When Christians try to be “cool”

I read through John MacArthur’s The Truth War, but being drawn to it as of late, a second read was a must.

This from the Introduction of the aforementioned work,

The idea of actually fighting for doctrinal truth is the farthest thing from most churchgoers’ thoughts. Contemporary Christians are determined to get the world to like them–and of course in the process they also want to have as much fun as possible. They are so obsessed with making the church seem “cool” to unbelievers that they can’t be bothered with questions about whether another person’s doctrine is sound or not…  Christians have bought into the notion that almost nothing is more “uncool” in the world’s eyes than when someone shows a sincere concern about the danger of heresy. After all, the world simply doesn’t take spiritual truth that seriously, so they cannot fathom why anyone would.

How accurate is MacArthur’s assessment?

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6 Responses to When Christians try to be “cool”

  1. Tim Kurek says:

    Heres the deal… MacArthur is leaving out of the picture the element of relational truth. That is to say that when we are talking to people we have a lot more of a chance of them listening and seeing Christ’s love if we approach them in a loving way. The Bible is offensive enough without us having to add to it, therefore I believe in a balanced gospel. One that is inbetween the two extremes of the emergent church and the evangelicals. Please check out my blog “Spurgeon and Emergent” and “Give yourself away” and let me know what you think, as they pertain to this topic.

    http://uriahministries.wordpress.com

    tim kurek

  2. JT says:

    The Bible if “offensive enough”? I think you are reading it wrong. It is a book about a love that we can’t even fathom. I know that it offends people, but I don’t think we should be the P.C. police and try to get everyone to hold hands and share candy. If people don’t know there is sin, how are they going to repent?

    I am all about a loving church. You hate the sin and not the sinner. But you don’t hide the sin, in place of having someone like you.

  3. Tim Kurek says:

    Wow bro, you think that an exclusive gospel isn’t offensive in the eyes of a politically correct society? Thats total ignorance. We are placed in the catagory of Islam because we say our way is the only way, because Jesus IS the only way. To the world the Bible is offensive, to say its not is ignorant. Also I am about a loving church too, but a church that actually stands and speaks the truth no matter if its PC or not. Funny reply.

  4. Laz says:

    Tim,
    I think you and JT are saying the same thing.

  5. JT says:

    I think Laz is right. I may be looking for an argument where there is none there. But saying the Bible is offensive, may be better said like this: The Bible can offend people, but its essence is not offensive.

    And I think you would agree with that, didn’t mean to split hairs, I only have a few left.

  6. Laz says:

    JT,
    The things of God is offensive to our natural sensitivities as the apostle makes clear here,

    But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

    I would argue that this is the case because it is our natural bent to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. I would also argue that love offends, if you have any children and when it comes time to discipline, which is done out of love, is pretty offensive to them. Why? Because they do not know any better, not to mention the fact that the gap between us and God is infinitely greater than the gap between children and their parents.

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