Top 12 ideas from The Global Gospel

The_Global_Gospel.305Here is a list of top 12 concepts from The Global Gospel:
  1. Western theology has a blind spot about honor/shame; this is true in part because in systematic theology textbooks, guilt is an often-referred-to matter of theological inquiry, while shame is virtually ignored as a matter of theological inquiry. This is true despite the fact that in the Bible, the word shame and it’s derivatives is more than twice as common than the word guilt and its derivatives.
  2. Guilt is more likely to lead to healing behavior whereas shame is more likely to lead to hurtful behavior; this is why a gospel message that focuses exclusively on sin and guilt is by default less transformational than a gospel message that also addresses sin and shame.
  3. Honor/shame dynamics are inherent to the gospel; the gospel is already contextualized for honor/shame cultures.
  4. Western theology is influenced by Western values of guilt and individualism; therefore we tend to articulate the gospel in exclusively legal terms for individuals. Western theology is not culturally neutral; it is shaped in part by Western values.
  5. The Bible’s own purity language can be used to articulate the gospel as cleansing for defilement in addition to forgiveness for sin. We may call this “the gospel of purity.” See article at this page.
  6. The following is a form of Western colonialism: To teach the Bible in the Majority World in a way that reinforces Western values of innocence/guilt and individualism while ignoring Majority World values of honor/shame and collectivism which are also found in Scripture.
  7. Western theology has given the world a presentation of the gospel unwittingly influenced by its own Western values. In so doing, the culture of the Bible and the culture of the recipient peoples have often both been marginalized, resulting in unnecessary obstacles to faith in Christ.
  8. Honor-status reversal is a motif of the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation.
  9. While some Westerners may recognize honor/shame values in the non-Western world, they almost always seen these values as unethical. Thus, they throw out the baby with the bathwater, not realizing that there is a beautiful side of honor/shame in the Bible which is truly bright and glorious.
  10. There are five motivations for mission: 1) Theocentric motivation: The glory of God. Anthropocentric motivations—two negative and two positive. The negative: 1) Hell, and 2) Lostness. The positive: 1) Personal honor, and 2) People-group honor.
  11. God actually shares his glory with persons and peoples; at the end of the Story, while Christ is being worshiped by all peoples and nations, the persons and peoples who comprise the family of God are also glorified in the process.
  12. One of the ways to biblically understand salvation is this: Salvation is the relocation of one’s honor (identity) into the regal Person of Christ, his kingdom, and his regal family the church. This is why “the honor is for your who believe” (1 Peter 2:7). This sets the believer free from the sinful behaviors of honor competition to live ethically superior lives, reflecting the life of Jesus.

All of these points are thoroughly based on the broad panorama of Scripture as well as the work of a large number of scholars—while incorporating more than 450 footnotes.

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