“…he began to encourage them all with resolute heart to remain true to the Lord.” (Acts 11:23 NASB)
There is an alarming tendency in some Christian circles to fawn over men because they are scholars,
even though they are disloyal to the Person of Christ.
Here is a man, for instance, who is a brilliant writer, a master in the use of illustrations, a commentator
whose word studies are superb. But this man denies the Virgin Birth. He explains away the miracles of
our Lord. He rejects the literal, bodily resurrection of the Savior. He speaks patronizingly of Jesus as
one who must find a place in any gallery of the world’s heroes. To him, Jesus is just one among many
heroes. What this amounts to, of course, is damning the Son of God with faint praise. This man is
simply not true to the Lord.
It is shocking, then, to find Christians defending a man like this for his brilliant scholarship. With mealy
mouth, they extol his intellectual prowess and pass lightly over his heretical treatment of Christ. They
like to quote him as a respected authority and to move in the same scholarly circles. If challenged for
fraternizing with one who is an enemy of the Cross of Christ, they use weasel words to play down the
seriousness of the offense. Not uncommonly, they attack fundamental, Bible-believing Christians for
daring to speak out against one who is such an acknowledged authority.
It is time that Christians recapture a sense of righteous anger when their Savior is being betrayed in the
halls of scholarship. This is no time for compromise. The truth concerning His Person and work is not
negotiable. We must stand and be counted.
The prophets did not speak equivocally when the truth of God was at stake. They were fiercely loyal to
the Lord and lashed out at those who dared to deny or belittle Him.
The apostles too bristled at any effort to rob the Lord of His glory. They chose loyalty to Christ over
renown in the theological world.
The martyrs chose to die rather than compromise their loyalty to the Son of God. They were more
interested in God’s approval than man’s.
Our responsibility is to be faithful to the Lord Jesus in all things, and to take an adversary relationship
to anyone or anything that fails to give Him His proper place of preeminence.
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TIM van RYN
Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald.
Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11 A.M.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Phil
and his wife Anne are the parents of four grown
children. Their son Mark and his wife Karen
served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria for
many years. Phil serves as an elder and Sunday
school teacher of one of our adult elective
classes, currently studying in the book of James .
He and Anne have fellowshipped at Grace Bible
Chapel since the mid 1950s.