What do you think about the practice of some churches when they invite people to belong before believing.
The leaders in these churches prefer to see life with Christ as more of a journey or a conversation. They are reticent about viewing Christianity as a destination or a conclusion one reaches.
Perhaps their readiness to think about belonging before believing is reactionary to the many non-negotiable lines drawn by their spiritual predecessors. These lines were used to distinguished those who were in from those who were out. Separation from those on the outside of the Church was a major emphasis. Yet the separatist approach often came with the ugly hypocritical baggage of legalism–a major aversion for younger evangelicals.
While we could raise a number of important concerns, it seems that the belonging before believing position is partly based on a theology of shared humanity rather than…
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