Sunday, 22 February 2015

Earthly thinking in the church

Much of the modern church has been influenced by earthly thinking. The main philosophies it has accepted and practices are pragmatism, pluralism and postmodernism - all without even realising it.

An example of pragmatism is telling a person who insists on open-air preaching that one should just invite one's friends (yes, only one's friends) to Bible study. A modern evangelical who I know is opposed to open-air preaching as if open-air preaching was a damnable abominable sin. He speaks about his "opposition" to open-air preaching as if it was an evil thing.  Not only does he say he prefers not open-air preaching, but vehemently opposes it like an abortion abolitionist opposing abortion.  When confronted with the analogy of the millions of people headed for Hell to be like hunger-struck masses who have no food and will die, he just had to use the analogy of handing water in a nice glass to thirsty masses! That would take a long time and most would probably die of thirst. However, food on the other hand can be thrown out to the hunger-struck masses, precisely what open-air preaching is. That he even had to nitpick the analogy just shows how he is really seeking to squeeze out just the mere possibility of open-air preaching in his theology.

Pluralism is the ideology which purports that there are multiple valid ways of what is right. It is a form of postmodernism. Pluralism has crept into the church as evidenced by the many Christians who think that non-Christian world views should be "respected" meaning that they should be treated as valid and true. This is against the Bible as there is no Truth outside of the Bible because Jesus is the Truth. No not one! Evidence of pluralism is the use of the phrase "I disagree" or "I agree" on Biblical matters, and moral issues.

Postmodernism is an evil anti-Christian movement which seeks to get rid of God's Moral Law. It says there is no truth, just as Pontius Pilate asked "What is truth?" (John 18:38) in a derisive manner to The Truth.  It is a hatred of truth which all people know. Romans 1:20 says: "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse". The postmodernist suppresses the Truth by his or her own unrighteousness. Yet, many Christians choose to have fellowship with them by agreeing with their philosophies?