Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ammillenial and homeless...

My eschatological roots began when I first explored the writings of Tim Lahaye. When I first become a Christian I didn't even know that there were even competing views, as I'm sure many do not. Who knew? So, because the majority consensus in Evangelical Christianity is, was, and may always be premillenialism, I believed the same by default. But after some general studies into the view I had some serious questions regarding their interpretation of Revelation 20, Ezekiel 40-48, and other passages that spoke of the [future] Kingdom of God. After I pretty much abandoned allegiance to the position due to my reservations I found it next to impossible to find a church that held to the same views I did. What are they? Well, I'm a Calvinist-Credobaptist-Covenant theologist, with a bent toward Ammillenialism to boot. I'm not so sure there are many churches in the Piedmont region that hold all of these.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it is a must to be in a church where you believe in every little jot and tittle of their doctrinal statement. I mean, my current home church is decidedly premil, and we get along just fine. This really isn't a problem for me at this point being merely among the laity; I can basically choose any church I want to go to, but I wonder how many other ammillenials out there are in this position? Are you ammillenial and homeless?

Incidentally I'm going to be continuing my eschatological inquiry by obtaining G. K. Beale's The Temple and the Church's Mission from InterVarsity Press. Now, I'm fully aware that Beale is decidedly ammillenial, but I'm not trying to look for defenses of this position. Rather due to my fairly decent understanding of the premillenial position I am seeking to understand more about this concept due to the impact it has on the whole scope of the debate. Consequently, I will be interacting with the book through a series of upcoming posts, so stay tuned if your a fan of eschatology. I'd love some feedback and interaction.

As we begin this discussion, I'd appreciate having some of you state both what your general stance is with regard to eschatology and what you think some of the pivotal questions are surrounding this issue.

1 comment:

lisa anderson said...

No matter where your eschatology took root, surely we need to get to the root of biblical doctrine to find our "homes". I feel that it is imperative that all Christians (and just all people) need to extricate ourselves from this incessant labeling and catagorizing, as it is completely contrary to God's plan. Did Christ not say, "If ye are not one, ye are not mine." Were the churches of the NT not admonished to dispense with stating, (I paraphrase a tad) "I am of Paul, and another, I am of Cephus." We are told we ONE body, fitly joined together... examples abound. I follow this credo: "lean not on my own understanding", "pray without ceasing", "study to show thyself approved" and "seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added unto you". If we do these things with all faith and steadfastness of heart, we will grow, our opinions will change with our life experiences and we will have hearts that no longer question or have rifts or seeming inconsistencies. Study and read *with an open mind* and *ask for the truth*. The name of the game is FAITH: ASK + BELIEVE = RECEIVE. If you do this, you will know and you will be homeless no more. Get your hands on books from all faiths and creeds, the very best books. Here is a tip: Get books only from the original sources! If you have interests in Buddhist school of thought, DO NOT ask a Christian to give you information. I believe that it is imperative to read from the following to find ALL answers. If you will read the following things, you will be exposed to what on the surface looks like totally disconnected and unharmonious items... not so, as you read you will find golden threads throughout these books that will give you an enveloping clarity and peace of mind that God has not missed anything or anyone and that everyone you encounter has a piece of the truth that you have. Learn your Bible, Native American Studies on Religion, Some fairly New-Age-y and Psuedo Christian literature, like The Secret, A Book of Mormon and Apochryphal books as well as the Nag Hammadi Library. If are at all interested in my millenial, amillenial stance after this comment, please respond.