“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup
Saturday, April 13, 2019
THE BIBLE AND PROGRESSIVE THOUGHT
Here's a problem with selective Christianity and
vetting the Bible for repulsiveness. Dave finds passages condemning homosexuality repulsive. John is a thief: He finds the 7th Commandment repulsive. Ted is a serial adulterer. He wants to dispense with the 6th Commandment and all other references in Scripture that are against unfaithfulness. Rachel thinks accounts of the Passion of Christ are too violent. Who knows what kind of violence it might trigger in an unstable person! She wants the crucifix removed from the front of the church because that too may encourage weak minds to be cruel, violent or sadistic. Eric is of the same view and thinks the Bible should be declared hate literature and banned from public libraries. Gerald finds the teachings about the physical resurrection of Christ preposterous. He thinks it's bunk and wants a requirement for Bible publishers to add a disclaimer to the front of the Gospels saying it's just a story written by primitive men with superstitious minds. In the end, Christianity will be gutted of all meaning and that's what I think Dave, John, Rachel, Eric Gerald and other progressives want. They may deny it but they are anti-Christians. Christophobes. They want to make their relative truths absolute.
Moderns want to create God in their own image. Other progressives want all talk of deities removed from public discourse and the public square. Their quest not to offend anyone actually offends someone: Me. I am a Canadian Christian and my right to freedom of thought, opinion, religion—and their expression is guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (a creation of a previous generation of political progressives and selectively applied by the current generation of progressives.).
Here's an inconvenient truth quite beyond fashionable thinking. There is a God who exists independent of human thought. This God created all that exists and He sets the rules. God is concerned about the course of human events and has been active in history. He will continue to be active in human events and the unfolding of time long after Dave's "modern society" ceases to exist. Self-appointed progressives will be exposed as regressive. Today's moderns will be passé tomorrow and another progressive mentality will emerge—perhaps more enlightened or more repressive and brutal than the current batch.
Modern man will pass away. God remains. We must humbly reconcile with God on His terms, not ours.