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The Rise of Extreme Tolerance

A new friend of mine over at The Battle Cry posted an excerpt of an article he found at Crosswalk.  The article is titled: The Rise of Extreme Tolerance.  It gets into some great detail about the church’s growing reluctance to take a definitive stand on any issue.

One paragraph starts out like this:  “Some Christians unwittingly began following suit several years ago. That has opened the door for a whole generation in the church to embrace postmodern relativism openly and deliberately. They don’t want the truth presented with stark black-and-white clarity anymore. They prefer having issues of right and wrong, true and false, good and bad deliberately painted in shades of gray.”

Folks, you know where I stand:  There is no gray.  This article serves to further our discussion on Truth or Tolerance.  I would encourage you to read it.  While you are at it, stop by the The Battle Cry.  I think you will find tremendous wisdom there, as well.

God Bless

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8 Responses

  1. I have been writing articles on the Eckhart Tolle book and have found it interesting how many people label disagreeing and saying so as intolerance and hate.

  2. Well, it’s certainly much easier to live in the gray area, isn’t it. So, how do we get around the intolerant label and still speak the truth?

  3. “people label disagreeing and saying so as intolerance and hate”

    Excellent observation, especialy since to tolerate something is to put up with or endure something with which you in fact, disagree!

    I guess Jesus was an intolerant bigot when he said he was the only way to get to God (John 14:6)

    I’ve listened to some of Mr. Tolle and it seems age old heresy has got a new suit of clothes, but guess what? The Emperor is STILL naked!

    I don’t think we will get around the intolerant label, but the more we speak the truth, the worse it might get. Didn’t Jesus say that he was persecuted and hated and his disciples would face the same circumstances?

    John, Chapter 20:19-21
    “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

    We’ve been walking thrugh John at a Bible study at our house and it struck me that in these verses Jesus SHOWED them his wounds and then said once more. . . ‘as the Father has sent me, so send I you’. It’s king of a final and graphic punctuation mark to all the ‘I am sending you’ language spoken earlier in his ministry to his disciples.

    Have a great day for His Glory!

  4. “I don’t think we will get around the intolerant label, but the more we speak the truth, the worse it might get. Didn’t Jesus say that he was persecuted and hated and his disciples would face the same circumstances?”

    I agree Dan. I mainly asked the question because if we continue to come across as intolerant, we can never be a witness. If we appear as though we are judging the person and not the sinful nature, we can never make disciples of all nations.

    For me, it comes down to getting dirty, being a servant and being humble. Only when a person experiences God’s love can they understand their sinful nature and their individual sins. Forgive them but continue to hold them to God’s standard.

    God Bless

  5. I think that’s called telling the truth in love, and letting the Holy Spirit handle the conviction part. When the Holy Spirit has opened the heart, ears and eyes ‘words’ that once seemed judgmental and intolerant (sin/repentance/judgment) become an awakening to the hearers’ lost condition without Christ and results in that person running into the arms of Jesus.

    I hope that makes sense. We don’t beat anyone over the head, but we l’ovingly deliver the goods’.

  6. Good words, Dan. Plant the seeds, let God to the rest.

  7. AMEN! We take enougn ‘lumps’ just doing that!

  8. That was ‘enough’ lumps……….:)

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