Monday, 16 November 2009

Update on 'De-Christian' Meme

A little while ago I began a meme titled '5 Deeply de-Christian Doctrines'. Since then it seems to have spread across the blogging world, so I thought I would draw some of them together and make list of each different one that has been raised. For sake of space I have limited each one to their title only, but have put a link with each 5 so you know where they are from and can read in greater depth the persons personal understanding and description of it. I know there are more lists than this so if you come across this meme somewhere else and can add to the list or want to leave your own list then please feel free to do so in the comment space.

1. That its ok to sing songs expressing 200% devotion to God, even if you are half-hearted and lukewarm.
2. That the gospel can be reduced entirely to Jesus' death on the cross.
3. That mission can be reduced entirely to human activity for justice
4. Red letter bibles, which put all Jesus words in a different colour,
5. That you shouldn't interrupt what's going on at the front because, clearly, these people are more important than you.
5a that to be a really anointed Christian leader/get onto the speaking team at major festivals (which is pretty much the same thing?) you need brown shoes, faded jeans, a pinstripe shirt and a large church. Being a man helps.

1. That the commemoration of national tragedies will do in place of actual Christian lament.

2. That there is an approach to the Christian faith that somehow encompasses the “head” but not the “heart” and that this is deficient.

3. The myth white English-speaking westerners are still the leaders of the church

4. The idea that the Bible is a magic weapon that just transforms people once they encounter it.

5. The idea that there is more than one church.


1. The Holy Spirit is taught about mainly in silences, which is deeply de-Christian.
2. The idea of “once saved always saved”.
3. The notion of a Platonic salvation
4. The doctrine that God accepts us as we are.
5. I think the word “faith” has been, for all intents and purposes, butchered.


1. The Immaculate Conception.
2. God hates sin.
3. Adjectivizing “Christian”.
4. Social Trinitarianism.
5. Justification by “faith”.


1. Creationism.
2. The subordination of the Spirit
4. The idea that filling up every moment of your time with Church activity is in some way a Christian responsibility.
5. Believing that Christianity has a set of morals that can be read off from the Bible.

(1) The cult of nice
(2) The institutional effectiveness of the Church = the health of the Church
(3) the notion that talking about people is a Christian duty, and talking to them fraternising with the enemy. If we get the bishop to do our dirty work for us, it won't be dirty any more.
(4) my local expression of Church is all there is to it
(5) Faith = how I feel about...

1. The longer / louder your prayer the more likely it is that God will hear it.

2. When Jesus said 'make disciples'; he had in mind a teaching series delivered by an expert

3. That holiness is more about what I do than what God does

4.The body of Christ looks like a (our?) church rather than the church (with all her faults, diversity and character)

5. That running a business is less spiritual than running a church / Christian organisation


1. That Worship is more (or less!) important than Mission and justice and, even more dangerous, that by solely worshipping you are being missional by default.

2. Judgementalism - seems we are trained to be experts!

3. Consumerism - this claim that the church teaches consumerism should not be a surprise!

4. Sentimentality

5. Discrimination


1. Sola Scriptura: not just meaningless but, in so far as it eclipses the truth that a human being was the incarnate Word of God, anti-Christian.
2. Papal Infallibility: ultimately it is the
consensus fidelium which is infallible, but even there, there are some things which we cannot stand just yet.
3. Private Judgement:
4. Penal Substitution
5. "Family Values": source of much of our present distress, and not something that Jesus was particularly supportive of.


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