Friday, August 7, 2009

Acceptance Theology

I read this on a church marquee,
God accepts you for who you are, and so do we. Come as you are to church.
God accepts you for who you are? This type of acceptance theology is creeping into the church and has the potential to be a severe attack on the Gospel. This acceptance theology is a subtle and dangerous shift away from the forgiveness of sins.

I have been trying to word this correctly and adequately for the past two days... but have been unsuccessful so I gave up because nothing sounded good. But, here are the conclusions I have drawn:

Acceptance excuses sin and is self-justifying. Forgiveness destroys sin, and God justifies man.
Acceptance overlooks sin. Forgiveness takes care of it.

If you have any comments on this, I would be glad to hear what you have to say. Dialogue anyone?

+Kyrie Eleison


Rev. Eric J Brown said...

Acceptance is not forgiveness.

Forgiveness brings about change, whereas acceptance supports the status quo.

Jesus doesn't accept you - He forgives you and bids you go and sin no more.

Anonymous said...

A better church sign:

God forgives you for what you are and so do we. Come as you are to church.


Jay Hobson said...

Pastor Brown,
Yeah, with forgiveness, there is first repentance, which recognizes that sin needs to be turned from.

And with acceptance, there is no repentance. There is simply a that's alright attitude.

Pastor Mills,
I was trying to think of a good marquee to counter, but I couldn't think of one along these lines...