"Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." Col 2:6-9
Missiology - Roland Allen
Notes and links from Susan Conway
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Roland Allen's ideas has, it seems, been very influential given the times both in which they were written in which they were wrestled with and implemented in some form.
The more I have looked at today, the more I need to see to know just where he fits in the Church Growth Movement and in the Charismatic Movement in terms of how his teachings have been understood or synthesized.
Allen teamed with Sidney Clark and Thomas Cochrane in 1924 to form the World Dominion Movement. The purpose of the organization was to promote missions and the revolutionary methods Roland Allen had outlined in Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours?. The Survey Application Trust was the exploratory arm of the World Dominion Movement, to conduct surveys of the existing mission areas of the world.
Berit, The last link is to a work written by Roland Allen in 1927. I do not know much about him. His work
was somewhere on our bookshelves. I read parts of it years ago. From the quote I have included below, I would wonder how his earlier work would be a part of the church growth literature today. Yet the publisher of both of his works, World Dominion Press, also published Donald MacGavran's in 1955. The foreword was written by Kenneth G. Grubb. I have not been able to learn if he is related to Norman Grubb (and C.T. Studd). I have not been able to discover what "world dominion" meant to this publishing house. Susan
Concerning the movement toward a one-world government today, if the power elite are to accomplish their objectives, traditional values would, of course, have to be undermined. In that regard, education has played a critical role for many years, and a typical example can be found in The Tenth Yearbook of the National Education Association's Department of Superintendence, published in February 1932, and titled Character Education, in which one reads:
"Relativity must replace absolutism in the realm of morals as well as in the spheres of physics and biology.
"...If the individual is to be happy in the contemporary order, he must be open-minded with respect to new values and new arrangements.
"...Loyalty to the family must be merged into loyalty to the community, loyalty to the community into loyalty to the nation, and loyalty to the nation into loyalty to mankind. The citizen of the future must be a citizen of the world."
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The apostles were moved, not so much by an intellectual apprehension, as by a spiritual illumination. They met men, and the need of those men whom they met cried aloud to them. Their own desire for the revelation of the glory of Jesus in the salvation men went out towards those whom they met, and was immediately answered by the recognition of the need of those whom they met for Jesus Christ.
Pentecost and the World 1917
Added 13 September 2000
Christ had given the apostles a world-wide commission, embracing all the nations; but intellectually they did not understand what He meant. They found that out as they followed the impulse of the Spirit.
Pentecost and the World 1917
Added 18 October 2000
To preach the Gospel requires that the preacher should believe that he is sent to those whom he is addressing at the moment, because God has among them those whom He is at the moment calling; it requires that the speaker should expect a response.
Missionary Methods: St. Paul's or Ours? 1927
Added 1 March 2000
The missionary work of the non-professional missionary is essentially to live his daily life in Christ, and therefore with a difference, and to be able to explain, or at least to state, the reason and cause of the difference to men who see it...His preaching is essentially private conversation, and has at the back of it facts, facts of a life which explain and illustrate and enforce his words...It is such missionary work, done consciously and deliberately as missionary, that the world needs today. Everybody, Christian and pagan alike, respects such work; and, when it is so done, men wonder, and inquire into the secret of a life which they instinctively admire and covet for themselves...The spirit which inspires love of others and efforts after their well-being, both in body and soul, they cannot but admire and covet—unless, indeed, seeing that it would reform their own lives, they dread and hate it, because they do not desire to be reformed. In either case, it works.
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