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July 05, 2014

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Christ was certainly not popular or cool. He looked no different (unique), so much so, that he was kissed by Judist so the Roman soldiers would know who to arrest. Definitely not popular, as he was mocked, beaten, and crucified for his beliefs and opinions. So much for our puny excuses.

This is great - it gets at both our heart AND our actions. Thanks for posting, Amy!

I think one of the biggest changes in me came when I learned the doctrine of Total Depravity. It really hit home and forever humbled me. It gave me an objective outsider’s view of myself and others. When Jesus says the truth shall make you free, I thereby experienced one of the greatest freedoms ever. Just as Jesus’ atonement cleanses us of all unrighteousness, Total Depravity and her corresponding doctrines (TULIP), strip us and others of all self-righteousness. This understanding eases the blow that comes as people and family shun and think badly of you.

Thanks Amy! I agree with the call to fearlessly and winsomely share the truth of Jesus.

But (a minor point) are we "prophets" in the biblical sense? Or are we "prophets" in another sense?

Curious to hear the STR community's thoughts.

"The truth will set you free...but not until it is finished with you." --David Foster Wallace

@RagTime,

What a sad way to end up as David Foster Wallace did....

I like this other quote that seems to fit the discussion too.

“You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do.” David Foster Wallace

Great quote Dave, I'm a huge DFW fan. Unfortunately, like many geniuses he was never able to fully get past his mental illness and ended up doing himself in before his time. I would love to read his description of heaven someday.

His quote about truth hits home for so many because when we hear "the truth sets you free" we assume it's "our" truth, the one we assume, but it's only the "real" truth that works us over, slaps us around, that matters.

It takes great courage to speak of that which is full of Grace and full of Truth - of Christ - to every last one of us - that is to say - to the wicked. Prior to TULIP, prior to that message to many - but not all - of the wicked (to many of us) of "You cannot embrace Christ - ever - because He will not grace you to do so - ever" there was a different message to us, to the wicked: Christ, and Christ Crucified. Both messages declare the world, every last one of us, wicked. Which message to the wicked - to all of us - is actually the Truth is another avenue of both the expectation of realizing friction and of the need for courage to endure said friction; friction from without for (in part) that bit about the Truth of wickedness, friction from within for (in part) that bit about the Truth of Grace. None of us is comfortable with that tension - that is - none of us hold it perfectly. Though - in Christ - that tension is held perfectly - fully.

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ" does not equate to "I feel and fear no shame at all."

If prophets must be fearless, Moses and Elijah weren't prophets.

I agree completely that "All of our positions—especially in controversy—should flow from honest exegesis, not from the mood at the local coffee shop." However, the position expressed in the brief blurb isn't an expression of honest exegesis itself. It denies the failings of biblical prophets. It denies the pain they suffered as a rejection of their message, themselves, and by extension, God.

What made a prophet wasn't how they felt, it's what they did and said. Just as courage isn't the lack of fear, but acting in spite of it; a true prophet doesn't lack fear and shame, they just continue to speak and live in spite of it.

Don't discourage people from speaking truth by laying burdens on them that even those God supernaturally supported didn't bear.

Thank you for this article. Spot on!

thecontrarianprophet.com

Thank you!

I can't tell you how many times I am told that I should not speak up on this or that controversial topic because it's "unloving" or "not nice". (Even though I make my case with facts and I am always civil, even though I may get passionate about an issue.)

I'm sick of hearing being told this nonsense. No wonder this country is such a wreck and getting worse by the day. Christians are so cowardly that they won't even post a link on Facebook or their own blogs for fear of what others may say, or that they may be unfriended. I've heard them say so!

Meanwhile, in other parts of the world, Christians are thrown in jail, killed or watch their families suffer - all because they won't deny Christ.

But we won't speak the truth about anything because we're afraid of hearing mean words on Twitter? I would die of shame to see these brave followers of Christ and have to tell them such a thing about myself. May it never be.

What a disgrace we have become in this country!

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