We love categories, don’t we? It’s so neat and tidy, popping people into their little folders labeled “Christian”, “Buddhist”, “atheist”, and so forth. In fact, we love categories so much that we sub-categorize and sub-sub-categorize. “I’m a Christian. I’m a Baptist. I’m an independent Baptist.” Then there are camps within the sub-sub-categories. “Are you a Sword person or a Revival Fires person?” (For the record, I’m both.)
But wait! What’s the point of a neatly labeled folder if there’s nothing in it?!!?
The biggest fault of 20-something independent Baptists is that they haven’t learned anything past salvation, baptism, and eternal security. They know Bible stories, but not doctrine. They’ve memorized verses like everyone else in the youth group, but they don’t know how those verses connect. They read Proverbs, but save the rest of the Old Testament for the next time Pastor says, “Turn to II Kings.” They don’t know which laws are unchangeable and which were only ceremonial. They can’t tell the difference between patriotism and God-given rights. They try to apply the Bible to their 21st-century lives, but never conform their lives to the timeless Bible.
Um, news flash. We’re the future of Christianity. If we don’t know the Bible, the church dies with us.
Throughout this blog, I hope to include helpful links, resources, study tips, and so on, as I find them. I don’t have all the answers, but I know how to find them, and I hope I can help others get there too. “For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.”