Say Goodbye to Lifeboat Theology

Tom Nelson | April 2, 2015


If we are going to fully embrace the work God has called us to do, then we will need to say goodbye to what Paul Marshall aptly describes as “lifeboat theology.” Lifeboat theology views this world as if it were the Titanic. God’s good world has hit the iceberg of sin and is irrevocably doomed. There is nothing much left for us to do. It is time to abandon ship and get as many people in as many lifeboats as we can.

In this theological perspective, God’s lifeboat plan of redemption is concerned only with the survival of his people. However noble and well-meaning our efforts to salvage God’s creation may be, at the end of the day, our work on this doomed earth only amounts to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

But God is deeply concerned with the crown of his fallen creation and has initiated a glorious plan of redemption through his Son Jesus. He has not abandoned this world.

Toward an Ark Theology

Paul Marshall wisely calls us to abandon a lifeboat theology for what he refers to as an ark theology. The Genesis writer tells of humankind’s deep dark plunge into sin. The corruption of God’s good…


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