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YWAMs subtitle is To know God and make Him known Catchy phrase one that would entice most people to want to be part of Thousands join YWAM yearly on short term mission experiences and in this YWAM definitely fulfills the latter part of their subtitle The former part of their phrase is not so clear however One should ask What is the gospel they are spreading Do they really know God - the God of the Bible or have they redefined traditional and biblical definitions of God The importance of correct theology on important matters cannot be overstated One needs to look no further than the history of the Christian church to see how much correct belief was valued Beginning with the Apostles Creed Gods followers have clearly set out the basics of Christian belief which followers of Christ should subscribe to John 424 RSV says God is spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth Here is presented the fine balance of worshipping God with ones whole heart and through the grid of correct doctrine Both are equally important but are rarely practised in perfect balance by most Christians Like many groups birthed out of the Jesus movement in the 1960s YWAM emphasized the importance of relationship with God rather than the doctrine of God1 This led perhaps innocently to a devaluing of theology While none of YWAMs early or current leaders came from questionable denominational backgrounds it seemed like discernment was lacking This led to YWAM leaderships introduction of Moral Government theology MGT to YWAM students worldwide2 This was mostly done in the form of guest lecturers teaching at YWAM schools who were teachers and believers of MGT While the majority of MGT input came from these sources many YWAM leaders also subscribed to this belief system as well MGT was not the only strain of theology taught in YWAM schools and in all fairness YWAM did allow
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