Family Integrated Distraction

This article at Under Much Grace blog gives another great example how easy it is for people to set up idols, even of “good” things like family. I called this post “Family Integrated Distraction” because of certain FIC teachings that are a distraction from the centrality of the Gospel.

Paul says [Romans 8], “You didn’t receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption as sons by whom we cry, ‘Abba Father.’ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. And if children then heirs, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ provided we suffer with Him in order that we may be also glorified with Him.” ….. [from Under Much Grace]

Wow! I am adopted into the family of God, not because of any other reason but for His good pleasure, through the death, buriel and victorious resurrection of Jesus. Hallelujah! I don’t need an earthly prophet, priest or king (as husbands and fathers are defined by some within patriocentric circles), just Jesus as my Covering, Prophet, High Priest, and Everlasting King. It’s by His Spirit that I can come boldly unto the throne of Grace.

This whole article series is very good and I encourage you to read it to gain an understanding why it’s important not to value anything higher than the Lord Jesus and His perfect work for us.

“So it’s not that the church is a family of families, it is a family – it’s your real family.”

“It’s every tribe, every tongue and every nation – it’s not just people like you. It’s not just people that talk like you. It’s not just people who look like you – who have the perfect family like you, who have the same socioeconomic background as you with the same hobbies.”

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4 Responses to “Family Integrated Distraction”

  1. Mrs. C Says:

    Kate, I’ve been to a Southern Baptist church for about seven years and you really don’t notice the difference between these churches and others in doing the family integrated thing. They just don’t extend nursery once your kid is in kindergarten. I’ve heard the argument that the children who aren’t in service growing up, but have their own things would be more likely to leave later.

    I don’t know if that’s true.

    I think unfortunately there are people who set up the family integrated to an extreme or believe in the Sunday School model a bit extreme. So to think that infants and toddlers must be in the service, discipline that two-year-old there, etc OR everyone has his own compartment to worship in depending on age… well… both those extremes miss the boat IMO.

    I’m thinking last I checked **I** am the parent. The church we go to now is a bit on the “the kids go here and grownups here” side. Which I am bending with for now because my younger children homeschool and they don’t have much other opportunity to interact with others. But guess what? If I want to take my kids into service with me and I’m told no, I’d find another place to go.

    I look at the world and go, why are people getting so upset about whether a four-year-old goes to “service” or not. We should all be happy if this is the worst persecution we get LOL.

    Enjoy reading your thoughts and your posts.

  2. Cindy K Says:

    Hi Kathleen,

    I just wanted to point out that the quotes there are from Randy Stinson’s audio message at a conference called “reThink” that was held in May ’07.

    The whole scope of the FIC is quite confusing, as it can mean a variety of many different things. Voddie Baucham definitely holds to the extreme view of the FIC along with Vision Forum. Baucham also works fairly closely with Randy Stinson who is the FIC specialist at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stinson directly contradicts the “family of families” concept but also embraces Baucham’s ideas.

    I think that for those at SBTS, they don’t want to draw too many lines in the sand, likely because they need to recruit students into their FIC program. But SBTS has not made a definitive statement about exactly what they believe specifically about the FIC concept. They likely wish to avoid alienating folks that would be interested, and if they draw lines in the sand regarding certain groups, they will be biting hands that feed them.

    But what do I know? I’m a woman and not a Baptist. Ha!

  3. Kathleen Says:

    Mrs. C, God bless you for being balanced in Him. 🙂

    I’ve been in both traditional and FIC churches and I’ve also found myself in the traditional setting bringing my young child with me into the service. It’s a whole mentality of being at a seminar, or conference or being entertained at a concert that some in the traditional models should recognize as a stumbling block.

    I’ve also enjoyed watching and participating in Sunday school services with my children.

    A phrase just popped into my brain while I was typing:

    “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

    I’ve had wonderful times of fellowship in home churches with my family gathered around, children making friends.

    Institutions can’t save anyone. Only Jesus.

  4. Kathleen Says:

    Cindy,

    You are so insightful and inspirational to me.

    Even if you are just a woman. 😉

    Keep sharing the truth of Him.

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