Christian love’s bastard child

Smiley face

If you follow the conversations and events of our day, it's clear that our contemporary culture values agreeableness over truth. Christians have fallen for this as well because the greatest Christian virtue is love, and love is patient, kind, etc. In other words, love comes off as pretty agreeable. It's not going to interrupt. It's not going to correct and chastise. It's definitely not going to judge. It's going to calm the mood and make nice.I think that is the key word, nice. Many … [Read more...]

Defending absolutes

In our culture today, to believe in -- much less confess and defend -- absolutes is deemed arrogant. To insist that something is one way and not another provokes charges of egotism, presumption, and superiority. That's tricky for Christians because we absolutely believe in absolutes. … [Read more...]

The cult of agreeableness

Joel Osteen's disturbing inability to say that Mormonism is something other than Christian reflects a particular affliction from which our culture suffers. I'm not sure what to call it other than the cult of agreeableness, a widespread tendency to avoid disagreement, conflict, and contradiction whenever possible, a disposition to never draw hard lines for fear that we'll upset or make ourselves unattractive by the action. … [Read more...]

Why Mormons aren’t Christians

Angel Moroni

For the last generation Mormons have tried to mainstream themselves. The popular "I am a Mormon" ad campaign is part of that effort, but it's only the most recent manifestation of a long public-relations campaign. For the last few decades the Mormon Church has presented its adherents as good-neighborly types: friendly, moral, familial. But the family-down-the-street strategy is only part of the job.The Mormons have also actively worked to make their beliefs appear within the pale of orthodox … [Read more...]


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