True Discernment: Here’s How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel

My search engine stats have shown a great interest in “The Importance of the Parable of the Wheat and Tares.”  I think that this parable well describes why there are many different types of Christians, and how important it is to “weed out” those who would twist the Gospel of Truth.

John at True Discernment has an excellent post up that informs us:   Here’s How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel.

Excerpt:

It is no secret that there is an expanding gulf between traditional Christian teachings and contemporary moral values. But the sad truth is that the ideological gulf between America’s evangelical grown-ups and their kids, aka the millennials, seems to be widening too.

Somehow the blame for this chasm is being heaped on traditional churches. They are accused of having too many rules as well as being homophobic and bigoted. Yes, we’ve heard those false claims from popular culture in its desperate attempt to keep Christianity imprisoned within the sanctuary walls. But now popular culture is being aided by Christ-professing bedfellows whose message to “coexist,” “tolerate” and “keep out of it” is more marketable to the rising generation of evangelicals.

The seasoned Christian soldiers are noticing these distortions of the gospel. But for young evangelicals, the spiritual haze is harder to wade through. Desperate for acceptance in a fallen world, many young evangelicals (and some older ones) choose not to take Christ out of the chapel, and so they are unwittingly killing the church’s public witness. In this uphill cultural battle, mired by scare tactics and fear, three types of evangelical Christians are emerging:

  • Couch-potato Christians: These Christians adapt to the culture by staying silent on the tough culture-and-faith discussions. Typically, this group will downplay God’s absolute truths by promoting the illusion that neutrality was Jesus’ preferred method of evangelism.

  • Cafeteria-style Christians: This group picks and chooses which Scripture passages to live by, opting for the ones that best seem to jive with culture. Typically, they focus solely on the “nice” parts of the gospel while simultaneously and intentionally minimizing sin, hell, repentance and transformation.

  • Convictional Christians: In the face of the culture’s harsh admonitions, these evangelicals refuse to be silent. Mimicking Jesus, they compassionately talk about love and grace while also sharing with their neighbors the need to recognize and turn from sin.

I highly recommend reading it all HERE!

My comment there (may still be in moderation) with some additional information:

This is by far one of the best posts that I have read describing the divide in the millennial generation regarding their Christian beliefs. I know individuals (some are even baby boomers!) who fit into the “couch potato,” “cafeteria-style,” and the best – convictional Christian categories. One big reason for the “CP” and “CS” kinds of millennial Christians being more abundant than the convicted Christians believers are because so many of them went to secular colleges!

We are living in the times that Jude described so vividly!

There would be a great falling away.  However, at the same time, the Gospel would be preached all around the world and many will come to true faith.

The “itching ears” types of Christians are described in 2 Timothy 4:3-4

2Ti 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The Syncretism Stew that is being pushed upon believers informs us exactly why Jesus gave us the parable of the wheat and the tares; and the exact reason why “they would grow together” and then the “wheat” would be separated from the “tares” at the harvest.

Our job, as biblically-based Christian believers, is to alert people who would fall for the deceptions of the enemy of our souls [see: Satan’s #1 Weapon] and preach the true, sound doctrine which does not water-down the need for repentance of sins at the Cross of Christ!

Hat tips to True Discernment and graphics links.

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2 Responses to “True Discernment: Here’s How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    I’m glad your maintenance was successful.
    It’s circle-the-wagons time again, I see, and Miles McPherson is at it again.

    MMcP:…In Chapter 3, we find the introduction of the devil:

    Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”
    The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
    “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    Genesis 3:1-5

    Oddly, a prominent person in the Bible took a slightly different view:

    ”Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16

    Would Jesus use the example of a serpent to demonstrate wisdom? Why? It’s difficult to think that he’d never heard the Eden story. If he had, he might certainly have used a better example.
    Pastor McPherson might do well to find a better example, as well. After all, the serpent told the truth.
    When God found out what the First Couple had done, what did he say?

    And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: – Genesis 3:22

    It’s stuff like this that has disturbed many generations of Christians, and why it occasionally boils over into emphasizing the things which so upset you (and John) right now. It’s not the messenger that’s off, it’s the message.
    Look at the people you’ve known, believer and non-believer alike—you shall see that people are punished by their sins, not for them.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      GM,

      You obviously didn’t listen to the sermon and only utilized the notes on the page.

      The serpent told a half truth. Then, he lied and said to Eve, “you will not certainly die.” Then he tempted her into being “like God” by telling her that her “eyes will be opened” and that she will “know good from evil.”

      We have clashed on this topic many times in the past and I don’t expect you to ever change your opinions or position. But for the sake of other readers, I will continue.

      Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with God. They walked with Him in the garden. They talked with Him. They had no shame being naked before they both sinned. Once they sinned, they didn’t physically die immediately (however, they eventually did as all humans do), but they did immediately die spiritually. That is why they were banished from the Garden of Eden. They could no longer eat from the Tree of Life for if they did in a sinful state, then they would remain as such for all eternity. The Tree of Life reappears in the book of Revelation, and it is revealed those who will be allowed to eat of it.

      Rev 2:7

      He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

      Rev 22:2

      In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

      Rev 22:14

      Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

      About Christ’s statement regarding being “wise as serpents.”

      David Guzik describes what is meant very well:

      b. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves: Despite their vulnerable position, Jesus’ followers were not to defend themselves with worldly forms of power. They were to remain harmless as doves, though wise as serpents.

      i. Wisdom would keep them from attracting trouble unnecessarily or show them how to avoid it without compromise. Serpents are attacked by everyone, and must use creativity and wisdom to survive.

      ii. Remaining harmless would keep them from giving in to the temptation of retaliation.

      iii. “The Christian missionary will need to be wary, to avoid receiving harm; but he must be of a guileless mind, that he do no harm.” (Spurgeon)

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