Why are so many Christians suddenly doing this? I don't understand even why. I agree with this writer:
and I really like the way this guy puts it.( with humor even)
We are free. I am not Jewish. There isn't a separation in Christ. Honestly why are people doing this? I am coming from a point of wanting to understand this. I worry about friends. Are they sinking into legalism? Is this a fad? I see much of this at Christian bookstores and sites. Kind of like I saw a bunch of: purpose driven life, left behind stuff, and remember the prayer of jabeez? That was a big fad.
a pastor wrote on a blog:
Relevance = using that which is timely to present that which is timeless. Not a perfect definition, nor a prefect concept. But helpful. I am less concerned about "fads" for the sake of "fads." I realize that most of them (really all by very definition) will fade away. I am more concerned about the poor theology that drives these fads. If one uses some contemporary "method" as a tool to teach that which is truly timeless, i.e. sound doctrine, I don't get too worked up. I am more concerned with the theology, or lack therof of PDL, Passion, Jabez, etc... I seek to address the poor theology and sometimes blatantly false teaching in these fads. I once preached a sermon entitles "Why I Don't Pray the Prayer of Jabez." I lead a small group Bible Study on "What Was Christ's Real Passion - the Glory of God Alone" Fads can certainly be dangerous, but the greater concern must the false teaching behind the fads.
And I will end with this:
Os Guinness' Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to the Idol of Relevence? 119 pages, it's a quick yet profound read, . A few choice quotes:
"By our uncritical pursuit of relevance we have actually courted irrelevance; by our breathless chase after relevance without a matching commitment to faithfulness, we have become not only unfaithful but irrelevant; by our determined efforts to redefine ourselves in ways that are more compelling to the modern world than are faithful to Christ, we have lost not only our identity but our authority and our relevance." (15)
"... a new evangelicalism is arriving in which therapeutic self-concern overshadows knowing God, spirituality displaces theology, end-times escapism crowds out day-to-day discipleship, marketing triumphs over mission, references to opinion polls outweigh reliance on biblical exposition, concerns for power and relevance are more obvious than concern for piety and faithfulness, talk of reinventing the church has replaced prayer for revival, and the characteristic evangelical passion for missionary enterprise is overpowered by the all-consuming drive to sustain the multiple business empires of the booming evangelical subculture." (54)
"The air is abuzz with the future. The “coming church” and the “emerging church” are everything. The talk is all of new ways of “doing church” through reinventing, revising, innovating, borrowing, mixing, and experimenting. Everything now has to be “intentional” and “on-purpose.” Ministers are no longer theological authorities but the “chief story-tellers” and “facilitators of a joint spiritual journey.” “Dysfunctional churches” that are not “attuned to the world” are “reinvented for the present age” in a myriad of “intentional” ways, all with their “value propositions” clearly specified and their “measurable outcomes” clarified in advance. ... Was the church first invented by a previous generation, so that it is our job to do it again, or is the church’s real need for the revival and reformation that can only come from God?" (64-65)
I don't want my sons to think Jesus is a fad that he can abandon later like the books that we buy and the fads that we try that end up gathering dust on a shelf!- Briana
Is this the new Fad?
These People make quite a claim! Pardon me but I would think the most imperative Biblical teaching is the BIBLE! The B-I-B-L-E yes that's the book for me. Yes, that's the book for me;
I stand alone on the word of God,
The Principle of the Seed
"The most imperative Biblical teaching to date is found in the Principle of the Seed. No matter what you have heard or read concerning 'seed' you have never heard it taught like this. This simple, natural, agricultural principle is found in all of God's creation and even within the cellular structure of our bodies. The Messiah Himself categorically stated that all parables, and subsequently all prophecies, are founded upon this natural truth. The Principle of the Seed is a fundamental Biblical truth that lays the foundation for the identity of who the Children of God are from the very beginning. If you are interested in knowing the end, you must go back to the beginning."
These People make quite a claim! Pardon me but I would think the most
imperative Biblical teaching is the BIBLE! The B-I-B-L-E yes that's the
book for me. Yes, that's the book for me;
I stand alone on the word of God,
The B-I-B-L-E.. Another little ditty that comes to mind is: BE CAREFUL LITTLE FEET WHERE YOU GO. Most contemporary Christian songs don't stick in my mind but this one did:
It's a slow fade by casting Crowns. Watch the video here: HERE. Yes it is about a different sin but Wow. It truly sneaks up on you.- Mrs. B