We share a mutual concern for the many evangelical leaders, seminary presidents, authors, and pastors who have adopted a political "strategery" to try and turn-back the moral slippage and family demise taking place in our nation today. At the nexus of those concerns is that this is being attempted absent of the preaching and teaching of Scripture and the proclamation of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (sola fide, sola gratia, solus Christus). Unfortunately, some ECBers have chosen to wage battle in the culture wars through establishing key political alliances and championing "red letter Christian" principles to win the fight against essential cultural issues of the day. IOW, a social gospel. And at the same time trying to appeal to the masses, whether Christian or not, to join them in their efforts through boycotting, petition drives, and picketing (their championed tactic) in reclaiming a societal morality to secure and uphold family values. Civility, not truth, is the new gospel for today's evangelical leaders.
All the while, encouraging partnerships with anyone without unity on the truth of Scripture or the gospel of Christ; and using the church-at-large as their own PAC or lobbyist group. While we agree with them on the condition of our cultural, we would disagree with our counterpart on the cure for our culture. We believe, as Calvin asserted, that the clear teaching and preaching of God's Word is the cure! It stands alone in being a "living and active two-edged sword..." bringing conviction upon the hearts and minds of people leading to salvation in Christ. I commend to you Lance's powerful words to keep to "the once for all delievered to the saints faith" in all we do for the Lord Jesus Christ and His glory in the field of Christian Ethics. May our brothers in evangelicalism be swift to return to the standard of Sola Scriptura in all their pursuits; and may we each keep our lives and ministries focused on the faith each day.
Grace and peace to you,
2 Peter 1:16-21
"Any attempt at defining or even understanding the basis for Christian ethics will by necessity be rooted and grounded in the Word of God, as contained in the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. Far too often, those who purport to engage in Christian ethics, do so without a clear and proper understanding of the exegesis of the biblical languages themselves, a sturdy grasp of the Bible’s own history and timeline, and a keen observation of the various cultural motifs as shown in the Bible itself. It then becomes impossible to see how all of these crucially important tasks should apply to today’s ethical challenges.
Since these present day challenges are legion, it is incumbent upon everyone who claims to be about the business of doing Christian ethics that they should seriously and diligently understand how Christian ethics must be properly constructed and then applied. Christian ethics then, by the very term must derive its unique and ultimate authority from the only truth-source available to the Christian—Holy Scripture. Christian ethical ideas, decisions, norms, and mores therefore simply cannot be validly understood or practiced without being constructed from the Word of the living God.
Thus, Christian ethics itself must always and forever be informed, defined, understood, and practiced only by a correct knowledge and use of God’s Word. There simply is no true “Christian ethic” without the Christian’s own reliance upon the truths contained in the Sacred Writings which stretch from Genesis to Revelation."
Dr. S. Lance Quinn
The Bible Church of LIttle Rock
in light of the upcoming Inauguration of President-elect Obama,
I thought this would be a timely and encouraging encore presentation