Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Dialectic and Insensitive Christianity

In his column today, commentator and apologist Paul Proctor cites a rather curious question printed in a Christian publication. The entire commentary is linked below, but here's an excerpt:

Christian Post reporter, Lillian Kwon, poses a dialectic question for our consideration in her January 4th article, "Is Christianity Insensitive to Other Religions?"

Now I ask you - Does the question sound like something that advances a biblical principle or a U.N initiative? Unfortunately, this is the direction of the dialectic church and many of its missionaries today - steering Christians and their proselytes toward that one-world religion of tolerance, diversity and unity you've read so much about in this column.

A dialectic question, usually offered by change agents and facilitators in a group setting, is designed to present a false and distracting premise in order to encourage dialog between opposing positions with a predetermined outcome in mind - which, more often than not, involves the compromise of absolutes and the advancing of an alternative agenda. Whether or not Christianity is insensitive to other religions is beside the point - and frankly, it is an absurd and dangerously deceitful question that puts the bold and courageous presentation of the Gospel under a dark cloud of doubt - suggesting Christians should be more broadminded and less critical of that which contradicts the Word of God.

I want you to focus long and hard on the dialectic and its purpose. This process has infiltrated much of life in America including governments, churches, schools, public bodies etc. The purpose is to effect change. While the process in and of itself is not ALWAYS a bad one depending on the purpose, by and large it ought to be held suspect and at arms length. It's history of use by communist or ultra-left change agents certainly ought to give people pause.

God's Word and God's Word alone should govern how the church and invididual believers operate. Our lives, habits and ministries must be governed by Scripture enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Engels, Marx and "facilitators" have no business in the life of the church and in the proclamation of the Gospel. And in terms of proclaiming the Gospel, the very cross itself is an offense and stone of stumbling according to the Lord Jesus Himself. We need to quit handwringing and get on with it. To know that you need a Savior, you must first realize that you are a sinner. That requires confrontation, clear teaching of Scripture and unapologetic evangelism. Love is not always mush or mealy-mouthed. Sometimes love requires toughness.

In today's world, it is considered insensitive and unloving to say that God judges sin, and that those who rebel against Christ will spend eternity separated from Him. In truth, it is about as unloving as one can be to fail to preach the entire Gospel, including the bad news before you get to the Good News. Compromising or watering down the truth accomplishes nothing and has eternal consequences.

Paul Proctor Column

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