Two doctrines - Limited Atonement and Non-Confrontation


This week I want to focus on theology and confidence.  The first point I'll make is that good theology helps believers face difficulties with confidence, whether those difficulties come from outside opposition or from trials that test our faith in other ways, such as sickness and death.  Being assured of truth helps us to be unashamed of the gospel. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH” (Romans 1:16-17).  This passage tells us that the righteous person confidently lives by what he believes.  

The first article I'll share is from Kevin DeYoung, and he does an excellent job of explaining the doctrine of salvation that is the most difficult for people to understand and/or accept, Limited Atonement.  Many people approach this doctrine with fear and trepidation, and often simply neglect to engage others with it due to the expected reaction.  DeYoung presents it as a doctrine that is filled with good news for those who believe.  I pray this will increase your confidence and faith.
The second point I'll make is that bad theology impacts believers by weakening us.  Weak Christians are not able to be the salt of the earth and light of the world (Matt 5:13-16) with the full strength that the fight for truth requires.  The squishy, feminized version of Christianity that has prevailed in America for the past 40 years has elevated the "Doctrine of Non-Confrontation" as the highest virtue among most professing Christians.  Satan and the enemies of Christ love this false doctrine because it allows them to push their agenda with minimal opposition.  This "doctrine" is based on the fear of man and the misguided desire of being loved by the world (1 John 2:15-16).

False teachings like this want you to forget that "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:1-6) so that you'll lay down your weapon, the sword of truth.  In the following Relatable podcast, Allie Beth Stuckey interviews Steve Deace, and in the last 10-12 minutes of the interview he gets to the theological point I've just stated. (The Doctrine of Non-Confrontation is his terminology, and I really like the term.)  In the first part of the podcast, he goes through several social and political events for which he shares his opinions, but my main focus is the theological aspect at the end.  I think he hits the nail on the head regarding the responses of many Christian leaders to events from the past few years.

Allie Beth Stuckey and Steve Deace...The highest virtue in our society...
May we Bereans be confident by holding fast to theology that is sound and never embrace what is weak.
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