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The biggest question we followers of Jesus have to ask is, “How do we be most like Jesus?”
What did Jesus do among those whom he disagreed with? He ate with them. Sinners, Tax Collectors, Hookers, and even the religious leaders the Pharisees. In that day (as is still the norm in much of the nonwestern world) to eat with somebody is an intimate act meant to convey friendship and acceptance. He ate with everyone, accepting and extending friendship to all. This was radically counter-cultural in his day and it is in our day.
Misfits is predicated on being able to still love one another among disagreements. I know even in the group we have now there is a lot of diversity. Some of us see homosexuality as a sin and others do not see it as a sin. Some affirm the Bible is the Word of God, others do not. Some affirm Inerrancy, others do not. Some believe in Transubstantiation; others affirm the Real Presence or Memorialism. Some of us our Orthodox, some Catholic, and some Protestant.
And for the purposes of Misfits that’s okay. We are all finite beings trying to comprehend an infinite God. There will inherently always be doctrinal diversity. But amongst doctrinal diversity we want to promote unity and friendship. One of the biggest sins we can commit is not loving one another, especially those who call on the name of Christ.
Code of Conduct:
- As a blogger for Misfits, you don’t have to agree with every other blogger. But you do have to love and accept them. Note that accepting a person DOES NOT mean you agree with them.
- Our statement of faith must be broadly affirmed. We don’t expect you to affirm “baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” But the main points are what are important, Trinity, Resurrection, Incarnation, Full Deity and Humanity Of Christ, Virgin Birth, etc… If it’s not in the Creeds it’s debatable.
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places.
We believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
begotten from the Father before all ages,
God from God,
Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made;
of the same essence as the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven;
he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried.
The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again with glory
to judge the living and the dead.
His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life.
He proceeds from the Father (and the Son),
and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
He spoke through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.
We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
and to life in the world to come. Amen.