Are you tired of “fluff and stuff” Christian conferences? Consider the following question posed by organizers of a conference:
“Are you ready to be Human again?”
Okay, what does that mean? Well, to be honest, it’s rather unclear. (And now we’re all confused!) Here’s where I heard this phrase.
One of the members of our research department received a mailer for an upcoming conference for family ministry teams. The theme of this conference is “Be Human.” So, what does that mean?
Well, inside the mailer, the conference organizers explain:
When God became human, it wasn’t to prove His divinity. He could have done that from a distance.
Instead, Jesus became human to prove the worth of humanity. He came to show us what God intended humans to be.
So, Jesus became man to prove our worth and show us what God intended humans to be? Well, in a way (depending on what they mean by that very vague statement), God demonstrating his love for us and leaving us an example to follow is part of what Jesus came to do:
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)
But Jesus ultimately did not come for those reasons. The testimony of Scripture is that he came to bear our sin debt and become sin for us so that we—sinful human beings who deserve the wrath of a holy God—might be made righteous through his blood. That’s the hope of the gospel!
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. (1 Timothy 1:15)
The conference mailer continues,
We need leaders who will model a faith that shows [children and teenagers] how to
- Be Kind.
- Be Resilient.
- Be Courageous.
- Be Compassionate.
- Be Generous.
- Be Human.
Taking the mailer at face value, and knowing nothing about this group or what it believes (the website was as vague as the mailer!), it appears the organizers believe to “be human” is to exhibit certain virtues, and somehow that’s tied to “the hope that Jesus actually offers humanity.” What a confusing mess!
It reminded me of the stark difference between what I call “fluff and stuff” conferences and the conferences we host at Answers in Genesis.
Now why do I bring this up? Well, it reminded me of the stark difference between what I call “fluff and stuff” conferences (there are so many of them) and the conferences we host at Answers in Genesis. Our conference descriptions aren’t vague (“what do they actually believe?”): God’s Word and the gospel message are always emphasized and boldly and passionately taught. And I believe that kind of boldness and clarity are what the church needs in a time when so many are waffling on the authority of God’s Word and the gospel message.
Consider these 2022 conferences coming to the Ark Encounter in N. Kentucky:
Notice a difference between those conference descriptions and the “Be Human” theme given in the mailer? Clarity and a bold declaration of God’s Word and the gospel!
I encourage you to make plans to attend an AiG conference in 2022 and tour the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum. You will be refreshed by the unwavering stand on God’s Word from the very first verse and the relevant application of its deep, abiding truths.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks for praying,
This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.