Christianity That Cuts: Thoughts On Offensive Christianity by Jeremy Walker

Jeremy Walker posted some thoughts on offensive Christianity at the Reformation 21 blog:

“The problem with Christianity – the cause of the offence – is that it speaks very plainly and directly to sinners about their sin, their need of salvation and the only possible way of salvation. It tells men that they are neither good nor wise, and that therefore salvation is of the Lord. Such searching scrutiny of and honest counsel concerning the soul is not palatable to the natural man, whose “mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rom 8.7). And yet there seems to be a general resistance to the idea that Christianity must cut.

Among those who profess the name of Christ are multitudes who bend over backwards to avoid any hint that Christianity labels certain things as right and wrong, declares certain behaviour to be sin and identifies those who pursue it as sinners, condemns the unrepentant sinner to hell, demands allegiance to Christ crucified and to him only, declaring his to be the only name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4.12). Instead, we find a determination to avoid issues and individuals who might upset the applecart, preaching instead a spineless inclusivism that never makes a distinction, never draws a line, never takes a stand.”

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Jeremy Walker is one of the pastors of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley in West Sussex (in the UK).
You can follow Jeremy Walker on Twitter @peregrinus75

New Calvinism Considered by Jeremy Walker [Audio + PDF]

New Old Calvinism

“I was invited to address the topic at a sister church in the US, which I sought to do. Following on from that, I was asked to put that material in print, to which I replied, ‘Tricky, as it’s only a series of headers with a few notes on a sheet of paper.’ The upshot was that the original address got transcribed, and I got round – eventually – to editing it. I used the substance of that address recently for a series of adult Bible classes in the church which I serve, and it provoked a lot of profitable engagement. And, now, finally, I am posting it here in its slightly more polished, slightly less personable form.”

– Pastor Jeremy Walker

Here is the four part blog series:

  1. Caveats and characteristics
  2. Commendations
  3. Cautions and concerns
  4. Conclusions and counsels

And said teaching:

  1. The New Calvinism Considered (67 min.)
    (Transcript: View or Download PDF)