Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

David Wilkerson May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011

The Cross and the Switchblade was one of the first Christian books I read as a teenager. It gave me a view of Christian life and ministry far different to anything I’d known before.

As a result of that book and the story it told, David Wilkerson became a genuine Christian celebrity – but he didn’t seem to be seduced by the trappings of celebrity and unlike so many of today’s preachers he didn’t water down his message.

Sadly he has been killed in a car accident in Texas.

More details can be found here:

A memorial service will be streamed live by the Times Square Church he established. Details will be posted on the Time Square Church website.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

"Jesus Christians"

There has been an interesting development. The people I have mentioned in my previous two posts have been exposed as being part of the same religious group.

Previously any suggestion that they were in any way connected had been deflected with mocking references to “conspiracies”.

They are a group who live in community. New members are required to sell their possessions and hand the proceeds over to the community. (Hence their means of support without paid work).

They promote the belief that Jesus alone is “the Word of God” and that while scripture is inspired it can be fallible. Therefore they can promote their interpretation of Jesus teaching without reference to anything else in scripture.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Words of Jesus vs. The New Testament

A situation mentioned in my previous post continues. Several extreme doctrines are being promoted by a few newcomers on a forum I frequent. They dismiss scriptural evidence against their ideas because they have a very selective approach to scripture. They see “the words of Jesus” as having more authority than the rest of scripture.

The thing that is being missed is that we don’t have “the words of Jesus”. We have the scriptures which contain reports of a small sample of what Jesus taught. The people giving those reports were either witnesses themselves or they compiled reports from others who were witnesses.

If we take the parts of Jesus’ teaching that are reported as part of scripture and remove them from the context of the rest of scripture we are highly prone to misinterpreting and misapplying those teachings.

If "Jesus words" were more important than the rest of scripture then God could very easily have given us books of His sayings and teachings alone, instead of giving us four gospels, an account of the early church, several letters and a book of prophecy.
But He chose to reveal Himself and His purposes through latter.