Sunday, March 07, 2010

Six myths or false models of spiritual formation 2/6

The Facts Only Model.

However noble it is to take an intentional and serious approach to study; where growth is determined by an individuals intake of spiritual truth in isolation, compartmentalisation is a real danger. The establishment of knowledge rather than leading to insight through application and assimilation in community, becomes a self protective measure. Puffed up arrogance looks a bit deflated in the light of the many 'one another' texts that can be found in scripture. But this myth exists only through being able to overlook what is an explicit 'corporate call to Spiritual Formation' in scripture, and as such for Wilhoit is a false model of Spiritual Formation.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing (1 Thess 5:11)

Wilhoit, J.C (2008:51ff) Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered. Baker

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