Concerning “Bill,” the Christian preacher who was on campus Nov 9, the “confrontational message” he preached was likely a message against all kinds of sin, sin, by the way, which is present everywhere, even in the heart. His preaching was indeed confrontational. But so is a picture of a drag queen, the abundant and excessive use of profanity, and a message demanding the acceptance of a particular lifestyle or orientation. Such messages are also confrontational.
I don’t agree with Bill’s method, nor with the central theme of his preaching, nor with the location of his pulpit (he has no call); but by legal right, he can do it, as can others who are in favor of so many “controversial” ideologies and preferences.
When a Christian speaks against the “sins” of society, it’s called “confrontational,” “narrow-minded,” and “intolerant.” But when anyone speaks against “traditional values,” “Christian ethics,” or a Judeo-Christian morality,” it’s called tolerance. How is this not a double standard?
As to Bill’s message, I wasn’t there to hear what he had to say, but from the article, it appears that he omitted the central message of Christianity—the forgiveness of sins in Christ Jesus. Bill was quoted as saying, “I love the college students enough to tell them the truth about God and what he expects, knowing that, by their own admission, many college students fall short of his standards.” This is what we call “Law” preaching. It is confrontational. But the main message of Christianity is not “Law” preaching. Changing behavior doesn’t save anyone. It’s the Good News of peace with God, sins forgiven, on account of Jesus’ shed blood on the cross that does (Romans 5:8). This is what we call Gospel. It appears that Bill left out this life-giving and life-saving message.
 Original article appeared in the Exponent UW-Platteville student newspaper
Thurs, Nov 11, 2010, p2
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