In the last couple of months, the internet world has been host to a different, very contemporary kind of theological debate. First, Youtube sensation, Jefferson Bethke, posted this clip, in which he asserts that embracing Jesus without religion makes for the best kind of Christ-follower:
I’m guessing that ten years ago this would have been the end of it – with this “statement” sufficing to spark a thousand snarky blog posts agreeing with it, adding their own list of pet peeves against the church and offering their own complaints against organized institutional religion.
But today, even dyed-in-the-wool conservatives are catching up to the digital age. And so, none other than Father Pontifex, a Catholic priest, with the help of a group called, ‘spiritjuices,” posted this response:
Now, I’m an evangelical Protestant, and I’m told that the first video “really resonates with a lot of young people today” – and I understand that. But, in the final analysis and on balance, I’d say the priest makes the better, more biblical case overall.
What do you think?
Todd Mangum is the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Biblical. He is ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention. Todd is the author of The Dispensational-Covenantal Rift, and of several articles seeking to bridge divides among Bible-believing Christians. He is married to Linda and they have three sons. See also http://www.biblical.edu/index.php/todd-mangum
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