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    Evangelicals full of fear

    Messiah College historian John Fea, himself an Evangelical, has some rather interesting observations and thoughts about Evangelicals. A very interesting person. Here is a central quote:

    "It's very strange and somewhat ironic that anyone who reads the Bible will find a lot of exhortations against fear," says Fea. "Fear represents a kind of lack of faith in God's sovereignty or God's will to work out his purposes. I love the quote from Marylinne Robinson: 'Fear is not a Christian habit of mind.' Fear is a product of the broken world that we live in, but fear is not a place where one can dwell and still claim to be an evangelical Christian. It produces negative consequences.

    "What's striking here is that evangelicals have in almost every circumstance where there's some kind of change in the culture, have not responded with hospitality to the stranger, with grace, with hope, with the idea that people who are different from them have been created in the image of God and have that dignity and worth. Instead they have built their walls and protected themselves against people they fear Fear. [It's] an inherent contradiction for anyone who takes the Bible seriously. That's what I'm trying to call people to think about in this book. Why are we so afraid? We love to claim a big God who controls everything and will work out his purposes for good as it says in Romans. Their politics is driven by fear much more than any kind hope." https://www.popmatters.com/believe-m...579257864.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles View Post
    Messiah College historian John Fea, himself an Evangelical, has some rather interesting observations and thoughts about Evangelicals. A very interesting person. Here is a central quote:
    Your lack of self awareness is noted.
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    While all of Christendom is posting "Faith over Fear" all over Facebook.
    "Neighbor, how long has it been since you’ve had a big, thick, steaming bowl of Wolf Brand Chili?”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    While all of Christendom is posting "Faith over Fear" all over Facebook.

    I said this several weeks ago.

    I refuse to live my life in fear.

    I will do what I can to protect my family and myself and anyone else with whom I may come into contact.

    I will follow social distancing and stay home as much as possible.

    But I refuse to live my life in fear. God is in control of every moment of each day of my life, and I will live as long as He has ordained, regardless of whatever is going on around me.

    My life is in His hands, and I will trust Him. I refuse to live my life in fear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I said this several weeks ago.
    Yeah, and he misinterprets caution for fear. I resist the homosexual agenda, for example, not because of fear, but simply because it's anti-biblical.

    That's our Charles! Gosh, I don't miss him when I'm not here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckles View Post
    Messiah College historian John Fea, himself an Evangelical, has some rather interesting observations and thoughts about Evangelicals. A very interesting person. Here is a central quote:
    Translation: "Here's a guy I happen to agree with, so I'm going to use his opinion in my daily Christian bashing!"



    I assume that when he talks about "change in culture", he's talking about things like the push to normalize homosexuality, and he is claiming that those Christians who believe the Bible when it calls it a sin are acting out of "fear" rather than righteousness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    Yeah, and he misinterprets caution for fear. I resist the homosexual agenda, for example, not because of fear, but simply because it's anti-biblical.

    That's our Charles! Gosh, I don't miss him when I'm not here!
    I sure miss you when you're not here.



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    Wasn't it the political right accused of downplaying the situation at first? Now they're being accused of fear?

    Or is he just trolling about a different subject?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanD
    Or is he just trolling
    Yes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I sure miss you when you're not here.

    Me too.

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