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1 Welcome to the Revolution Tolerance and Truth

2 How has your culture Affected you?

3 How has your culture Affected you? To know, look to the Canon

4 "We are evolved…"

5 "We are evolved…" In some ways, yeah Human nature hasn't changed

6 The silence of Jesus…

7 Approaching Scripture With an agenda

8 Approaching Scripture With an agenda (Amplified Bible, anyone?)

9 When we interpret the scriptures Through the lens of our culture It is not the scriptures we believe, But ourselves

10 How has our culture Influenced the Truth of our Faith?

11 God made us God wants more for us…?

12 God made us God knows better how to live our lives Than we do That's why truth is so important

13 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, Give me a drink. (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food)

14 The Samaritan woman said to him, "I'm not your servant just because I'm a woman!" Jesus answered her, "I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to offend you. Please forgive me"

15 "If you knew who I was, you'd ask me, and I would give you living water- not that you're not doing just fine without it!

16 The woman said to him, You have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.

17 Jesus said to her, Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but for some who drink of the water that I will give, they might not ever be thirsty again. The water that I will give will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life

18 The woman said to him, Give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.

19 Jesus said to her, Do you have a 'significant other' that you'd like to call to come and be a part of this? The woman answered him, I have no husband. Jesus said to her, I'm sorry- hope I haven't offended you.

20 The woman said to him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.

21 Jesus said to her, Please understand, I don't want to push my beliefs, but I think the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. Some would say that you worship what you do not know and that we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews.

22 But those are intolerant haters and I know they're wrong and ignorant. Forgive me, but I really believe the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

23 God is spirit, and those who worship him might want to worship in spirit and truth- or not. Whatever

24 The woman said to him, I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will tell us all things. Jesus said to her, If it doesn't offend you, I believe I am the Messiah

25 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a Samaritan woman because they were sexist and racist, but no one said, What do you seek? or, Why are you talking with her? For they knew this would be politically-incorrect.

26 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, Come, see a man who was very tolerant and didn't try to shame me or make me feel bad. Can this be the Christ? They went out of the town and were coming to him.

27 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He was very tolerant and told me nothing about my sin or anything else that might offend me..." - John 4, Reinterpreted

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29 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, even though you mean well and are generally good guys!"

30 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, good guys! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful. But it's good to appear beautiful, so never mind. You also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are… A OK in my book!" - Jesus, Matthew 23, Reinterpreted

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32 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?

33 And Jesus said to him, Why do you call me good? You're good, too. In fact, you're the bomb, bro! You know the commandments: Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother

34 And he said to him, 'Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth"

35 And Jesus, looking at him, really wanted to be liked by this guy. And he said to him, "You're doing just fine. Who am I to make you feel bad? Just keep on being the great guy you already are and it's all good"

36 Encouraged by the saying, he went away and continued to spend his money on himself while all around him people starved. And he was happy, for he had great possessions and had been told by Jesus he was "in!" - Mark 10, Reinterpreted

37 What's Missing?

38 What's Missing? Truth

39 Jesus is being Tolerant

40 When tolerance trumps truth It is not you I care about But me

41 Relativism- All truth is subjective Objective truth does not exist

42 Relativism is the basis For Tolerance

43 Relativism is the basis For Tolerance Who are you to say someone else is wrong?

44 Relativism is the basis For Tolerance You're not allowed to speak "your truth" if doing so might upset someone else

45 So… Judge not, and you will not be judged; We've just interpreted the Bible Through the lens of our culture

46 What it really says... Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.

47 Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you - Luke 6:37-38 Context: Love your enemies And give grace…

48 For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.

49 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks - Luke 6:43-45 Jesus: This is how you judge What kind of person you're dealing with!

50 We are to judge: - Ourselves first - Others…in order to restore - To make choices

51 We are to judge: - Ourselves But if we judged ourselves, we would not come under judgment - 1 Corinthians 11:31

52 We are to judge: - Ourselves How can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye - Matthew 7

53 We are to judge: - In order to help Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted - Galatians 6:1

54 We are to judge: - To make choices Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them - Matthew 7:15-16

55 If I never judge Then I don't love Don't drink that!

56 Speaking the truth in love… - Eph. 4

57 When tolerance trumps truth It is not you I care about But me

58 Without Truth There is no Grace

59 Without Truth There is no Grace There is no one righteous, not even one - Romans 3

60 Once Truth is gone There is no need for- or possibility of- change

61 When tolerance trumps truth It is not you I care about But me

62 Tolerance= Well-meaning 3 Problems: - Tolerance isn't - Tolerance aims too low - Tolerance changes no hearts

63 1- Tolerance isn't "Tolerance is the new Intolerance…" - The Bank "Tolerance" Training

64 1- Tolerance isn't "Tolerance is the new Intolerance…" - Chick-Fil-A - Father-Daughter Dances

65 2- Tolerance aims too low I tolerate the flu

66 2- Tolerance aims too low I love people And respect those created In God's image Enough to speak Truth to them

67 3- Tolerance changes no hearts Tolerance is Religion in a different dress Purifies the outside But leaves bigotry and hatred untouched

68 Tolerance means I'm not allowed To speak the truth If it might offend Not offending isn't the goal

69 Truth is offensive Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles - 1 Cor. 1:22-23

70 Truth doesn't depend upon my consent in order to be True

71 When tolerance trumps truth I care more for me and My acceptance Than for you and your need

72 Brian's Racism…

73 Ownership of Money…

74 The moment Tolerance trumps Truth It is not you I love But myself

75 Who has loved you enough To speak truth into your life?

76 Who do you love enough To risk the relationship In order to offer life-changing Truth?

77 Jesus consistently put Other people first He didn't need their acceptance He cared more about their needs

78 Jesus said to her, Go, call your husband, and come here

79 The woman answered him, I have no husband.

80 Jesus said to her, You are right in saying, I have no husband; for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true - John 4

81 Jesus cared about The woman at the well Enough to tell her the truth- She was in sin And it changed her forever

82 Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ? …Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, He told me all that I ever did - John 4

83 He cared enough for Israel To speak the truth About it's religious leaders And some repented, as did many people

84 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness

85 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness - Matthew 23

86 When tolerance trumps truth It is not you I care about But me

87 Jesus, looking at the rich young ruler Loved him, as said, "One thing you still lack…"

88 Jesus cared enough for the Rich Young Ruler To speak truth Even though it might upset him

89 Jesus refused to budge On issues of truth But the motive was always love

90 "For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world- to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice - Jesus, John 18 Truth: Lost and need a Savior

91 Tolerance makes people feel good Truth makes some people angry- And changes hearts and lives

92 If I don't speak truth For fear of upsetting you It's not you I love But me

93 Tolerance says every choice Is equally valid

94 Truth says every sinful action Has Consequences that Lead away from God's best

95 Speak Truth: When they can hear- timing As much as they can hear- amount In a way they can hear- love

96 When tolerance trumps truth It is not you I care about But me

97 I can't give what I don't have We are called to accept truth - Excuse - Rationalize - Blame-shift

98 Tolerance is a beautiful lie Today's Pharisees tell themselves to feel Superior To the so-called Intolerant

99 The necessity Jesus For a relationship with the Father Is intolerant Be intolerant

100 The need for new birth In order to walk with God Is intolerant Be intolerant

101 Truth…is intolerant… Be intolerant

102 Who has loved you enough To speak truth into your life? Are you listening?

103 Who do you love you enough To offer Life-Changing truth?


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