Thursday, June 19, 2008

More from Jerusalem - The authority of Christ vs. "tolerance" so called

The Way, The Truth and the Life, pp. 60 & 36

Christian discipleship is fundamentally a recognition of Christ's lordship, his right to direct the life and thought of the redeemed people of God. There can be no church where the authority of Christ to call us to faith and repentance - to challenge our cultural commitments, our personal preferences and our traditions - is neglected.

Christ exercises this authority in the churches throughout these last days by his word through his Spirit...

Though it may be a virtue in secondary matters, tolerance can and does lead to an opposite vice: spiritual laxity, which manifests itself in pastoral laziness and doctrinal slovenliness... smug mediocrity... failure to enforce discipline on those who have spurned the faith.

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