Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Redefining the Faith?
If any of you have ever read "1984" by George Orwell, you will remember that poor Winston Smith worked at the strangely named "Ministry of Truth." The main job of the place was basically pro-regime propaganda, even to the point of constant re-definition of terms to be sure things fit the official line. When an inconvenient truth happened to pop up, it was placed in a "memory hole," where it burned up in a flash, never to be remembered again.
There are times when I feel that this is happening within evangelicalism to a certain extent. Perhaps an extreme example, but you'll get my point. A ruthless regime is out to replace biblical Christianity with a new one, changing word meanings and long-held biblical doctrines to buttress their position. Read this excellent column by Dr. Al Mohler, and you'll see what I mean. Dr. Mohler does a tremendous job showing how a cadre of "theologians" has over time attempted to change the very nature of biblical Christianity.
I can almost see Brian McLaren as "O'Brien," and a whole host of these revisionist types engaging in a "Two Minutes Hate" daily at those who want to preserve the true faith "once and for all delivered to the saints."
Yeah, maybe that's an unfair comparison for the time being, but let's wait a while. I hope it doesn't end up that way.