The Sex and Death Conference has ended. Finis est. My congratulations to those of you who have stuck with me so far.
There is so much I would like to share with you about this week: the deep Spirit-storm and coming-of-age themes in Job, the structure of the Song of Songs, even more on the ways the Church has failed today.
But I can’t.
However, I would like to offer up for your consideration one last point.
During the Wine lecture, Jim Jordan explored the reasons why the Church has not only failed to view wine correctly, but has in fact turned vehemently away from the Biblical view.
One of the reasons is a case of walking by sight and not by faith. Theology/tradition trumping Scripture.
We want so desperately to figure some things out that we create our own little world and try to fit the Bible inside it, rather than the other way around.
A clear, current, example of this is the Federal Vision controversy. For those of you unschooled in this, the Federal Vision essentially compares the Body of Christ to a family, in which you can fall from favor, or lose your salvation. I. e., we know that Judas Iscariot was in fact a disciple, chosen by Jesus Himself, yet he obviously lost his salvation.
This is not intended as a defense of Federal Vision. While I do adhere to the FV view, this is not the place for it (I may post that in the future should I feel the need to do so). The point of the illustration is that there are people who are not comfortable with the ideas proposed by FV. They try to box it up, touting the Westminster Confession of Faith (often equal with Scripture), etc.
FV admits that we can’t understand. There are some things we will never understand. But trying to box up salvation into something we can see and understand is sight trumping faith, which is sin.
Ideologies, sets of ideas, are often chosen by Christians despite clear contradictions to the Word of God. Again, what “looks” good being favored over trusting God, even if what He says isn’t always what we want to hear.
Justice is rough. We all deserve Hell. The path is straight and narrow and often rocky. But we’re only pulling the wool over our own eyes if we think we can choose the path that looks the best to us, because that is the one that leads to destruction.