Radical, Liberal, Institutional

Most of the time we use these terms negatively. Yet in a sense, these terms can also be used to describe the good that God expects of us.

Radical

  • The Bible cautions us against radical ideas (Deuteronomy 5:32; Proverbs 24:21) — But…
  • We are to be far different than the norms of the world (Romans 12:2)
  • A great change is required on the part of those who would follow Christ (Romans 6:4-7)
  • Jesus’ teachings were very radical (Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28; John 6:51-56, 60, 66; Matthew 19:9-12)

Liberal

  • We must not take a liberal approach to God’s word (2 Timothy 1:13; Colossians 3:17) — But…
  • We are to be liberal in our giving (2 Corinthians 9:13) — examples (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Mark 12:41-44)
  • Same attitude required of us in helping others (Galatians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 6:18)

Institutional

  • In the context of the debate over human institutions, we must take a non-institutional stand; no authority for such institutions (Colossians 3:17) — But…
  • We support the divinely given institution of marriage (Matthew 19:4-6)
  • We defend the divine institution that is the church (Matthew 16:18)

Read the article: Christians Are To Be Radical, Liberal, and Institutional


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