28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Luke 14:28 (NASB)
I really struggled with the title for this post. In fact as I began typing here I have changed it twice more. I wrote my first post about pragmatism in the visible church back in 2008 while doing battle almost daily against the Purpose Driven paradigm and the Emergent Church. That post was titled Pragmatism. However, two years earlier I wrote a 6 part series titled The Compromised Church. I reposted it in 2008.
It dealt with the very same issues, but in much greater detail of course. Back then the battles we fought were geared more toward the havoc Post-Modernism was taking on the theological solidity of our churches. I was most certainly not fighting that battle alone. Ken Silva actually gave me marching orders, but I also did research on my own as well. Chris Rosebrough a was huge contributor as well. What I never got used to were the Ad Hominem attacks from those who just didn’t like us being precise presenting theology exegetically from God’s Word and relying solely on it as the arbiter for what is truth and what is not. This created a dividing line that those with discernment could see very easily who was walking in the light compared to those who only pretended to be.