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Os Guinness: “The Shift from Authority to Preference—And Its Consequences for the Church”

October 5, 2016

Writing for 9Marks Journal, the writer and social critic Os Guinness has penned a rather good essay, titled The Shift from Authority to Preference—And Its Consequences for the Church.  He asks such questions as “are we changing the world – or being changed by it?”  And this observation is excellent:

There is no question the world would like to change the church. In area after area only the church stands between the world and its success over issues such as sexuality. Unquestionably the world would like to change the church, but does the church still want to change the world, or is its only concern to change the church in the light of the world? Something is rotten in the state of evangelicalism, and all too often it is impossible to tell who is changing whom.

There are always essential questions to ask of anyone we hear or anything we read. What is being said? Is it true? And what of it? All three questions are discounted in our modern age of information, but as Christians we must never allow the truth question to be removed from its central place. To be sure, faithfulness is costly in the short term. It is upstream and against the flow, and the flow that was once politically correct can suddenly become a raging and life-threatening intolerance.

But costly though that stand may be, it is never as costly as the long-term price of rejecting the authority of Jesus and abandoning the way of life in the gospel. Our Lord warned of that very danger: “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28).

Read the whole thing, if you would, and indeed the whole issue of 9Marks Journal is worth a look.

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