Meeting the Challenge
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God," (Eph. 6:17).
Expository Files articles are characterized by an emphasis on what the Scriptures teach. In a publication where there is this kind of emphasis, you will also find an outspoken approach in identifying and exposing error. The editors believe we must not only refuse participation in sin and error, we are also obligated to expose it (see Eph. 5:11 & 2 Cor. 10:1-6). We try to do this without being self-righteous, and in keeping with the humility that ought to be rooted in every servant of the Lord (2 Tim. 2:23-26).
On the subject of religious error, it is noteworthy that godless and unscriptural philosophies and doctrines have a way of finding one another. There may be no formal, organized conspiracy. But there is an informal networking that takes place in consequence of shared goals and similar teaching. Just as the proponents of truth and error tend to polarize, those with similar values and aims often find each other and work together.
I believe this is happening today, in our society. Have you observed how the following systems seem to be linking together and cooperating with each other?
The New Age movement and eastern religions
What do they have in common? Is the link-up merely coincidental? Well, there may be some diversity and even some disagreement, but all of these causes and perspectives are politically correct and Biblically incorrect. They all - some more vocally then others - regard Christians as a bothersome and ignorant minority group threatening the peace of universal tolerance and individual freedom. Their agenda reflects this attitude.
There is no place for a compromise, and we cannot afford to be ill-prepared in meeting these challenges. Only those aware of and willing to take up the struggle will survive the forces of evil at work in our society. And standing firm is only possible if we have the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the gospel, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Our prayer is, Expository Files will help awaken and enlighten those with a good and honest heart.
By Warren E. Berkley
The Final Page
From Expository Files 2.2; February, 1995