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Who "we" are...

You are reading a site that was created by one person, a non-denominational Christian writing under the pseudonym Alistair Workman. The editorial "we" is used to express the belief that others guided by the Spirit of God may share in the view that useful Biblical writings can cross denominational boundaries and acknowledge the leadings of God's Spirit throughout the Christian era.

As the writer, my goal is to assist all students of the Bible to compare the writings of "scribes instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven", and to help them find objective answers to the questions that confront all truth-seekers. According to Jesus' words in Matthew 13:52, every scribe or instructor and teacher of God's word is like a householder who can bring forth both fresh and time-worn goods from the treasure that is God's word. The goal of this site is to foster comparison and discussion of "fresh" ideas that challenge orthodoxy, while seeking Biblical authentication for any concept that is new to readers.

In the future, I hope to create a non-denominational ministry called The Grammateus Institute to achieve these goals: to preserve, accumulate, compare and promote the treasure of doctrinal and evangelistic literature that has accumulated over the centuries, and to equip students and journalists to see the scope of thought that has been generated by the ferment of Judeo-Christian writers since Bible times. Hopefully, the Institute can use the unprecedented technologies of the present to assist scholars, journalists, and Christian brethren to pursue Truth in an atmosphere of tolerance and love.

Such an Institute would make an effort to understand differing interpretive perspectives among Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and various factions that one or another group considers "unorthodox". Lots of Christians have experienced the sense of loss that is felt on all sides when doctrinal controversy disintegrates into sectarian division. The goal of the Grammateus Institute would be to avoid the pitfalls of sectarianism that the Apostle Paul warned against in 1 Corinthians 3 by acknowledging that all godly exegetes have a valid contribution to make, and that God has raised up messengers to the Church whose insights are especially useful. Long experience has convinced us that every denomination has truths it espouses which, when submitted to critical comparison or a dispensational prism, can find a proper harmonious place in the tapestry of Christian doctrine. And some ideas in every denomination are simply defective and need to be laid aside.

What unites Christians of all ages are the handful of principles that John described in his first epistle. An acknowledgement of the holy and righteous God and his Son, a pursuit of personal holiness and righteousness in harmony with them, a humble acknowledgement of personal sinfulness, an acknowledgement that Jesus came in the flesh, and is destined to be the world's Messiah, a decision to submit to Jesus as the Lord of our lives, a love of all those who have been similarly begotten into the family of God in Christ.

Regardless of the particular errors and shibboleths which all brethren in Christ are likely to retain in one way or another, I find those who have "caught" the spirit of Christ in practically every Christian group. They may not be characteristic of the group, they may not be the leaders of the group, but they have been with Jesus and learned of him, and they have labored to understand and submit to God's word in their thoughts and lives. They are my Christian brethren, and if I love the One who begot, I must love the ones whom he has begotten, and who were conceived in the same covenant with me.

The complexity and mystery of the Bible is God's doing, and so I think all of us must lay our differences of interpretation at Jesus' feet. And it is marvelous in my eyes to see godly men and women of differing perspectives, who stand for Truth and will not back down from principles they know and understand, learn from each other and enjoy the sweet-smelling savor of Christ in each others' lives, while working through differences of perspective on doctrinal issues.

If you identify with the reformers of old, yet are worried by the post-modern abandonment of sound doctrine, perhaps you would consider joining with an Institute that espouses belief in the following cardinal principles: Justification by Faith; the inerrancy of Scripture; and the "priesthood of all believers".

Unlike most of the reformers, the author of this website believes in the future probation of the unbelieving world. I hold a broad view, what I believe is a scriptural view, of not only the harmony and unity between God and Jesus, but also the distinctions between them.

As most peole who study the Bible seriously soon discover, I think we have to be prepared to keep an open mind and follow God's Word wherever it leads -- even to conclusions which are not in keeping with many of the traditions of Christianity since the 3rd century C.E.

I personally believe that all people who sincerely and completely receive Christ as the Lord of their lives, the Messiah (1 John 4:15 and 1 John 5:1) are my brethren in Christ, regardless of church afilliation or other doctrinal beliefs. I welcome all who wish to focus on Christ and his ransom sacrifice to study and compare notes with me. I am constantly impressed with the many nuggets of truth mined by Christian teachers, pastors, and evangelists of the past who did not share my views on Christological or Eschatalogical topics. To be true to the principle of "things new and old from the treasure", I believe it is imperative to listen and learn from all those men whose lives and words give evidence of having been with Jesus, and learned of Him.

In addition to broad Christian fellowship patterns, across many denominational lines, I also enjoy a correspondence and cooperative relationship with many Jewish brethren. I have a firmly non-proselytizing stance toward God's chosen people, believing them to have a separate and distinct destiny in God's plan.

And while I am definitely Christian in my perspective, not New Age or Ecumenical, I believe God loves and has provided for the future of the entire rest of the world -- Moslem, Buddhist, Hindu, Shinto, etc. So when the time comes to create an actual Institute around these ideas, I trust that everyone who joins will recognize the valuable experiential knowledge and cultural contributions made by all people. I sense this spirit in gatherings I have attended of various post-modern Christian groups. I believe the God of the Bible loves all people, and when the kingdom of Jesus the Messiah reaches a world-wide scope, I believe it will create a climate which embraces the richness of the human experience. I think Isaiah caught the spirit of this when he predicted, "The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet. They break forth into singing." (Isaiah 14) It will not be a Calvinist scene, in which a few white-bread saints glorify God above the howls of the damned. No, in the next Age every family, every solitary individual of the human race who did not experience transformation during the Christian era, will have been given a full personal experience with new life upon earth. And each life, rooted in diverse religious and cultural traditions of the past, will add wonderful fragrance and nuance to the grand Symphony of praise that the entire race of mankind will be able to sing, when they are united through the Messiah into the holy and loving Family of God. Ephesians 1:10, Colossians 1:20.

For now, I think it best to keep my personal identity private, so to correspond or express support of the idea of a "Grammateus Institute", write to:

alworkman@grammateus.org