In an article dated February 18th, 2013, writer Tim Keeney, featured columnist of “The Bleacher Report” a sports news site, along with a number of “commentarians” demonstrated the truth of 1st Corinthians 2:14 in High Definition, when they took up the subject of Tim Tebow speaking at First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. The article can be found here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1534600-tim-tebow-to-speak-at-controversial-church?hpt=hp_c3
The brief article, while intended to focus on Tebow, ultimately serves as a reprimand of Pastor Jeffress and the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas. As his information, Keeney cites a story from CBS Sports writer Ryan Wilson,
On Sunday, April 28, Tim Tebow will be speaking at a Dallas Baptist megachurch headed by evangelical reverend Robert Jeffress, who has spoken out in the past against Muslims, Jews, Mormons and homosexuals.
The 11,000-member church will host Tebow weeks after the congregation inaugurates a new $130 million campus. And while the Jets quarterback often talks about God’s role in his life, Jeffress’ controversial background doesn’t mesh with Tebow’s squeaky-clean public persona.
First let me say, I do not know Pastor Jeffress, nor am I fully acquainted with all of his beliefs and convictions. My familiarity with Dr. Jeffress is limited to portions of sermons on the radio/internet, and some television interviews that he has given. Ultimately, though, my greatest respect goes to the historic First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas because of their rich history of solid Bible preachers, George W. Truett and W. A. Criswell.
That being said, after reading the article and many of the following comments, the writer and many commentarians could be a case study in 1st Corinthians 2:14.
Failing to realize that what they called “controversial” is actually common, the article writers betray the fact that they know very little about “rightly understood” Christianity. When it comes to the issues of Islam, homosexuality, Mormonism, and Catholicism, pastor Jeffress has said nothing different from what every Bible preacher I know has been saying, is saying, and will continue to say. These things have been faithfully addressed from the Bible in this country for some 237 years. It is not pastor Jeffress alone who has been preaching these things, it has been faithful Bible preachers down through the years. These messages are not new, nor uncommon; and to label them “controversial” is a confession of ignorance on the writers part. Biblical Christianity has had a presence in society, and a proclamation of its message for generations. That being said, ultimately it is not the pastor that is controversial to this crowd, rightly understood it is the Bible.
This article, and many commentarians demonstrate to us in crystal clear quality, that ultimately the Bible is at the heart of the polarization of this country. There are those in this country who have “tasted the Word of God” and it is good, and have fully received it as the final authority in all matters doctrinal, and moral. Then there are those who “receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned.” It should never surprise us when the world 1.) thinks that we are fools of the highest order; and 2.) does not possess the capacity to understand the truth. Eternal truth and the things of God are “spiritually discerned” and cannot be received by a lost heart. We have to remember that according to the Word of God, the unconverted do not possess the ability to understand. Biblically speaking, the lost are surely and truly blind. Reading the article and some of the comments I cannot help but think, “oh, how great is that blindness.” There is nothing more heartbreaking than a blind man that thinks he can see; and there is nothing more arrogant than a blind man who thinks no one else can see.
The more hostile of the unconverted generally believe two things; 1 – since they don’t possess absolute truth, no one does; 2 – if anyone did possess absolute truth, they would be the ones to possess it. There is a sense among them that it is not possible for a Christian to know anything by faith. Furthermore there is the sense among them that they fully understand the Bible that they “dismiss” and we “study” better than we do. They reject what they’ve never listened to, and dismiss what they’ve never heard, each time adding to their own foolishness, and piling up darkness in the process. They are often exhibit A when it comes to Proverbs 18:13 – “He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.”
Ultimately, in this case, the fact that the lost of the world is missing out on, is the reality that if the Bible said something different . . . we would too. When all things are as they should be, our loyalty is to our Lord and His Word. We do not manufacture the message, we merely stick to it. If the Bible embraced Islam, we would too. If the Bible praised homosexuality and ‘moral diversity’ we would too. If the Bible said there were multiple ways to God, we would too. The truth is that while the unconverted think they have a problem with us, their problem is really with the God of the Bible that we worship, love, and adore.
Many today want to rage against the God of the Bible as being evil, wicked and mean. While that’s not true, pretending it is, I’ve still never understood their defiance. Even if God were evil, wicked and mean, . . . He is still God! God is not God by His character, God is God by His nature. The next time someone says, “I wouldn’t worship a God like that!”, you can remind them that God is not an elected position. Whether God is good, or whether God is bad, never changes the fact that God is God, and all men are accountable to Him. Defiant rebellion is worse than foolish, it is tragic. The good news is, that God is good. He is not bad, and He will always show Himself good to those who are submissive to Him by repentance of sin, and faith in Jesus Christ.
For over 200 years in this nation, Christians and Bible preachers have been standing for these very things that Pastor Jeffress is being lambasted as “controversial” for. Whatever may be said of Pastor Jeffress, when it comes to the issues mentioned, the Biblical standard is not “new”, it is not “abnormal”, and it is not “fringe.” Faithful preachers have been preaching the same mainstream Biblical truths from our pulpits for generations, and preaching from any other book is not a change worth making.