Honolulu Chapter

Taking Back Christianese #1: “The Christian Life is All about Being Transparent and Vulnerable” – Canon Fodder

August 4, 2017

“…First, being “vulnerable” can be used as a replacement for repentance.  If honesty and openness become the ultimate goal then people will get the impression that sharing about their sins is all that is needed.  They need only “get it off their chest” and all is well.This may create a culture of “sharing” but it doesn’t create a culture of repentance.  To put it another way, such repentance-free vulnerability may create intimate community with fellow believers but not necessarily more intimacy with God.  It runs the danger of prioritizing the horizontal over the vertical.

Second, the push towards vulnerability (if not correctly balanced out) can communicate that there is no real power to fight sin in the Christian life.  Putting so much emphasis on being open about failure, can lead to minimizing the power of the Spirit at work inside each believer.

The goal ceases to be renewed obedience, but instead simply becomes admitting defeat…”

Source: Taking Back Christianese #1: “The Christian Life is All about Being Transparent and Vulnerable” – Canon Fodder

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