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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 04:47

Another Gospel

Written by  Bob Crittendon
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After attending a National Religious Broadcasters Convention, certainly there is much to process.  It is a time for many to receive training and exhortation, to connect with practical tools in order to be better communicators of the gospel.  For others, it is a time for encouragement, to be built up in the faith.

My NRB experience for years has been to hear firsthand from Christian communicators, including authors, musical artists, commentators, actors, and more.  I believe that one of the threads upon which I was able to explore this year at the convention in Orlando was the conflict between the true gospel and what I have referred to as “another gospel,” borrowing from the verse in Galatians 1:8 - “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.”

 

You could say that the “gospel” of tolerance is alive and well.  At NRB, I discussed this with Nick Hall of the PULSE Movement, especially as it applies to the Millennial generation, in a conversation heard recently on The Meeting House.  I also explored some of these concepts with other guests for the radio show, including Billy Graham’s granddaughter, Cissie Graham Lynch, as we discussed this new thread of tolerance which is, as I see it, a misapplication of the truth of the Scriptures.  I also interviewed Millennial commentator Nick Pitts of the Denison Forum, who discussed some of the mindsets that are present within the young adult generation.

 

I believe there is a “gospel,” really a philosophy, that is seemingly predicated on faith, love, and tolerance but is intolerant of those who disagree with it.  A few months ago, Michael Anthony of Godfactor.com put it this way in a blog post on his website:

 

There’s a breed of revisionist Christ-follower making the rounds on social media these days. They are not at all selfless. They are selfish and self-serving. In the name of love, they hate. In the name of tolerance, they are intolerant. Meet the progressive “Christian,” the man or woman masquerading as a follower of Jesus Christ. They are walking contradictions, not living sacrifices.

 

In the name of progress, progressive “Christians” have regressed – and they want you and throngs of the orthodox to follow them in their downward spiral of moral, theological and social decay. They defend killing the unborn (abortion), and embrace biblically alternate views of God, heaven and hell, gender redefinition and more. Pay attention, because they are not merely after you, but also your children...

 

Again, as Anthony suggests, they call themselves “progressive,” but they actually are “regressive.”

We have to recognize that we are living in a climate of so-called “tolerance,” which is a misappropriation of the love of Christ, a love that drove our Savior to die on the cross so that we could have victory over the power of sin, not so that we can deny the existence of sin.  And, the expansive love of God will perhaps motivate believers to realize the truth of our own sinfulness and perhaps to confront others in their own sin.  That could be considered intolerant, but speaking the truth is the most loving act one could do for another.  Certainly God has spoken the truth to us.

 

Here are some takeaways for us:

 

• We certainly need spiritual awakening.  The conflict is real, but the gospel is true.  We have to make sure that this regressive stream of teachings has not permeated our own thinking.  We have to examine our personal convictions and make sure that we are in line with the Scriptures.

 

• And, while we can be challenged to be uncompromising, yet we can still be compassionate.  In our devotion to Scripture, we still have the responsibility to view people, even those with whom we disagree, through the eyes of Jesus.  So, even though there are some who would characterize us as being intolerant, yet we can be challenged to be a winsome force in the world.

 

• Finally, we can continue to be bold to speak and live out our faith.  That may put you in a position where people will try to silence you.  I think of former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, who wrote a book about God’s view of sexuality and ultimately lost his job, or Minnesota filmmaker Carl Larsen, who wants to uphold a Biblical view of marriage in his films, but state law demands that he present “other” viewpoints.  I spoke with both of them, as well as an attorney from the Alliance Defending Freedom, at NRB, in a conversation heard on The Meeting House.  We have to be people of discernment and of uncompromising devotion in order to navigate these challenging times. 

 

You can listen, download, or share conversations from NRB at www.meetinghouseonline.info.

 

 

 

 

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