Should individual Christians be politically active or should the church as an institution be politically active? Join the whole cast and crew as they discuss (and debate) the doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church.

Timestamps:

Intro + Overview of the Doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church [0:00 – 6:40]

How the Church of England handles the doctrine while the Monarch is the head of the church [6:40 – 8:20]

Who disagrees with the doctrine [9:30 – 13:50]

Should individual Christians be politically active or should the church as an institution be politically active? [13:50 – 20:40]

The abuse of the doctrine + the potential issues with affirming or denying the doctrine [20:40 – 33:30]

The church’s authority [33:30 – 38:00]

Conclusion [38:00 – 41:00]

Resources mentioned:

Two Cheers for the Spirituality of the Church by Kevin DeYoung

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Posted by Caleb Wait

Caleb Wait is a Theological Studies student at Westminster Seminary California. He is the producer of Mere Fidelity and a contributor to the blog Core Christianity. He and his wife Kristin have two children. You can follow him on Twitter @calebwait.

  • Tim James

    Ah, a classic Mere Fidelity episode: Matt (rightfully) disagrees with everyone else, Derek talks too much, and things are only just starting to get interesting when the episode comes to an end. Hope you guys do a sequel to this one.

  • Cal P

    The irony here is that, from the constant reference to antebellum American slavery, it was typically ecclesiologically dualists (Quakers, Methodists) who pushed abolitionism in the North, groups normally associated with the label “Quietist”. Of course, southern Methodism pressed for slavery, but in the context of being a good master, thus the gospel having a level of social responsibility.

    I think a lot of the conversation in this episode was confused about ecclesiology, and what the different stances actually mean, as they were argued out.

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