Right and Wrong Ways to Keep “Pure”


Over on The Green Room I’ve put up my latest on different models of the kingdom of God. This time, the problem “fortification paradigm” churches – i.e. those tempted to fundamentalism – most need to watch out for:

The underlying problem here is a failure to understand that there is no expression of the gospel, or of Christian faith and life, that is not culturally contextualized.

I’m going to call the failure to recognize this “cultural puritanism.” (I hate to use that term because I actually like Puritanism when it’s seeking purity by the right standard! It’s when our own cultural instantiation of the gospel becomes the standard that puritanism goes wrong.)

Risk a little cultural contamination and read the piece, and let me know what you think!

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