Richard Lints, in his book “The Fabric of Theology,” has an extended section on the rise of postmodern theology. In many ways Lints has proven to be prophetic (the book was published in 1993). The cultural landscape has tended towards a more postmodern construction. What is worse, much of the church seems to have fallen for a kind of “postmodernism-lite.” The most orthodox churches have bought into the fine sounding arguments of these who would have us doubt the objectivity of truth and the supernatural revelation of God in the Bible. Truth simply doesn’t matter, or at least that is what they dogmatically assert. The only heresy has become naming heresy

Lints hints at what the Bible teaches us about any worldview that does not find its source in the Bible; that the underlying assertion that fuels them is simple idolatry. Postmodernism, for all its novelty, is as old as the day is long. “Doing what is right in their own eyes” was written more than twenty years ago. Since the beginning of time (literally) humans have bought the lie that God is not the rightful creator and determiner of all things. In Genesis 3 Satan began his deception by asking the plain question: “Did God really say?” The Word of God is clear on the essential character of God and His demands. The human tendency from the time Adam and Eve rebelled against the authority and glory God has been to establish the locus of truth inside of ourselves. Postmodernism, contrary modernism, may downplay the importance or possibility of truth. Yet quite like modernism, postmoderns are just like the rest of us fallen creatures. Their rebellion might take different forms that the radical Islamist or the pious yet unconverted church goer but its essence differs not.

The root of human sin is dissatisfaction in God. We have sought the glory, honor and authority that God has reserved for Himself in the Godhead. Our sin may try to take on “honest” clothing, but these leaves of false humility will be burned up on the Last Day. Brothers, part of what God frees us to do is submit to His Word. In conversion, we see the sin of trying to be our own God and that God’s wrath is the only just response towards it. But then we see the Christ coming and dying an objective death, thus securing an objective redemption for the purpose that we might see the only objective Beauty. And He does that through His Word. If we reject the clarity of God’s Word, we don’t have an intellectual problem. We have a moral, sin problem. However, God’s love gives us exactly what we need: to die to our sin and to live to enjoy the glory of God in the face of Christ.

 

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