A Critique of the Family-Integrated Church Movement by Brian Borgman – Christians turning the family into an idol
- by Brian Borgman
I would personally share the concerns with FIC over the cultural forces which wage war against the family. However, my complaint is that their remedy to the attacks on the family are unbiblical, unhelpful and may be worse than the societal diseases they seek to fight.
1) FIC exalts the nuclear family to an unbiblical place
The nuclear family is seen as central to life and the life of the church. The primacy of the family, family roles, domestic order subtly undermine the truth that the family of Christ is central and primary for the Christian (Mk. 3:31-35; Lk. 11:27-28; 14:26-27).
Although there is much Old and New Testament instruction to the family, it is the spiritual family that supersedes because of loyalty to Christ.
2) FIC redefines the church under the NC as a family of families
Under the Old Covenant, Israel was a family of families, held together by blood lines and circumcision. Under the New Covenant, the Church is the family of God, not a family of families (Gal. 3:28-29; Eph. 2:19-22). In fact, under the New Covenant, nuclear families may be fragmented because of loyalty to Jesus (Matt. 10:34-39).
3) FIC inadvertently excludes or marginalizes singles and others, which is contrary to the principles of Christ’s Kingdom (Matt. 19:11-12; 1 Cor. 7:7).
Ask if a single person would feel welcomed as a brother or sister in Christ and a real part of the church family in a FIC. [Or any church or denomination that places way too much emphasis upon the family, marriage, and parenting, such as Southern Baptists and conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists – added by ChristianPundit]
….For those families who use VF [Vision Forum] materials, I would simply caution them to be on guard against an unbiblical exaltation of the family, an unbiblical view of the church, and the subtle elevation of “family-centered” principles to the place of “the teaching of God’s Word.”
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