Flotsam and jetsam (8/1)

I agree with Swiss theologian Emil Brunner (and others) that universalism is heresy.  It is unbiblical and illogical.  However, that does not mean a person who holds it is not a Christian.  I have never met a Christian who was one hundred percent theologically correct.  Scratch hard enough and you’ll always find some heresy beneath the surface (if not on the surface).

McKnight is concerned that we have confused “Gospel” with “Plan of Salvation,” and rather than being true evangelicals (a word rooted in the Greek euangelion meaning “good news” or “gospel”), contemporary Western Christians might be better identified as soterians because we have built our whole church culture around one thing- salvation, who is saved and who is damned.

The reason why we cannot avoid these questions and retreat into a meal-less and symbol-less Christianity is because too much is at stake in the Eucharist. The meaning of Eucharist is ultimately anchored in a story, in fact, the story. It is a snap shot of the grand narrative about God, Creation, the Fall, Israel, the Exile, the Messiah, the Church, and the Consummation. Eucharist is ultimately a microcosm of our theology as what we think about gospel, salvation, and community, impacts our theology of the Eucharist.

I won’t pretend to foresee a “coming collapse” of our society or our Church. But I will say that I’m increasingly concerned not only that the material conditions of our prosperity are disintegrating, but that the deeper moral and spiritual conditions of our prosperity have long since degenerated.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on August 1, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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