Just a thought. I’d like to get some feedback here with three questions, now that I apparently have at least 7 readers:
1. If you deny original sin, meaning that you deny the historicity of Genesis 1-11 and believe that the entire story has no corresponding events in history whatsoever but is instead some fictional account that is metaphor for something (i.e. mankind’s struggle with personal darkness, or something equally esoteric and ambiguous), in what sense are you able to claim to be a Mennonite Brethren? Do we not, by definition, believe in original sin?
2. If you deny inspiration, meaning that you hold that the Bible is exclusively a work of literature of human origin, in what sense are you able to claim to be a a Mennonite Brethren? Do we not, by definition, believe in inspiration?
3. If you deny the historicity of scripture, meaning that you hold that the Bible do not accurately report actual events that transpired in history but is instead a series of myths and stories (which may have litle or no historical truth to them at all) that were gathered together and editted for the purpose of supporting a theological agenda, in what sense are you able to claim to be a a Mennonite Brethren? Do we not, by definition, believe in the historicity of scripture?
I’m just wondering. Is a guy who denies sin, inspiration and the outright historicity of the scriptures confused/lying when he claims to be “one of us?” Dare we even make actual attack upon our explicit doctrine, in writing on our national website, a right reason for rejecting someone as “one of us”?
Is such a guy confused/lying if he claims to even be a “conservative evangelical protestant?” Why or why not?
Are Mennonites defined by beliefs at all?
Longing for the day
Lyndon “The Armchair Sleepy-head” Unger