Battling for Truth

Last week I wrote about the battle for truth against many competing claims. The battle calls for Christians to adhere to a worldview which is consistent with what is, rather than what we might hope for.

How do we go about creating a Christian worldview which will challenge the prevailing relativistic philosophies without compromising our precious faith? Nancy Pearcey’s answer is simple: hard work. She writes
Despite the common stereotype, intellectual questions are not always merely a smokescreen for spiritual or moral problems. To be effective in equipping young people and professionals to face the challenge of a highly educated secular society, the church needs to redefine the mission of pastors and youth leaders to include training in apologetics and worldview. We must refuse to dismiss objections to the faith as mere spiritual subterfuge, but instead prepare ourselves to give what [Francis A.] Schaeffer called “honest answers to honest questions.”
(P. 127, Total Truth)

What a novel idea. Pastors acting like shepherds. Pastors showing more concern for the body than for the body count. This, I believe, is what Paul had in mind when he wrote,

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:11-14 (NIV).

That Pearcey, or anyone else, has to write that we need to change the church in order to prepare believers to combat the various and ever-changing winds of teaching, indicates how far the church itself has drifted from its mission.


Closing Statement:

“Christianity is not a series of truths in the plural, but rather truth spelled with a capital “T.” Truth about total reality, not just about religious things.

Biblical Christianity is Truth concerning total reality – and the intellectual holding of that total truth and then living in the light of that Truth.”
-Francis Schaeffer at Notre Dame University, April 1981.

One thought on “Battling for Truth

  1. Thank you Curt for your wisdom and your desire to better equip us in our walk with Christ and our search for truth. May God bless you in your service to Him.

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