Tufty…again. The Christianity he wants.

One of our regular attenders gave me a religious editorial piece from The Star this past Sunday. I miss reading those. They put two opposing perspective side by side. Very fun read and cool service to the community, I think.

The one given to me was by Duke Tufty, pastor of Unity Temple of the Plaza.

I  had an extended exhange with Rev. Tufty years ago after he claimed the Christian Scriptures used to teach reincarnation. Bizarre. He might as well have claimed the Apostles all drove Chevy’s. And I wouldn’t put it past him.
In this current article, Tufty referenced a prayer book he had as a child. The book had a page with a prayer for a “Day of Humiliation.” I won’t repeat it here, but the prayer is one of confession for personal sin. He relates, in quaint terms, how he took this as a child and ends with a rant against the idea of original sin. To Tufty it is an “insidious, deplorable and totally ludicrous imposition” made by religion against “good people living good lives.”
It almost seems some, like Tufty, are driven to see how far they can drive Christianity from its core. If Christianity originally taught reincarnation, it would not teach resurrection. And if it did not teach man’s ruin by sin, it would not have a dying Savior. The whole thing collapses like a house of cards. All that remains is the Christianity Tufty wants. Easter is reduced to religious sentimentalism and unfounded optimism.
I end my own rant with the words of Paul:
“…if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” (1 Cor. 5:17)
“…in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:19)