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Oprah’s Got a Secret Oprah Winfrey is the “pastor” of the largest church in the country. “The Church of O,” Christianity Today noted, has a congregation of 22 million vigorous, faithful, evangelistic members, making Oprah Winfrey “one of the most influential spiritual leaders in America.”[i]
To many Christians, the Bible is like putty. Just add the Spirit and it can be molded into almost anything at all. 21st Century kids have cell phones, DVD players, and Xboxes. When I was a kid we had simpler delights. One was a handful of malleable goo that could be pulled, twisted, or distorted into any shape imaginable. It was called Silly Putty®.
The Torah’s teaching about accidental “miscarriage” has been hotly contested concerning the value of the unborn. Is the passage pro-life or pro-abortion? Here are the facts. You decide. Most attempts to argue against abortion from biblical texts are misdirected. In the absence of scriptural references specifically to abortion, Christian pro-lifers quote equivocal passages.
If you “just take Christianity on faith” you may be in trouble…
I do not consider myself a particularly brave person, and I think it especially foolish, on the main, to make a frontal assault on a clearly superior force. Further, it is always dangerous to cross theological swords with C.S. Lewis. He was, arguably, the most compelling voice for Christianity in the 20th century, and his impact continues unabated into the 21st.
During this “silly season” of presidential politics, it is not uncommon to hear something I think is odd. Politicians, regardless of political stripe, make a confused confession of faith in Christ that goes something like this (note carefully the inflection): “I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus is my savior. He is the only way for me. But I can’t say He is the way for others.”
If you think you’re on safe theological ground because of a pet verse, better look twice. Simple proof-texting has its perils. Here’s how to avoid them. The Perils of Proof-Texting and How to Avoid Them Virtually every Christian with a theological point of view thinks his view is scriptural. Why shouldn’t he. He has a text he can quickly quote in his defense.
The controversy over the “adequacy” of the Bible has generated plenty of heat in Evangelical circles. But are “Bible only” advocates right in claiming that any combination of man’s philosophy and biblical wisdom is poison?
The most taxing objection to the biblical message of salvation that I face is: What about the good, sincere person who has never heard about Jesus?
Tolerance, one of America’s noblest virtues, has been so distorted it’s become a vice. There is one word that can stop a follower of Christ in his tracks as he seeks to “give an account for the hope” that is in him. That word is “tolerance.” Tolerant people do not “force” their personal views on others. They are impartial, non-judgmental, and neutral. Each person is permitted to decide for himself. No “forcing” personal views.