[Th]e most strategic decision we ever make is the decision of what to emphasize.
Evangelicalism has always been concerned to underline certain elements of the Christian message.
- We have a lot to say about God’s revelation, but we emphasize the business end of it, where God’s voice is heard normatively: the Bible.
- We know that everything Jesus did has power for salvation in it, but we emphasize the one event that is literally crucial: the cross.
- We know that God is at work on his people through the full journey of their lives, from the earliest glimmers of awareness to the ups and downs of the spiritual life, but we emphasize the hinge of all spiritual experience: conversion.
- We know there are countless benefits that flow from being joined to Christ, but we emphasize the big one: heaven.
Bible, cross, conversion, heaven. These are the right things to emphasize. But in order to emphasize anything, you must presuppose a larger body of truth to select from. . . . Continue Reading…