Editorial -- By: Richard L. Mayhue

Journal: Masters Seminary Journal
Volume: TMSJ 12:2 (Fall 2001)
Article: Editorial
Author: Richard L. Mayhue


Richard L. Mayhue

We live in an age that is preeminently committed to tolerance, diversity, and multi-culturalism, seemingly almost without exception. However, in reality, true biblical Christianity is the one exception. Any compelling presentation of biblical Christianity is often met with hostility, bigotry, and the highest level of intolerance. I believe that this intolerant climate for true Christians in America will only grow worse with time.

Recently, at Grace Community Church’s March 2001 Shepherds’ Conference, our president, Dr. John MacArthur, addressed over 1,000 pastors on the subject “Why Biblical Christianity Is Intolerable in an Age of ‘Tolerance.’” John’s insight and clarity on this subject is so convincing that I wanted to give it a wide circulation. Thus I enclose it as the centerpiece of this editorial.

In this postmodern era, one virtue is esteemed above all others’. tolerance. As a matter of fact, tolerance may soon be the only virtue secular society will embrace. Many traditional virtues (including humility, self-control, and chastity) have already fallen out of public favor and in some quarters are openly scorned or even regarded as transgressions.

Instead, with the beatification of tolerance, what was once forbidden is now encouraged. What was once universally deemed immoral is now celebrated. Marital infidelity and divorce have been normalized. Profanity is commonplace. Abortion. homosexuality, and moral perversions of all kinds are championed by large advocacy groups and enthusiastically promoted by the popular media. The modern notion of “tolerance” is systematically turning morality on its head.

Just about the only remaining taboo is the naïve and politically incorrect notion that another person’s “alternative lifestyle, “religion, or different perspective is wrong.

One major exception to that rule stands out starkly: it is okay to be intolerant of biblical Christianity. In fact, those who fancy themselves the leading advocates of religious tolerance today are often the most outspoken opponents of evangelical Christianity. A classic example of this is the Web site at religioustolerance.org. Page after page at that Web site lambastes Bible-based Christianity. It is one of the most bitterly anti-Christian sites on the Worldwide Web.

Why is that? Why does authentic biblical Christianity find such ferocious opposition among today’s self-styled champions of “religious tolerance “?

It is because Christianity is diametrically opposed to the postmodern ideas that have made this an age of “tolerance.” Here are six key concepts that set Christianity in oppos...

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