In the spirit of the legendary 95 theses of German priest and scholar Martin Luther addressing widespread abuse in the Church in his day, the Mosaix Global Network led by Mark DeYmaz, presented 95 theses from an international group of church leaders calling out the segregation of the American Church on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
“Systemic inequities and racialization within the American Church have unintentionally undermined the very Gospel we love and for which we live. An increasingly diverse and cynical society is no longer finding credible the message of God’s love for all people as proclaimed from segregated pulpits and pews,” DeYmaz, who is also founding pastor of Mosaic Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, wrote in his thesis.
“Jesus both commands and expects believers — individually and collectively — to love God and our neighbors; biblically speaking, those very different than us. Indeed, the Apostle Paul’s entire life and ministry was devoted to advancing a Gospel of Gentile inclusion in opposition to an otherwise all Jewish understanding of the Gospel, local church, and coming Kingdom of God. For nearly 20 years, then, I have been asking myself and seeking to address one simple question: If the Kingdom of Heaven is not segregated, why on earth is the local church?” he asked.
Luther’s 95 theses, which he posted on the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, on Oct. 31, 1517, sparked reformation in the Church by questioning widespread abuses in the Catholic Church, such as the corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin.
The document led to the division of the Catholic Church and gave rise to Protestantism which was shaped by Luther’s ideas.
The modern day leaders who contributed to the collection of 95 theses on the enduring systemic segregation of the American Church by race, class and culture say it is time for true reformation on race relations.
“If you cannot imagine yourself in a multiethnic church, how in the world can you imagine yourself in the multiethnic Kingdom of Heaven? Pursuit of the vision is not easy, but it’s a vision worth pursuing; and more than that, worth the preparation for Heaven, now,” Ed Stetzer who is Billy Graham Distinguished Chair at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, said in his thesis.
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Source: Christian Post