Anabaptism? The unknown God?
The Apostle Paul in Athens
Acts 17 NIV
23For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.
24“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. 30In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
“Anabaptist” appears 50+ times in 4/23 print edition of MWR
Has worship of Anabaptism become the cornerstone of Mennonite salvation? As a prodigal from a strong Mennonite community, its pride and worship of doctrine as a saving grace illustrates the failure of the Mennonite congregations to remain a viable worship community for myself and many others.
The Mennonite church’s faith and worship in the labels, “Anabaptist, Menno, peacemaking, justice seeking, missional, replicate, unity in diversity, etc.” tends to overshadow the need for true spiritual communion and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The church leadership seems determined to adopt a world view theology to its labels in lieu of biblical teaching. Adapting God’s Holy Word to fit a human viewpoint is apostasy. God must be dismayed. I find many local churches lacking in the personal spirituality of its congregants, educators and leaders. A spiritual church will grow God’s kingdom. Its not about being attractive to the world or appeasing God and the church through personal effort. Only the power of the Triune God will lead to personal salvation and grow the true church. Doctrines and labels can become a strong distraction from the greater personal blessings of true repentance and worship. How is your church blessing your personal relationship with God? It is personal, isn’t it?