My first question to Jonathan Merritt would be: “Please define the term ‘Conservative Christian.'” He sure uses the term a lot. I think he should define it in every article he writes or at least put his description on the side of his site.
To me his suggestions seem to be a bit in ‘Left field.”
Mr. Holloway does a great job in countering Merritt. He starts with the right premise: “worldviews are about people.” How anyone can not see that is something I don’t understand.
How popular is Merritt?
I read parts of his article about why we “conservative Christians” are going to lose the transgender debate.
I haven’t read enough to find out if he considers himself a “conservative Christian” but, after 2 articles, I don’t need to know.
His contention seems to be in both articles that we need to stick with science to convince them of our position (worldview!).
So, we use science to fight evil? What about these verses from Ephesians 6:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Here is a sentence in his transgender article that I think tells us something:
“Narrative framing usually wins in public debates because it touches listeners’ hearts.”
I would like someone to convince Mr. Spurgeon (I wish we could talk to him) that it is narrative framing or God’s Word that has more power. I’m pretty sure I know what he would say and I would agree.
If God’s Word doesn’t touch hearts any longer than God has decided that man has gone too far in the wrong direction. God’s Word is everlasting in spite of man’s opinion. So many are “framing” God’s Word in the wrong way, unfortunately.
I don’t know if one should make a judgement based on two articles, but I don’t have more time for Mr. Merritt’s opinions.
Great thought material, Pastor Jim. 🙂
Also, I’ll repeat one question: How popular is Mr. Merritt?
Also, I am one that believes that one day all true science will line up with God’s Word. As in many cases it isn’t even close at this time, I don’t think we should try to use our intelligent scientific minds to discuss moral matters that need to be discussed. Our morals do not come from science. They come from our Creator.
He is like so many. He must be trying to elbow his way into the conversation by using the term “conservative Christian.” I bet he’s not all that popular but one never knows in this day and age. It is, indeed, sad.