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The Changing Future Church –What to Keep and What to Discard!
Right now everything is changing
- the ScientificRevolution and the information age have plummeted all of usinto unprecedented change in every area of our lives! And,change is especially happening in the Church! As ministersand believers in this time of extraordinary change, it isimperative that we have the wisdom to know what changes tokeep and what to discard!There are two sides to this change! The first component of change concerns the precious ideals that we must value andkeep. Let's call them lawful BOUNDARIES. A boundaryindicates a proper border or limit. In other words, there must be rock solid unalterable truths and we must continue tohonor the Word of God as sacrosanct.
Proper "BOUNDARIES" are indisputable TheologicalTruths that will never change.
There are unmovable Truths of Scriptures that must betreasured and cherished, they must be defended and fortified.They are the genuine, rightful, and legitimate ethics andprinciples that must be upheld.Here are a few of my essential main beliefs. I believe in:1.
One God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Creator of all things.2.
The centrality of the Lord Jesus Christ and personalsalvation by
free will choice
(volition) through Hisshed blood.3.
The inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God.The rightly translated Word of God is inviolable andirrefutable!4.
The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit. Eternal security. Thefinished work of Redemption which includes thedefeat of the devil by the cross.5.
Ongoing and progressive salvation and sanctification(that includes integrity, legitimate moral standards,and principles of Christ-like character).6.
The literal personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ --and also in the potential of Christ-likeness returningamidst the many-membered corporate believer.
Truth doesn't ever change
. God never changes. But ourunderstanding of Who God is and understands the languageof Scripture, WE do progress. And, as we proceed furtherinto comprehending Truth, our capacity and perspectiveincreases and changes.
Every minister must deliver the most theologicallysound information available.
The God, who dwells in ourmidst, gives us keys to unveil and activate His powerfulpurposes and unlock the believer's potential to profoundlyimpact the world.
Apostolic ministers and leaders have the crucialprivilege to maintain fundamental integrity
during thistime of reform and revolution! We have the mandate topreserve desirable BOUNDARIES by modeling ethical,decent, honest, reliable, and principled behavior. We alsohave the obligation to teach and uphold these unmovabletruths that must remain as our prized standards andBOUNDARIES.
2. BARRIERS A BARRIER
blocks, obstructs, or impedes. A barrier canseparate or hold apart. It can restrain (like a fence or gate).Barriers are issues like: ineffective religious tradition,needless rhetoric, and old mentalities of archaic paradigms.Every incorrect and limiting barrier MUST be taken downand corrected. Among these barriers are:
We must confront that lens of superstition, false emotionalism, and limiting ideas that restrain and keep believers from being fully self-expressedand released into their destiny.
SOCIAL, GENDER, and RACIAL BARRIERS.
Barriersagainst the equality of personhood must be removed. Weequally esteem one another because the image of God isfully expressed in all people. Every believer canindividually express full Truth. Equality and unity of theBody can only be expressed through diversity.
DOCTRINAL AND DENOMINATIONAL BARRIERS.
Wemust NOT camp at the doorstep of ineffective rigid controls,or cultural superstitions, or useless routines that becomeobstacles to the purposes of God.