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There is a Christian Benefit to Deconstruction.

There can be a positive path of Christian reconstruction.

Biblical Christian Worldview publications have written extensively on the harmful consequences of deconstruction, spanning over two years. This comes as a result of what has been seen as a correlation between deconstruction and a drop in church attendance, and resulting loss of faith and traditional Christian practices and beliefs. Some of those articles are listed and linked below.

  • Uncovering the Destructive Strategy of Anti-Christian Writers on Popular Medium (here)
  • The 3-Step Deconstruction Process for Christians (here)
  • What Are the Four Meanings of “Deconstruction” (here)
  • Why Christian Deconstruction is so Popular (here)
  • What is Faith Deconstruction vs. Faith Recommitment (here)

How is Christian Deconstruction Defined?

Wikipedia (details here) defines Christian Deconstructionism as, “Faith deconstruction, also known as deconstructing faith, evangelical deconstruction,[1] the deconstruction movement, or simply deconstruction, is a phenomenon within American evangelicalism in which Christians rethink their faith and jettison previously held beliefs, sometimes to the point of no longer identifying as Christians.”

GotQuestions.org, a Biblical Christian Q&A website (details here) similarly defines deconstruction as, “the heading most recently applied to the process of questioning, doubting, and ultimately rejecting aspects of Christian faith”

Is Deconstruction Theologically Unsound?

The answer is, no, according to its champions. The process is intended to reflect back on all that has been taught from the pulpit and discipleship classes on the Biblical Christian faith, evaluating Biblical theology from a logical secular perspective, and then rejecting what is false and rebuilding one’s faith through what remains. The outcome of this reset can be very different for each person. For many, it involves a rejection of the Christian church, for most, a rejection of the Bible as an inerrant source of core principals, and others, a rejection of Christian faith entirely (as expressed in the definitions above).

In all cases, the end point is not intended to be deconstruction, but instead, reconstruction under a new, personal paradigm. However, one only has to review the writings of supporters of this process to realize that the focus is on the deconstruction rather than any form of theologically sound Christian reconstruction.

Are There Examples of Positive Outcomes of Deconstruction?

The term “postiive” must be defined at the outset. If by positive one means being freed from the chains of Christian dogma, Godly commands, Biblical theology, and, church attendance the answer is an absolute yes.

If one defines a positive outcome from the path of deconstruction to reconstruction through the lens of a Biblical Christian Worldview, examples are few and far between. However, in the last few months I have had contact with two individuals who have seen their pilgrimage in this process of questioning all that they believed as Christians resulting in a strengthening of their walk with the the Lord and renewed fellowship with committed, theologically sound believers. One of those individuals, defining the outcome of deconstruction/reconstruction in a positive way, is quoted, in part, below:

"I can honestly say that truly having a desire to have a changed nature and not sin at all is a step in the right direction, and not just for a moment, but for a lifetime after our salvation. I can honestly say that I used to be a follower and adopter of sermons I would hear and say internally ‘I’m glad I’m not like those people, I have guaranteed entry into Heaven’ all the while falling short of my perceived status as a ‘good Christian’. I know better now that I study on my own and try to answer questions and challenge sermons rather than just accept them as complete truth. The pastor can be just as sinful or more sinful than I am myself."

My response, in part, follows…

"To me that is the first example (though many of my readers would strongly disagree) where deconstruction, and then reconstruction drew you closer to what I would consider a Biblical theology. Of course, bad pastors litter the landscape of bad churches so, from that perspective, one should not be surprised that you had that experience. I have to say that one bad church full of legalism does not make all churchs bad. I have written a great deal on the importance of Biblical fellowship, instruction, and accountability offered in a group (church) setting. Please don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but find a church that is not so legalistic, but is also not afraid to call sin, sin. Believe me, they are out there if you look for one." 

The point on positive attributes of Deconstruction/Reconstruction

As I stated above, our nation is littered with bad churches. Those which are too legalistic, those which are too liberal, and those which are just theologically unsound. So, if deconstruction results in finding a church where the Bible is taught in a balanced and truthful way, where fellowship and worship of the Lord is the focus of the staff and members, then that is a process of deconstruction/reconstruction which honors God and His institutions.

Matthew 16:18 – And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Acts 20:28 – Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

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AuthorJeff Hilles | BCWorldview.org 


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