Our Life in Christ:
Program Notes - December 5, 2004
Liturgical Worship: In Spirit and Truth?
The core of the issue is in the Trinity and man created in the image of God. The image of God is NOT individualism, it is person-hood fulfilled in communion. Truth is experienced, yes, by persons, but NOT as mere individuals. Part of experiencing Truth is experiencing Trinitarian life as the fulfillment of our person-hood and movement away from individualism which is death. This is why Truth is experienced IN THE CHURCH, which is the Body of Christ, a community/communion. We do not experience Truth individually THEN decide which church fits our "personal revelation" or subjective experience. It is a dynamic: the Church does not "define" Truth for us, but we experience Truth within the community of believers who collectively submit themselves to Christ as Head and to one another and the dogmas and teachings are the record of what has been revealed and experienced of the Trinitarian life within the life of the Church in which individuals lose their "individuality" but find their true "person-hood" in God.
Ephrem Christopher Walborn wrote:
He's still stuck in a mode where he cannot trust anything that came from man, and so he trusts himself by default.
I guess I would ask him this: "If you can be brutally honest with yourself, how good of a god do you make? and would you trust that god?" That is the position he is in.