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Casting the NAR Mountain of Government Into the Sea -- Part Two

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"Other Christians don't feel compelled to try to escape the world. However, they fear confrontation with the culture. This will often lead to compromise in order to avoid the difficulty, or trials, that would come from challenging it. This type of response doesn't deny Christ, but it also doesn't fully stand for Christ. Instead of standing firm on the word of God, a Christian that responds in fear and cowardice will try to find ways that they can fuse the "truths" of the culture with Christianity. At first glance, it seems noble, and many people probably tell themselves they are making their compromises in an attempt to reach and win the lost. However, nowhere in the Bible are the people of God called to compromise biblical and moral truth and to embrace the world in order to win the lost (1 John 2:15)." -- David Hoffman

Ironies of irony; Hoffman cannot see how he has compromised the Gospel. People need to be saved from the culture while Hoffman is busy trying to actually save the culture. It is a fool's errand however because it is devoid of the only thing that can change the human heart and that is the Gospel. Not legislation or Supreme Court nominees.

"Countless Christians have bought into the lie that God is not concerned with anything outside of the salvation of the lost, so cultural issues really don't matter to Him and thus shouldn't matter to us. If Jesus Christ is Lord of the entire universe, and if He desires to do redemptive work in humanity, can someone really believe that God does not desire to use His people to establish more of His truth, righteousness, and order in the culture in which we live. Let us not forget Jesus' first sermon was Isaiah 61:1. What it really comes down to is that many Christians actually fear being labeled as "radical" and fear being a source of offence to others. I am in no way suggesting that Christians should act strange, intentionally offend, or give cause for accusation from unbelievers, but the reality of the normal Christian life is that it is meant to be a radical one. We as believers are to love the sinners of the world, but we are not called to love the sin of the world. Jesus stood out, the disciples stood out, pretty much every character that we favorably look to in the Bible stood out. As they obeyed God courageously, they offended the culture around them, yet God was with them." -- David Hoffman

The normal Christian life is radical in faith! Not in trying to take over the world! People should see a Christian calm in the storm, supportive during crisis, and never wavering in belief. Then they will want what we have! Then they may come seeking! That is when the Gospel needs to be preached! Hoffman believes in none of that! It is like Hoffman is acting like one of the disciples and petulantly demanding that Jesus deliver them from Rome. Jesus came to save them from their sin, not Rome and likewise today He wants to still deliver people from their sin, not the culture of America. Isaiah 61 is about preaching the Gospel! This is what happens when you worship your country as an idol.

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