When we look at Scripture through the correct, objective lens we see that not only are Jenner and Dolezal not any different than God made them, but they are also sinning in trying to change that. In truth, Rob Bell is as much a Christian as Rachel Dolezal is Black and Bruce Jenner is a woman. Dolezal is still white and Jenner is still a man. Bruce Jenner is still a man, Rachel Dolezal is still a white woman, and Rob Bell is still a heretic. This world can try to redefine it all we want, but when we do we try redefine these terms we get headlines like "Just because I don't believe in God doesn't mean I'm not a Christian". We literally have someone out there claiming to be a Christian who doesn't believe in God, and he admits this and we don't say a thing. We have many of those, including John Shelby Spong, who denies the very existence of a theistic god. Not just the God, but any theistic god. Yet he was an ordained bishop in the Episcopalian Church, and still has not been excommunicated or received Church Discipline.
Post-Modernism - The Belief that there is no absolute truth and all truth is relative and subjective
Today we have hit the Post-Modern stage where someone with light skin can call his or her self black and where someone with male genetics and chromosomes can call his self a woman. Rachel Dolezal, NAACP leader, has reportedly lied about both her ethnicity and her history. The Athlete, Bruce Jenner, has undergone a self mutilation to appear as a woman. Nothing has changed. Dolezal can make herself pitch black and she'll still be white. Bruce Jenner can mutilate himself all he wants and he'll still be a man. This does not change anything.
And yet, in this Post-Modern world, we will allow a white woman to call herself black and a man to call himself a girl. It is strange, as these Post-Moderns are saying that there is no absolute truth, yet they can't answer a simple question: Is that absolutely true? If my truth is my truth and your truth is your truth, then what if my truth is that your truth is wrong? The very worldview is self-refuting. They say that the only thing that can't be true is that something can't be true. They say the only truth is that there is no truth. This statement violates the law of non-contradiction. This Post-Modern worldview is flawed to the core, and is really nothing more than an excuse to continue in sin and idolatry.
Why, then, will we allow such a belief system to seep into the Church? Haven't you noticed? Just about anyone today, from Benny Hinn to Michael Rood to Steven Anderson to the Pope can call themselves a Christian, and we won't examine their teachings in light of scripture. I can tell you this, in these modern times the only heresy is calling something heresy. Joyce Meyer can say that Jesus was tortured by demons in Hell and that he had to be born-again, but if I imply that she is a heretic or share resources from Chris Rosebrough or Matt Slick, then I'm just being unloving. I tell you, it is not unloving to strike a wolf about to kill a sheep. It is not unloving to let people know about the false teachings of any false teacher.
You hear it every day in Bible study. They don't even notice it, but the question is not, "What does the text mean, in context, the way the author intended it?" to them. They ask, "What does this verse mean to you?" What does it mean to me? Why does my opinion matter? Philippians 4:13 could mean that I can lift 1,000 pounds because Jesus gives me the strength to to me. That is not the case, though. Take it back to its original context and you can see its real purpose. It matters not what it means to people, but what it means to us.
We need to purge Post-Modernism. Don't just let everyone who wants to call his or her self a Christian do so without speaking against it. We have as much Post-Modern influence as the early Anglican Church had Catholic Influence. We need to be like the Nonconformists, who would not bow to Catholic Tradition in the Anglican Church. Puritans like Watson and Owen, Separatists like Browne and Robinson, and Baptists like Keach and Bunyan stood up. We need to stand up and go against this.
There is a phrase among those of us who follow the teachings of the reformers. Ecclesia semper reformanda est. It is Latin for, "the church is to always be reformed." Usually shortened to Semper Reformanda, it is usually used to say that we are to keep reforming. And we do need to. Keep reforming. Stay reformed. Not just against legalism and icons, but against heresies of our day. So, brethren, I plead, Semper Reformanda.
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