An excerpt from “Christians in a Cancel Culture”“Modern Christian’s aren’t necessarily rewriting the Bible to accommodate abortion, homosexuality or transgenderism. Some are, but when they do, they embrace errors so glaringly that most biblically grounded believers see the errors for what they are and reject them. But others embrace something not so easily discerned.
It’s not a wholesale revision of the truth, but a minimizing of its importance. That minimizing, often done in the name of keeping peace, is an easier error to fall into than blatant heresy, a fact making it especially dangerous. It’s a siren call to keep the faith but lose the offense, often for the sake of achieving a goal through pragmatic but serious compromise.
In that sense, perhaps the challenge is nothing new. Luke’s account of Christ being tempted by Satan describes a similar challenge. “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.””Luke 4:5-7 NKJV
Read the passage through (Luke 4:1-13), then think again about the specific offers Satan made to Jesus. They seem to boil down to this: “You have a mission to save humanity. OK, fine, let’s make it easier. I’ll give You the world and it’s people if You’ll exercise a few items from Your job description, like that ugly cross business. Worship me, skip the suffering and they’re all Yours. Unsaved and eternally lost, sure, but a nice and orderly kingdom.
Just remove the truths that make it hard, and You can have it all.” Today’s enticement to modern Christianity seems awfully similar. “Just compromise those distinctives we take issue with, and you can be the church that gets along smoothly with the world.”Problem is, it’s a world under the same influencer who tempted Christ, as per Paul’s identification centuries ago when he cited him as “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).
It’s also a world that says to us, somewhat as it’s influencer said to Him, “You Christians have a mission to evangelize humanity? OK, that’s fine, let’s make it easier. You see how much trouble you get into for saying and believing the wrong things? You can be spared all that if you’ll mute a few items in your belief system.
Like that rigid definition of marriage, the divinely assigned male and female status, the insistence that life in the womb is in fact life in the womb, the refusal to acknowledge there are different ways to God, that belief in a place of eternal punishment, and that insulting doctrine about people being born sinful rather than wonderful. You don’t have to deal with laws passed against you, or censorship imposed on you, or friends and loved ones rejecting you.
We can all get along! Just minimize the truths that make it hard and you can have it all.”But think again about whether those truths are negotiable. They include the exclusive nature of salvation as coming through Christ’s atonement and faith in Him, the Creator’s definition of marriage and sexuality, the command to perpetuate the human race rather than murder it’s future unborn members, the recognition of sin and its consequences, and the concept of individual responsibility rather than the indictment of an entire race as being guilty of a sin by virtue of its race alone.
Remove these from the Christian faith, and you’re left with something akin to what Satan hoped Christ would accept: a false, incomplete, and wholly inadequate version of what the Father sent Him to redeem, an abortion not only of what the Father intended Him to do, but what He Himself declared His goal to be: to seek and save the lost.
Had Christ said yes to this temptation, He would surely have said no to us in the same breath, as a civilization packaged for Him without redemption would have been the very thing God prevented by driving a fallen Adam and Eve from the garden lest they eat from the tree of life and remain always and forever unredeemed.
Likewise, if you say yes to this modern temptation, what we are offering the world if not a neutered church, an ineffective gospel, a place to gather nicely but receive limited truth, and the bleak achievement of approval coming from those we were meant to reach, not just please. No, we’re not likely to be opposed, limited, or persecuted for merely expressing our belief in God.
Our belief in His words is another matter, a point He Himself made when He admonished that those who are not only ashamed of Him but of His teachings as well are subject to His displeasure. “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Luke 9:26
All of which leaves us with this hard and increasingly unavoidable question: Will we faithfully—in our pulpits, homes, and lives— profess and steward the Word of God without adding to it detracting from it? Or will we acquiesce when the world enticingly reminds us that a profession of something less than the whole counseled of God will allow us a far more peaceful though far less profitable existence?”#runyourrace
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