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This isn’t my opinion, but the opinion of political scientists Putnam and Campbell and psychologist Haidt, three secular scientists. And it’s not because they help members of their own community, their charity extends beyond their close religious community. It’s also not because of any particular doctrine, but is in large part due to their community. It’s like the Bible says, do not forsake the gathering of the saints. And now we see the purpose behind this statement. Let’s look closely at their findings.

When the Righteous Suffer, what is your response? It is all too common for people to blame the one suffering for having some great unreported sin. But this is a narrow-minded and self-righteous view for there are many reasons why someone suffers bad things in their life. But what if you’re neither the blameless (as clearly testified to by God) or the sinful self-righteous? Elihu is the answer.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in the middle of a trial:
1. Am I a believer?
2. Do I really know what God is like?
3. Am I walking in fellowship with God? Living by faith, by the Holy Spirit, in the Word of God, and in Love?
4. Do I accept the fact that what I believe is more important than what I feel?
5. Am I watching for the good that God is working out in my life and this testing?

When the Righteous Suffer, what is your response? It is all too common for people to blame the one suffering for having some great unreported sin. But this is a narrow-minded and self-righteous view for there are many reasons why someone suffers bad things in their life. Job’s three friends are an example to us of this narrow-minded and sinful attitude.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in the middle of a trial:
1. Am I a believer?
2. Do I really know what God is like?
3. Am I walking in fellowship with God? Living by faith, by the Holy Spirit, in the Word of God, and in Love?
4. Do I accept the fact that what I believe is more important than what I feel?
5. Am I watching for the good that God is working out in my life and this testing?

Public professions of a loss of faith… what’s at the root of this? Superficial worship songs and shallow teaching. The recent stories of Josh Harris and Marty Sampson may not be proof but they sure are indicative.

When the Righteous Suffer, what is your response? It is all too common for people to blame the one suffering for having some great unreported sin. But this is a narrow-minded and self-righteous view for there are many reasons why someone suffers bad things in their life. And no one more clearly proclaims this than Job. He was upright and blameless, but still needed to grow in his knowledge of God.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in the middle of a trial:
1. Am I a believer?
2. Do I really know what God is like?
3. Am I walking in fellowship with God? Living by faith, by the Holy Spirit, in the Word of God, and in Love?
4. Do I accept the fact that what I believe is more important than what I feel?
5. Am I watching for the good that God is working out in my life and this testing?

One size doesn’t fit all nor does one tool work for all. If it’s a tool, it could easily become plastic and fake. A rehearsed mantra isn’t what’s needed, especially since, as we discussed before, everyone has very different virtues they value and will hear messages quite differently.

Your share the gospel, trying to convince others of God’s reality, His plan and His purpose for their life? But are you doing this for your own name or His?

Our personality informs and guides our inclinations. Strong value of authority leans us to making Christ Lord and living under his authority. A strong value of liberty leans us to rejoicing in being set free from sin. A strong value of sanctity might lead us to studying what God thinks is good and bad. But the Holy Spirit by the Apostle Peter has laid out a framework for growth.

If we can’t honestly deal with what is and isn’t being restricted in these passages, how can we possibly handle more complex scripture? But the way we handle things like this is deeply rooted in the human psyche, and I mean really deeply rooted.

A point by point rebuttal of absolutely everything Huffpo said! No, not really, quite the opposite actually. You see it’s not about each logical argument, it’s more about the persons individual inclination and leaning, and how to respond to That!

Is the foundation to any successful evangelistic effort, first of foremost the living out of faith on the part of the apologist? If you’re not walking the walk, dare you even talk the talk? Ravi argues for something much like this, let’s take a look.

Much like Cru’s ‘The Four Spiritual Laws’, do Billy Graham’s tools reach out to all people, whether liberal or conservative? Now that we understand the moral foundations of Care, Authority, Liberty, Loyalty, Fairness and Sanctity, does the prayer on the website work for all people or is it likely to turn off a person leaning toward God?

Cru’s ‘The Four Spiritual Laws’, are they still valid and useful? Now that we understand the moral foundations of Care, Authority, Liberty, Loyalty, Fairness and Sanctity, is there a better way to present these laws to the person we are talking with? I think these four laws hit heavily upon the care, fairness and liberty virtues very positively for all people; it is authority where some may stumble and we need to be ready to help them.

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https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/share-the-gospel/evangelism-principles/my-old-school-way-of-sharing-the-gospel.html

The Four Spiritual Laws Booklet: https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html

Sanctity of Life, that’s easy; what about the sanctity of living? Haidt, the secular psychologists talks about sanctity in your own life as being important, an upright spirit. Jordan Peterson talks about treating yourself like someone you are responsible for helping. And of course God says “Be holy for I am holy.” But still, there is something more.

Is it fair of God to send people to hell? The flip side would be, is it fair for God to reward a bad person with life in heaven? The liberal mind values fairness but is more concerned about outcome; whereas the conservative mind values fairness but leans to equality of opportunity. Let’s not judge each other so harshly, let’s instead look at how God views this and then receive each other charitably.

Loyalty is one of the six moral foundations identified by Jonathan Haidt, and as we’ve seen before, liberals, moderates and conservatives view this virtue differently. But this is perhaps the least controversial of all the virtues, at least it seems that way.

Part 6: Liberty is nearly universally valued, so the question is what of the other six key values are superior or subservient to it? Jonathan Haidt points out in The Righteous Mind that liberty is valued and shared by liberal, moderate and conservative people. But there are differences about the equality of the value compared to others. Let’s look into this and discover how each of these mindsets approach liberty and putting limits on such liberty.

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Part 5: Even when authority is the pre-eminent attribute in a Biblical passage, it doesn’t operate without the influence of other values. And this is important to remember in evangelism, you need to understand the other person and where they are on the authority/tyranny/anarchy/subversive scale. Let’s look at three passages to see how authority is expressed and how the liberal, moderate or conservative mind would view it. From the woman caught in adultery to Sodom’s destruction, there’s a lot at work in these passages. It’s easy to see care and fairness at work with the adulteress woman, but these same values are at work in how God acts toward Sodom as well.

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A photo of a migrant train heading for the southern border; what’s your first reaction? A homeless person sitting quietly on the street; how do you react? A photo of a child looking slightly uncomfortable; what’s your first thought? In each of these your primary form of caring comes through, this represents the core portion of your caring values. But how is this at all useful in evangelism or exhortation?

Let’s set the foundation for the coming videos by looking at how two different people see spanking, labor and a Proverb. My premise is this, that both people care deeply about the child, want to ensure fairness in work, and understand why someone might steal when they are starving. But how this care manifests itself, and how each person defines fairness or decides what to do about the stealing are radically different even when they both profess the same (or apparently same) values.

Our culture and personal morality absolutely impacts our apologetics, how we share our faith with others. We are starting our journey of personality based Apologetics by looking at community and individualism. In the west we value individual autonomy and rights, in the east they value community and relationships, at least that is the evidence from psychology and research by Jonathan Haidt and others. So how does this impact us? We need to understand our own mindset, biases and perspectives so that we can be aware of how we are reacting to what others are saying. We also need to seek to understand where the other person is at so we can speak in a manner that they not only understand, but can also agree with and see how it aligns with their morality and values. This isn’t an injunction to lie or distort, but to present the full truth while emphasizing the aspects the other person can easily accept.

You’ve most likely seen, heard or been a part of a lesson on how to share the Gospel with someone, but there is something severely lacking in all of these methods and approaches; they have no clue about where the other person actually is in life and what they value. Sharing about God’s sovereignty with someone who doesn’t value authority is not only pointless but likely damaging. Sharing about God’s love with someone who highly values justice is equally worthless. I propose that we try to understand what the other person values before we evangelize. This introduction to a new series will lay the foundation for combining the work of modern psychologists, namely Jonathan Haidt, and use this understanding to modify our apologetics.

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

What happens when authority subverts liberty? Legalism and a desire to live by the law and a strong desire to make others live by that same law. In our churches today we see many Baptists and Reformed Churches imposing adherence to arbitrary moral standards and codes of behavior, they are legalistically mandating virtue. Others in many Presbyterian and Methodists Churches have embraced liberty to the point of welcoming and cheering for sins that are clearly condemned in the Bible. Let’s see how the church in Galatia was legalistic like so many Baptist and Reformed churches are today.

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

Joseph, the earthly adopted-father of Jesus of Nazereth did something almost unheard of today, he pondered what he had been told! Do you know how rare this is, even for that day? Look to Acts 17:11 where the Bereans listened to Paul with open ears and a readiness to receive what he taught, but then went and checked it against scripture to see if he was telling the truth and was consistent with God’s revealed word! Absolutely wonderful.

But, how many of us are willing to put down our phone, turn off the TV (read streaming device), enter a quiet place and just consider who we are and the world immediately around us? What would happen if each of us was confident enough, perhaps brave enough to face our own thoughts and not be lead by the ramblings of someone else?

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Calling out cow pies (shallow/superficial teaching, hypocrisy) so you can avoid them and driving toward a deeper understanding of the issues, particularly in the contemporary American Christian Church. I want to add depth to the conversation and help you to do the same.

New videos every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings

Support me via Donorbox: https://www.thebullwhacker.com/

Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/thebullwhacker/
Minds! https://www.minds.com/thebullwhacker
Website! https://www.thebullwhacker.com/
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