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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

holy rebellion?...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Alan Hirsch has posted an interesting reflection on the prophetic challenge to institutional religion, in which he argues...

"A prophetically consistent Christianity means that we must remain committed to a constant critique of the structures and rituals we set up and maintain. Perhaps rather than calling this anti-institutionalism, a rather negative frame of mind, we should rather understand it as a form of ‘holy rebellion’ based on the loving critique of religious institution modeled by the original apostles and prophets—‘holy rebels’ who constantly attempted to throw off encumbering ideologies, structures, codes, and traditions that limited the freedom of God’s people and restricted the gospel message that they are mandated to pass on. This is prophetic religion in practice, and it remains one of the essential elements of a true experience of Christianity. It is rebellion because it refuses to submit to the status quo. But because it is a holy rebellion, it directs us towards a greater experience of God than what we currently have."

The whole post is well worth reading - find it 'here'.

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 2:37 PM

1 Comments:

This is very intriguing - will read the whole thing. Thanks.

This is a much better way of looking at it than just being "anti-institution" etc. Of course, there has to be a change of heart, not just terminology.

commented by Blogger Adam, 10:08 PM  

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