Catching you up -- My responses to GTY's anti-contextualization series PART 1, PART 2
GTY continues to essentially equate contextualization with a selling out of the gospel, which it fundamentally is not. Today's post on their site doesn't add to that or really say anything constructive at all. It simply stoops to new lows in its slandering of those who are pursuing contextualization as missionaries of the gospel. Here's a brief quote:
By contrast, the “contextualization” of the gospel today has infected the church with the spirit of the age. It has opened the church’s doors wide for worldliness, shallowness, and in some cases a crass, party atmosphere. The world now sets the agenda for the church.
This is demonstrated clearly in a book by James Davison Hunter, a sociology professor at the University of Virginia. Hunter surveyed students in evangelical colleges and seminaries, and concluded that evangelical Christianity has changed dramatically in the past three decades. He found that young evangelicals have become significantly more tolerant of activities once viewed as worldly or immoral—including smoking, using marijuana, attending R-rated movies, and premarital sex.
To blame contextualization for immorality is sad and wrong. Further, it is more than a little hypocritical coming from those for whom the gospel and Christian life has already been contextualized. In my humble opinion, GTY is a great ministry that has stumbled at this point. Pastor Macarthur should rectify this matter. These anti-contextualization slurs and slanders should be withdrawn. GTY has accused falsely faithful missionaries and Christ-followers who are pursuing contextualization as incarnation at great personal cost and are seeing the Lord honor their work by bringing many souls into the family of God. The so-called "church marketeers" are not the same thing as those who are pursuing contextualization and the equation of the two is irresponsible, unkind, and unprofitable for the family of God.
Thanks Cody for brining this issue for discussion. Pastor John Macarthur has been relentless in his attacks on genuine ministries and people who are doing ministry sacrificing so much.ReplyDelete
I have found it time and again that these attacks are not based on facts but based on assumptions. It is always wrong to put whole community of people into one umbrella just because they see one or two people going wrong.
So just seeing that one or two people used contextualization wrongly doesn't mean everybody is doing the same way.
I hope you get an oppertunity to clarify things with GTY. It is hard to access them, they simply don't want to hear any facts but only want to believe that their assumptions are the ultimate truth.
As, always, Vinod, thanks much for your encouragement!ReplyDelete
I have seen some of the problems John MacArthur writes about in action, and I appreciate your clarification and examples of biblical contextualization.ReplyDelete
It is such a hard time to live in, but then again, our problems are nothing new. Lord, please keep us all true to who you really are!