We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Get Your Theology Right!

Christian involvement in the public square these days is predictable—not because the increasingly secular society knows its Bible, but because it knows which secular “powers that be” each side of the Christian divide answers to.

Until Christians put their theology first, their activism will be little more rationally motivated than that of Hare Krishnas passing out flowers in airports. We will be moved along, one issue at a time, by charismatic and energetic talk-show hosts, politicians, and religious leaders, and our internal contradictions (such as calling ourselves “pro-life" when in truth we rarely speak up for the poor and oppressed after they’re born) will not win for evangelicalism respect in the eyes of the world even for having the courage of its convictions. What convictions? Activism, agendas, ideology: In the sixties, these were left-wing and called the “social gospel”; in the nineties they are right-wing and called “discipleship.” Activism, agendas, and practical involvement mean nothing without convictions, and convictions come from deeply held beliefs about God and ourselves. And that is theology.

Michael Horton, The Law of Perfect Freedom

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