Quote from George Weigel

Only a robust, unapologetic proclamation of the Gospel can meet the challenge of a Christophobic public culture that increasingly regards biblical morality as irrational bigotry.    –  George Weigel

Source:  Denny Burk blog

5 Replies to “Quote from George Weigel”

  1. Hmm Hmm…for the love of God I wonder…

    I wonder how the apostle Paul proclaimed the gospel. Was he an apologist, or did he proclaim the good news boldly in a more unapologetic way? Did he rely on a certain method or a specific modus operandi to make Christophobic people believe in his words?

    Paul said that he

    (1) “did not come proclaiming […] the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom“ (1 Cor 2:1)
    (2) but “in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and […] [his] message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that [their] faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” (1 Cor 2:3-5)
    (3) “And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor 2:13-14)

    Another Scripture displays Paul’s spiritual dependence on God all the more. There he asked his brothers to pray for him in the Spirit (Eph 6:18),

    “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.” (Eph 6:19-20)

    I think the gospel is not primarily a matter of biblical definition to soothe our minds, but a stirring mystery that can exclusively be revealed by Christ’s Spirit to those whom He wants to hear and grasp it with a heart He has opened before, as we can see after Peter’s sermon on Pentecost (Acts 2:37-39).

    It would be easier for preachers to be successful in announcing the gospel if they shifted their first focus away from (hu)man – that is, from believers, from sinners, from our culture, from politics, and from themselves – onto Jesus Christ alone – and here not only on what He has done for us on the cross, but more on Himself who loves us and longs for a loving relationship with us. And then, the proper spirit-driven gospel preaching would follow automatically.

    PS
    All that makes life seem worthwhile…can’t be found but in Him alone!
    Things in life may not be perfect but heaven is our destiny. Regarding our Lord Jesus Christ, His love is honest and true for His heart is an open book; nothing to be jealous of for we don’t have to share His love – it’s Love, indeed, which is unique in its individual expression for everyone who receives it (Jn 14:16-24, Rom 5:5).

  2. “….biblical morality as irrational bigotry.”

    Well, it is, really. I mean, come on. Let’s be honest here. It isn;t the type of book you would happily read to little kiddies, is it?

  3. But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” – Matthew 19:14

  4. It is the responsibility of adults to present Old Testament teaching to children – and to each other, for that matter – in the light of Christ.

    It is not as though we are Jews living in the ancient Near East who must obey the Law of Moses according to the flesh. On the contrary, we live in the 21st Century and seek the kingdom of God, which is spiritual and applies everywhere. God’s kingdom deals first and foremost with matters of the heart. He who can keep his heart pure will not have a problem controlling his words and deeds. But he who submit the thoughts of his heart to no authority has submitted himself to sin itself.

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