David Fitch contrasts the Neo-Reformed with Neo-Anabaptism

The following was originally posted at YoungTheologians.ca

The Gospel Coalition is movement among some popular Reformed Christian leaders that is catching a lot of attention.  David Fitch summarizes their emphasis in 5 convenient points. 

  • If We Purify Our Doctrine The Rest Will Follow
  • We Must Return to the Reformation
  • Woman Cannot Be Pastors
  • The New Perspective is Our Enemy
  • The Mega Church Still Makes Sense

Fitch responds with a call to what he has labelled the Neo-Anabaptist Missional Vision

For the reasons stated above, and indeed some more reasons I have not posted, I suggest that the Neo-Anabaptist Missional impulse is a viable alternative to the Neo-Reformed groups including TGC. For both historical reasons and theological reasons, I believe the Anabaptist Missional impulse has much to offer the dwindling churches of N America in engaging the new post Christendom cultures of the West. I include in this camp Alan Hirsch, Alan Roxburgh, Shane Claiborne, Neil Cole, Scot McKnight. I myself have tried to write to contribute to the furtherance of this vision. Tim Keller has characterized the Neo Anabaptists on this blog as follows: “… As you know, I think that the neo-Anabaptist missionals are a bit too rigid in what they are putting forth for the future, but its emphasis on process over program, ecclesial liturgy over experientialism, deep community, concern for the poor and justice, and contextualization-are all quite right. and traditional mega churches don’t see this.” I agree with Tim Keller on his description, including the being “a bit too rigid” part. Such statements however encourage me to believe that Neo Reformed and Neo Anabaptist should be in dialogue together to further Christ’s Kingdom (some of my best friends are Neo-Reformed :)). So I am open to dialoguing and even being proven wrong on the five positional statements above that I suspect the Gospel Coalition of advocating. Where am I right? Where am I wrong?

As the church wanders through this transitional time it does seem like two streams are forming.  Have traditional anabaptists lost an appreciation for the elements of their traditional so much of the rest of the church is enamoured with right now?

Comments are closed.