THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009
I finished reading Frank Viola's Pagan Christianity for the second time the other day.
Forget for a minute that he is biased towards house churches and "organic Christianity" (whatever that actually means). The questions he raises in his book are perfectly valid. And I believe that many (but not all) of his conclusions are correct.
The Restoration Movement has always been about returning us to the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible. As we have introduced worldly thinking into Christianity, it has been diminished.
I fail to see how we can be upset when modern Christianity is diluted with neo-paganism but get mad a Frank for pointing out that our whole history has been one of dilution with occasional factions that attempt restoration (Protestantism, Reformation, Restoration). None of these movements get it perfect, just closer. I think Frank's book provides an impetus for us to move even closer.
I don't agree with everything in the book, particularly his view of the Lord's Supper and the role of Christian Education (or lack thereof), I think we need to "test everything and hold on to the good."
Excellent read: Restoring Movement to the Restoration Movement by Dr. Roger Chambers
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