We all know about JESUS: ALL ABOUT LIFE coming up. Is this a time to speculate who we’re united with or separate ourselves with those who might have their own agenda? Should this be more about representing our pure Christian beliefs, practices and beliefs falling carefully into ministries that seem to have it together?
Or is this a time to fully go for it (warts and all) and qualm about controversialities later?
If IHOP is clearly pawning the 10KW event which is being advertised through JAAL, how do you also feel with this?
How important are doctrinal or various ministerial differences in relation to ‘supporting’ other ministries in ‘unity’. I really believe in church unity, but I am also a huge believer in truth with integrity when it comes to supporting other Christian Ministries. If you are not aware with what CCC (C3), are doing, they are once again tagged to an event that is not theirs. (Will Chris Pringle bag this event out too?) And any thoughts on Hope 103.2?
But just like 10KW, they will be putting on a massive event in the Homebush area called “LOVESYDNEY” and it has been heavily promoted. Apparently this massive C3 event has ‘no strings attached’. I’d like to know if Teddy knows anything about this. Everything is FREE for the general public and the nights will be filled with worship. (I am actually tempted to check this out!)
But should we sniff out rats, or should we shrug off differences? To me, this entire event has got PROTESTANT written all over it. The Catholic church of Australia did it first, now it’s our turn!
Lance posted up an interesting article at http://www.groupsect.wordpress.com.au :
ABC Online reports…
“A former Australian Defence Force Anglican bishop says religious belief is waning in Australia because the Christianity most Australians have encountered is weak, insipid, and in some cases unintelligible.
Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre and head of the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University, Professor Tom Frame, says churches must take some of the blame for the decline.
“The Christianity that most Australians have encountered is weak and insipid and in more than a few instances uninspiring and unintelligible, and the majority have no idea of what the Christian religion is offering,” he writes in his book Losing My Religion: Unbelief In Australia.
Professor Frame points to what he believes are three reasons for this.
“To some degree some churches are caught in a time warp, they’ve got the social and cultural forms of the 1950s and 1960s and have been unable to embrace the 1990s and the new millennium, so they do seem to be locked in time and their message with it,” he told ABC Online.
“The second thing that I would say is that many of the churches are totally overcome by internal bickering about minor points of doctrine about which the world could not care less, because they don’t bear upon everyday life.
“And I think the third thing is that the churches themselves have conducted some of the internal debates in public and given the impression that not even the churches are sure about what they believe.
“Now I don’t think that’s true, but in conducting, if you like, household conversations in the full glare of the media spotlight, [they have] led some people to focus on the division rather than the unity; the separateness rather than the oneness of the message that’s being proclaimed.
“There are some churches who in my view have a totally hybrid religion, one which is nearer to therapy than spirituality. And if you are an external observer seeing all of this it’s not surprising that you think the churches themselves don’t know what they’re on about.
“And if they can’t articulate a clear message then why should anyone bother listening?”
At Federation Australia was considered a Christian nation, but Professor Frame points to census figures showing that today a quarter of the population does not have a declared religion.
“If we take the census figures as any reliable measure of what’s happening in the community then we would have to say that those who have formalised religious beliefs – that express themselves through the major religions that people are offered in the census form – then certainly there’s a big change going on,” he said.
“In 100 years we’ve gone from a country with nearly 97 per cent of the population belonging to one of the four big Christian denominations to 63 per cent; 5 per cent having a religion other than Christianity. It’s a lot of change in a very short space of time and that’s going to have consequences for the whole community.”
And he says even though people may refer to themselves as being of Catholic, Anglican or Uniting Church faith, they do not necessarily have beliefs that correspond with the formal ones of those religions.…
So what are your thoughts on this?