Hmm all good thoughts and posts. I agree we should not put ourselves in a box and I for one hate the idea of starting a denomination of cult. Truth be told though a rose is a flower with thorns and soft petals, however I need not tell you that definition because the term rose does change much. However our religious terms have been shifting ever since the Reformation started. Evangelicals is actually a pretty new word, one that already is starting to carry bad connotations, fundamentalist is another one that was recently invented(last 100 years) originally meaning a solid Christian but now it carries a horrible connotation. The idea of having one term that sums up all the beliefs of a person is a beneficial and, dare-I-say, necessary thing. What if when I referred to a rose I instead said ‘soft and thorny flower’? Would that not become redundant and tiring? That is why Reformed/Calvinists and Armenians have short and quick names, because they realize that it is necessary to have those names.
All I know is that I want people to stop calling us heretics because we don’t subscribe to either of the parties of Christianity (its like republican or democrat, if you aren’t part of either one chances are you won’t be heard). We believe in the basic tenets of Christianity, just not the doctrine of hell: this view harmonizes scripture, vindicates the name of God, solves the problem of evil, makes sense of human will and predestination, glorifies Jesus and shows him a victorious Savior! In a word we are reconcilist’s here to harmonize the world back to God through every form of life: whether it be art, business, entertainment, philosophy, politics, etc. I have been born in the image of my Father, I am in the image of Christ and I was born for the same reason that he was born, to testify to the truth.
The sooner we get serious the better, this is not some little discovery that a few have happened on, it is the discovery of the century. When Martin Luther and the Reformer’s went against the Catholic Church they were fighting against an old and perverse regime, however the Reformation was soon bathed in the blood of Catholic’s and Protestant’s alike, why? Because neither of them still understood the nature of God, and while I am slow to say that we are leaps and bounds ahead of them, I also know that we realize the benevolent nature of God greater than any group of Christianity, because we know that our Father is not one who torments for eternity, but one who loves all, endures all, trusts all, and keeps all. We need a revolution, one like the civil rights movement, one away from the dying church of today (for it is indeed dying). The ekklesia means called-out-ones and that’s what we need to be, we need to stay in our local churches and call them out from dead religion and false idols, no I don’t want a cult I don’t want a new denomination I want the ekklesia to be revived from the dead. Follow Christ’s words: walk in the world, but be not of the world. As anyone who has studied what world means in Greek, we know that it can mean ‘ordered system’. We must stay in our local churches to speak the truth in love to them. We must walk in this dead religious system, but not be of it. Look, if we all speak out one of two things will happen: the people will be changed, or we will get kicked out. Paul commands us to teach these things, he commands it! When will we take these things seriously?
End Rant (lol I didn’t mean to get on that subject its just something burning in me).
The only reason I like reconcilist is because we are called ministers of reconciliation, and that is really what we are all about here. I am not saying we must label ourselves, yet I know that people will never be able to understand the term Universalist, like fundamentalist it has irreversible baggage attached to it.
P.S. I would pronounce reconcilist as you would by saying reconcile with “ist” attached to the end of it.