Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Answer: a false gospel and no hope

SYMPOSIUM: What Does Liberal Christianity Offer Millennials?

by Brian Miller
March 31, 2014

This is Part 1 in an IRD Symposium on Millennials in the Church

Imagine, if you will, an old French soldier returning to his home after WWII. He stands on a hilltop overlooking his small town. The houses have been burned. The steeple is crushed. The farmlands are razed. Any building left standing bears the scars of gunfire and explosions. The people are weary and worn. Why did all this happen? This soldier fired some of the very rounds that desecrated his home. His actions were part of the destruction of his home, the death of his people. Why? Does he not know war is a terrible thing?

This seems an absurd question, as we know the wider context of history. We know why that old soldier fought. He knows better than anyone the horror of war, but also knows better than anyone he would do it all over again if called upon.

Much criticism of conservative Christians by liberal Christians seems like a critique of that old soldier. It is completely detached of any theological, cultural, or historical context. They say that by adamantly espousing some of the more controversial teachings of Christianity, we are harming the culture around us, turning away young people, and in turn harming the future of the Church and her witness.

Read the full story at www.VirtueOnline.org

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