The Real Test of Your Commitment to Scriptural Teaching

From Carl Trueman’s blog post entitled “Goodbye Larry King, Hello Jerry Springer” at the Reformation21 blog. The context is regarding the opportunity Rick Warren has at the inauguration and the attendant publicity.

When church leaders, faculty, and the movers and shakers of the evangelical world find themselves excluded from the reputable avenues of power and cultural and professional influence and preferment, then we will see what their doctrine of scripture is really like, whether it really is solid, whether it really shapes their lives, their actions, and their priorities. The question is: will those in positions of authority in the schools, colleges, denomination and seminaries have the backbone to do what is necessary? Will they be willing to consider the reproach of Christ greater than the treasures of Egypt? When the invitations to the Larry King Show dry up, to be replaced by those from Jerry Springer, will they hold the line? I wish I had seen more evidence that that was the case and could be more confident about the future. As Don Carson commented recently, American Christians have yet to wake up to the fact that the gospel really is despised by the world. And I would add: in a culture where everyone seems to need to be liked, affirmed and, above all, agreed with, that realization is going to be very hard and challenging for the evangelical establishment to take on board. (emphases added)

For what it’s worth, it has been reported (after Trueman posted this) that Saddleback (Rick Warren’s church) has removed the information on its website that states that unrepentant homosexuals cannot join Saddleback Church. Take that for what you will; Trueman’s take is not wholly off base since it leaves open at least the opportunity to confront the sinner with the Gospel. Each church will have to answer the question for itself.

Note: My repeated quoting of Carl Trueman is merely a coincidence (I think). I’d like to think it’s a case of “great minds think alike,” but, if so, I would have to add that his is most definitely the greater of the two.


About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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