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December 30, 2008

Poster Child for Post-Modernism

Filed under: Popular Culture — Tags: , — Karen @ 3:24 am

“Gene Veith, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, tells of a young man who claimed to be a Christian and professed belief in Christ and love for the Bible, but also believed in reincarnation. His pastor confronted this belief in reincarnation by directing the young man to Hebrews 9:27. The text was read: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” The young man looked back at his pastor and replied, “Well, that’s your interpretation.” “
excerpt from Ministry is Stranger than It Used to Be

Albert Mohler is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is unapologetic in his defense of the authority of Scripture. In this article,, he talks about postmodernism in evangelical churches.

As I read the article, I thought about a youth devotion that I taught at my home church a couple of years ago. During the lesson, I asked a room full of Baptist teens the following question – How many of you believe that the Bible says something different to each person? Nearly every person in the room raised their hand (including my seventeen year old son). Some of the adults in the room raised their hand.

That question reveals a lot about not only their theology but their attitude towards life in general. It’s all relative and it’s all negotiable. To these Christian teens, doesn’t matter if we are talking about grades or curfews, recreational sex or recreational drugs, reading the Bible or surfing the Internet. Every area of life is subject to personal interpretation.

A lady in my Sunday school class informed me that her thirteen year old daughter asked her if oral sex with her boyfriend was OK. This is a trend among church going teenagers – it is only a sin if intercourse occurs. Apparently when Paul wrote Rom 1:26-27 “For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature … receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error” he didn’t mean to imply that God will judge you for playing around with your boyfriend.

No rules. No doctrines. No authority. Even in the church, God’s Word isn’t nearly as absolute as it used to be. The Bible is interpreted with “no regard for the plain meaning of the text or the clear intention of the human author” (Mohler).

The plain meaning. Not the meaning of the day that I have chosen based on popular culture or my own convenience. If we claim to believe in the truth of the Gospel then we must also believe that God’s Word is Truth.


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