a new identity

Sin understood as guilt-oriented lapses often leads to church structures that have the goal of pacification of its members, rather than formation.

Emphasis on identity formation has the potential to radically affect church life, with the goal being wholeness, which involves a deeper emphasis on participation, recognition, and interaction. If we ask people to give up their identity within a church community, or to impose our identity, we are indulging sin not combating it. Rather than holiness closing us off to the world, a holistic understanding of human ego and identity means a reformation of our exocentric nature, and as such, an openness to the world, loving the world as God does.

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