Some quick thoughts on the quotes in the CRN article “Good Words”
THE WORLD IS NOT IN NEED OF A NEW DEFINITION OF CHRISTIANITY, ITâ€™S IN NEED OF A NEW DEMONSTRATION OF CHRISTIANITY.
Sounds a lot like keep the message but change the method. Couldnâ€™t agree more, Mr. Ravenhill.
WHEN THEREâ€™S SOMETHING IN THE BIBLE THAT CHURCHES/SAINTS DONâ€™T LIKE, THEY CALL IT “LEGALISM.
No, when people place non-biblical (or cultural rules) at the core of their faith and then press them on others, it is legalism. For example, saying that music from the 1890s is the only way to worship God â€“ that is legalism. Saying that there is a correct and incorrect slang to write in (i.e. â€œdudeâ€, â€œhotâ€, etc.) â€“ that is legalism. Saying that you canâ€™t have comfy chairs in church or coffee bars â€“ that is legalism.
â€œSPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE THE DEVILS SUBSTITUTE FOR GODâ€™S JOY.â€
I would not have a problem with this statement if it said â€œSports and entertainment can be the devilâ€™s substitute for Godâ€™s Joy.â€ However, Ravenhill makes a definitive statement, saying that these things are inherently evil. I wonder if the â€œeditorâ€ at CRN has ever been to a baseball game. I wonder if he/she/it has ever been to the movies. I wonder if he/she/it would currently feel comfortable taking part in any sports game or entertainment. If they do, then they are substituting Godâ€™s Joy for the Devil.