What is the Role of the Church: Domination or Evangelization?
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Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 02:43:53 PM EST
John MacArthur is a well known evangelical pastor in Southern California, and this week he is hosting a large conference for pastors. Speakers at the conference include Albert Mohler and R. C. Sproul. Blogger Tim Challies is writing detailed reports from the conference. I just finished reading some of the material and wanted to highlight a couple of things, said by Mohler and MacArthur, to illustrate the sometimes confusing and subtle differences of political opinions between conservative Christians.
From Albert Mohler we get the usual triumphalist attitude we find with the more politically inclined Christian Right leaders. Challies reports:

Right here, taking place, in these days and these hours, is one of the most important events that can take place. It is a deeply subversive activity. If the world really understood what we are plotting, they would hit us with everything they have. Our ambition is total world domination. Not militarily, but evangelistically for the cause of the glory of Christ. And yet we need to admit that there are some within the institutional church that are equally uncomfortable with this. We are talking about things that they have not thought about for a long time. The plan for the recovery of the church of God has only one plan: the preaching of the Word of God.

Unlike Mohler, John MacArthur seems more concerned about evangelization instead of domination. Challies reports:

The church is marked by a great contrast. Jesus warns the disciples to "tell no one that He was the Christ." Why would He do this? He perceived that the people were going to make Him king. The people had a warped view of the Messiah and His kingdom, so they were not in a position to deal with the truth of this profession. They were looking for an earthly ruler and Jesus wanted nothing to do with that. His kingdom has no connection to any earthly kingdom. The church has no role in rearranging sinners into more acceptable lifestyles. Our mandate is to proclaim the Word of God. We are to penetrate our culture with the gospel, not to change the culture into a Christian one.



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The irony of these two viewpoints is that, if you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear, MacArthur's goal has already been accomplished. There is no place you can go that has not been reached by the gospel in some way or another. No place where there isn't some bit of Biblical presence. It's on the back of cars, it's on boxes of bread in the organic section of the store. It is truly everywhere, if you have the faculties to perceive it.

The mission has been accomplished.

Sadly, the 'triumphalist' Albert Mohler is so busy shouting and gesticulating and ramming his version of his faith down everyone's throats, that he is actually incapable of seeing or sensing that 'still, small voice' everywhere. He wants to drive it off, and replace it with some kind of militaristic empire which is already corrupted and decayed, because it lacks the Holy Spirit.

And he's right- people should come down upon his hypocritical, subversive and destructive 'event' with everything they have. If they do not, they have no one to blame but themselves for permitting the wolves to feast on the sheep.

by Lorie Johnson on Fri Mar 03, 2006 at 07:52:45 PM EST


of his recent glorification of patriarchy.

Nevertheless, Longman argues that the return of patriarchy is almost assured, given the social crisis that will be produced by a catastrophic fall in birthrates.
"Patriarchy does not simply mean that men rule," Longman explains. "Indeed, it is a particular value system that not only requires men to marry but to marry a woman of proper station. It competes with many other male visions of the good life, and for that reason alone is prone to come in cycles."
http://www.albertmohler.com/commentary_read.php?cdate=2006-03-01


by Maat on Sat Mar 04, 2006 at 12:00:20 AM EST

after my initial sentence.  Between my initial sentence and the link is the quote of Mohler - his recent commentary on his blog.

by Maat on Sat Mar 04, 2006 at 12:02:10 AM EST
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The differences between MacArthur and Mohler's statements doesn't seem too subtle to me.  For MacArthur, the goal is the evangelization itself, the conversion of people to Christianity--saving souls.  For Mohler, evangelism is simply a means to an end--the transformation of America (and the world) to a Bible-based society.

by tacitus on Sat Mar 04, 2006 at 12:51:22 PM EST


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