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Congratulations on not mattering anymore. A very wise move distancing yourself from Cedarville College. I think that should work out great for both of you. In your case you can drift even further from having any kind of useful impact or meaning in the world and in Cedarville’s case maybe now that they are not associated with you they can continue to move toward being even more faithful in impacting the world for Christ.
I know I am talking heresy right now. Crazy talk that proves that I am just a fool who needs to read his Bible. Except for one thing. I do. And guess what, it does not look good for you. Have you read about the Church at Corinth lately…it might help (if it’s for this dispensation that is). You have a big mouth and a severely furrowed brow but no fruit to show for your alleged faith. (The Kingdom of God is a matter of power not of talk). You continue to use your dubious dispensational theology to protect you from behaving like a Christ follower should. You sit in your fortress, waiting for the devil to attack or Jesus to return and your bad theology justifies it. At the same time you criticize useful ministries all around you and distance yourselves from them. In this sense you are separate from these ministries but not because of Holiness (the root word of sanctification or separation…to be set apart), but because of your own sin. You are separate, but only because you and many of the ministries you eschew are going in different directions. They are following Jesus and you are following you own selfish desire for self-protectionism. So a few suggestions are in order.
1. This is very basic but it bears repeating, and if it helps you can say it out loud a few times “It is not about you.” I took a look at your core values and such on your website, and never have I seen a ministry group that was so self-referential, I suppose that this make sense as the only people in America who have ever heard of the GARB are already in it, or have praise the Lord escaped from it. However, I would suggest that you discover one of my favorite terms: Sola Deo Gloria. It’s not about you it is about God. And if it is about God then it is about worship. And if it is about worship then one would have to assume that the best way to worship him would be in heaven…and yet you guys haven’t been raptured yet…So you would have to assume that there is a reason that you are still on this earth besides propping up the Christian school movement. So, Let’s ask our selves hmmm, what could that reason be? Why are we here? If it is not about spending all our time making news for absolutely stupid reasons (and it isn’t) and if it isn’t about spending our time talking to ourselves about how everyone else is evil and we aren’t (and it is not) then why are you here, hmmm? Which brings us to the second point:
2. It is about mission. In Isaiah we read “yes Lord walking in your ways, your name and your renown are the desire of our heart” (if you are uncomfortable with the understandability of that verse you can Textus Receptus it up and throw in a walk-eth). Now how does that relate? Simple, Worship is the fuel of missions flame. We do evangelism not because it feels really good, not so we can introduce folks to our quirky American Church behavior, not even because people really need it (though they do). We live mission because God deserves it. We make more worshipers because Jesus deserves the renown. Sola Deo Gloria, get it? So every time you fortress you are not only being disobedient to hundreds of clear commands that you somehow convolute, you are are stealing worship from Jesus. Worship that he deserves. Now I am no expert but it would seem to me that this is a bigger deal than a Christian university attracting students from a different Christian denomination. No wait you are right it really would be awful if one of those liberal Southern Baptist went to Cedarville and through good teaching accidentally ended up getting closer to God…man what was I thinking…
3. What in the world is up with you guys and hiding out in your fortress? The church is called to be the aggressor not the protector. Jesus says that he will build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Now think about that, hell has gates. Gates, has anyone ever been attacked by gates? Has any private ever been commanded by his colonel to jump in the gates and get to the front? I thought not, so if hells has gates, who is on the offensive?
4. This is a biggie but I beg you to have a correct view of Culture. Some of my favorite people in the world were GARBC missionaries, they are people who have affected me to this day. But, somehow you have failed to apply missional thinking to modern (post-modern?) American living. Culture is not the enemy of Mission. It is the field. We do not need protection from culture we need to be redeemers of culture. Some of us realize this. And people are encountering our Savior who deserves their worship. They are being discipled in His word and they are reaching others in their “worlds” for Christ. The end result is that Jesus gets more worship. Cool huh.
Oh well my GARB friends, don’t worry it has been a long time since you mattered, if Jesus works in your lives perhaps you will again. But if not, don’t worry while you are whining about tiny family conflicts and searching under every rock for someone who disagrees with you, so you can label them and separate from them, some of us will continue to sacrifice it all to make sure that our King is worshiped.
As long as you are making proclamations could you officially distance yourself from me…It helps with my street cred. Oh wait you can’t you are not allowed to say poop.