“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”
“A movement that cannot or will not draw boundaries, or that allows the modern cultural fear of exclusion to set its theological agenda, is doomed to lose its doctrinal identity. Once it does, it will drift from whatever moorings it may have had in historic Christianity.”
―Carl R. Trueman, The Real Scandal of Evangelical Mind
The Apostle Paul declared, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2). The task of the Christian in this troubled modern era is to remain unsoiled by the world, and embrace the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his sacred scriptures. Those who fancy themselves as tolerant in this politically correct era are really more often than not intolerant of Christian moral norms and Christianity itself, or they seek to effect “a revolution within forms,” avowing support for Christianity in the abstract, but rejecting its most substantive doctrinal truths in practice.
Myself I’m intolerant. I have a credal basis for my intolerance rooted in belief in the authority of sacred scripture. I am intolerant of certain things: lifestyles, types of people based on their moral character and behavior, idolatry, revelry, thievery, wrong-doing, and wickedness. “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path. . .” (Proverbs 1:15). “Make no friendship with an angry man; and with a furious man thou shalt not go” (Proverbs 22:24). “Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats” (Proverbs 23:6). “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.” (Proverbs 24:1). “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators. . .” (1 Corinthians 5:9). “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men” (Proverbs 4:14). “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14). “Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment” (Exodus 23:2). “They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee” (Exodus 23:33.) “Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee. . .” (Exodus 34:12). “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).