Anti-intellectualist Christians

Many Christians have not been thinking properly as much as they should be. By just “going with the flow” of what Mr. Society says is right, natural or normal, they aren’t using their minds in a Godly manner, looking like they’ve been blindfolded by religious doctrines.

Here are two quotes that help resume why this subject is so important and urgent:

“Our churches are filled with Christians who are idling in intellectual neutral. As Christians, their minds are going to waste. One result of this is an immature, superficial faith. People who simply ride the roller coaster of emotional experience are cheating themselves out of a deeper and richer Christian faith by neglecting the intellectual side of that faith.”
—William Lane Craig

“At root, evangelical anti-intellectualism is both a scandal and a sin. It is a scandal in the sense of being an offense and a stumbling block that needlessly hinders serious people from considering the Christian faith and coming to Christ. It is a sin because it is a refusal, contrary to Jesus’ two great commandments, to love the Lord our God with our minds. Anti-intellectualism is quite simply a sin. Evangelicals must address it as such, beyond all excuses, evasions, or rationalizations of false piety.”
—Os Guinness

Jesus said this is the first and greatest (very important and essential to Christian life) commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37

But doesn’t the mind think evil things and is therefore a dangerous tool to use? Well, who’s created the mind? “Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?” Job 38:36 God has!

What’s so bad about “going with the flow”? “A man is commended according to his good sense, but one of twisted mind is despised.” Proverbs 12:8

Should the whole Church exercise their minds, or just the leaders? “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.” 1 Corinthians 1:10

Can God help me be wise? “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5

What should we be setting our minds on? “But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” Matthew 16:23

“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.” Ephesians 4:17-18

May we pray unto God “Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind.” Psalms 26:2 so that we can improve our Christian thinking caps and expand the Kingdom!



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