This is one reason why i have such hope for the younger generation. When a young minister like #ZackHunt can humble himself as he realises his life has become like a clanging cymbal. When faced with the reality that he and the fundamental Christianity he has espoused is part and parcel to young people leaving the ‘church’ – he does the research and writes a book to help lead the ‘church’ back to where it should have never left. Back to the life of Christ and how he taught us to love. This book is breathtaking. #Unraptured has enraptured my soul.

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:1-2). This would be a poignant passage in any context, but it becomes even more poignant in the context of end-times theology, with its army of experts dissecting and bloviating about every Bible verse and news headline as if they’ve got everything figured out and anyone who doesn’t accept their teaching is either a fool or an enemy. I’m not just talking about Jack Van Impe or Tim LaHaye here. I’m talking about me. For all the damage that dispensationalist television and book experts do to the theology of the church, it’s their disciples—arrogant, condescending, combative, sanctified, hateful people like me—who do far more damage to the witness of the church. Jack Van Impe and Tim LaHaye spread their theology across the airwaves and the pages of books to the masses. Then people like me put it into action, attacking people face-to-face, shaming them for their ignorance, and condemning them for whatever sin we think they are guilty of. I had no love in my life, only wrath. For all my faux expertise and righteous conviction that I was on a mission from God, I was nothing more than a resounding gong, a clanging cymbal, an obnoxious guarantee that anyone who saw how I treated others would not want anything to do with Jesus.”

Another quote to end on a love note:

“If God is love and we are made in the image of God, then we are made to love. It’s why Jesus said the greatest commandment is love. It’s the defining mark of our identity not just as Christians but as human beings.”

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