In a recent article, author Steve McSwain ended with the following:
Jesus said, “They will know you are my disciples by your love” (John 13:35). When we love, what more needs to be said?
This article, 6 Things Christians Should Just Stop Saying, is a good example of the liberal “tolerance” that has invaded even so-called “Christianity”. One of the great ironies is found in item number one in McSwain’s list of things Christians must stop saying:
1. The Bible is the inerrant, infallible Word of God.
McSwain goes on to state:
It isn’t inerrant and not likely even in the “original manuscripts.” But then, I cannot say that with absolute certainty, anymore than anyone else can either.
…the Bible is replete with errors. To pretend otherwise is your right. To say otherwise is a lie. You are entitled to your opinions, your assumptions, even your beliefs. What you are not entitled to is a misrepresentation of the facts.
Now, I want to point you back to his ending statement in which he quotes John 13:35. How does he know that Jesus ever said such a thing? Maybe that statement is in error. Looking deeper, if the Bible is not inerrant, how should we define love. Should we use God’s definition and example of love as found in the Bible or some other definition?
Notice also that McSwain stated, “What you are not entitled to is a misrepresentation of the facts.” He is calling all of us, who believe the Bible to be inerrant and infallible, liars. You can use the facts of the preservation and transmission of Scripture to make a defense for the infallibility and inerrancy of Scripture without lying. How is McSwain loving when he accuses us of being liars?
In item number three, McSwain argues that Jesus is not the only way to heaven. He concludes by stating:
Again, it’s your right to “believe” or, more accurately, interpret Scripture as you wish. You do not, however, have permission to arrogantly assume your way of interpreting the words of Jesus are the only way to understand His words. Last I checked, no one’s interpretation of anything is infallible. Not yours. Not mine.
However, this too has a number of problems. First it is a logical contradiction. If I believe, as a Christian, that Jesus is the only way, but contradict McSwain then one of us is…drum roll…wrong! We cannot both be right on this point. Also, is McSwain loving when he calls us arrogant for believing this? Would it be possible to be humble and believe that Jesus is the only way?
In item number 5, McSwain lovingly calls me prejudiced because I believe that the Bible teaches that homosexuality is a sin. In item number 6, lovingly mocks my belief in the myth of the Creation narrative. Clearly I am just “silly” and “misinformed” when I believe Jesus who affirmed Genesis as history.
McSwain then states the world should know us by our love and:
Not our beliefs.
Not our doctrines.
Not our denomination’s distinctions.
Not even our declarations.
Yet, McSwain has just made declarations in which he states his beliefs, establishes his own religious doctrines, and likely affirms his denomination’s distinctions.
So what should I do if I truly believe that we are all sinners in need of a salvation? What should I do if I truly believe that Jesus is the only way of salvation? Yes, those two declarations are my beliefs and part of my doctrines and my denomination’s distinctions. What should I do? How do I demonstrate love to someone like McSwain who wants me to be silent about these things? Let’s ask ourselves McSwain’s final question,
When we love, what more needs to be said?
Simple. Preach the gospel. In season and out of season, the world needs the gospel even when they think it is unloving for us to proclaim it. The least loving thing I can do for sinners is to kept silent about their sin and the Savior.
So, go love someone today by sharing the Good News about Jesus and his death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sin.