A number of people have asked me about the New Testament writers, namely because I make them characters living in a 21st Century world. One of the subjects that I did cover while I was at the E. Hartford library was this: ‘Why Doesn’t The Modern Church Resemble Anything Like the New Testament’? While this probably a loaded question, I think a number of reasons why the church does not resemble anything of the sort. To be honest, I think most of these problems result from departing from either one of two things: (1) authenticity or (2) clarity. Though I am not as clear as to which church is exempt from doing one or the other, I am quite certain that the majority of churches (which do not follow the Scriptures) have departed from one form or the other.
I am contemplating on doing a bit by bit series that delves right into this topic for people to discuss, especially on the problems that not being discussed into today’s churches. While I do think about these things, I want to point out that I still believe that it is perfectly fine to stay part of churches that do not follow the ideal ‘cookie cut’ blueprint of New Testament churches as long as they adhere to the entirety of Scriptural doctrines which has a clear basis of teaching. These are not the churches that have departed from Scriptural authenticity or clarity, but they are the ones that I would like to call ‘Centrist’ i.e., a church which has neither departed in doctrinal clarity or authenticity, sticks to Scriptural norms, but unlike the polarities, stands right in the middle.
Unlike the rest of the counterparts, this form of centrism would obviously come last since a majority of churches fall into the major extremes and those are the ones I would like to discuss first. Hopefully, while I continue contemplating over discussing this, I will be able to find the time to discuss the main topic one at a time.