Mohler at New Attitude 2008

Dr. Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, held a Q&A session, you can download the audio here.

On special revelation [Scripture], he quotes one of his mentors Carl F. Henry,

Revelation is God’s gracious self-disclosure whereby He forfeits His own personal privacy so that His sinful creatures might know Him.

On Biblical inerrancy,

The doctrine of inerrancy is necessary but not sufficient. If you do away with it you cast doubt on every single word of Scripture and usually those who do that have an agenda that becomes very transparent very quickly. In other words, there is something in the text they don’t like or can’t handle.

On the Christian response to homosexuality,

We can also say too much by trying to elaborate upon what the Scripture says as if the Scripture has a focus on homosexuality in 3rd Corinthians

On Postmodernism,

What if the postmodernists are right and the Scripture means what you say it means? Well you pretty much end up with Christianity in America, I guess. That’s pretty much what it looks like, but that’s the problem isn’t it? The only corrective is the Scripture means what God meant and it’s our responsibility and discipline to study the Scriptures to hear the Word of God and to obey.

Looking forward to reading Dr. Mohler’s book, Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth.

Ravi Zacharias on Postmodernism

This is taken from Ravi’s book, “Jesus Among Other Gods”,

Philosophically, you can believe anything, so long as you do not claim it to be true.

Morally, you can practice anything, so long as you do no claim that it is a “better” way.

Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it.

If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized. Thus, a journalist can walk into a church and mock its carryings on, but he or she dare not do the same if the ceremony is from the eastern fold. Such is the mood at the end of the twentieth century.

A mood can be a dangerous state of mind, because it can crush reason under the weight of feeling. But that is precisely what I believe postmodernism best represents–a mood.

Thoughts?

Postmodernism, the “Coming Apostasy”?

Interesting article titled “The Coming Apostasy” by Greg Stier, President and Founder of Dare2Share.

He bases the article on a text from 1 Timothy 4,

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,

by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron… (verses 1 and 2)

Stier thinks that “we are beginning to see the firstfruits of the coming apostasy that Jesus promised and Paul predicted would mark the end of days. To be honest I think we are seeing it more within the church than outside it. Here are some reasons I think the Great Day (of Christ’s return) may be on it’s way and the bad days of apostasy may be closing in on us”

He gives 6 reasons why he believes this, and here they are:

  1. A growing emphasis on quasi or full on universalism.
  2. A tendency to de-emphasize, question or outright attack core theological truths.
  3. An overemphasis on “the red letters” of the Bible.
  4. An increasing skepticism toward certainty about anything.
  5. An overwhelming focus on conversations rather than conclusions.
  6. A redefining of the gospel without propositions.

It seems like he’s critiquing the postmodernism that is seen in some Christian circles, do you agree with his reasoning?

Modern Man

This is a poem by British journalist Steve Turner (emphasis mine)

Creed

We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin.
We believe everything is OK
as long as you don’t hurt anyone,
to the best of your definition of hurt,
and to the best of your knowledge.

We believe in sex before, during, and
after marriage.
We believe in the therapy of sin.
We believe that sodomy’s OK.
We believe that taboos are taboo.

We believe that everything’s getting better
despite evidence to the contrary.
The evidence must be investigated
And you can prove anything with evidence.

We believe there’s something in horoscopes,
UFO’s and bent spoons;
Jesus was a good man like Buddha,
Mohammed, and ourselves.
He was a good moral teacher although we think
His good morals were bad.

We believe that all religions are basically the same –
at least the one that we read was.
They all believe in love and goodness.
They only differ on matters of creation,
sin, heaven, hell, God and salvation.

We believe that after death comes the Nothing
Because when you ask the dead what happens
they say nothing.
If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it’s
compulsory heaven for all
excepting perhaps
Hitler, Stalin, and Genghis Khan.

We believe in total disarmament.
We believe there are direct links between warfare and
bloodshed.
Americans should beat their guns into tractors
and the Russians would be sure to follow.

We believe that man is essentially good.
It’s only his behavior that lets him down.
This is the fault of society.
Society is the fault of conditions.
Conditions are the fault of society.

We believe that each man must find the truth that
is right for him.
Reality will adapt accordingly.
The universe will re-adjust.
History will alter.

We believe that there is no absolute truth
except the truth
that there is no absolute truth.

We believe in the rejection of creeds,
and the flowering of individual thought.

If chance be the Father of all flesh,
disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
and when you hear

State of Emergency!
Sniper Kills Ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Whites go Looting!
Bomb Blasts School!

It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.