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Huff: to the Question What are your personal views on the Jesus Movement?
The movement is simplistic, anti-intellectual, exclusivist and romantic. It is romantic because it idealizes a picture of never never Christianity. The movement believes in the literal interpretation of the Bible and attempts to pattern its life after the first century church. The movement is simplistic because after 2000 years of Christian history, it is impossible to return to the first century church. The literal interpretation causes people to live like 17th century Puritans. They experience religion like 18th century Protestants and explain Christianity like 19th Century fundamentalists. But they claim it is the first century church. The anti-intellectual view of Christianity is a failure to use the mind along with the Spirit. Reason and intellect are needed to make use of faith. The Jesus movement has been called exclusivistic because its motto : One Way. It claims that Christianity and a special life style is the only approach to God. As Pitts said, "the One Way often turns out to be their Way"
Pitts on Dangers of The Movement
Some young people find out because of their background, they have been denied a conversion experience, so this is a crucial and critical time in their lives. It is necessary to integrate head and heart in matters of faith....I am concerned over people who talk a lot of religious jargon but do not express the caring and freedom that the Christian faith ought to bring. "The God movement is not a way of talking glibly, but of living powerfully." I am concerned that we will drown in an ocean of religious verbiage before our neighbors experience caring, respect, and acceptance....
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