Friday, January 11, 2008

Drawing a Line in the Sand

Happy New Year! Yes, I'm eleven days late. Please accept my apologies. I just never want to be accused of publishing "filler". If I don't have truly have something to say, I won't waste your time by just rattling off junk.

Thankfully I found something worthy of blogging about! It has been my extreme privilege to read Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile's new book:

"The Decline of African-American Theology: From Biblical Faith to Cultural Captivity

To say that this book is vitally important would be an understatment of the grossest sort. Bro. Anyabwile throws down the proverbial "gauntlet", calling us to "choose this day whom we shall serve"; the God of the inerrant, infallible Holy Bible or the god of our subjective, personal/cultural experience.

On the one hand is the omnipotent, just and providential God, who has revealed Himself in Holy Scripture; and who has commanded us in the way of true worship of Himself. On the other hand is the sympathetic, manageable and culturally-biased idol whom many of us have created in our own image. This non-God will prove to be naught in the judgement to come.

I challenge all the readers of this blog to obtain and read this challenging tome and consider whether you have inherited the original and more importantly Biblical faith of our enslaved ancestors or the personalized faith of the post-reconstruction era. Your answer is of eternal portent.

I also encourage you to visit Bro. Anyabwile's blog, Pure Church and let him know how his book impacts you. I'm sure he would appreciate it.

I leave you with this quote from his book's afterword: " . . . sincerity and truth are not synonyms. Theological errors and , in some cases, heresies have opened up fault lines that threaten to quake and destroy the souls of those inside a crumbling church. Faulty theology is not a victimless crime".

Be Like the Bereans, Baby!!!