So I am halfway through Eldredge’s list of ten indicators of religious distraction from true Christ-centred Christianity. Let’s see if I can finish the list in a single post, actually I won’t bother trying. I’ll finish the list tomorrow. All to do with honouring God:
6. The holiness of God is taught by making him “unknowable” or unapproachable.
“God is spoken of as a mystery so high and lifted up we cannot possibly be friends. The talk may be very intellectual and philosophical; it may be hyperspiritual talk of the heavens; it might be existential “dark night of the soul” stuff. Do you ever hear Jesus talk like this? Of course there are mysteries to God, but Jesus came to make God known.”
The incarnation is about the unseen God being seen, and touched, and met, and talked to, and heard, and known. The New Testament critiques the proto-gnostic notions of an un-incarnate Christ because that tendency was in the churches. In modified forms it still is. While it may get us kudos as we stand at the church door and shake hands with the impressed, let us instead offer them the only begotten God who has made the Father fully known.
7. Holiness is substituted with rule-keeping.
The church seems to propagate technical righteousness and the minding of evangelical manners. Is this what holiness is all about? If we can’t make the connection between holiness and the fellowship of the Trinity, but only speak of separation from sinful acts, then perhaps our view of holiness is too superficial. If the preacher doesn’t get it, the congregation have little chance.
Tomorrow I’ll finish the list . . .