Saturday, May 04, 2019

The sad effects of self-centered faith

Alan Bean, a popular “opinionist” at Baptist News, chucks evangelical and biblical theology because of particular texts he cannot square with his own view of God. He even seems to approve of “Some [who] have cut themselves free from the God of mainline Protestantism and report that their new-found agnosticism feels like a great weight has been lifted. God is openly denounced as a misogynist, authoritarian, homophobic lout.”

In contrast, John Stonestreet scores the new-found non-biblical liberty, writing, “If your God never tells you to do anything you don’t want to do, your god is probably you.” He also warns, “This kind of self-centered faith is epidemic both within the church and without, in conservative congregations and progressive ones.”

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts.
Proverbs 21:2
There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Proverbs 16:25

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