(Romans 1:16 ESV)
Giertz then asks, “How does one receive such a confident boldness? First and foremost by constantly keeping clear whose work he is doing. We are sent out by Christ, on His behalf. We are His ambassadors. It is God who makes His appeal through us, Paul says. What we say is not our own philosophy, not speculation that we learned from others and found to be probable, not a summary of that which we have found to be best of the world’s wisdom and poetry. But we speak what Christ commands His ambassadors to speak” (p. 57).
I recently listened to a man who is part of a Christian philosophical society. He took time to describe the philosophies of various famous individuals and schools of thought. He gave little snapshots of what they taught and how that outlook affected them and affects those who hold to such philosophies. It was interesting to hear how each of these philosophies, while often having positive elements, would often have significant deficiencies when compared to what we know about reality as it is revealed to us in the Word of God. In the Word of God we have been given something that the world doesn’t find by thinking deeply or by logically concluding something. This doesn’t deny that we are able to use our minds. (We should! Perhaps in the future we can examine What we can’t not know by J. Budziszewski. Let me know if you think that might be helpful.)
As Giertz turns again to the men being ordained he says that a pastor “shall not try to strengthen his right to existence or try to make the Church more acceptable by preaching good morals or good psychology that can help a person adapt to society or overcome his feelings of isolation” (p. 58). When the church attempts to change and become acceptable the first casualty is twisting the Gospel into something that is not shameful but something that “makes sense.” May God continue to raise up men to proclaim the Gospel; that which is the power of God unto salvation. Turning to the Scripture we see: “For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-25)