Eric is from THE WOOD, commonly known as Inglewood, CA. He is bi-vocational and graduated from Western Seminary in Portland, OR with an MDIV in pastoral care. Eric Knox was formerly the Primary Communicator and Lead Pastor of Sojourn Village in Encino, CA. He is currently the Pastor of Diversity at Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR. He spends his days reading, hanging and connecting with others. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Mia, and has three beautiful children named Mykah, Ian and Marlei.
Church in LA vs. Church in Portland
“In Los Angeles the call to personality is big, whereas Portland is much more skeptical,” explains Eric Knox, Pastor of Diversity at Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR. Depending on how the people view organized religion or the Christian community, a church’s approach to reaching the people will vary.
How did your understanding of using spiritual gifts affect your view of the Gospel?
“The issue wasn’t the gifts,” explains Eric Knox, Pastor of Diversity at Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR, “it was how I came to the gifts, or arrived at the gifts, or were used through gifts that made the gifts dysfunctional, not the gifts themselves […] He [God] uses you because He loves you.”
What happens when our understanding of the Gospel is skewed?
“As we move out into our Christianity, as some point the gospel gets off,” explains Eric Knox, Pastor of Diversity at Imago Dei Community in Portland, OR. When your understanding of the gospel slowly gets more and more off track, you will either fall into legalism or lawlessness.
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