Monday, April 5, 2010

Native or naive

The other day while driving my wife to work, I heard a very interesting topic on the radio. It was about plants that aren't native to California, but because they've been here for so long we think of them as being native. Your average sunny happy Californian will rarely stop to think about the fact that Palm trees aren't Californians themselves. It seems to me that post Apostolic Christianity has fallen under the same shadows. It's difficult to think that any denomination could ever perfectly replicate the First Church. What is possible however, is for a church to replicate the experiential and doctrinal aspects of the First Church. The fact that a church, creed, or doctrine, has been around for a long time, does not make it "native" to the scriptures. The Bible is clear about what doctrines are "native" or even better yet, eternal. People should grow concerned when a plethora of terminology is thrown around to undo something that the Bible says explicitly. Secondly, people should be concerned when words which mean the same thing in any language are redefined to accommodate denominational doctrines. I'm not against theology, or the terms used therein, but it's disheartening when someone has to explain that the Bible didn't mean "one" when it says, God is "one". Or that the Apostles weren't invoking an exact formula during the baptisms of their converts. Never mind that they invoked this inexact formula seven times in the book of Acts. No clear headed Christian should assume that they are saved by anything other than faith in Jesus Christ. By the same token, no clear headed Christian should assume that faith can be defined apart from the visible actions that make it valid. So while we may not scratch our heads over the origin of Palm trees, we should definitely scratch our heads over the origins of doctrines.


Carol Connell said...

Great post, Brother Prado. It brought to mind the words of Jesus in John 5:39 - "Search the scriptures:for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." I do believe that baptism in Jesus' name is one of those things that is crystal clear in the Word of God. Last year when I did a post about it, I had comments from a lot of folks that just wanted to explain it away. Some people just do not accept truth because they are not willing. A former pastor of mine used to say, "A man persuaded against his will is of the same opinion still." However, someone's opinion is not going to stop truth from being truth. I certainly want to be native when it comes to the things of God.

Blessings to you and Sis. Prado,

Sis. Connell

The Prados said...

thanks sister Connell. Its amazing how tangled up things can get when people are challenged to take the word of God at face value.

Anonymous said...

Excellent post Bro! Bishop Wilson preached a message awhile back about the main sign of the end times, and that is Deception. We're seeing a lot of it these days. The Word of God still is and always will be the only reference point against which we measure truth. Thank you for this message!