Abstract Rhetoric: Schism between ‘Biblical Doctrine’ & Biblical Relating
Second, I will go further: in my view God is shutting down many churches because the religion is pervaded by ‘system’ and not ‘relational wisdom’.
In one church it is the other way around, and it is growing. It is built on a social trinitarian model of God and not on a Platonic model of God – i.e. it is relational, rather than overly hierarchical and abstract. This is not to doubt the great quality of many of the Christians in these churches. It is not their fault that they have been handed down a religion that suppresses relational wisdom, and many have such wisdom despite this fact.
But if loving God and neighbour is the heart of obedience, then any sermon on sin, for example, must focus by definition on relational distortion. So, to be more biblical, it is necessary to preach more in a relational vein, and less in terms of abstract systems, and certainly less in terms of abstract systems dumbed down to pre-school levels and put to the music of jingles that just use the word ‘love’ without explaining it.Continue reading “Perpetuating prejudice”