In an ever increasing sensitive world, the truth is becoming hate speech. Cries of racism have replaced true disagreements and ‘bigot’ is launched at anyone who takes a position contrary to our culture’s stances.
Unfortunately, some in the church have fallen victim to the same canard which strikes at the very core of free speech. Yet hard truth is difficult to stomach, even divisive, as Dr. R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries points out.
In the video, Dr. Sproul answers a question about debate and division in the church.
If you’ll recall, Jesus dealt with the same snowflake mentality that is so pervasive in our society.
In John chapter six, Jesus reveals to those who have been following Him that the loaves and the fish – the physical aspect of His ministry – drives their desire to follow Him, not the true spiritual bread which only He can offer.
He told them:
As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. (John 6:57-59 ESV)
Those who heard this truth from Christ said “this is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” And they left Him, no longer following the Master.
According to modern church growth teachers Jesus sure didn’t do the right thing. He was too harsh, too cruel; too divisive. Today’s world would have offered consolation, cry-ins, days off of following the Master, extra loaves and fish, as well as grief counseling.
This modern conception of how to treat those who follow Jesus is why there is so much destructive heresy. The church cannot forget that controversies help us grow, mature, and truly learn what truth is.
As the Apostle Paul has said:
For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. (1 Corinthians 11:18-19 ESV)
May God always be growing and changing His church to be like Him.
Soli Deo Gloria
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