No Wonder the Post-Moderns Ignore the Scriptures

It occurs to me that the “judge not” mantra has so per­me­at­ed the mod­ern church that it is lit­tle won­der much of what the Spir­it-led apos­tles taught in their epis­tles is ignored.

Promis­cu­ity and for­ni­ca­tion are wrong? Judg­ment!

Lust and adul­tery are wrong? Judg­ment!

Idol­a­try and drunk­en­ness are wrong? Judg­ment!

Homo­sex­u­al­i­ty and divorce are wrong? Judg­ment!

Like Thomas Jef­fer­son­’s attempt at strip­ping the New Tes­ta­ment of any­thing mirac­u­lous, the mod­ern church in prac­tice strips every­thing down to a “Love your neigh­bor as your­self” mes­sage, con­sign­ing the bulk of the mes­sages to the ear­ly church’s cul­ture alone so that the nar­row, intol­er­ant judg­ments of the apos­tles and oth­ers no longer have to be dealt with.

I was just read­ing in Eph­esians a lit­tle bit ago, and I won­der what sort of taste that God-breathed book leaves in your mouth as you read it. Wives, sub­mit to your hus­bands in all things; chil­dren, obey your par­ents; hus­bands, love your wives… Ignor­ing for a moment every­thing else Paul wrote, are those three sim­ple com­mands char­ac­ter­is­tic of your church, of your fam­i­ly? (This ques­tion is expo­nen­tial­ly more impor­tant if you are a church elder, a posi­tion for which you must be blame­less.)


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Rick Beckman