Authority of Scripture at the Crossroads

Progressives

Within the Church, those on the far left cling to the mantle of progressivism while reciting the mantra of ‘political correctness,’ accepting anything and everything anyone says or does as long as they don’t violate their liberal litmus test of ‘close-mindedness,’ all the while  dismissing what God’s Word says. For the Progressive, it’s more important to espouse the cultural ideology of  inclusiveness and tolerance rather than risk the belief that God’s heart is good and that His Word can be trusted. It’s much ‘safer’ to believe in the laws of science than the God who made those same laws.

A Widening Schism Within the Church at Large

As a result of the Progressives’ insistence on cultural relevance, many dominations are stretched to the point of a church split. One such domination is the Anglican Church that is torn over the issue of blessing same-sex unions. In the following clip, the Reverend David Short of St. John’s Church in the Diocese of New Westminster discusses this split and suggests that the issue of blessing same-sex unions is just the “tip of the iceberg” and that the deeper issue driving this debate is the “Authority of Scripture” and the Progressives’ attempts to revise the Christian faith by declaring various parts of Scripture irrelevant when  it conflicts with the culture at large.

Anglican Realignment 2/10 – What is the Crossroads?

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Can I Trust God’s Heart?

After reading Romans 1:25-27I Corinthians 6:9-10, and other Scriptures on same-sex relationships, it’s clear that the early Church faced similar divisions. In Galatians 1:6 Paul states, “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all.” Is it possible that the Progressives’ embrace of ‘cultural relevance’ is really “no gospel at all” and simply a ‘smoke-screen’ for the real issue, one that goes even deeper than the Authority of Scriptures? Is it possible that at the heart of this debate is the one question with which everyone struggles: Can I trust that God’s heart is good toward me?

Divided Church – Divided Nation

Next Tuesday millions across this nation will go to the polls and elect our leaders for the next two to six years. In January, the newly elected will head off to Washington and the various state capitals to represent our interests as they vote on a number of critical issues. But for whose interests are they really looking out and how do they know to which voice to listen, particularly when so many opposing views are clamoring for their attention?

A House Divided

We in America live in a sharply divided nation, a nation polarized between blue states and red states, conservatives and liberals, pro-this and anti-that, saturating the very fabric of our culture and influencing the Church to the point that Christian Conservatives are seen as little more than the far-right extreme of the Republican Party while Christian Liberals are perceived as ‘in bed’ with the Democrats and the far-left “liberal loons,” as Bill O’Reilly  of The Factor is often fond of saying.

Salt Anyone?

Instead of ‘salty’ Christians influencing an American culture that is rapidly spiraling away from God, the Church has allowed the culture to ‘season‘ our understanding of God’s Word leaving us a Community of Believers guided by the ideology of the day instead of the Spirit of God through His Word. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe its the Church in America, having “…forsaken (its) first love…” (Revelation 2:4) as did the church in Ephesus, that is the corrupting force behind this division. Either way the end result is still the same:  A Divided Church, the mirror image of our culture. I can’t help but wonder if Jesus was referring to the Church in America in Matthew 5:13 when he spoke about the consequences of salt losing it’s saltiness and being “…no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”

Cultural Battle Lines:  Liberal vs. Conservative

For the most part, this cultural battle is played out along two lines:  Those who see themselves as Liberal, although many on the left prefer the term Progressive, against those who hold to Conservative values, each touting their differences with boisterous rhetoric spouting from the halls of Congress to the pulpits across this land. But is each side really that different from the other? Is is possible their motives are the same? The makers of  whatyououghttoknow.com present a humorous but poignant sketch on Liberals vs Conservatives suggesting that what each side shares in common is the desire for power and that those we elect are merely a reflection of what’s in our own hearts. Given what we see in Washington today, that’s a sobering thought as well as an indictment of the spiritual condition of our nation!

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