Originally Posted by Buzzer Beater
I'm curious what you define as mainline Christians.
I've heard the word used and used it myself without really thinking through what it means. I ended up looking it up.
It refers to the major, long standing denominations in the US that are neither super liberal nor super conservative (fundamentalist, for example, are not mainline). The major denominations usually included are
- The United Methodist Church
- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- The Presbyterian Church, USA
- The Episcopal Church, USA
- The United Church of Christ
- The American Baptist Churches, USA
- The Disciples of Christ
- (many other smaller denomantions)
The hallmark of mainline churches is moderation. Their theologies tend to be moderate and influenced by higher criticism. This term refers to an approach to biblical scholarship in which critical scholars have used the tools of historical research and textual analysis to separate the Bible’s earliest historical elements from later, often mythological, additions and even intentional distortions
As it relates back to Bill Gothard, these demonstrations emphasis GRACE and LOVE, and value social justice. They are also realist.
While I was reading up on this, I also found this interesting quote (on a page about mega churches)
The Christian churches of America have de-emphasized the central message of the Gospels—social justice and concern for the poor. Today, Christianity has largely become a personal and private religion. Individual (usually sexual) morality has become far more important to church leaders than the immorality of an unjust society...
Jesus spent most of his ministry in the company of "sinners," such as prostitutes and tax collectors. While the Pharisees and religious leaders of the day condemned Jesus for his emphasis on forgiveness and his association with these so-called sinners, Jesus in turn condemned the Pharisees and their supporters for their emphasis on judgment, their apparent self-righteousness, and lack of compassion. He told them “Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God.” (Luke 11:42)
My family of origin is Southern Baptist, which is too conservative to be considered mainline christian. I think the whole quiverfull movement doesn't have a leg to stand on biblical or historically. I'm not knocking someone's decision to have a bunch of kids *because they want to,* I'm just saying that I don't believe there is a biblical mandate to "trust god with family size." I find it appalling that teenage girls in the quiverfull movement are encouraged to make vows to allow god to determine their family size, and then young couples include it in their marriage vows, having been taught that this is "god's best."
It's just made up stuff that that completely looses track of what Jesus taught was important.