If you are a faith-based ghostwriter, like me, you are going to be asked to write something you don’t agree with. You will have to stand before God at the Judgment and answer for how you approached this situation. I will tell you here how I approach it. Hopefully you’ll find it helpful.
The Main and Plain
I love the whole body of Christ. I am amazed at how many different kinds of churches there are around the world. What makes all these churches different is often style, or type of person in attendance. This is well and good. But another thing that can set local churches or denominations apart is doctrine, particularly secondary doctrines.
That said, I love to focus on what makes them similar. People in other churches besides your own are your brothers and sisters in Christ, and you will live among them in eternity. What binds us all together is the gospel—the main and plain doctrine of our faith. In other words, what makes you and me a Christian is that we have put our faith in the only one who can save: Jesus Christ crucified for our sins. If anyone would believe, he or she will be saved. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16 ESV).
I can write for anyone if this is their central message. But when it comes to secondary doctrines, such as: men and women in the church, the role of spiritual gifts, or even Calvinism versus Arminianism, my rule is to let you know what my own views on the subject are, and then just write your views, because you are the author and the boss. I’ve never yet had an author refuse to work with me because I didn’t agree with them on one of those points.
It has been a tremendous blessing to live part of my life outside of my own little Christian circle and get an intimate look at what other Christians all around the world think and believe on those issues. It reminds me how generous God is with us. We cannot all be correct about these things, and yet, if we believe the gospel, God not only saves us, but he welcomes us into the Church and makes room in his heart for us for an eternity. I have loved being reminded of that as a ghostwriter, and it makes me praise him for the diversity in his Church.
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