"HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?" Francis Schaeffer

Saturday, August 06, 2005

The BATTLE over the BIBLE will never go away. This is a battle between spiritual and unseen principalities. This battle is not just carried out on Earth, but in the otherworld.

Stinson believes, as do I, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Church of England have each revealed a mutual yet independent lower view of the inspiration and authority of Scripture. Both have or are in the process of elevating women to positions far above their biblical roles in the Body of Christ. He says ...

It's very dangerous for churches, [for] denominations to begin to slowly, sometimes quickly, undermine the authority of the Word of God in this way. I think it has incredibly devastating effects on church members. I think it has devastating effects on lost people who aren't familiar completely with the Bible. It offers confusion.

Stinson says more and more denominations are giving in to a "sinful, fleshly pull away from Scripture" in order to accommodate the culture. And the recent actions by the Disciples of Christ and the Church of England, he says, indicate they are continuing down a "slippery slope" of Scriptural compromise.

Accomodating the culture: That is where the battle is always joined. "The culture" will despise and denigrate you if you hold to fundamental values. I hate to be seen as ignorant and naive -- I prefer to be respected for being either "cool" or a thinker. But that will not happen if I hold firmly to Biblical basics: It says what it says and it means what it says.

So everyday you must choose; be "cool" or be biblical. It is actually a tough enough choice.

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