Will The Real Christianity Please Stand Up

Two people in two separate situations this week asked me what a Christian believes (I know two is hardly revival but still)!

Both were coming from different places in this regard, both had an axe to grind regarding institutional Christianity, something which, to their great shock and confusion, I agreed with (by-and-large).

three-people-sharing-a-meal-1885A wonderful sketch of three people eating (c) wikiart.org

But where they both responded in a positive way, was in their own ignorance of actual confessing Christianity, and all its glorious forms and versions (and some inglorious) in 2000 years of Church History.  I did refrain from giving a snap-shot of this history, but hopefully this just added some thirst-inducing salt to the wells of curiosity that was now open to them.

As a Baptist (by theological conviction), it will come as no surprise that the Anabaptist tradition has had a significant influence on me.  What I talked through with my two new friends was the 7 Core Convictions of the Anabaptist Network, a statement of faith that is as Biblically Christian as I’ve found anywhere, and as defiant against almost all that we inherently associate with much of contemporary Christianity.

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Have we this Christ?

Forsyth.DescendingonHumanity.90702Another clasic from P. T. Forsyth in his 1908 sermon ‘Christ at the Gate’ (p.252) in Descending on Humanity and Intervening in History edited by Jason Goroncy.

“I know what you are ready to do – to confront me with the irony of existing Christendom.
You may heap up the crimes of the past, and even of the Church.
You may accumulate before my eyes the wrongs, anomalies, and miseries of the present.
You may charge the civilisation of Europe after these two millenniums of Christianity with being little but a veneered paganism.
It may all be too true.
But it is not Christendom that is the religion of Christians. It is the Gospel.
It is not Christians that make the evidence of Christianity, it is Christ.
Christ is the one apologetic.
Have we this Christ?
We certainly have the Church – have we this Christ?
Yea, we have this Christ, else we were no Church.”

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