February 28, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEX LYNCH OF KANSAS,
WINNER OF THE MASTER’S COLLEGE ESSAY CONTEST 2014
Congratulations to Alex! He is headed to The Master’s College this fall with a $4000 scholarship for his winning essay on “Tolerance, Perspective, and Worldview“. You can read Alex’s essay below.
The top three finishers are:
1. Alex Lynch
2. Noel Grimes
3. Sarah Schuler
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the essay contest. We wish you all of God’s best and grace as you head off to college. Think biblically and live accordingly!
“Tolerance, Perspective, and Worldview”
by Alex Lynch
Am I intolerant if I don’t affirm gay marriage or don’t support two unmarried people having sex because they love each other? Within our society there is a cultural conflict over what should, or should not, be tolerated. Foundational to this debate over tolerance is the distinction between two opposing perspectives that will never be at peace. On one side is a worldview that recognizes God’s authority to establish what is right and wrong; and on the other is a worldview that rejects God and His authority over moral issues. Each perspective defines tolerance differently based on their worldview, which is predicated on one’s relationship to God and one’s perspective of the truth-claims of Scripture.
Our secular culture has embraced the postmodernism idea that there are no universal absolutes. Society believes that standards for making judgments vary according to people, the times in which they live, and the specific situations they are in. Truth has therefore become relative to each individual. This climate of moral relativism demands an unconditional affirmation of their values and any who refuse to affirm these values are deemed intolerant. This kind of unconditional tolerance is the outcome of a society of people that marginalize God and worship themselves. What was once viewed as good or evil is viewed as amoral today, and what was once black or white has become blurred into a dull ambivalent grey. Each person’s perspective is reality.
A biblical view of tolerance begins with a belief in God and the authority and sufficiency of His revelation, the Bible. According to Scripture there is right and wrong, sin and righteousness. With a clearly defined standard, the definition of tolerance, as understood by society, changes. There are absolutes and God is holy, making it impossible for Him to tolerate sin. God, while sometimes tolerating what he hates, will never affirm what is sinful. (He is angry with the wicked but doesn’t consume them in His mercy.) To be tolerant from a biblical worldview is to say in essence, “While I don’t affirm or agree with what you are doing, I can accept you in love.” A biblical perspective understands that the fundamental issue is not moral but spiritual and that the solution for someone outside of Christ is the Gospel. A biblical approach to people who reject God is not to try to change the sinful behavior they want us to tolerate, but rather to communicate the hope that is available through the Gospel of Christ. It is God’s work through the power of the Gospel to change sinful hearts.
A secular worldview does not recognize the all-powerful God of the Bible. This aspect shapes their understanding of tolerance. In a secular worldview, tolerance appears as a noble virtue because it doesn’t threaten or damage any person’s individual “rights”. The difference comes in the distinction between what are rights and what is right. A secular worldview excludes God and sees man and his personal desires as supreme. This view encourages the kind of tolerance that allows people to fulfill their own personal desires without guilt or condemnation.
A biblical worldview recognizes God as the sovereign ruler, creator, and judge. This view of man’s relationship to God means His standards are the standards for all creation including man. What God commands must be followed, and what he deems sinful cannot be excused. God’s standards are reflected in Christ, the personification of love and grace. A believer in Christ will be gracious and full of love to those who oppose Christ, not compromising the truth but tolerating those whose lives are blatantly out of step with God’s standards.
If my views were challenged as intolerant, I would explain that I will not affirm unbiblical lifestyles and actions that are inconsistent with God’s standards, but I will not isolate myself from those whose views are different than mine. I am under the authority of my God who commands me to love with the love He demonstrated to me while I was yet a sinner. (Romans 5:8) My tolerance is not an acceptance of secular views, but a sacrifice to God by reflecting His love and trusting Him to change hearts.
Ultimately, worldview determines how each person defines tolerance. Tolerance as defined by the world cannot line up with the tolerance God has with a clear picture of sin. The difference between these views on tolerance is Christ, and He is the only one who has a perfect worldview and can perfectly exemplify tolerance in this world.
January 18, 2014
Pornography is everywhere and impacting almost everyone. According to a Covenant Eyes study, “One out of eight searches on the Internet is for erotic content, more than 50% of boys and nearly a third of girls see their first pornographic images before they turn 13, and 50% of all Christian men and 20% of all Christian women say they are addicted to pornography.”
Statistics are one thing, but the sexual immorality and ruined marriages that result from viewing pornography are the real-world, soul-crushing consequences.
The key question is: How do we overcome the pornography temptation? As addictive as any drug, is it possible to have victory?
The answer is a resounding yes! Heath Lambert, pastor, professor, and author of the book, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace , joins The Christian Worldview to tell us how God’s grace is the key to overcoming our greatest temptations.
We would look forward to sending you this book for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview. Complete the form below to receive your copy of this important book!
January 12, 2014
(Excerpt taken from David’s recent show “How God is Undaunted by Man’s Sin“, an interview with Josh McDowell).
5 Keys to Overcoming a Sinful Upbringing:
1. Realize that sin is present in all families. Even the “best” families struggle with sin. But certainly the more unrepentant sin, the worse the environment and consequences.
2. It is not a random accident or “bad luck” that you were born into your specific family. Just as God appoints political leaders (Romans 13), he weaves us in our specific mother’s womb (Psalm 139). God has you there for a purpose just as he placed Joseph in his “dysfunctional” family for a higher purpose (Genesis 50:20).
3. God will help you overcome whatever family situation you are in. No family problem is too great for His grace to help you endure and overcome. “…where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” (Romans 5:20).
4. The first step to overcoming a sinful upbringing is to become right with God through Christ. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5
5. The next step is to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” — be daily in the Word and controlled by the Holy Spirit. You can either look at your sinful family as a hopeless disaster or you can see it as an opportunity to proclaim and display God’s gospel and love for others and as a means of your personal sanctification. “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2
January 10, 2014
Josh McDowell grew up in a dysfunctional family with a violent, alcoholic father and a sexually abusive caregiver. These experiences left McDowell with a lifetime of scars that drove him away from God.
Eager to deny the existence of a savior, McDowell sought out conflict with the Christians he encountered in college. He mocked their beliefs and scorned their faith until they issued him a challenge: prove God doesn’t exist.
Obsessively, McDowell traveled the world in search of evidence contradicting Christianity. What he found instead was faith, a faith that led to grace and redeemed a broken man. Undaunted is a true-life docudrama depicting how Josh McDowell set out to prove Jesus Christ never existed but ended up an apostle.
Josh’s work with the Campus Crusade for Christ has allowed him to spread the gospel to over ten million young people, and he’s published over 70 books in the field of Christian Apologetics, including More Than a Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict. He is a true fisher of men.
Undaunted is a must-see 68-minute DVD film that would be excellent to watch with your family or to share with an unbeliever. The film won the International Christian Visual Media’s 2012 Crown Awards for “Best Evangelistic Film” and “Best Documentary.”
We would look forward to sending you the DVD for your donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview. Complete the form below to receive your copy (or copies) of this DVD.
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December 7, 2013
Our 2013 Year-End Annual Print Letter is being mailed this week. As an email subscriber, you can read a pre-release online copy here.
“Dear Friends of The Christian Worldview,
We covered a wide variety of topics on The Christian Worldview Radio Program this year: everything from evangelism to evolution, social justice to the spiritual danger of doing good, marriage to moral depravity, Christians in the military to women in combat, Islam to our identity in Christ, abortion to Obamacare, and divorce to departing from the faith.
Whew, that’s a lot … and not even the full list!
Plus, we were privileged to have respected Christian leaders like John MacArthur, RC Sproul, Albert Mohler, Iain Murray, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, Erwin Lutzer, Jerry Bridges, and others come on the program to offer their insight.
The topics we select are wide-ranging and intentionally so. After all, there is a lot coming at us in this changing and challenging world, and so we’d better know how to think biblically about all matters of life and faith so that we can live accordingly…” Read the full letter here
December 7, 2013
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November 7, 2013
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October 4, 2013
Many Christians are enamored with “social justice.” They view the world as the rich and powerful hurting the poor and marginalized, and that Jesus’ primary call is about “leveling the unjust playing field” by redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor through taxation, fighting “climate change”, ending human trafficking, advocating for international child labor laws and “fair-trade” economic practices.
But does this kind of social justice comport with the Bible’s teaching about true justice in a fallen world? Does it distract from or diminish the saving gospel of Jesus Christ? And how should Christians care for the weak, as Scripture commands, while being gospel-centered?
Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, says that “the sad and unintended consequences of redistribution in the name of justice stems from confusion not only over the role of the state but the very nature of, and difference between, justice and grace.”
You will seldom find such a combination of careful political thought and biblical exposition in a single, short booklet (28 pages). Receive your copy for a donation of any amount to The Christian Worldview.
August 23, 2013
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August 14, 2013
Speaker: David Wheaton
Date: Summer 2013
Length: 45 minutes
“Change” was promised, and change has come to our country. Not just in the last five years but especially over the last 50 years. Sexual immorality, abortion, and divorce are now common in modern-day America, even affirmed. Christians who dare to say anything against this “progress” are demeaned and ostracized.
So how should Christians respond to an America that has been given over to sin? Should we redouble our political efforts? Should we simply protect ourselves and our children? Should we even care?
In this 44-minute message given to a church in the Minneapolis area in the summer of 2013, David Wheaton offers nine recommendations based on Scripture to the question: “Now What Do We Do? Responding to an America Given Over.”