Love vs. ‘Likable’

To stand strong for one’s faith in Jesus Christ and push back against a culture that, in the words of Isaiah 5:20, ‘call[s] evil good and good evil’ is to be ‘divisive,’ ‘unloving,’ ‘bigoted,’ and ‘intolerant.’   This is because evangelicals have confused Christ’s command to love others with being likable, as if that were an attribute of God.   (It isn’t.)   As such, they endeavor to be, above all else, inoffensive and polite.   This doctrinal malpractice has given us a generation of men who are what [C.S.] Lewis called ‘men without chests’.

~ Larry Alex Taunton, “Candy-Assed” Christians, Part II

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