Who Can I Learn From?
I’ve been sharing the posts of Benjamin Cremer on Facebook lately as he has some very good things to say and he uses the short form limitations of Facebook well.
I have been repeatedly informed that Rev. Cremer has other beliefs that I do not agree with and I should not introduce my readers to “wolves”.
Cremer pastors an “affirming” church, meaning he affirms the place of gay people in the church.
I hold to a traditional view of human sexuality while simultaneously recognizing that I might be wrong.
The thing I like about Cremer (while disagreeing with him on a number of issues) is that he does try to ground everything in Scripture and the love of God.
He simply has different interpretations than I do, but his heart is still in fidelity to Christ.
I will continue to share his insights and exhortations…I’m always open to being challenged and learning from those who differ with me on secondary issues.
I don’t worry too much about who or what people read or listen to…I’m going to assume that you are not an idiot and are able to think for yourself.
I have no desire to control you by giving you a list of “approved” voices.
I trust that you will consult others you respect in regard to any doctrine or dogma, just as I do.
If you look at the history of Christianity, many of our most revered teachers were whacky in some way.
Luther was probably suffering from manic depression and believed in witches.
Calvin’s austerity helped kill him and he believed (as most of the Reformers did) in executing heretics.
Barth had a live in mistress…live in with he and his wife.
We’ve talked endlessly about the sins of pastors across denominational lines.
I’m obsessed with cats.
Now, there are false teachers and wolves out there.
Lots of them.
That’s why it’s important to do theology in community, preferably a church community where wiser, more educated voices have influence for the good of all.
Lacking that, we do have an online community where we can bring things to the table.
My litmus text for orthodoxy begins (and mainly ends) with the historic creeds and confessions of the early church.
The rest…is on the table.
Read broadly, think deeply, and pray without ceasing about it all.
Make your own application…