Archive for the ‘compromise’ Category

Let Christians make their choice: sin or suffer

December 8, 2009

These times are like to be either very sinning or suffering times ; let Christians make their choice…sin or suffer ; and surely he that will choose the better part will choose to suffer.

The Earl of Argyll before being hanged for his faith in May 1661, quoted in Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press, 2008, p.199

Surely there’s a comfortable way our flesh prefers?

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Conformity

August 4, 2009

Psychologists distinguish conformity (influence of a group) and obedience (instructions from a person).

Asch (1951) found that a smal group of people can influence a person to agree with an incorrect statement with about 1/3 always agreeing, and about 3/4 at least once. (Only three other people were needed for maximum influence). reasons included:

I didn’t want to cause embarrassment.

I didn’t want to be different

I didn’t want to be wrong

Nigel C. Benson, Introducing Psychology, Icon Books, 1999, p.153

Liberalism and Apologetics

February 6, 2009

J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937), a Presbyterian theologian who started Westminster Theological Seminary (after a conservative revolt against modernist theology that was being pushed at Princeton Theological Seminary) observed about those who embraced modernist theology:

this curious fact – when men talk thus about propagating Christianity without defending it, the thing that we are propagating is pretty sure not to be Christianity at all. They are propagating an anti-intellectualistic, nondoctrinal Modernism; and the reason why it requires no defense is simply that it is so completely in accord with the current of the age.

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The Compromised Christian

October 21, 2008

I have sometimes been greatly obliged to a wicked world for what it has done to inconsistent professors of religion. While I was Pastor at Waterbeach, a certain young man joined the church. We thought he was a changed character, but there used to be in the village, once a year, a great temptation in the form of a feast; and when the feast came round, this foolish fellow was there in very evil company. He was in the long room of a public-house, in the evening, and when I heard what happened, I really felt intense gratitude to the landlady of that place. When she came in, and saw him there, she said, “Halloa, Jack So-and-so, are you here? Why, you are one of Spurgeon’s lot, yet you are here; you ought to be ashamed of yourself. This is not fit company for you. Put him out of the window, boys.” And they did put him out of the window on the Friday night, and we put him out of the door on the Sunday, for we removed his name from our church-book. Where was he to go to? The world would not have him, and the church would not have him; if he had been all for the world, the world would have made something of him; and if he had been all for Christ, Christ would have made something of him. But as he tried to be a little for each, and so nothing to either, his life became a wretched one; as he walked the Streets, people pointed at him with scorn. The Christians turned away, thinking him a hypocrite, as I fear he was; and the wordlings called him one, and made his name a by-word and a proverb.

The Autobiography of Charles Spurgeon vol.1 ch.14