Truth & Tolerance
The Bible, unlike some religious texts, calls its individual adherents to battle for truth with theology, not swords. In our daily lives Christians are called to fight ideas, not people. This proper understanding of New Testament Christianity has historically allowed for the tolerant coexistence of people with conflicting ideologies. But this is not what people today mean when they speak of “tolerance.” Moderns understand “tolerance” as agreement or an endorsement. It is true that the Bible calls individual Christians to love their enemies, but that includes a love that will contend with their misunderstandings about God. We can never approve or endorse philosophies and lifestyles that oppose the truth, instead, like the Apostle Paul, we must be willing to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God” (2Cor.10:5). But this can never be without the presupposition that “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world” (v.4).
-- Pastor Mike
Jesus commanded us to “love the Lord your God with all your … mind”(Luke 10:27). It is hard to ponder God as transcendently glorious, perfectly holy, absolute in power, and impeccably wise without our attitudes and actions being shaped by those truths. When we worship God, we dare not simply mouth the words of our worship songs and hymns; our minds must be focused and engaged so that our lives will follow. As we meditate on the glorious truth of who God is, may our lives be continually transformed by the renewal of our mind.
When you give to Focal Point this month we would like to show our appreciation by sending you a copy of a brand new CD from the worship band at Compass Bible Church. The CD includes four original songs designed to engage both our hearts and minds in worship to our exalted God. The CD is titled Coronation. We’re also including a Bible study booklet on the Psalms, covering the basics everyone should know in order to fully unlock, appreciate and learn from these heart-filled cries.
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