The Gospel and Postmodernism!

I was in New Zealand recently and I had a conversation with someone who after some general chit-chat, asked me what I did for a job? I shared how I was a pastor of a church in Melbourne and one thing led to another and sooner than later this person shared with me that they weren’t very churchy or religious and while church was good for me, it wasn’t for them.

This is a common comment made by people in our society because the dominant mindset in our culture is postmodernism. Postmodernism is seen in every corner of our culture. Postmodernism argues that ‘truth is socially constructed, plural and inaccessible to reason‘. Therefore, what is true for you is not necessarily true for me.

Plurality (more than one belief system) is a direct challenge to the gospel of Jesus Christ because the bible says, absolute truth is established by God, is eternal, fixed and universal.

The Bible points us to the ultimate axiom in all the universe = Jesus Christ! An axiom is a self-evident truth that doesn’t need to be proven and is universally accepted as true. The church is called to be an axiom church loving people and pointing people to Jesus Christ – the way, truth and life! More to come tomorrow.

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5 Responses to “The Gospel and Postmodernism!”

  1. Hi Corey,

    You write that “the bible says, absolute truth is established by God, is eternal, fixed and universal.”
    I’d be interested to know where the bible actually says these things? Can you fill me in?

    Thanks,
    Celeste

    • Corey Turner Says:

      Absolute (True/Flawless) = Ps 119:160; John 17:17; Proverbs 30:5
      Eternal = Mark 13:31; John 6:68
      Fixed/Universal (Nothing to be taken from or added to) = Deut 4:2; 12:32; Prov 30:6
      Divinely inspired = 1 Thess 2:13; 2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:19-21
      Standard for all teaching = Acts 17:11
      All we need to know God = Luke 16:29, 31

  2. Awesome stuff…keep living it!

  3. Thanks for the verses. I’m interested in your interpretation of these scriptures. Particularly Duet 4:2 and 12:32. Much has been added to the Word (including the whole New Testament) since these words were written. Seems to me to be an evolving of the ‘truth’ (or perhaps an evolving understanding of the truth). Similarly I would doubt that you live out all the laws recorded in Dueteronomy, so at some stage must have decided to take something from the Word, or claim that it no longer applies. Once again this is a changing of the truth and word. The word “Absolute” is also not present in any of these, but seems to be a modernist understanding that you perhaps have read into the text.
    Please don’t read my comments as attacking, because I am truly seeking to understand your position. It just seems to me that your reading of scripture is just as equally interpretive, as a post-modernist reading of scripture, and perhaps the truth contained within the bible will always be beyond our full grasp. Modernist (your position) and post-modernist are equally distortions of God’s beauty and truth.

    • Corey Turner Says:

      Hi Celeste,

      Thanks for your feedback. There is no doubt that every text in Scripture needs to go through rigorous exegesis and be interpreted in it’s historical context. The Old Testament needs to be interpreted through the cross of Jesus and there is no doubt that some texts are contextual to 1st century culture. What I have an issue with is when we interpret Scripture to fit our ideology or justify our behaviour rather than what God is actually calling us to within the text and within the whole counsel of Scripture.

      I appreciate your thoughts and the tone in which you express them.

      Corey

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