And Now, Orthocalypsy

According to Francis Schaeffer, one of the most important things to recognize in spiritual warfare is where the important battle lines are drawn. We have to fight the right battles, not march out with full equipment to a quiet spot where no enemy is in sight.

One of the greatest errors we can make is allowing others to plan our battles. It was the liberals who decreed that the first post-war decade would be the age of the church and ecumenism, the second that of secularization, and now the theology of revolution. As Sr Don Cabeza de Madera so trenchantly illustrates (see the October 25 issue, page 21), it is a mistake to allow ourselves to be drawn into the pitfall of the theology of revolution, no matter how many liberals we may hope to crush in our fall.

While the liberals were trumpeting about various peripheral issues and keeping evangelicals running frantically from one corner of the ecclesiastical playing field to the other, die-hard conservatives were sticking grimly, and on the whole effectively, to the defense of the truth: in a word, to orthodoxy. Orthodoxy, as seen by biblical Christians, is intimately related to the authority of Scripture. But defending orthodoxy, even successfully, may grow monotonous. More and more evidence is accumulating to show that the more creative evangelicals are turning from their old preoccupation with the doctrine of revelation to a newer one with the Book of Revelation.

Lest it be thought by any that this might represent a turning away from the central to the peripheral, consider the fact that the very Greek word for revelation is Apokalypsis, the name of the last book in the Bible. Where only a few years ago books in defense of propositional revelation abounded, ...

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