Monday, April 16, 2007

Humble Orthodoxy

I love this statement of truth from the New Attitude (NA) website.
What is humble orthodoxy?
Humble orthodoxy is a commitment to believing, living, and representing the truth with humility. We believe that God's truth in Scripture should not be redefined or reinvented to suit our own preferences or culture. Our role is not to change truth but to let truth change us.

It's not a revolution. It's not a movement. It's a group of people in local churches, passionate about rediscovering truth and recommitting to it. We stand on the shoulders of those who have followed God before us. So this is what we offer to the conversation:

Forget reinvention. Embrace a humble orthodoxy.

What a refreshing answer to the post-modern drivel of our time. May God make us to stand firm on the faith delivered to us through the ages by the superintending hand of His Spirit.


HALFMOM said...

I certainly agree in prinicple - there is no need to "re-invent" truth when it is already nicely laid out for us by a divine sovereign -

however, as long as it is interpreted correctly, I also see a need for Prov 15:2 - as your beloved is fond of quoting - to say things in a way that this "postmodern" generation, as it were, can hear. All things to all men so that some....

Frodo said...

Question not related to this entry...

Pastor Marty,
Upon reading the Gospels this Easter conclusions lean toward, very strongly, the notion that Jesus did not come into Jerusalem on Psalm Sunday but more like Psalm Friday and having given the sign of Jonah as evidence of who He was, the odds are good He was crucified on Wednesday late afternoon and resurrected late Saturday afternoon but not discovered missing by the disciples until Sunday morning. So why do we celebrate Psalm Sunday and Good Friday?


ChosenRebel said...

There is some debate over the issue of both when Jesus came into town (a lttle) and the day he was crucified (a lot).

FOr my part, I am convinced that Palm SUnday is the day that Christ first entered Jerusalem. As rescently as this past year, I was still unconvinced about the day he was crucified. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday all have their supporteres.

On of the best presentations of "other than Friday" is by James Montgomery Boice in his commentary on the Gopel of John. My own opinion has been shaped must profoundly by the masterful presentation of Dr. Horold W. Hoehner, in the his book, Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ."

Three things to get straight: 1) Jesus was crucified. 2) Jesus did rise, 3) Jesus fulfilled all Scripture related to his death and resurrection. Beyond that, arguments and speculation are interesting but not always productive to a life of godliness and impact in the world. It tends to feed our general temptation to "know more and do less."

SO the answer to your question is that with all the theories of how the events in the last days of Christ mesh together, the consensus of the church for almost 2000 years is the Palm Sunday and Good Friday are the proper days to remember those events.