Institutionalists fear freedom for the individual and don’t trust God to lead individuals to make loving choices. So, it must be imposed from above.
It’s also ironic. In US politics, conservatives–a huge block being Christians who support such institutions–are always rallying around the cry for freedom. But in their churches, they squelch freedom.
—Progressive Christian blogger Michael Camp of Deep Thought Pub giving his two cents on Christianity vs. Churchianity.
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”—scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) giving a challenge to young minds that was never ever thought of, thoroughly discouraged (and in some instances forbidden) in the historic Worldwide Church of God.
“For too long we have read Scripture with nineteenth-century eyes and sixteenth-century questions. It’s time to get back to reading with first-century eyes and twenty-first-century questions.”—-British Anglican minister, author, speaker and New Perspective on Paul advocate N.T. Wright is also advocating for everybody to have a new perspective on studying scripture.
There’s a difference between what is Descriptive in the Bible and what is Prescriptive. Many things in the Bible aren’t there to instruct or illustate how things are to be done. It’s just recording how it was done then. A lot of errant, shame based theology goes away when we learn that.
—Free Believer and blogger, Bart Breen explaining that the Bible is not merely a legislated code and shows that fundagelicals get it all wrong following that kind of premise.
“There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. But like any powerful weapon, the use of God’s name on one’s behalf should be used sparingly. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent. If you disagree with these religious groups on a particular moral issue, they complain, they threaten you with a loss of money or votes or both. I’m frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in A, B, C, and D. Just who do they think they are? And from where do they presume to claim the right to dictate their moral beliefs to me? And I am even more angry as a legislator who must endure the threats of every religious group who thinks it has some God-granted right to control my vote on every roll call in the Senate. I am warning them today: I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism.” – Former U.S. Republican Senator Barry M. Goldwater(1909-1998) on his two cents on “theocons” and how destructive a philosophy it is for the United States (and other western democracies).
(L)ove is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.
—The late Honourable Jack Layton (1950-2011), Canadian Leader of Her Majesty’s Oppositon and The New Democratic Party in his final letter to Canadians as he faced his battle with cancer which ended in the way least expected from all of us.
The response I always get when I say I believe there is a chance after death to accept Christ is, “Then what’s the point of accepting Christ now. We should all go do what we want and wait till we die.” To which I say, “So living this human life in Christ has no value for you?”
––former longtime WCG member, now author and speaker on weight maintenance, Annette Hunsberger Presley, defending her personal belief in the wider-hope doctrine of “Divine Perseverance” in response to fellow Evangelicals who are stridently uncomfortable with the concept.