Todd’s Theses revisited (part two)


Theses Part TwoWay back in March 2006, I started a three-part blog-series titled “Todd’s Theses.” I essentially listed the church- and theology-thoughts running through my head at the time. I went back to review those posts and thought it might be interesting to repost them here unedited and unfiltered. Do I still feel the same? Am I embarrassed of what I believed so long ago? Let’s find out.

Addendum to #2:
The Bible provides an incomplete, human picture of who God is.

17. The Bible is the perfect word of God. (2 Tim. 3:16)

18. The Bible was written to a specific group of people, with a specific purpose and a specific situation. To read the scriptures out of their historical context is a dangerous practice.

19. The mission of churches shouldn’t be to get bigger. The mission should be creating disciples and sending them out to do ministry.

20. Individualism is one of the worst things that have happened to the faith. Churches are communities. We can’t ignore the importance of community in study, prayer and worship.

21. Healing is still possible.

22. Our faith has become incredibly logical; it’s all about what you know. We need to tap into our emotions and experiences and recognize they are as valid to our understanding as cognitive knowledge.

23. We need to stop studying (so much) and start doing. We have too many classes and not enough service.

24. We should never stop learning.

25. Christianity is not a political movement. Moral legislation will not bring anyone closer to Jesus.

26. A cappella worship is not the sole way to worship from the heart.

27. Questioning God, the Bible, traditions or leaders is necessary for some people’s faith. Rather than discourage that, we should facilitate it. Church should be the most comfortable place to seek the truth.

28. If people are truly seeking for truth, they will find it. (Matt 7:7-8)

29. Tracts won’t change people’s lives.

30. Disfellowshipping entire churches isn’t Biblical.

31. Pointing out doctrinal errors of other churches is a waste of time.

32. Having nice things isn’t a sin.

So, what do you think? Where am I way off base?

Conclusion cometh tomorrow.

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  1. December 20, 2007 at 10:27 am — Reply

    #25 is especially important this election year.

  2. baxter
    December 20, 2007 at 11:34 am — Reply

    First off, I love so much of what is in your thesis (especially yesterdays). And I just happened to find your site by visiting another site. I became interested because 1. I have a COC background and it was through a “servant” of COC that I came to Jesus. 2. I went to Harding for a year. 3. I read somethings that I liked expressed in your heart.

    I just wanted to comment on this one based on my experience…
    18. The Bible was written to a specific group of people, with a specific purpose and a specific situation. To read the scriptures out of their historical context is a dangerous practice.
    All I know is that when I became a Christian, I began taking an OT Survey class being offered by the church. I only knew little of the scriptures, I had to memorize the 10 commandments growing up in Catechism, went to Sunday School, and sat in Church with my grandma. I got a little of the Word of God. While taking this OT class, I became eager to “learn who this God is”. The elder had read the scripture about God saying that He would give the Israelites so much meat that it would make them sick and come out their nostrils. That sounded like such a “human” thing to say that it really grabbed my attention and I decided I wanted to learn more about who this God is I decided to serve. So I started by turning off my TV to make time to read all assignments. Then I began reading from cover to cover the NT, then I went back and read the OT, then I wanted to re-read the NT with OT background. I would make a concordance of things that really seemed pertinent to me as I was reading. This happened in a years time. God began to really transform my life just from reading. I read in simplicity and honesty, I read to be transformed and I held onto everyword. I didn’t have anything other than the scriptures and the Holy Spirit. My only goal was to know God and His will for ME. So I don’t know if #18 is completely accurate, I believe it is God who gives light and we just need to let Him.

    29. Tracts won’t change people’s lives.
    Just a brief thought about tracts. I am not a great fan of them, however, when I was a child I received one in Sunday school and it definitely put the fear of God in my heart. And that IS the beginning of wisdom. I think God can use anything to get a persons attention. It depends on the soil. The tract in and of itself does nothing; on that you are correct. I’ve listened to a LOT of Words to Live By and occassionally will hear the testimony of someone whom God got their attention through a tract.

  3. January 4, 2008 at 10:49 am — Reply

    What does acapella mean? Earlier you said worship was not to be confined to a service, it was all of life (I agree). Now you speak of acapella worship. What do you do in your life that requires accompaniment (of instruments, I guess you’re stumping for)? Maybe you mean acapella singing. I’m not sure how things “come from all hearts” but I’m pretty convinced that worship comes from my heart without a 10 piece band accompaniment and maybe that’s how God intended. Mind and voice praise; when you start adding other stuff us humans get into trouble (distractions, arguments). In heaven, when there will be perfection with God in total control, maybe he’ll relax the “acapella” requirement a little.

  4. January 4, 2008 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    Worship isn’t confined by an organized worship gathering, but worship can happen in such a time and place. When those gatherings happen, I don’t believe that a cappella worship is the sole expression of worship that God accepts. Worship may come from your heart without a 10-piece band, but I don’t believe that a 10-piece band impedes or interferes with one’s heart’s ability to offer up a sacrifice of praise. Just so you know, I’m not advocating for instrumental accompaniment at Central, I’m merely showing my support for those who don’t worship as we.

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Todd’s Theses revisited (part two)