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D.A. Carson:

So which shall we choose?

Experience or truth?

The left wing of the airplane, or the right?

Love or integrity?

Study or service?

Evangelism or discipleship?

The front wheels of a car, or the rear?

Subjective knowledge or objective knowledge?

Faith or obedience?

Damn all false antithesis to hell, for they generate false gods, they perpetuate idols, they twist and distort our souls, they launch the church into violent pendulum swings whose oscillations succeed only in dividing brothers and sisters in Christ.

—D.A. Carson, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005), 234.


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9 thoughts on “Damn All False Antitheses to Hell”

  1. Phil says:

    A. Men.

  2. Truth Unites... and Divides says:

    Deeds or Creeds.

    Unity or Purity.

    Doctrinal Truth or Love.

  3. David Tanner says:

    We were talking last night about Christians spending so much time trying to answer questions that lead to endless fruitless speculation and sidetracking from Bible truth. Many times, the question is wrong. Wrong questions lead to muddled answers which edify nobody. As our preacher has been saying: “Which is more important, the right wing of the airplane or the left?” As always, the Bible speaks:

    “As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith. The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.” 1 Timothy 1-7

  4. Bruce says:

    Excellent Justin. We do really need to get this.

    In addition to this important point about false antitheses, the thought occured to me that you could serve us well if you posted a similar statement on the necessity of true antitheses. Things such as:

    The Creator/creature distinction
    Truth/Error
    Good/Evil
    Faith/unbelief
    Obedience/disobedience
    Etc.

    It seems to me that true antitheses like these that are so much a part of the warp and woof of how God speaks to us in Holy Scripture and need to be especially stressed in this Post-Modern milieu.

  5. Doug Perry says:

    Great post.
    Here’s one more false antithesis:

    Masculinity or Femininity

  6. dwells says:

    I don’t have a clue of what he’s saying or the context in which he’s saying it. Am I supposed to buy his book?

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