Steve Chalke

The Lost Message of Steve Chalke

Steve Chalke

Steve Chalke

Movements move into Decline when they drift from their Identity in Christ — Word, Spirit and Mission. Declining institutions move into Decay when they repudiate their Identity.

Steve Chalke’s latest book is a case study on Decay. Here’s a review from David Robertson:

In 2004, Steve Chalke discovered 'The Lost Message of Jesus' and published his book with that name. Fifteen years later he has discovered 'The Lost Message of Paul', and this month publishes a book with that title.

This is an easy to read, and well-written book – much better stylistically than the earlier work. As always with Chalke the book will be described as 'controversial' and will delight some (like Rob Bell and Brian McLaren) and appall others. From a personal perspective I found that The Lost Message of Paul contained some interesting information, provocative arguments, challenging questions and old heresies.

Steve argues that 'all the old narratives are dead' and that we need a 'new story'. He blames Augustine, Luther and Calvin for getting Paul's message wrong. But his new story suffers from some major defects.

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UPDATE: In an interview with the Anglican Church Times. Steve Chalke denies that we are saved by faith in Christ—Luther got it wrong. Instead, all are saved by the faithfulness of Christ. His book is promoted by the Church Times and sold in the Anglican Church Bookshop. He’s an ordained Baptist minister. The book is published by the once evangelical SPCK.

A faith for this world

By ‘secularised’ we mean to move from otherworldliness, to present a more distant and indistinct conception of the supernatural, to relax the moral restrictions on members and to surrender claims to an exclusive and superior truth.

Finke and Stark

The post-evangelicalism of former evangelicals such as Rob Bell, Brian McLean, and Steve Chalke, reminds us that successful movements tend to drift from orthodoxy to secularism over time.

Every generation faces its own challenge to remain faithful to the gospel, while remaining connected to a lost world.

You can be faithful in your view of scripture, your doctrine of the atonement, and sexual ethics, yet unfaithful in connecting with lost people in a lost world. Being right is not enough.

Being relevant is not enough. You can be contextualised in a postmodern world, and yet adrift from the truth of the gospel.

When Jesus welcomed the woman who wept at his feet (Luke 7:36-50) he announced to the room of religious bigots that, "her sins are many." They agreed. Jesus was not soft on sin. Yet he welcomed her love and devotion because this woman who had been forgiven much, loved him much. He came looking for people like her because they were lost, and he loved them.

Post-evangelicalism would have us believe that there is no sin to forgive. Jesus just accepts her. He's on the side of the marginalised. Yet Jesus taught that we all need forgiveness — the sexually immoral person, the corrupt government official, the military officer, the lost son and the righteous son, the proud Pharisee.

To say that there is nothing to forgive, that God does not judge sin, is an unloving act. Listen to Rob Bell's interview. It's all about keeping up which changing social trends to ensure the survival of the church. Compromise is too high a price to pay for relevance.

God judges sin. If that offends you, consider the alternative; a world in which God is indifferent to evil. A world without justice.

The God who opposes evil is the God who bore the consequences of our rebellion. Let them reject this as "cosmic child abuse." Reality won't change. God judges evil. God rescues sinners through Christ's death. There is no other gospel.

The gospel of progressive Christianity cannot save. It leaves people lost in their sin, separated from his sacrificial love.

No one will cross the road, let alone the ocean, to spread this gospel. No-one will suffer and die for it. Why should they? It's a gospel for those who have lost their faith, but want to hang on to it's trappings.

A 'radical evangelical' conforms

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Was the author [of Genesis 2:24] intending to enshrine the view that all lifelong sexual unions should be exclusively heterosexual because this is a 'creation ordinance'? Or, is this simply the normative illustration, whereas the critical truths of the story lie elsewhere?

if it's the latter, then does the 'norm' necessarily infer the 'ideal'? Or is it like the 'norm' of being right-handed, which never implies any failing of those who are born left-handed?

Steve Chalke

English Evangelical leader, Steve Chalke has released a statement in support of same-sex marriage. Last year he conducted a dedication and blessing service following the Civil Partnership of two gay Christians.

Chalke is not alone. Last year US evangelical author, Brian McLaren, also came out in support of same sex marriage, and followed up by officiating at  his son Trevor's same-sex marriage.

Amazing how for thousands of years, God's people missed what Genesis 2:24 was really saying. We missed it again when Jesus confirmed that marriage is a lifelong, exclusive commitment, between a man and a woman. We owe a great debt to these radicals. At the right time, when the culture is shifting, they are leading the way in conformity.

Expect the trickle of radical 'evangelicals' who publicly support same sex marriage, to become a torrent in the years to come.

UPDATE: To get to the heart of the matter read through Steve Chalke's article and look for his understanding of scriptural authority. Steve's problem is not just his view of marriage, it's his view of Scripture. Like so many other church leaders, obedience is optional.