Reading the last installment of my story, you will see that the Amish heavily influenced me to be “different” than the average main stream Christian. I studied their culture and philosophy of life. I thought the Amish believed in Salvation by faith through Grace. The only thing I thought at the time that we differed in, was concerning the keeping of Salvation. I never believed that one could lose their salvation.
It was implied in my study of the Amish that if they did anything against their tradition they would loose their salvation.
I later came to realize that the Amish did not even believe that they had salvation to begin with. That they were working towards it. And to go against their tradition, meant a sure death to hell.
I came across these videos today:
As I watched, I could so identify with the older Amish man’s quest to become good enough for God…and for feeling so defeated in the process. Always feeling like digging a hole and never getting anywhere.
I never did live the true Amish culture, i.e. horses and buggies, no electricity, etc. But I did embrace their philosophy with my mind. Which I will be getting into with more of my “story”.
What is interesting, that in my fundamental church circles, the “emerging church” and “entertainment in church” ,”phycology in church” and “market driven church” are touted as the main problems of “the church”.
I would beg to differ. While the above problems are indeed true of the church today, on the other side of the ditch is the extreme conservatism of man-made doctrines and traditions.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Matthew 15: 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Both sides are wrong. Both sides miss the mark of what is “wrong” with the church today. Like it or not…Both sides of the issue (post modern churches and “Biblical” Christianity) cater to the flesh.
Col 2: 20-23 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,(Touch not; taste not; handle not;Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
And BOTH diminish the finished work of the cross. One doesn’t even seem to talk about it, or water it down so much, that the only thing connected to the cross is that Jesus died on it. (Post Modern Churches) And the other side of the ditch, (Conservative “Bible Believing” Churches) the work of the cross is mentioned a lot more, but it never seems to be enough for them. In fact, it isn’t enough for them, as is demonstrated by their manipulative, spiritual abuse of people’s souls and minds.
The Amish are a prime example of the fact that modernism isn’t the problem with the church. The Amish are the least modern people. They embrace biblical family values…they don’t believe in “entertainment” in churches. They don’t believe in phycology, and they for sure aren’t market driven when it comes to growing their church.
But they are still missing the Gospel, which is a gift of God by Grace through faith, and not of works.