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Perpetual...

A great quote from this weekends pastor's conference by John Piper. This Quote was from his biography of William Tyndale.
Reformation 21 » Is Anyone Home?: "It is ironic and sad that today supposedly avant-garde Christian writers can strike this cool, evasive, imprecise, artistic, superficially-reformist pose of Erasmus and call it “post-modern” and capture a generation of unwitting, historically naïve, emergent people who don’t know they are being duped by the same old verbal tactics used by the elitist humanist writers in past generations. We saw them last year in Athanasius’ day (the slippery Arians at Nicaea), and we see them now in Tyndale’s day. It’s not post-modern. It’s pre-modern—because it is perpetual."
In other words, there are those in every age, who will slip away from the truth of Scripture using the language and philosophies of the day. The ancients like Arius played with words to deny that Jesus could be fully God and fully human. The medievals turned the faith into mere moralism, into "do good" rather than a God sending his son to be crucified as a substitution, an atonement for sin.The modernist Chritians did so when they "demythologized" the Bible gutting it of all supernatural events and claims. And now, Postmodernists deny language's ability to convey meaning, then use it to deny essential truths of the gospel. Yes, it is perpetual. Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. (HT - Sandy Young though I heard this quote in person, Sandy let me know that it was online at Ref 21) ...
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