I have tried to follow the magazine Christianity Today (CT), but every other time I read an article there it seems like it is written either from a secular standpoint or by someone who might not be a Christian. Really nice image being portrayed by a so-called Christian magazine…
Case and point, the editors just came out with their 2012 CT Music Awards. I love Christian music, so I was excited to see check out the top Christian artists of the year. But the top 12 albums of the year include names like Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Rait, and Bob Dylan.
Most of the names there are secular with the blasphemous Springsteen leading the pack. His famous concert tirades mocking Christians and mocking God are now being rewarded by CT with a top 12 status! Reformed rapper Lecrae somehow made it at the bottom of the list. 🙂 This is the explanation for their choices:
“Our annual best albums list includes the usual mix of clearly Christian and “secular” music. The loosely defined criteria for making the cut is essentially this: The album should indicate some sort of spiritual search, a quest for life’s meaning. Sometimes the music comes from an orthodox Christian worldview, and sometimes not.”
It is no longer about a quest for the God revealed in the Bible… the Bible that Christians from Christianity Today should believe as God’s inerrant and infallible Word. It is now about “some sort of spiritual search.” Is Christianity now reduced to Universalism?
This is just a symptom of the counterfeit Christianity prevalent in CT.
CT’s stance on homosexuality is readily apparent by the large amount of articles with relatively friendly positions toward the gay agenda. They frequently include topics on gay membership in church and ordination of gays in ministry.
They have previously endorsed a definition of marriage as that being between a man and a woman, but with lukewarm stipulations: “Far more than the protection of the legal definition of marriage, our society needs a fresh understanding of marriage.” A fresh understanding? Really? I guess what Moses wrote in Genesis and what Paul and Peter write in the New Testament about marriage is too old fashion.
The Bible calls on believers to separate themselves from the world, because as Jesus said even though we are in the world we are “not of the world.” We cannot follow CT’s example in endorsing positions that require us to have to serve two masters. Since Dylan is on their top 12 list maybe they should listen to his song “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Since Paul quotes a pagan poet in Acts 17, I will quote Dylan here to prove this point:
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody
The words of apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6 ring truer then ever in this era when the church is increasingly mixing with the world:
“14…For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? 16What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God”
I question if Christianity Today is really Christian.