Thursday, March 15, 2007
Contending for the Truth - Pt 3 RC Sproul, Jr
R. C. Sproul, Jr lives in VA, and is the son of the founder of the Ligonier Conference and Ministries.
Key post-modern text
The flowers and the fields will wither (so will all these new philosophies), but the Word of the Lord stands forever (because its author is eternal).
The Bible does not call us to have a solid worldview, the Bible calls us to attain wisdom. We need wisdom. We need to want wisdom.
The craftiness of the serpent at work in Gen 3 is still at work today.
The Bible calls us to exhibit humility. Then the serpent confuses us to know what that means.
Arrogantly thinking we are right or being humble - can we be both humble and right? There is no greater sin in our world than to think we have the corner on truth.
Before we got to post-modern Bible studies - we had postmodernity in the church. We speak about our testimonies "I" style. (Is there anything wrong with that?). Who can argue with our story? Are we telling anything of historic reality or are we just telling our story? Who cares about what happened to us - I care about Truth that happened. You telling me that you were a drug attic has no value in my life - but the Cross of Christ has truth in my life - has value. No ones story can be false. The trouble comes in the church when she drives homes inclusivism. The "emergent church" wants inclusivism and affirm that Jesus will redeem many who will not call upon His name, there are many names on which we can call, sin is a modern concept built on law and not on relationship. It wants to say these things while keeping its evangelical mood and credentials. It wants to be all things to all people. It doesn't deny the resurrection of Christ or object to substitutionary atonement or the miracles that appear in the Bible - instead it objects to the objectifying/exclusivity of conservative truth claims.
God did not begin the Bible how we explain our periodic table or our systematic theology. He just says "in the beginning". He doesn't have to provide any rational. He tells us His meta-narrative.
Craftiness - then perseverance. He only has one weapon - his downfall - his pride. Pride drives the modernist to build the Tower of Babel, storm the Bastille in France, and also that responds to the devil when he asks us like he did Eve - "I don't want to answer that definitively". I can't tell you that you are wrong. Pride causes us to fail to say "amen" at everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Father.
Our answer is found in the garden (gen 3). Did Eve need a PhD in Philosophy - would that have caused her to succeed in this test? We don't need to become Mars Hill (Acts). We need to only understand this simple truth: the problem lies in "we don't believe God." Eve failed, we fail - when we don't believe what God has told us. If we have all the knowledge in the world and all the degrees we could hold, but still don't believe God - they mean nothing.
Do we work at affirming our story or HIS story? Is it still all about us or is our sharing of the gospel (witness, evangelism) about HIM.
We need to not be scared or intimidated at sharing "thus saith the Lord." He we stand. We can do no other.