Over the past several weeks the Parking Space 23 team has examined several issues relating to the Family Integrated Church (FIC) movement. I wrote an introduction to this series, Jason Vaughn wrote an excellent piece on the error of viewing the father as the priest of the home, Matt Tarr did the heavy lifting writing two great posts on the danger of homeschooling onlyism, while I also pitched in a piece about how the FIC movement gets both the family and the church wrong and I would commend all of these posts to you. And as the series unfolded, I have been contacted by many and asked why this series was necessary, and the answer is simple; because of the bad fruit of the FIC movement.… Continue reading
In response to observing an ever-increasing movement within the church, the contributors here on PS23 thought it opportune to evaluate the FIC (Family Integrated Church) from a biblical perspective. As John Chester noted in his post earlier this week, while we would contend that the FIC has done well in identifying many problems in today’s church and family, it only offers narrow-minded solutions to those problems, “rather than exclusively on biblical answers.”1 Consequentially, the line between strongly held personal preferences are muddied with clear biblical commands. That has damaged the church:
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Parents don’t often see the difference between strongly held personal preferences and explicit biblical principles, and therefore their consciences often become the “rule” of what defines a “godly” home life.