In the past month there have been two attacks on Evangelical Christianity. One appears in an article in News Week by KURT EICHENWALD http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/02/thats-not-what-bible-says-294018.html to which an excellent rebuttal has been published by MICHAEL BROWN http://www.newsweek.com/response-newsweek-bible-299440 .
The other is by a man called Devin Rose who posted a short You Tube video promoting his book which he subsequently removed after being challenged by James White as to its accuracy and Devin Rose’s intentions http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php/2015/01/08/james-white-vs-martin-luther-the-protestants-dilemma/
If you haven’t been following this controversy I can only say you should be because it is not just an issue that effects American Evangelicalism, It effects Evangelicals world wide who hold to the bible as the inerrant word of God.
Firstly I applaud Michael Brown and James White for taking up the fight on all our behalf’s as well as others who have written reviews of Devin Rose’s book and responded to Kurt Eichenwald’s article. Secondly I need to say shame on all those who haven’t responded to this situation. Anyone who has dabbled in apologetic’s, who knows anything about the history and evidence’s for the reliability and transmission of the cannon of scripture could easily refute Rose’s Roman Catholic apologetic and Eichenwald’s bias misrepresentation of Evangelicalism.
My point here is that we don’t need to rely on just a few men to refute others who would attack our faith, who are blatantly biased against or ignorant of the mountain of conservative scholarship with which we can defend the inerrant infallibility of Scripture. We don’t need to be scholars or experts to challenge our adversaries. All we need is a good sound knowledge of how the Bible manuscripts were transmitted, how the cannon of scripture was formed, some understanding of textual criticism, (not to be confused with higher criticism) and some knowledge of the differences between conservative Evangelical theology and Liberal theology.
My title poses the question is this only an American Evangelical issue? I have already said it isn’t, however why is it that most often it’s the American Scholars wading into these debates or making the most noise? Is the rest of Western European Evangelicalism dead or asleep or so apathetic that it could care less? Or are we just too afraid to ruffle the feathers of the rest because we are too image oriented? Has the rest of the Evangelical community been swallowed by ecumenicism? Are we too afraid of all the discrimination laws or political correctness with its intolerance against intolerance in our own communities?
There are some very well educated biblical scholars here in Australia who teach in our more conservative Bible College’s, why aren’t they speaking out against liberal theologians? Why aren’t more of our church leaders taking a stand against immorality such as homosexuality, same sex marriage and other issues. Are they too afraid of losing their Tenure for the sake of position or drawing the ridicule of the media who seem to be the one’s pushing social agenda’s to their limit’s?
Australia notoriously follows the American trends both socially and politically. Do you not think the push by certain interest groups to promote their agenda’s wont become an issue here in the near future. Of course it will! Both secular and religious groups have an agenda to put their rights ahead of all others.
Religiously, Islam is on the march here in Australia. Where Islam remains a minority religion it it seems fairly innocuous but where it becomes a majority religion or gains state power all of a sudden it is not such a peaceful movement. One should take a closer look at Sharia Law for example or the religion itself with a critical mind and ask ourselves do I really want this religion becoming a dominant force in my country? http://www.ldolphin.org/islam.shtml .
The homosexual agenda is becoming more and more dominant is the USA. It wants acceptance and understanding however of itself is so intolerant of anyone or any belief system that opposes it. Conservative Evangelicalism and ironically Islam oppose the homosexual agenda. If Islam takes a foothold in Australia the homosexual agenda will suffer a significant set back as it has elsewhere. Sadly in Australia Evangelicals are not politically motivated enough to speak out on these issues. Evangelicals in Australia are too busy kissing up to secular society with what they call Radical Christianity where really any difference between Church and society is almost nonexistent. It seems that the few like Fred Nile http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Nile take a stand on anything.
I am aware that this blog has crossed a number of area’s that may not seem connected however they are connected they are connected by the idea of truth and being proactive regarding truth. It’s not just an American Evangelical issue.