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April 8, 2009

On flag waving in the church

Filed under: worship — Petros @ 7:49 am
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Flag waving in worship became an issue while I was on staff at a church a few years ago.  I wrote the following tract.  It has recently been brought up in a discussion at the CETA-L (Canadian Evangelical Theological Association yahoo group list).  Please note that I am a supporter of Israel and Canada politically, and I disagree with people who are offended by the flags of these two countries.  But in worship, we must remember that our goal is to make a place where people can come to know Christ and him crucified.

On the waving of National Flags in Christian Worship

Peter W. Dunn (c) 2001, rev. 2009

The waving of national flags has become vogue in our church and others.  There have apparently been recent prophecies which have guided various individuals into the practice of waving the Canadian and Israeli flags in worship.  I personally would appreciate being able to see the prophetic words.  The highly idiosyncratic practice of waving the political flags of Israel and Canada should have prophetic confirmation and approval from leaders, especially other pastors, prophets and theologians.  Such a practice, after all, is unprecedented in any other church in my experience (including churches of various denominations in Africa, Europe, England, Canada and the United States).
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March 2, 2009

What’s Wrong with the Rapture?

Author’s note:  While pastor of teaching and training at a local, charismatic church (hence the emphasis on prophecy), I was troubled by the number of people who accepted the doctrine of the Rapture, so I wrote this little tract.  More recently, a friend told me that I had once expressed a view of Dispensationalism to him which showed that I didn’t know what I was talking about.  Therefore, as a part of a friendly debate, I offer this tract on the Rapture.

What is Wrong with the Rapture?
©2001 Peter W. Dunn

Introduction:   Christian books, radio, and TV are filled with a message of blessed hope: There will be a Rapture, an event in which all faithful Christians will be caught up in the air to join the Lord and spend a blessed seven years of feasting in heaven. Meanwhile, the most terrible plagues and punishments will fall upon all the faithless people left behind on earth, while the devil enforces a one-world government through an anti-Christ who will reign for seven years. Then Jesus will return to reign with his saints for 1000 years.
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