Throwing the Baby Out with the Bath Water

I grew up in a denomination that, for the most part, is pretty liberal. I know some great conservatives within it, but it is more well known worldwide as liberal. The pendulum of my life went to the other side to a denomination that is very conservative. On one side, I found love without doctrine. On the other side, I found doctrine without love.

For fear that the conservative denomination may be associated with liberalism, it generally did not embrace the season of Lent. Although I grew up in a denomination that was fairly liberal, I had a relationship with Christ and appreciate the various parts of the liturgical year. I embraced the emphasis of prayer and self denial (something that doctrinal conservatives could embrace more). Good Friday deepened my appreciation for the death of my Savior as He shed His blood for my sin. Easter Sunday was much more meaningful because we had taken that 40-day journey from Ash Wednesday to Resurrection Sunday.

Because of fear that we may be negatively associated with a group or person, we often throw the baby out with the bath water. We refuse to celebrate Lent because some liberal church does it. Conservative churches also celebrate it. As a friend of mine from college said in the midst of a ridiculous argument, “Eat the meat and leave the bone.”

I would like to close by asking do we “eat the meat and leave the bone”, “throw the baby out with the bath water”, or “throw out the baby and bath water along with the tub”? Hear this plea for balance and choose the first option.

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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