To this day, religious leaders are often the most outspoken advocates of aberrant sexual tolerance in the churches. Tolerance, which is expected for the various amoral opinions and practices of those within the band of authentic churches, is stretched to include sinful behavior that is obviously (and sadly) indicative of an unregenerate state.
Tolerance on this level is the new gospel.
Dear brother pastors, why have we become so compelled to let everyone know what we think about so many issues peripheral to our calling?
Realizing that neither consuming news nor processing how to think through it biblically is wrong or unwise, I want to gently encourage ministers to pump the brakes on what they react to online. Below are a few reasons why.
How do we know the Bible isn’t full of errors?
The commonsense wisdom of our day says that we have a “right” to happiness and freedom as we define it (so long as our freedoms don’t hinder the freedoms of others). But when we expand our understanding of freedom in this way, or turn happiness into a right instead of a gift, we find ourselves out of line with the Bible’s perspective on the world.
When men pervert or deny the biblical teaching concerning the vertical nature of the cross, it inevitably leads to a false gospel. When men put horizontal aspects of the cross in the place of the vertical, it ultimately leads to a false gospel. We must diligently study the biblical teaching about the work of Jesus—especially with regard to what is foundational (vertical) and what is consequential (horizontal). We must also be students of the historical development of the doctrine of the atonement and its related dimensions. In this short series, we will consider the historical development and the biblical teaching about the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the cross in order to emphasize that the vertical must have precedence over the horizontal dimensions.