September 29, 2020

Internet Monk Radio Podcast #124

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This week: Evangelical Christians and Obama Christians.

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  1. Now that was refreshing. Thank you!

  2. I was reading recently that Konrad Adenauer, the West German post-1949 Chancellor, refused to take part in anti-Hitler conspiracies (like the recent Tom Cruise movie) based on those Bible verses about respecting the magistrates
    (though his family prayed for a German defeat). But its not clear what this “respect” should consist of- is any attempt to change the government wrong?
    Contra David Barton, was the American Revolution blatantly anti-biblical?:)

  3. A protestant thing? boy am I glad Rome does not define who is in the church and who isn’t, they might even include observances.

  4. Interesting podcast – two thoughts.

    First – it has always seemed to me an occupational hazard of being a “confessing church” (rather than an apostolic one). How much conformity and on what issues “count”? So I would agree (pace willoh) that this is a Protestant phenomenon (the crucial difference with Rome being that instead of of _one_ definition of who the church is, you have exactly as many definitions (give or take a few) as you have Protestant Christians.

    However – it seems that you maybe take this too far. What are the minimum requirements for being a “professing Christian”? You seem to imply that all that is needed is for someone to say “Yeah, I’m a Christian”. That seems to render the word “Christian” essentially meaningless, as it comprises under the same identification Joseph Smith, John Shelby Spong, Watchman Nee, Arius, and Kate Schori. Surely there is _some_ minimum (however bare), to which one must assent in order for one’s status as a “professing Christian” to be more than an empty form of words? I imagine that virtually no one in your audience shares any communion of belief with Spong at all (at least not as regards anything specifically Christian – we would probably all agree that slavery is bad), yet you would seem to be committed to defending his inclusion as a “professing Christian”. That seems absurd to me, frankly.

    Just my $.02


  5. Man, your intro cracks me up everytime I listen! Particularly that you do your own introduction!

  6. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

    In the essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.