Are You God’s Redemptive Agent?

Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011

This was recently sent to us from a White Horse Inn listener in the Seattle area:

I was flipping through radio stations on my way to work today and stopped for a moment on a Christian radio station and heard an advertisement for a Christian university with a concluding slogan that made me say out loud to myself “Wow! I can’t beleive that!” The school’s promise was that if I enrolled as a student I would be prepared to become “God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” I couldn’t believe this incredible offer since it sounded like they were making me a promise to become a member of the Trinity. So I did some research and confirmed on the school’s website that becoming “God’s Creative Agents” and “God’s Redemptive Agents” is in fact part of their vision for all students. Now, I don’t actually beleive that the school meant to say that they will help mold their students into the Messiah, but I wanted to pass this on to you yet another example of the common confusion that we are called to be the gospel rather than being called preach the gospel.

– Micah Adamson avid White Horse Inn listener, enjoying hearing you talk about getting the gospel right and getting the gospel out in your focus on the great commission this year.



  • 27 Jan 2011
    Thomas Staunton says:

    My understanding of this issue runs as follows (its a stab not a complete answer).

    1) God (i.e. the trinity) creates all of existance.

    2) God makes mankind as his image bearers to care for his creation (includes being creative e.g. naming animals, art, developing technology etc.)

    3) Mankind rebels but still continues as the fallen curators of creation.

    4) The Father sends Jesus into the world to redeem creation and re-create it.

    5) Jesus calls his followers to be involved in his work of redemption and recreation. This is…

    a) Never seperate from Jesus, it is his work we are involved in.

    b) About our words, going and declaring that Jesus is redeeming creation.

    c) About our participation in his new creation, we are born again to be part of what humanity should always have been, stewards of all of creation. We are included into the New Man, the New Adam, Jesus Christ (we are in Him, part of His body).

    So we are redemptive and creative agents only in the sense that we are included in the New Man, Jesus, who is redeeming all of creation.

    Like I said, just a stab, I’m still thinking it through myself…

  • 27 Jan 2011
    John D. Chitty says:

    Wow. That’s as bemusing as the slogan for my local Christian talk radio station: “All Christian–All Talk” (Someone should’ve been fired for that one!

    But back to being the gospel, is there going to be a response to Frank Turk’s open letter to Michael Horton?

    Just wondering…

  • 31 Jan 2011
    Rachel says:

    Thomas- for your point number 5) Jesus calls his followers to be involved in his work of redemption and recreation.

    What scripture reference would you use to back up this point?

  • 05 Feb 2011
    Brian says:

    Shane – actually, they do believe they are molding their students into messiahs, check out their website.

    Did you contact them? What did they say?

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