Saturday, February 24, 2007

On being overly nice

It has become fashionable to only speak well of religions and beliefs other than Christianity and to suggest that they may even provide alternate ways to God. Unquestionably Christ followers should always display love and respect for all people regardless of their faith or lack of it. It is not wrong to acknowledge that which is right and good in another faith.

Nevertheless, in our commendable efforts to be loving, we must not miss the clear reminders of Scripture that false teachings and those who promote them are often inspired by demons (1Corinthians 10:20; 1 John 4:1; et al). John, "the apostle of love," did not hesitate to use the label "antichrist" for those who did not confess that "Jesus Christ has come in the flesh" (1 John 4:2, 3).

It is not loving to change the label on poison to something that sounds more gentle.

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