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Worldview Made Practical - Issue 3-24

Worldview Made Practical - Issue 3-24

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Published by Freddy Davis
The Authority Wars
The Authority Wars

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Introduction
I am not an alarmist. No matter what happens in the future, good or bad, I am determined to walk the walk. I recognizethat the life I live is not about me and my comfort and material success, it is about allowing God to accomplish his purposein my life. There are many paradoxical elements to this life, and sometimes God’s greatest work is accomplished throughsome of the worst circumstances.With that being said, I do want to be prepared for coming tough times, and want you to be ready, as well. There is a defi-nite tide that is turning in America against the Christian faith in general and Christians in particular. It is being manifestedin many ways, some of them overt and some more subtle. Today we are going to examine one of the more subtle ele-ments – though it underlies the other. It is the attack on the authority source of our faith. I hope that today’s article givesyou insight which will help you as you stand strong for your faith in Jesus Christ.Now I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have contributed to the
Worldview Summit for Ministry Profes-sionals
. It is coming up just after the new year and we are diligently preparing to make it a success. It is still not too late to
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So, you think that the reports of the persecution of Chris-tians in America is overblown? I mean, this is America, right... the land of free speech and religious freedom?Well, the increasing attacks on our Christian faith in generaland the expression of that faith in particular is increasingexponentially. If things continue the way they are going, itwill literally be only a few short years before Christians seepersecution like you might expect in a third world nation.Just recently, in the cover story of the December 15 editionof Newsweek Magazine, we got another glimpse of the ten-dency. This one does not relate to something that a Chris-tian did and received persecution as a result. Those kindsof cases are bad enough. But in many ways, this is evenmore sinister. What we have here is the religion editor of Newsweek Magazine, Lisa Miller, writing an article trying toliterally destroy the very foundation of the Christian faith.The article was in response to the states of California, Flori-da and Arizona voting to codify heterosexual marriage intheir state constitutions. Since losing these elections, homo-sexual activists have been livid and have expressed their anger in multiple ways. We have seen physical assaults onindividuals, the sending of terrorist threats to organizationswho oppose their point of view, vandalism on the homes of people who supported the amendments, nationwide dem-onstrations and pressure being put on companies and other organizations to fire people who contributed to the winningcampaigns.The Newsweek article is another Molotov cocktail thrown inthis fight. What the religion editor did was to positively as-sert that the Bible does not say homosexual marriage iswrong, and she maintained that no sensible modern person
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MarketFaith Ministries is an equipping ministry which is focused on helping Christians become more effectivein living out their faith in the midst of the increasingly diverse worldview environment of modern society.
Contact MarketFaith Ministries
312 Anton Dr.Tallahassee, FL 32312info@marketfaith.orghttp://www.marketfaith.orgToll Free: 888-883-0656Phone: 850-383-9756Fax: 850-514-4571
Volume 3 Number 24 December 24, 2008
The Authority Wars
 
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wants marriage to look like what the Bible describes. There is much more, but essentially what we have here is an all outassault on the very reliability and authority of the Bible itself.But that is not all, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham follows up with an editorial backing up the content of the cover articleand denigrating “religious conservatives” as out of touch with reality and telling the Christians to “bring it on.” In other words, Newsweek has blatantly put its support behind the radical homosexual agenda, and directly and intentionally setitself in opposition to Bible believing Christians.So, why is this important? It is important because Newsweek Magazine is one of the major instruments of the Americanmedia. The power they wield is enormous in influencing people. But even more than influencing people, their voice rep-resents a very large and powerful group of people who are already in place. Since this magazine actually advocates aposition which sanctions the putting down of Christians and their beliefs, we can surmise that overt actions to back upthat position cannot be far behind.It is one thing to disagree with an opposing point of view and voice that opposition. As Christians, we do the same thing.But it is another thing altogether to take your opponent’s authority source and interpret it in ways which are not consistentwith what it actually says. It is absolutely fair to analyze a belief system’s authority source and evaluate its legitimacy, butthe analysis must be handled truthfully.A worldview’s authority source is the very foundation of its legitimacy. It is in making this analysis that we are able to de-termine whether or not the belief system represents the truth. If the authority source validly expresses the truth, theworldview belief is true. If it does not, the worldview falls apart. So, an analysis of the authority is important. But, if theone doing the analysis has an agenda and does not truthfully approach the task, the analytical process becomes mali-cious and the result is unreliable.So, what about the Newsweek article? What is the basis upon which the religion editor makes her critique?
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make a contribution if you would like to help with this. We are working to share this seminar with ministry professionalsin a format which is without cost to the participants because we believe that pastors and other who lead our churchesare key in training the body of Christ to stand strong for him. If you would be willing to help us with this project, pleasesend your 
tax deductible
donation to MarketFaith Ministries, 321 Anton Dr., Tallahassee, FL 32312. It is also possible todonate online at the MarketFaith Ministries website at www.marketfaith.org. Simply click on the “donate” button. Wewould deeply appreciate your support.I also want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. We are so blessed to personally know theone who came to earth to provide eternal life to us. And, as always, please feel free to contact me at any time with your thoughts, opinions and suggestions. It is always a joy to hear from you.God bless,Freddy
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