Beneath The Surface, An Editorial Comment: Fear Of Man Or Fear Of God? Living A Life Of Conviction Over Compromise -- By: Scott Lanser
Journal: Bible and Spade (Second Run)
Volume: BSPADE 24:2 (Spring 2011)
Article: Beneath The Surface, An Editorial Comment: Fear Of Man Or Fear Of God? Living A Life Of Conviction Over Compromise
Author: Scott Lanser
Beneath The Surface, An Editorial Comment: Fear Of Man Or Fear Of God? Living A Life Of Conviction Over Compromise
Recently I had a most disturbing conversation with a young man who was attending a prestigious Christian liberal arts college. As we chatted, I expressed the value of being involved with ABR in our quest to uphold the authority of the Bible. I was chagrined by his less than enthusiastic response; he actually became slightly distressed, and glibly commented he was concerned about his reputation if he would join ABR, because it might negatively affect his scholarly pursuits.
As soon as I saw his reaction, I knew what had happened to him! He was concerned about associating with a ministry that fully believes in the inerrancy of the Bible, and promotes its reliability and authority from the first verse of Genesis to the last verse of Revelation. But I was concerned that his current associations with compromised Christian academics were poisoning his pure devotion to Jesus Christ and to the Word of God. You see, at his “Christian” college the professors taught him that the Earth was not created in six days (you know that doesn’t fit with the compromises made in attempting to merge the Bible with Darwinian evolution); the Flood was not universal but local; Adam and Eve were not the first humans on earth; and much of the history of Israel is not historical and cannot be accepted as true. But of course, he believed in Jesus and even in the Resurrection—but for the life of me I don’t know why! He had already accepted the egregious compromises of secularized “Christian” academics for most of biblical history, so I wondered if by hanging on to Jesus it was just a fire insurance policy for his soul! The conversation was a tragedy. This young man’s mind and his direction in life were ruined not by secularists and atheists, but by professing Christians. Instead of being roused to join ABR in defense of the Bible, he was left worrying about what his peers would think of him.
Why should we be surprised? Isn’t that the same spiritual disease that was spread to him from his professors? They had compromised years before by rejecting the plain teaching of Scripture, exchanging for it the philosophies of men. Professors who had replaced Revelation with human Reason and declared that they knew better than God how the Earth was formed, how life began, and how man was to live on the Earth, and who redefined in modern terms what must have happened in the past. Would Jesus have understood that the Earth was created in six literal days? Of course! Did the Apostles and the Church Fathers understand it that way? Yes, they did! Can you imagine Jesus Christ denying that Adam and Eve were the first man and woman created, or that wholesale sections of the Old Testament never occurred as the text indicates? Just a cursory overv...
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