Posts Tagged ‘John Wesley’

Who Speaks for God? The Deafening Silence of the Church and Christian Universities on Marriage

December 16th, 2013 2 comments

christian uniIn a day when everyone is coming out of the closet to express their position on the critical policy issue of whether we should be re-defining what it means to be married, the two institutions who should be speaking the loudest are actually the most silent; namely, our Christian churches and universities. And the silence is deafening!

In recent weeks we have seen a number of our state universities publicly voicing their opposition to the proposed Marriage Amendment (HJR6). As I shared in a previous blog, this behavior is incredibly intolerant of those students attending the university who do not happen to share the same beliefs about marriage. In our modern university culture, where tolerance has become the cardinal virtue and moral relativism acts as the official epistemological litmus test for determining the correctness of one’s point of view, it seems incredibly irrational and contradictory for state universities to take a firm stance on anything! After all, to remain intellectually coherent, the doctrine of tolerance demands neutrality.

Christian Universities, on the other hand, are committed to the pursuit of Truth. The educational experience is built, not upon the shifting sands of moral relativism, but upon the unchanging revelation of God’s Word. In the words of the great Christian author and apologist, Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent! And where God has clearly spoken, He expects us to fully represent His views both to the student body and to the world.

And If there ever was an issue where God has clearly spoken, it’s the issue of marriage! We should be teaching our students the biblical norms for marriage, the family and sexuality and equipping them to clearly communicate God’s Truth to their generation. In addition, we should be highlighting the tragic consequences which occur when individuals and nations rebel against God’s moral order. What an amazing opportunity God has given us to provide leadership to a culture that is currently experiencing a moral free-fall. In fact, it’s more than just an opportunity, it’s a responsibility. It’s a sacred trust.

Years ago Charles Colson wrote a book entitled, Who Speaks for God? His book was a prophetic challenge to “confess Christ where the battle rages,” to stand for Christ contra mundum – “against the world.” He went on to quote John Wesley, who said:

“Making an open stand against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness which overspreads our land as a flood is one of the noblest ways of confessing Christ in the face of His enemies.”

It’s time for the Church and the Christian University to make “an open stand” this critical issue of marriage. If we won’t, who will?

If you agree, please take a moment to call your pastor and encourage him to stand for marriage. And while you’re at it, call the president’s office at the closest Christian university near you and ask why the university is remaining silent on this important, biblical issue.

A Misguided Methodist & Marriage

December 13th, 2013 1 comment

wesleyI am teaching a college course in our ROAR Bible College entitled, The Consequences of Ideas, in which we highlight the power of ideas in shaping the world around us. The thesis of the course can be boiled down to this one simple truth: When our ideas mirror God’s, the result is great blessing both for the individual and society. Conversely, when our culture is built upon lies, people suffer.

Just this week, we highlighted the powerful impact of John Wesley’s ministry upon a sin-ravaged and morally bankrupt Britain during the mid-eighteenth century. In just two centuries after the Reformation, Britain had become a cesspool of corruption. Family breakdown, child abuse, alcoholism, pornography, public lewdness and perverse forms of entertainment had become the norm. The misery level was at an all-time high.

It was through the powerful, prophetic preaching of John Wesley, who called the people to repent of their sin and to turn to God, which helped to bring about one of the greatest cultural awakenings in history.

Perhaps this is why the news of a leading Indiana Methodist Bishop’s lack of support for the Marriage Amendment (HJR6) is so disturbing, and frankly, so “un-Wesley!” Wesley’s whole ministry was built upon the firm conviction that individual redemption leads to social regeneration. He believed the gospel not only transforms individuals, it also gives us firm principles for building healthy nations and a common social life under God. While he steadfastly loved his enemies, he never shirked from his God-given mandate to call his nation to return to the Lord. While history reveals that Wesley’s own marriage was in dire need of a tune-up, he nevertheless would have recognized same-sex marriage for what it truly is: a perverse, counterfeit and a direct assault upon God’s revealed design for healthy marriages and families.

William Wilberforce, a disciple of Wesley, understood the role of Christ’s Church in promoting biblical morality for the glory of God and the good of the people. His twin callings, “the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners” helped to end the oppression of slavery and the reform the moral climate of Britain’s culture. Wesley’s ministry and message spawned a whole generation of reformers. May that legacy continue among the faithful Methodists of our day.