The New Jesus and a Love called Tolerance

by Paul Proctor

Have you heard? There's a new Jesus in town and he brings with him a NEW gospel message. It is a message that teaches a permissive kind of love...a love called "tolerance"...a love that hears no evil, sees no evil and frankly never brings evil up for discussion lest the offenders become the offended. Discussing the evil in our world -- that is, the sinful nature of man -- is a risky venture nowadays, especially for any Christian or church seeking to be loved and accepted BY that world.

But then that's not really the great commission, is it... that you and I go out into the world and seek its love and acceptance in the name of Jesus? No, the Bible assures us that because of Christ the world will hate us.

John 15:19 says: "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you."

We cannot pursue both the love and acceptance of the world and be the "living sacrifice" God calls us to be. That's two entirely different agendas. If we try to carry out both simultaneously the two will eventually conflict forcing us to choose between them. Today's seeker-sensitive church growth movement is, in my estimation, the unfortunate result of such choices. A healthy church simply preaches repentance and faith in Christ and trusts God for the outcome.

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