When I’m Less Controversial

ControversyWe all flock to articles about the latest controversy, especially if they expose the failures and hypocritical behaviors of people. Bill Cosby’s conviction as a sexual predator fascinates us precisely because it contradicts the wholesome image he projected in the 80s. Warnings to avoid yoga fascinate us because we’ve been conditioned to view it as healthy exercise.

Between Cosby’s sentence yesterday and the expected testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser tomorrow, I could write some great blog posts examining various sides of sexual assault. I believe such articles would be quite popular. Moreover, Christians should support both victims of sexual assault and repudiate the false accusations that can destroy a person’s life.

Yesterday’s piece on yoga also got a lot of attention, presumably because it touched on a controversial topic. I’m glad so many people read it; the evangelical embrace of yoga troubles me, and I believe we should address it frequently and forcefully.

As important as such issues are, however, it concerns me that my articles on controversial issues get way more attention than my articles on doctrine and the Gospel get. I understand that most professing Christians regard doctrine as dry  and dusty. Bible Studies don’t thrill a lot of my readers either, if I’m to believe my stats.

But if you think about it, tackling controversial issues should proceed from a Biblical worldview and simultaneously bring us back to a Biblical worldview. This being the case, we absolutely must maintain a solid foundation in God’s Word. And that maintenance requires that we spend time in Scripture learning its great doctrines.

Monday we’ll resume our Bible Study on resurrection. When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 15, bodily resurrection indeed was highly controversial. As a matter of fact, Paul ended up in prison because his stand for the resurrection created havoc wherever he went. Ladies, if you want controversy, this Bible Study definitely plunges you into the biggest controversy of all time!

My Bible Studies and doctrinal articles may not seem as controversial as those on contemporary matters. But give them a chance. Once you embrace Biblical doctrine, you’ll find all sorts of controversy!

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2 thoughts on “When I’m Less Controversial

  1. “99 percent of all statistics only tell 49 percent of the story.”

    Deb aka The Outspoken Tulip,
    Thank you for your blog site. As a man, husband, father etc et al I do read your site. I also point all the women in my life to your site in many ways. One of those ways is by copy/paste/print with your site head, website address and other information giving you full attribution.
    Your controversial topics likely get more hits because so many of us depend on your great research and great writing on topics, subjects that we can’t get in enough places. We depend on you and your distaff compatriot discernment writers to bring us information we need.
    We can read Scripture, our creeds/confessions and commentaries on 1 Corintians 15 “On the Resurrection”. We have our Systematic Theology books for this and other great and important doctrines.
    BUT, WITHOUT YOU and a few others, WHO ELSE will bring us these “controversial” topics?
    Many of us do not have time to pursue these even though we should pursue them.
    Because we know we can depend you, however, we know where to send our loved ones.
    This is why “controversy” gets more hits.
    Your Brother in Our Lord,
    AJ Metcalf


    • However, most Bible Studies written for women focus on felt needs rather than on doctrine. All too many women are woefully undereducated on doctrine because they get fed cotton candy instead of solid food. I praise God that you find my blog helpful, and forcefully thank you for recommending it to women. But please note that teaching doctrine enables women to practice discernment for themselves when they come across controversial topics.


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