Tuesday, April 11, 2017

For the record...

Noted evangelical Hank Hanegraaf, aka "the Bible answers man," along with his wife and two of his twelve(!) children were received into the Church on Palm Sunday. Predictably the blogosphere has lit up with commentary on this event. And also predictably, much of that commentary has ranged from highly critical to scathing.

And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
-Mark 13:13

Many years!


123 said...

'"I am now a member of an Orthodox church, but nothing has changed in my faith," Hanegraaff said.'

Hopefully not another religious media shill trying to continue making a buck while being an infant in the faith (and not knowing it, and not being treated as such by his new church).

David said...

Be careful about cherry-picking quotes out of context. I doubt that he would really say that "nothing" has changed. He's trying to reassure nervous Evangelicals that he hasn't left the faith and joined up in some weird non-Christian cult (as has been alleged by certain Protestants). I do believe that as a newly illumined member of the Church he's still got some issues to work through and baggage to leave behind (don't we all?). My own opinion is that he probably should have been counseled by his confessor to withdraw from the public eye for a few years , to just learn about being Orthodox , learn how to "breath" in the Church, without the public pressure of being a well-known former Protestant "celebrity". That doesn't appear to be the case. Pray for him! It seems that the middle ground he's trying to hold right now is that the public stance of the Christian Research Institute will be to promote "mere Christianity" , those essentials of the faith that all Christians would agree on. As appealing as that idea may be in some ways, I don't think it can be maintained in the face of a truly Orthodox understanding of the Church and what we would define as "the essentials" of the faith . I love C.S. Lewis's writings and I think Mere Christianity is a great book , but I think the idea of there being some set of beliefs that can be defined under the label of "mere Christianity" doesn't hold up in the long run and if someone really held to that then they would end up with some sort of Anglican "branch theory" of the Church. Anyway, be patient with Hank Hanegraaff (the newly illumined servant of God , John) and pray for him. He's traveled a long journey to get from where he started to where he is now and he's still got a long road ahead (now with the added challenge of slings and arrows being directed at him by many of his former fellow travelers in the Protestant world).