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“Icon of Inoffensiveness”

"Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’" (John 14:6)

We live in a time and culture when truth is no longer something that can be “known” and judgment is a word that has been hi-jacked by the world as an “offensive” term. America, as a whole, lives under the banner of an “icon of inoffensiveness.” We live in a culture where the objective of being politically correct is to avoid invading someone’s “attitudinal space.” Our age is characterized by people who consider themselves not religious but “spiritual,” without really knowing who or what spirit they believe in. However, they are content that their spirituality leads them to an experience that causes them to feel emotionally or selfishly better about themselves. Erwin Lutzer wrote in his book Who Are You to Judge? “A pre-modern umpire would have said, ‘There are balls and there are strikes and I call ‘em as they are.’ A modern umpire would have said, ‘There are balls and there are strikes and I call ‘em as I see them.’ A post-modern umpire [of today] would say, “There are balls and there are strikes and they are whatever I call ‘em.” So truth is really whatever I say it is. Sadly, the church has found herself without much to say in response. We have taken the path of less resistance watching our society sleep the slumber of misguided error. Lutzer goes on to say, “In our timidity we have lost the credibility that is needed to be a compelling witness to the world.” So how should we respond as lights in a dark world?

  • 1.Preach the word! (2 Timothy 4:2). Make sure that you are both taking in and giving out the Word of God in order to combat the errors that hold people captive. D.L. Moody said, “What is an army good for if they don’t know how to handle their weapons?”
  • 2.Restore him gently, considering yourself lest you also be tempted (Galatians 6:1). Realize your own shortcomings when you are sharing with someone else.
  • “When Satan borrows sense to speak one thing, let faith borrow Scripture to speak the contrary.”


    In Him,

    Pastor Brent

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