Read With Discernment!

Posted by : Rev. Ouabache | Friday, January 30, 2009 | Published in

Christians just love to put warning stickers on other people's stuff. Whether it is dirty records or biology textbooks, some people just seem to relish telling others what they should or should not peruse.

But now it seems that some Christians have turned on their brothers. LifeWay Christians Stores has slapped "Read with Discernment" labels on several books saying that their authors “may have espoused thoughts, ideas, or concepts that could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology.” Translation: the authors don't toe the line of standard evangelical dogma. On their blacklist is The Shack (for daring to espouse Universalism) and several "emergent Christianity" authors who have the audacity to reject Sola Scriptura in favor of post-modernism.

Now, Lifeway is obviously free to slap whatever they label they want on any books that they sell. However I'd be remiss to not point out the hypocrisy of them still selling books that they consider theological pornography. And I would like to point out that EVERY book should be read with discernment. We shouldn't belief something just because it already matches up to our preconceived notions. Don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone of beliefs. And be hypercritical of everything whether it's the Bible, the Principia Discordia, or a Playboy magazine.

Question everything you read (including this post).

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