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October 29, 2008

The New Confessing Church

Paul Edwards' article "The New Confessing Church" identifies a recent politically correct trend among some American churches, one which should disturb any Christian who believes that our job is to be spiritual non-conformists when it comes to culture (Romans 12:2). Read his article to see what these churches are doing. 

It's not that Christians -- singularly and collectively -- don't have sins we need to confess. But Edwards points out that "whoever created this package of confessions missed the point that most of these so-called 'sins'  are nothing more than liberal media stereotypes of conservative, evangelical, gospel-preaching churches whose real sin is offending the sensitivities of the culture by maintaining their faithfulness to the Word of God." 

Perhaps it's time for those of us who believe God's Word is the standard for determining what is and is not sinful to read up on what happened in the historic Confessing Church. Now, where did I put my copy of Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship?

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I live in the Detroit area and heard some pastors from Kensington church on the radio a couple of weeks ago discussing this preaching series. They claimed to have gotten the idea from a book entitled "Unchristian" which apparently takes a look at the church and the public perception of it. I kept thinking, as I listened, that the Gospel is an offense to those who don't believe and I would never think of appologizing for it. This was a secular radio station and most everyone who called in to comment was opposed to what Kensington is doing. They did say that the last sermon would be on why they will not appologize for following Jesus, but the whole thing smacks of political correctness to me.

Mike Perry

Quite a good article with an excellent point--why let those who dominate our culture define our sins. I'd suggest a different set for a sermon series. We should confess:

1. For not calling on all believers, many decades ago, to never vote for the Democratic party because of its support for slavery, segregation, white supremacy, and lynching.

2. For not not opposing a progressive cause like eugenics more aggressively both in its heyday in the 1920s as well as today, when it targets disabled children.

3. For being so late to oppose legalized abortion, leaving it to the Catholics and not getting involved until almost a decade after legalization and for continuing to vote, at least occasionally, for politicians who support it.

4. For not criticizing liberal support for the Soviet dictatorship more aggressively between 1917 and the USSR's demise.

5. For not attacking FDR for doing nothing to help the Jews doing the persecution of the 1930s and the death camps between 1941 and 1945.

I could think of more, but that's a good start.

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