***DISCLAIMER***The following is far from an exhaustive post. Instead, it makes a best effort to sufficiently answer the question.
Recently, someone asked me to please comment on The God Culture’s Solomon’s Gold series. Below is my response. Because this question focuses on a particular organization, I have posted this under the “profile” umbrella. While this is not as lengthy as my typical “profile” post, it nonetheless should give the reader enough information about the group.
Before determining whether or not The God Culture’s Solomon’s Gold series is worthy of examination, one must evaluate who The God Culture is.
In one of the shortest “about” sections constructed (at least that I have seen), The God Culture is as follows:
Welcome to The God Culture where we believe in the words of 1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 KJV
“Prove all things, hold fast that which is good.”
Although not our intent to be confrontational, we aim to challenge tradition as
Jesus said to the Pharisees
“Full well ye reject the commandment of God,
It is good to see that The God Culture aims to prove all things. However, what is it trying to prove? Furthermore, what tradition is this group challenging? At best, this is a group that, at the very least, uses Scripture seemingly to back its actions. However, at worst, this is pious ambiguity aiming to masquerade as biblical Christianity. After all, why are there no doctrinal statements? Why isn’t the main aim to make disciples and preach repentance and the forgiveness of sins in His Name (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:36-49)? After all, isn’t that more important than mere head knowledge of biblical facts (James 2:19)? What is the group’s stance on the Word of God? Why is the group, on the surface, seemingly a hodgepodge of “cut and paste” theology? Finally, if Solomon’s Gold was such an important subject, why didn’t the apostles, as far as the biblical texts are concerned, do an extensive series on it the way The God Culture has done so? Already we have a problem here because this group leaves many questions to be answered. Furthermore, because it places no clear, up-front emphasis on the Great Commission and the Gospel, the group is essentially off-mission.
It is interesting to note that this group seemingly recently formed; the bottom of the webpage shows “2017” next to the group’s name. This could explain its lack of depth for its doctrinal beliefs. However, this does not excuse its being off-mission with its emphasis on mere head knowledge of biblical facts.
Given the group’s lack of thorough doctrinal positions and its essentially being “off-mission” with its silence on repentance and the forgiveness of sins (much less the Gospel), The God Culture is not a group I’d label as a solid resource. As a result, its Solomon’s Gold series is not all that worthy of examination. Although I would not put this organization in the category of those needing to be marked and avoided (Romans 16:17), one must understand that Jesus Christ did not come to this earth simply so we can have more head knowledge of some biblical facts. Instead, He came to save sinners (John 1:29; 1 Timothy 1:15; Matthew 1:21). Based on what I see from the organization’s page, I see no emphasis whatsoever on spreading the Good News of Christ. While it is important to test all things (1 Thessalonians 5:21; see also 1 John 4:1, Acts 17:11 and Jude 3), it is not the only thing. Testing all things only goes so far if you are not a born-again believer. If The God Culture placed an emphasis on the Great Commission, then I perhaps could recommend this group as worthy of one’s time. However, given that lack, I certainly cannot do such a thing.