This writer criticized Sport columnist Mark Zeigler’s suggestion that the National Anthem not be played before pro sports events. That ridiculous idea placates a few pro malcontents at the expense of offending millions of Americans.
The idea has an even deadlier impact on Bible truth. In a society that considers itself free from Biblical absolutes, many religious people of all faiths believe Jesus was a good man, but not God the Son. Shall Christians blaspheme him to satisfy world religionists?—as a Wycliffe official suggested. He wanted to eliminate Christ as the Son of God because it offended Muslims.
So? That’s their problem, not ours. We’re not going to reduce Jesus just to make them comfortable. Jesus didn’t stop proclaiming himself God’s Son because it offended his contemporaries. New Testament Christians, facing the same problem, didn’t stop preaching Jesus as God in the Flesh to please Jews in the Empire.
Then there’s the problem of baptism’s purpose. Is it for the forgiveness of sin, or some lesser purpose? Some suggest it isn’t worth a debate separating Christians. Instead, take refuge in the idea that God knows what baptism’s purpose is, even if we don’t. Nibble that theological deceit. Never digest it.
Because there are many things God says about himself and the Christian life that people don’t believe: that Jesus is the Only way to Heaven for one; that self-denial is the basis of discipleship for another; that holiness in the Christian life is the sine quo non of discipleship is a third. And so on.
On no Biblical truth can we draw the line saying it doesn’t matter what we believe SINCE God knows its truth. He has never allowed a divorce between what he SAYS and we Believe and Obey. The Bible nowhere allows us to take any position we please.
That’s flagrant heathenism. That’s unhesitating humanism. Each person then becomes his own deity. –End Part IV-