‘Healing the Damage Caused by Bad Theology’ (Martin Selbrede)

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“We’re only passing through… The world is not my home… Christ’s Kingdom is not of this world…”

We’ve all heard the excuses: the bad theology that justifies Christian inaction, impotence, and irrelevance. We know all the cliches. Polishing the brass on the sinking ship, etc. City of God vs. City of Man. The result is a “retreatist theology” and a Christian, most likely a Protestant, “constantly ready to flee.”

Martin Selbrede finds a corrective in the work of Cornelius van der Waal, who died in 1980. In The World, Our Home, van der Waal analyzed all the bad theology–“surrender theology”–that has seeped into Christian churches since the Reformation.


We are not called to hand the whole shooting match over to the devil and his servants! We are called to fulfill the Great Commission, to win ground for Christ’s Kingdom–we are called not to mourn, not to cower in the pews, but to work.

Over and over against we are called upon to straighten out the bad theology and put our churches back on course. Our home is the world: that’s why God put us there. The earth is the LORD’s. And we are His servants and His stewards.

Why that should be so hard to remember… well, I don’t know.

2 comments on “‘Healing the Damage Caused by Bad Theology’ (Martin Selbrede)

  1. ‘Healing the Damage Caused by Bad Theology.’ Great Post. My new book “Israel, Rapture, Tribulation” deals with this. I first tackle the “last days” “end times” “Jesus is coming soon” “the end is near” defeatist doctrines many evangelical Churches teach. Which by the way, has a 100% failure rate of coming to pass. For example: “88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988” – Edgar C. Whisenant.

    I deal with victory and hope, examples of how the Kingdom of God should operate within God’s people, which when done, has changed the course of history.

    “Though the kingdom of God was never defined by Jesus or any writers of the New Testament, what it is, what it should look like, and how it should be exemplified in the life of a Christian is illustrated by the works of Jesus and His disciples.
    The kingdom of God has been demonstrated through the centuries by thousands of men and women, in all walks of life, who changed history and the course of nations. These exemplars include eminent Christians like William Carey, missionary to India; and John Gibson Paton, missionary to the indigenous cannibals of the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) islands…
    The staunch Calvinist doctrine that buttressed Paton inspired hundreds of other missionaries in their sacred tasks. Paton’s source of courage, as John Piper relates, was “His confidence in the sovereignty of God controlling all adversities.”
    …Businessman John Wanamaker also demonstrated how the kingdom operates in the life of a Christian. His is the unlikely rags-to-riches story of a devoutly religious man whose exemplary Christian ideals forever changed how business is conducted in America and around the world.”
    – Chapter 12, “Israel, Rapture, Tribulation”

    1. I try to stay out of the rapture business. There’s no profit in it. Nevertheless, I have dear Christian brothers and sisters who are deep into contemplation of the end times, etc.–and who and I to tell them to re-direct their thinking? Let Martin Selbrede do it: he’s infinitely more qualified than I am. My thing is to put my head down and keep working till Jesus tells me to stop.

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