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Re: “Beer Me, Jesus

This post is intended for Christian believers at Catalyst When Catalyst first came into the community, I was excited. I had hopes that this cutting edge church, with its youthful pastors, could really have an impact on their community for Christ. I read through their Statement of Beliefs, which mirrored Rock Harbor’s (the church they came from - see link below) and wholeheartedly agreed. I referred many young people there, who lived in Arcata and were looking for a good church. Several of my good friends went there and were excited about the ministry and how they were reaching out. Over time, the focus changed and it became more about Social Justice than making disciples for Christ and their stated beliefs changed. On their web page, about what they believe (see link below), there is only a list of questions and no mention of what they really believe, as a church. On that page, there is no reference to Scripture. So where does their authority come from? If the Life Groups don’t include prayer or the Bible, they are just another social gathering of friends.
As Christians, we are called to grow in our personal relationship to Christ so we can better understand His Word and have a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit that will move us to make a change in our world. We are to love all people regardless of where they come from. The hope is that they will see something different in us and want to know what that is. Embracing sin is something Jesus never instructed us to do. He loved people but expected them to leave their sin to walk with Him; if, in fact, they wanted to be His disciples. He offered them a life of peace, hope and promise. Some accepted it, others did not. It is still our choice. Dan Davis is a young, charismatic, visionary whom people find easy to follow, but he is off track. There have been many such leaders who have led people astray, even resulting in death in extreme cases. Pastors aren’t perfect, they are men. My pastor encourages us to read the Word daily, so we can know what it says. And then he encourages us to make sure his messages are in line with God’s Word, and challenge him if they aren’t. I know solid Christians who attended Catalyst and attempted to do this with Dan, but he resisted correction. They are no longer there. If the message is not based on the Word of God, then it becomes the message of an imperfect man. As a Christian church, I still believe there is great potential for Catalyst, but not under the leadership of Dan Davis. He should gracefully step down and spend some time in the dessert, seeking God. The leadership at Catalyst would be prudent in seeking outside counsel from wise, godly leaders they respect; either locally or elsewhere. Perhaps Rock Harbor would be a great place to start. Rock Harbor Beliefs: http://www.rockharbor.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=50&Itemid=80 Catalyst Beliefs: http://provokechange.org/what-we-believe

Posted by Cindy on 08/24/2010 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Beer Me, Jesus

"After a couple hours of conversation and several pints, Davis had a change of heart." Dan, put down the beer! Seriously, man, act like a pastor! The scriptures encourage us to be alert, sober-minded, to keep our head in all situations, and to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have. Can you honestly say you did that?

Posted by Peter on 08/22/2010 at 10:30 PM

Re: “Beer Me, Jesus

Levi – so basically you’re saying that because Jesus didn’t say that “molesting children is wrong,” it’s not that important to God?
J. Alora – Jesus never claimed to be a philosopher, He claimed to be God. The fact that a “committed atheist” doesn’t find much wrong with Catalyst speaks volumes.

Posted by Clarity on 08/22/2010 at 9:56 PM

Re: “Beer Me, Jesus

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary priciples of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form...

Posted by Paul on 08/20/2010 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Beer Me, Jesus

If everything written in this article is accurate, my heart is grieved.

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Posted by Cindy on 08/20/2010 at 4:44 AM

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