It would do us well to think about the ‘big picture’ of Christendom from time to time.
Despite the devil whispering in our ears, “It’s no big deal,” how we view Christianity is a big deal. Thankfully, our approach to Christianity can be fairly simple.
Consider the words of Wayne Jackson,
There are two basic attitudes relative to the Christian religion.
One disposition affirms that Jehovah, across several millennia of history, meticulously prepared for the advent of Christ and the spiritual system which he would inaugurate. It argues that Christianity, as such existed in the first century under the guidance of inspired teachers, was exactly what God intended it to be.
Moreover, this view asserts that this divine plan, as designed by the eternal and omniscient Creator, would be perpetually relevant, thus age-lasting (cf. Dan. 2:44). Those who advocate this view maintain that if the world is ever to be saved, it must conform to the mold of Christianity—not the reverse (cf. Rom. 12:2).
On the other hand, there is the theory that the Christian religion was never designed to be static. Proponents of this concept allege that beyond a few minimal components (e.g., the fact that Jesus is the Son of God and that he died for the sins of humanity) Christianity is free to change with the times. It may adapt to various cultures. Its forms may be altered to meet the whims of new generations.
The Christian philosophy is thus free to experience an “evolutionary” development; hence, it is suggested, the “Christianity” of today may be vastly different from that of the first century, yet still have Heaven’s approval.
As to the validity of these two ideologies, the first represents the position of the Bible; the second has no scriptural basis whatsoever. Amazingly, however, it is advanced by a vast number of people who profess respect for Jesus Christ.
– “Is The Restoration Plea Valid?” (www.christiancourier.com)
How are we to return to the Christianity of the 1st century? N.B. Hardeman answers the question as good as anyone,
[The restorationists] proposed to the religious world for all to cut loose from anything and everything not specifically in the Bible and to go back to the beginning, back through the “Dark Ages,” and on further until all come to Pentecost and Jerusalem.
[…] They insisted that the word of God is the seed of the kingdom, and that it made no difference whether or not a single crop of Christians had been produced or a church of God established during the centuries past. One thing they were certain –viz., that if the same seed, unmixed and unadulterated, were planted [in current times] as were in the year 33, they would produce exactly the same kind of a crop as when planted and preached by Peter on Pentecost.
-“Reformers And Restorers” (Hardeman’s Tabernacle Sermons, Volume 1, Page 262)
Don’t ever forget the ‘big picture.’ We lose our identity and our purpose when we take our eyes off our noble goal – restoring simple New Testament Christianity.
…or you can just listen to the whisper that says, “It just isn’t a big deal. Do what you want.”
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