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Monday, January 16, 2006

Christian culture

Disturbances arise in the minds of the children of God over reconciling normative apostolic practice and the practice of their own cultures (the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of racial, religious and/or social groups.)

Christian culture is created in Christ and prescribed in the New Testament. Though times change and cultures differ, the Christian culture is unique and exists independently. The way that Christians and churches relate to culture in any place and time may change according to those times and places. But the culture of gathering believers -- which exists outside of and independently from world governments, cultures, and standards -- is universal and permanent, having neither command to change nor necessity to conform.

2 comments:

Jim said...

There is an old saying: "Don't be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly value."

We are not of this world, but we are in this world, and that is what sets us apart from the world.

It is reported a simpleton sat outside Spurgeon's tabernacle and said, "I'm just a fool and nothing at all, but Jesus Christ is my all in all." No truer words have been spoken, and this should be our daily witness. We can quote scripture and preach until the world turns blue, and in the end, the world will see the difference if we are all engrossed in the Lord Himself above all else.

Cheers,

Jim

R. L. Vaughn said...

Jim, thanks for reminding me of that story. I haven't thought of that in a while. I looked on the internet to see if I could find it, and found this version of Jack the Huckster recorded at the Antipas Reformed Baptist Church site.