This has been an interesting day. Started with a discussion with several men on how to resist Satan. Then worked for several hours on getting my son’s rehearsal dinner invitations out. Then mowed the yard and listened to John Piper speak on the life of John Calvin. Lastly, got a report from a friend on a Christian ministry that you would know has violated the clear teaching of Scripture and has justified their disobedience with verbal gymnastics. You may ask how all these are related. They are with the possible exception of the invitations…
Piper’s main point on Calvin was that his entire focus was on the majesty of God. It defined all that he did. Salvation, justification, was not about us but about reflecting the majesty of God. Satan hates that. He does all that he can to diminish God’s majesty in our eyes.
He uses pressure from our culture to try to move us away from the sufficiency of God’s majesty, Romans 12:2. The church has slowly bent to that pressure. The choice of this well know organization is yet another in a long string of examples where the enemy has led a group away from the Word of God.
In most of these cases it is because the leaders and members have forgotten or never grasped Piper’s point on Calvin. It is not about us. It is not about our salvation or service. It is about the majesty of God. When we compromise or explain away clear texts of Scripture so we can be “more effective” in a culture we are doing that for our benefit. We have forgotten the core. It is not about us. It is about God’s majesty. When we forget that it leads to confusion.
I have written about this drift before. It is significant and it is dangerous. The current issue of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society documents this drift in an article entitled “The Emerging Divide in Evangelical Theology.” The author documents several unbiblical positions held by prominent Christian leaders. We are at war.
I have not often referred back to earlier posts but this is important. Here are some earlier thoughts:
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