- False Points: It is noted that Christianity’s influence has supposedly marginalized communities and has damaging methods and rules. These charges against Christians are trumped up with over generalizations and inaccuracies that reflect someone who is completely unaware of what the heart of Christianity is. In reality, Christian truths are quite the opposite of his supposed claims and history has demonstrated such.
- False Promises: The second issue at hand is the mindset that by eliminating Christianity and its truthful practices society will be one community that is not alienated from one another. In fact, the doctrine of sin would tell us that quite the opposite is the case and that a lack of Christianity results in automatic alienation. In fact, it seems contradictory that in this instance, the way to not alienate people is by isolating a particular people group, which thus alienates that group of people. What is being promised by the reasoning of Freddy Potts is not possible and results in more alienation.
- False Premises: Finally, the notion that Christianity is an excuse for homophobia is untruthful and therefore is an unreliable premise to build an argument. In fact, Christianity is quite the contrary (see article #3 at the bottom by Dr. R. Albert Mohler). I have yet to meet a Christian who really is afraid of gay people, despite the constant generalization that all Christians have this innate fear.
- True Points: We are told that the Lord’s Word is the truth (John 17:17) and even more our Lord and Savior is the truth (John 14:6). Therefore, while the world proclaims truth with little veracity, what Christians have are absolute truth in living form.
- True Promises: That truth comes with a series of promises. It is a truth that comes with promises of salvation, sanctification, and satisfaction because it is a truth that has the capacity to transform us from inside out, creating a unity in truth that transcends any possible alienation.
- True Premises: Finally, because it is true, the premises are reliable and trustworthy. Therefore, they are firm enough that anything founded on them will not fall, unlike the false premises above.
What Christians have is truth personified in the Lord Jesus Christ, truth proven through the Lord Jesus Christ, and truth practiced by the Lord Jesus Christ. To see these characteristics of truth, therefore, instills a confidence in us to see truth preached, by us and others. The response is to trust and be captivated with the truth that God has so graciously chosen to reveal so that it may impact others, despite the seriousness of the charges levied against us.
To follow-up with some articles on the subject and confirm some of the quotes above, please see the following links:
- Anger as Oxford college bans Christian group from freshers’ fair at The Guardian.
- Oxford college bans ‘harmful’ Christian Union from freshers’ fair at The Telegraph.
- I signed the Nashville Statement. It’s an expression of love for same-sex attracted people by R. Albert Mother at The Washington Post.
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