Bible Freedom ScienceCopyright © 2008, Charles Henry Johnsen, III
http://biblefreedomscience.net/note/wayward_son.htmlchj3@biblefreedomscience.net

Non-Self-Made-Man

My Christian Life

I have no quarrel with traditional Western Christian believers. You will have a quarrel with me but I will not fight back. I respect you and your faith. Without the thousands of years of our faith and thousands of teachers of our Book that we have produced, nothing of my office or this new way would be possible.

Think of me as your wayward son, gone to a far country to make his own way. You are my fathers and mothers, or step-parents, and I know I can count on your love for me, because you first loved the seed and the womb that produced me: The Book and The Church. Like a loving father you may often wish to take up a switch and engage in a little external discipline. Trust me, administered by very conservative Christians for sixty years, many of those blows have landed.

Some few occasions of that strict discipline of creed were counter productive, unless you like the anger in me that was aroused to seek a different way. But most of the time I took the yoke of responsibility and wisdom and either accepted the discipline or remained silent because I was not sure. This is good. For, over these sixty years, I have grown a backbone strong under the lash of orthodox teaching.

Whatever is wrong or mistaken here, blame on me. The heresy is not the fault of the church. My fear and trembling when I contradict the creeds are witnesses to your efforts to prevent me. I am not your antithesis nor a new synthesis, nor did you alienate me, nor am I the way I am in reaction to you. I owe everything I am to the most conservative parts of the church, my parents, and my dear wife. I love you and all your works and all your ways. Well, almost all.

If there is conviction in my voice, you put it there. If truth rings through what I say, you saw to it that I was satisfied with nothing but truth. If there is some logic and wisdom in what you read here, congratulate yourselves for the good job you did on my training. If you hear respect and love for the Person who breaths life into our Book, remember that it was your tender regard for me in His Name that produced this love and respect.

This is all your fault.