Friday, August 12, 2011

Cafeteria Christianity

There is a movement in the SBC these days that seeks to divide the Bible into categories of belief. They say that we should agree on a few basic beliefs such as Jesus is the Son of God, the cross, the resurrection, the only way to be saved, but everything else in the Bible is tertiary (third in place, order, degree, or rank), subject to triage (sorting according to quality), or unnecessary. Brothers and sisters, this should not be so.

The Bible is very clear that everything God says is important. James 2:10 says, "For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all." John 14:15 reads, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." The Bible never says one command is more important than another. Jesus said, "Keep My commandments (plural). He did not say "Believe in Me and everything else is up for grabs."

It's ironic that we spent 20 years battle for biblical integrity and now we have Southern Baptists who are attempting to  turn God's Word into a biblical cafeteria in which one must choose a main entree ( believe in Christ) but everything else is optional.

We must unashamedly stand for the truth of God's word. We must preach and teach all of God's Word. We must be faithful to the biblical text. All of God's Word is equally important. Do not be misled by those who would have you prioritize the word of God. They are deceivers who have crept in unnoticed. They must be opposed, exposed, and deposed.

Stand up for the truth of God's Word!


Anonymous said...

I think they like us to think they are smarter than everyone else and have "arrived" at some spiritual dimension that we know not of. Ridiculous.

Keep on preaching the truth. They won't like it and will howl and scream but keep on.

Ed Goodman said...

Les, I hear the tenor of your post, and I appreciate your heart. However, there are varying interpretations of Scripture that have a biblical basis. Aren't you generalizing or oversimplifying the concept of theological triage? The concept isn't about the unimportance of certain doctrines, but rather the priority of unity in the context of disagreement.

Do you see where I'm coming from? Love you, my brother.

Anonymous said...

You've done better than I ever thought. Now the old malcontent at Bellevue is hot on your trail.

Keep up the good work--you must be offending them and their self-appointed trolls.

Les Puryear said...


I hear you, but I disagree with you. When we begin to allow grading of the scriptures, then we are diminishing the importance of scripture. It's all important.



Ed Goodman said...


I hear you, and I know it's all important. But that's a bit ambiguous, wouldn't you say? Are all doctrines important ENOUGH to split churches or reject cooperative agreement in missions?

Jeph said...

Good question Ed.

Les, have you read Romans 14?