I read Mike Adams’ column on Townhall.com. Here is a guy who knows how to use satire while speaking to those in authority. His biting criticism of the American university system, with its hard left politics and its humanist, feminist, anti-life, anti-real education agenda, hits its target with laser guided precision. I highly recommend him to you.
In this weeks column Mike addressed the emotional damage caused by casual physical relationships. In the column he provides a link to his church. Mike is a Christian and possesses a thoroughly Christian worldview, which is why I am so surprised by his church’s statement of faith. Specifically, I am surprised by the last paragraph and more specifically by the last sentence of the last paragraph. Here is that paragraph:
“Scripture is the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. This church recognizes that it cannot bind the conscience of individual members in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she is ultimately responsible. We believe the Statement of Faith to be an accurate summary of what Scripture teaches. All members shall refrain from advocating doctrines that are not included in the Statement of Faith in such a way as to cause dissension.”
Their statement of faith totals a little over 1000 words in eight headings (this paragraph makes up one of the eight headings). So, they believe their eight paragraphs are an accurate statement of what scripture teaches and when you become a member you must refrain from advocating any doctrine that is not included in this document.
I don’t know what they mean by the phrase “in such a way as to cause dissension” but I am guessing that the threshold is pretty low. Just a bit of observation from a guy who pastors a much smaller church 🙂