1. DC
    February 9, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

    The three Cs mentioned, were they “creed, cult, conduct?” The word “Cult” has a negative connotation – what is your definition?


  2. davidmartinhanke
    February 10, 2010 @ 9:08 am

    DC, thanks for listening! And thanks for the great question. For 2000 years the church has structured its catechesis of children, new believers, and adults around the “three c’s” creed, cult, and conduct. Practically this translates to the Apostle’s Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the 10 Commandments or the Sermon on the Mount. Designing an education program that includes memorizing, studying, and applying those c’s is time will spent and bears a lot of fruit.

    Specifically, cult is a very general term that innocuously describes ‘a system of religious veneration and devotion devoted toward a particular figure or object.’ Simply put– the way we approach a god: our worship, liturgy, and prayers. Obviously one can direct their ‘cult’ towards a figure or object that is not God. In our imprecise vernacular, we often call those ‘cults’. But when we direct our ‘cult’ (worship, prayer, liturgy) toward God– the Sovereign of the Universe– we are joining our voices with the church historical and universal that is both here and gathered around the throne in heaven.

    Hope that helps.



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