… the fun bit is, they would come out with an understanding of the issue, and have a single, unified theology on the issue. Now, flash forward 1500 or so years, and you have Martin Luther translating the Bible into German to spark what we lovingly refer to as the Protestant Reformation. The Reformation was a good thing, and very necessary for the world, as it placed the Bible into the hands of ordinary people, so that they could read it, understand it, and find God in it. Now comes the other side of the coin. Instead of talking and understanding a theological issue, out of the independence of the Reformation, we had several differing schools of thought spring from the ground,and we end up like the Corinthian church… one says, “I am of Luther”, another says “I am of John Huss”, still another says, “I am of Calvin”, or “I am of the Pope”. None of these men died for anyone’s sins, and none of these men baptised anyone into their own name. The real problem is that instead of a council to discuss the matters at hand with the new “revelations” being brought forth in the Reformation, they simply split from each other saying that they understood the word the way it was “supposed” to be.
What is all of this to say? It is the opinion of this author that it is time for another Church Council… not just to reconcile theological differences, but to reconcile the church unto itself. The spirit of Elijah the prophet is to turn the hearts of the sons to the fathers, and the hearts of the fathers to the sons. It is time for the Protestants and the Catholics to resolve their issues as a Spiritual son to a Spiritual father, just as it is time for the American Baptists to be reunited with the Southern Baptists, and as it is time for the Charismatics to be reunited with the Methodists. What kind of damage can we do to the kingdom of Satan if the church can unify their theology behind the power and authority of God? Currently, there is no real accountability on earth for a Christian to go renegade style and lead many into error… this must be fixed. Our freedom as Christians to pursue God is being abused by those who mis-believe the word of God. If the Bible doesn’t mean what it says when it tells us that Jesus raised from the dead, how can we dare to believe that he will return at the end, or that he ever came to begin with? Not to be mis-understood, I do not think that the Reformation, personal Bible-study, or freedom of thought are wrong in any way, shape or form, however, I DO think that we need to ensure that our freedom is not leading us into a Snare of deception with eyes wide-open.