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The Great Omission February 2, 2012

Posted by Gordon Brock in Uncategorized.
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At the end of the book of Matthew, Jesus grabs His 11 remaining disciples, and speaks to them. He told them to go to all the nations and make disciples, baptize them, and teach them His commands. In context, this verse tells us that Jesus just called His 11 closest companions as apostles, thereby setting the stage for other apostles, such as Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy, to follow.
Taken out of context, this verse has become a man made traditional doctrine known as ‘The Great Commission’ whereas Jesus is speaking this to every Christian from then on as the main commandment of all Christianity. The term ‘The Great Commission’ is in my bible, but it is a title header placed there by translators, not a commandment or even words spoken by Jesus Himself. In the organic Christianity conversation we are suppose to be evaluating the things taught us by organized religion, testing all “christianeze” and doctrines by the Spirit and the Word. If the context of a scripture doesn’t match a doctrine, we take it to the Spirit for help with what to do with it. Let’s compare this supposed commandment with something Jesus did actually say….John 13:34′ “I give you a new commandment – to love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” and Matthew 22:37, Jesus said to him, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ It appears to me that if we were to call anything a ‘great commission for all of Christianity’, it is to love our neighbors as Christ loved us. I imagine in my love for someone I may be compelled to tell them about Christ and Abba’s love, but that is far from some mandate to “go to all the nations and preach”. If your have an apostolic gifting and feel the Spirit has called you to “go to all the nations and preach”‘ then do it! But don’t put your calling on the whole of Christianity. Paul certainly didn’t. Isn’t it strange that this supposed great commission is not reinforced anywhere in Paul’s communications to his beloved fellowships? Isn’t it strange that the 11 don’t seem to express it or reinforce it anywhere in their ecclesia?
I confess I am kinda writing this as a response to a brother’s post in a Facebook group. His post was claiming that organic fellowship groups appear to be self focused, unhealthy, and narcissistic since they do not focus on ‘planting churches’. He says that any theology that discounts the reality of The Great Commission is “fundamentally flawed”. Hopefully, I have shown the opposite, that any theology that would hold on to man made doctrines may be fundamentally flawed. This brother, and I assume others in his group, appear to have an apostolic/evangelistic calling and gifting. By all means, go and ‘plant churches’, as you are called. But let’s not commit The Great Omission by omitting from our Christianity the fact that other organic fellowships will have different callings, giftings, and focus than our own, and we should not be comparing them to our organic fellowship, ESPECIALLY not by using terms, concepts, or doctrines of organized religion.

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