What is ‘third way’?

Oct 9, 2017 by

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Growing up as a baptized Mennonite, I have always been confused by the claim of Mennonite Church USA to be applying God’s Word the “third way.” Does this mean there is God’s Word, the world’s words and the Church’s words? Are we accepting Christ’s offer of salvation and then relying on our own wisdom and self-righteousness to achieve great love and world peace by negotiating with the darkness of the world? It seems to me that such arrogance borders on apostasy. Can we just fall on our knees and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us in spiritual warfare? His is the kingdom, the power and the glory! It does not belong to the church. The church exists to teach the Word of God (Acts 2:42-43).

David Bontrager
Mission, Kan.

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