Bible Believing Church


#1

I always wondered why when someone’s life is in peril, people tell them the first thing they need to do is on Sunday, go and join or go to a good ‘bible believing chuch’ and start from there. I see it on websites of Protestant churches, etc…and have always wondered why in the world you have to say that…I mean, name me a Christian church that is not ‘bible believing’. Well I found a narrative from a guys blog on the net, and I thought it pretty good. Thoughts?

Thursday, December 9, 2004

What does it mean that a church is “Bible-believing”? One believes or doubts what one is told, and the scriptural texts say much. “Bible-believing” ostensibly announces that the Bible has been read and its content is believed and held as normative for faith and life. I know no major American church—Protestant, Orthodox, or Catholic—for which this is not true in some real and vital sense. It seems to go without saying that a Christian church would take Christian scripture as the basis of its ministry.

Why then would any church feel compelled to tack the phrase to its marquee? This past week in Woodstock I’ve seen it twice: The Free Methodists on Seminary Avenue are “Bible-believing” and Christ Life Church on Jackson is “A Spirit-Filled, Bible Believing Church.” Why waste the letters on something self-evident?

Like many Americans of my generation, I sense when someone’s trying to sell me something. Though I am not a shepherd or a farmer; though I lack significant experience with the affairs of a “prominent state”; and though I willingly admit my less-than-perfect grasp on the Bible and Christian history—which is no great wonder at age 24—I am in fact conversant with commercial advertising and marketing. The logo on my coffee mug confirms almost one year paid experience, and my portfolio testifies to another four. I’ve learned to recognize a sales pitch.

The marketplace is no more fierce than in the trade of religious faith, where the stakes supercede mere economic survival. Our most active philanthropists compete for the salvation of the everlasting soul. Why not shudder when we learn a church has hired a marketing director? Because the fine line between marketing and evangelism has been erased. We are capitalists before we are Christians.

The dual task of the contemporary American church is to make the message attractive to consumers and to trounce the competition, in God’s name. In this respect, a church that aggressively proclaims to the commuting public its Bible-belief sends two messages. First, its members judge the content of the Bible trustworthy, and by extension, subscribe to its Truth and Value(s). Second, others don’t. Therefore, they assert, we are real Christians and you should join us in salvation, because you won’t get it elsewhere.

Do you smell the burgers on the grill when you drive past at lunchtime? or hear the voice say, “This weekend only”? Have you ever requested a price-match? or returned an item you found cheaper elsewhere?

“Bible-believing” on a church marqee is unadulterated posturing—a clear and exclusive claim to possession of absolute Truth and divine blessing. Explicit and provocative publication of what is evident is more than affirmation. It’s a charge against brethren: If you read the Bible, you read it wrong; our Communion is closed. These are fighting words.

As long as faith is subject to the market’s craft, I cling to this truth: “We are beggars: this is true.”


#2

You’d have to ask the people who say, “Go to a Bible Believing Church” what they mean by it. But some liberal churches don’t accept the bible as infallible, inerrant, etc. I would say that those churches are NOT bible believing!


#3

I always took it to mean ‘don’t go to a Catholic church’ cause of course, we don’t believe in the bible; we just blindly follow this old guy outside of Rome.:shrug:


#4

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Yeah, I know what ya mean.

It always amuses me when some guy says something doofus like that with regard to our most holy faith and then I use the Word of God to answer his questions or refute his assertions.

Ignorance is a real drag…:rolleyes:


#5

I alway read the term in this way:
Bible believing church=fundamentalist protestant reading of Scripture.


#6

And denial of the Eucharist.


#7

I think “Bible-believing” among Protestants mostly signifies “theologically conservative”-- as opposed to more liberal churches, who tend to present Scripture as mostly myth and platitudes.


#8

I think that’s right.
Unfortunately, there are also a lot of people who mean something else by “Bible believing”, but really, when you get down to it, that is the idea.
And then, there are those who believe that “Bible Believing Church” = ":eek: Fundamentalist,:eek: Independent, :eek: Premillenial, :eek: Pretribulationist,:eek: Secret Rapture, :eek: Cessationist, :eek: King James Only, :eek:Only-Three-Truly-Christian-Colleges-in-America, Nondenominational Baptism by Immersion Upon an Adult Profession of Faith, Church ".
I am related by blood to a number of these people; some of them still live in hope of converting me “from Methodism to Christianity”.(Being as how I am Mainline Denominational Protestant, Amillenial, Non-Rapture, Semi-Cessationist-Depending-On-the-Gift, 73 Books in the Bible, There-Are-Christians-All-Over-Some-Who-Practice-&-Some-Not, non-OSAS, Pro-Infant Baptism…It makes them very nervous…)


#9

And then, there are those who believe that “Bible Believing Church” = " Fundamentalist, Independent, Premillenial, Pretribulationist, Secret Rapture, Cessationist, King James Only, Only-Three-Truly-Christian-Colleges-in-America, Nondenominational Baptism by Immersion Upon an Adult Profession of Faith, Church ".

Best definition ever!:thumbsup:


#10

This chap has his head screwed on :slight_smile:

“We are a Bible-believing church” can mean:
[LIST]
*]“We believe the Bible - even though this can be very inconvenient & uncomfortable for us”[/LIST]or it can mean
[LIST]
*]“We believe the Bible - because it agrees with the ideas & attitudes we have already; if it doesn’t continue to do that, we won’t believe it”[/LIST]There is a world of difference between these attitudes.


#11

Were there truth in their advertising, they’d call themselves “Bible-believing except for John 6:53, James 2:14, Matthew 16:19, and those 7 books some long-dead guy decided didn’t belong in the Bible 1,200 years after the canon was settled”.


#12

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