In Relation To Doctrinal Error
And Those Who Hold It
The attitudes above were at the heart of the Apostles' ministry, and should also be found in the mind of every genuine Christian leader who bears the responsibility of being an under-shepherd to the Great Shepherd.
However, many of today's Christian leaders are compromised by a combination of the spirit of postmodernism, entanglement with materialism, and most prevalent--the need for adulation ("to be someone") within the religious community.
TRUTH and LOVE - It is our desire and a tenet of withChrist.org to "speak the truth in love". The Apostle Paul wrote, "Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9) Note carefully that contrary to current attitudes, genuine biblical love does not avoid discerning good from evil, nor truth from error, nor making these distinctions in public. Every epistle of the New Testament, except Philemon, speaks against doctrinal error as well as immoral behavior. So why is this robust form of love rarely seen or experienced in contemporary society or among so-called Christians and Christian leaders?
DEATH of TRUE LOVE - John Locke is credited as having said, “Whoever defines the word, defines the world.” Today, the meanings of love and marriage have been hijacked and are being largely redefined for use within a pervasive framework of moral relativism. This is the satanic ploy and device of our age; redefine the meaning of words, even biblical words.
The Greek word most often translated "love" in the New Testament is agapē. The essence of agapē is benevolent action rooted in the nature of the lover, without pre-conditions on the part of the object of such love. But agapē is not "love" devoid of conditions! Even a casual reading of the NT reveals numerous conditional statements relative to interpersonal relationships and love.
The contemporary world's so-called "love" is a fully amorphous emotion--the consummate "whatever feels good." It is an emasculated sentiment severed and held in isolation from light, righteousness, justice and truth. It is a degeneracy which strikes at the very core of human existence. Modern "love" doesn't seek to make distinctions, nor engage in any form of judgment, and is characterized by a misguided form of tolerance. It is tolerant of all manner of evil and wickedness, and intolerant toward those who would seek to embrace true knowledge and live on higher moral ground. Thus, when a Bible-based Christian sets forth Scriptural truth with any degree of certainty, they are viewed and falsely labeled as being unloving, abusive, or even guilty of "forcing their views on others." Of course these critics are finely-honed hypocrites, who more often than not, are haunted by moral guilt.
RELATIVE VALUES - Christians speaking with certainty in the realm of values are often interpreted as: self-assertive, power hungry, and offensive because liberals and progressives hold to the axiom that no opinion regarding values can legitimately claim superiority over any other--except their own of course. At its root, this is a manifestation of the contemporary crisis in knowledge. This form of twisted thinking has arisen because the modern mind erects a philosophic wall of separation between scientific knowledge (considered "facts") and moral and religious views (considered subjective "values"). To understand how our society got to this point, read The Roots of Religious Liberalism and Christian Agnosticism.
CULTURE IN CRISIS - For the modern mind, in the context of naturalistic and postmodern dogma, certainty with regard to knowledge applies only to those things which can be scientifically verified, never to moral and religious values. Thus, a logical philosophical crisis of knowledge and corresponding secular worldview has spread throughout Western societies--along with a cultural of death, not life. Despite this pervasive crisis, genuine knowledge is available; God has spoken.
SALT NO MORE - Like the world around them, many Christians have unknowingly embraced this new love concept. They are not practicing true biblical love, but self-righteously practicing redefined notions of love, compassion, and tolerance.
"Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 'You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?'" (Acts 13:10), The Apostle Paul - Champion of Political Correctness and Sensitivity
Review of the postmodern diatribe Repenting of Religion: Turning From Judgment to the Love of God.
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