Preach the GOSPEL

I came across an article in the Indy Star today about the ‘Diciples of Christ’; I guess it’s a denomination centered in Indiana. There is a general assembly this week in Indianapolis and there are couple of things that caught my eye…

  • Resolution 925 would change the way the church addresses moral or social issues, essentially moving away from up or down votes on resolutions in lieu of making the General Assembly more of a forum to present different viewpoints, leaving congregations to decide for themselves what direction to take.
  • Disciples will participate in a candlelight vigil in support of health-care reform.
  • Rev. Sharon Watkins, the Disciples’ general minister and president, said her denomination is only one of many starting to clue into the idea that faith and environmentalism can be branches of the same tree. She hopes it is a lesson her church’s members take home.
  • Born on the American frontier, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was founded on the idea of a simple New Testament faith and an acceptance of divergent viewpoints on the “nonessentials.” While founded on American soil in the early 1800s, is uniquely equipped to live up to its identity that it is a “movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.” The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of our unity in Christ with openness and diversity in practice and belief.

There’s their first mistake, having a woman as head of ANY denomination or church. That is completely unscriptural; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:7.

Second mistake is making the Earth an idol; third mistake is no one mentions making disciples by preaching the Gospel. Fourth, diversity.

And what is a ‘divergent viewpoint of a nonessential’? I still haven’t found a ‘What We Believe’ page, either…let me know if you find one.

Getting back to the article, the whole ‘general assembly’ theme is this:  Clearing confusion about what it means to live green, worship green and preach a green Bible, it should be cleared up this week when more than 6,000 Disciples gather in Indianapolis for a biennial convention. A key theme is showing what the church can do to help heal the earth.

The Holy Scripture clearly says, “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” (NKJV). The Gospel is the Gospel of Christ, not the planet Earth.

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