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When Evangelicals Embrace Relativism

April 7, 2009

Let’s start with a few definitions

Evangelical: “of Protestant churches emphasizing personal salvation: relating or belonging to any Protestant Christian church that emphasizes the authority of the Bible and salvation through the personal acceptance of Jesus Christ”  (Encarta)

Relativism:  “belief in changeable standards: the belief that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation”

Anyone who has any true knowledge of who Jesus Christ is would realize that the above concepts CANNOT go hand-in-hand…at least not without tons of compromises.  And yet that is what many “Christian” churches are attempting to do: pair Christianity with Relativity.  Our previous church was slowly starting to do that, which is why it is now our previous church.

If we say that we are Christians, then that means we follow the teachings of Christ.  Jesus Christ, Himself said that He was the Son of God and that He was the only way to get to God (John 14:6-9).  If we follow the teachings of Christ, then His teachings become our code of conduct…our Statement of Faith.

Yet there are some “Christians” who claim that having a statement of faith is wrong.  Why?  Because it “stifles friendships”.  (Are you kidding me?!!!)  I refer of course, to the “Emergent Church” movement.  A group of people so fluffy in their ideology and theology that they flit from idea to idea with each cultural wind gust.  They want to be “friendly” and “people-centric”.   They seek to “love God and love their neighbors”, as long as that doesn’t mean preaching about sin or setting down hard theological or Biblical lines.  To them everything (and I mean everything) is open to  personal interpretation.  Don’t want to believe that Jesus was born of a virgin?  No big deal.  Want to believe that Jesus wasn’t exactly God?  Again, no big deal.  Want to follow one of Rob Bell’s books instead of the Bible?  No problem, that Sola Scriptura stuff is so last century!  Want to re-interpret scripture so that it better fits your sinful lifestyle?  Sure!  Why not? I mean, just because God “frowned” on homosexuality doesn’t mean that we can’t embrace it!

But to me it all comes down to this:  If you truly love someone then you will want them to know the truth, even if it means upsetting them.  If you have the choice between telling someone the truth and angering them temporarly, but allowing them to make an informed choice that will save them from an eternity in Hell away from God, why, oh why would a true follower of Christ choose someone’s friendship over their salvation?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2009 7:52 pm

    “They want to be “friendly” and “people-centric””

    The funny thing is, more often than not, these people are rude, condescending, and often filled with thinly veiled seething rage.

  2. Erica permalink
    April 8, 2009 9:29 am

    I grew up very conservative. My husband and I grew very disenchanted with the church. God led us to a new church. It is everything we have ever hoped for. The people are extremely friendly, they love the Lord, the worship service is a blend of some great hymns and modern music, the services are a great blend of old and young. I have never sat under a teacher before that digs into the text so much. I learn each week something new. Our church is not afraid to reach out and talk about the human condition and help people become truly devoted followers of Jesus. It is amazing! Don’t give up. Keep searching. God will lead you somewhere that will change your life forever.

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