Christianity in Reverse

I am a big fan of Scot McKnight’s blog. While reading this past week he cited an article about Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary reviving their “Baptist-only” heritage. This is a very disturbing thing to me. Growing up fundamentalist Baptist, I have attempted to expand my Christian faith as I have matured and aged. I love the fellowship and friendship I share with people of various denominations and backgrounds. I love my current denomination (PCUSA). However, I would never want to declare a “Presbyterian-only” message, indeed I know its shortcomings far too well to express such an idea. And yet, even in the PCUSA, there are some who want to “purge” us so that we get back to a more “Presbyterians-only” message or a “fundamentalist-only” message (remember that the Presbyterians helped to start that whole fundamentalism thing!) or an “evangelicals-only” message.
Over the years, my parents generation has often declared that my generation will overcome the problems of the church from the last generation. My fear is that we will not only repeat these mistakes but dig the hole even deeper.

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