Monday, December 11, 2006

response to "an evangelical"

Henry Neufield recently posted a response to my post what is "an evangelical"? I think he does an excellent job of succinctly explaining why he would not call himself an evangelical and why he disagrees with my interpretation of Christianity.

I respect Henry and his ideas and the way that he respectfully stated them.


JD said...


I read Henry's response and I respect the fact that there was a civil debate about this issue. I think this is exact question you asked last week about finding a way to bridge the gap without lobotomization from either side. I am still unsure how any Christian can believe in pluralism and that there is more than one way to heaven. I guess I am as concerned as Laura was in her comments. It is beyond my understanding.

A similar conversation occurred yesterday on a local talk show called "A Show of Faith." (Website Description: "A Show of Faith" is a live call-in program featuring a priest, a rabbi and a minister. Each Sunday from 7-9 p.m., the trio discusses the day's hot topics from moral and ethical perspectives.) A guy called in and challenged the Baptist pastor to profess as a Christian that Christianity was the only way. The pastor tried to dodge the question by saying that was not what the show is about, which is true, but the caller, who did not get hung up on (shockingly enough), pushed for the answer. In the end the pastor said yes, and all of a sudden, at least until the commercial, there was a debate similar to that which was had at John's blog last week.

Where am I going with this? It seems there are too many Christians today that are willing to be politically correct in an effort as to not offend society. There are truths that Christians are called to profess and live, yet we water down those truths in a way that makes us feel like we are not hurting other’s feelings or making them feel unwelcome. Christ was not politically correct. He called all "to the carpet" for what they were doing (Get behind me Satan). He did it with love, but He never acquiesced as not to offend.

In a world of corruption, all Christians need to stand for what we are called to stand for and stop backing down. We must spread the word in a way that is loving, but does not lose sight of the truth in a conformity to the masses.

(Soap Box Over)

Jason Woolever said...

I think your Soap Box is the right one to have as a 21st century Christian.

Anonymous said...


Defining what a Christian is and is not is probably a greater challenge.

Here is grappling with the question.

Methinks we need a bigger soapbox and to reinforce it with some 2 X 4s. (I've been eating too much pumpkin pie lately...)

In Christ,

John Flores
Frisco, Texas