Thursday, May 2, 2013

Where is the way?

Being a Christian is a curious pathway to travel. We cherish the thought that it is an upward path ("onwards and upwards"), towards a goal (the mountain top?), but we are in constant tension between the path being a very narrow ridge (only the faithful few, of which I am glad to be one, will make it) and a very wide way (God loves and calls all people to belong to him, it is a comfort to be part of a popular movement).

For myself I am increasingly dubious about proposals for being Christian which define 'Christian' in narrow terms so that those who will reach the mountain top are predetermined to be (say) Calvinists, or Catholics or Pentecostalists  but not all of the above. Yet I am also crystal clear that what we believe matters, that (for instance) Mormonism is not able to be accommodated into the broadest understanding of Christian orthodoxy. Or, to go back to yesterday's post, I think it matters how we approach the Bible as the Holy Scripture of the church, and thus it is worth being Mark Thompson taking time and trouble to call out error within the church.

Within this tension of what it means to be a Christian, engaging with the width of the way, a worthwhile read, both the article and the ensuing comments is found on Fulcrum, where Gordon Kuhrt reviews Engaging with Martyn Lloyd-Jones - the Life and Legacy of 'the Doctor'.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Seeking the answer to questions that Scripture keeps at least partially veiled will always leave us perplexed to some degree. Faith always has to reckon with some amount of tension, which means holding together statements that formally, at least, may appear contradictory: e.g., 'God so loved the world etc' and 'Strait is the gate and narrow is the path that leadeth unto life and few there are that find it.' The majority of the human race has never been baptised or consciously Christian. Have they no purpose in God's plan? Of course not - but that hasn't been disclosed to us. We may speculate (e.g. with counter-factual Molinism or in the way C S Lewis does in the conclusion of The Last Battle), but our first duty is to spread the light we are given (not put it under a bushel) and to guard the deposit of the Gospel (not to throw it away).