There is no such thing as Christianity with without doctrine which discriminates true beliefs from false beliefs just as there is no such thing as a country without borders which discriminates citizens from aliens.

So, to be a Christian is to necessarily reject false beliefs, believing some people to be wrong. It makes no sense to say you don’t judge other beliefs as wrong yet are still a Christian. By definition, you are not. Quit trying to avoid persecution by a feigned faith which misdefines grace as someone who does not draw lines. Grace presumes the existence of lines or grace is no longer grace.

When a Christian says that it is not his place to say the Muslim, Mormon, or Atheist is wrong, I say it is not your place to claim Christ.

The central borders of the Christian faith start and end with the person and work of Christ. Get these wrong and you are in a different country.


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at [email protected]

    5 replies to "Expressing a Frustration About Christians Who Don’t Discriminate"

    • Woodrow Nichols

      This discrimination is, of course, based on dogma, which is mostly platonic nonsense. That a Man is wholly God born of a virgin is unbelievable dogma, so if you discriminate based on these lies, you are not a wise Christian. Christian belief is based on believable events, not hocus pocus. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that is believable because it can be proven by the Scriptures.. That Jesus walked on water and brought a dead man to life four days after he died is not. To believe that you need blind faith, which is just stupidity posing as trusting God about things that are either impossible or unbelievable. There is a good reason why God gave us brains to think and reason. You can believe the earth is only six thousand years old, but a third of earth’s surface is covered with limestone which takes millions of years to form on the bottom of the ocean. The fact that there is limestone on Mt. Everest proves it was once at the bottom of a sea. No great deluge could have produced it. Grow up and get off you high horse of judgment, brother. Yours in Christ.

      Woodrow Nichols
      antinomianuniversalism.com

      • C Michael Patton

        Sounds like you are discriminating in your own dogma. Good on ya. But, while I disagree with just about everything you have said, I can’t find the need to write it except to find a place to send your message and give yourself a plug at the end.

        Belief in miracles is definitely a discriminatory matter. However, I would also make the argument that Christianity is about these beliefs outside of blind faith. Can one be a Christian with blind faith? Sure. So I won’t go to the top of the discrimination hill on that one. You sound like you want to believe in things only that don’t have mystery. We believe in mystery (and so do you if you believe in the existence of minds, objective values, the Big Bang, free will, and a thousand other things), but this is not blind faith.

        • Woodrow Nichols

          That was a good answer. I believe in the secret mysteries of the divine sons and daughters of God, but I preach it as my opinion and my dogma changes with information that I decree is not dogmatic, hehehehhe. I believe Christ died for our sins according the Scriptures and rose on the third day according to the Scriptures, that is enough mystery for my belief. I don’t believe that is false belief, but I could be wrong, brother.

          Woodrow Nichols

    • Chris Thompson

      John 14:6 would seem to discriminate against the beliefs of muslims,mormons,and atheists. As all these religions circumvent Jesus’ own claim. You may not need believe in the “Hocus Pocus” of the miracles littered throughout the bible to take Jesus at his word. However in order for Jesus’ claims to be true the miracle of his resurrection must come to pass. No other religious leader dares make this claim. On these 2 supposition Following Christ is a descriminate non inclusive religion in terms of truth claims. Matthew 24:24 warns against false prophets And 1John 4:1 gives us a basis by which we test claims from false prophets. I believe the author could have said christianity is non inclusive when it comes to the co-exist movement based on the truth claims of Jesus himself. Religions that claim they follow Jesus teaching but only pick and choose what parts of his teaching to believe are not true christ followers 2 corinthians 11:13-15.

    • Chris Thompson

      John 14:6 From Jesus’ own mouth he claimed “I am the way, the truth,and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.” Muslims,Mormons, Atheists and in fact many other false doctrines do not hold to this belief. These three examples and many more are works based salvation; believing it is on individual to be quote “good enough”. Now you do not need believe in all the “Hocus Pocus” miracles littered throughout the bible to be a christian. However the miracle that Jesus would rise from the dead 3 days after his crucifixion is the very “Hocus Pocus” type miracle that a true follower of Christ must claim. It is these 2 claims: that Jesus is the Only way to the Father and that he provide the one miracle by which his grace is sufficient that separates christians from other religions and even heretical christian cults ;2 corinthians 11:13-15 & 2 Peter 2:1-3. If a christian is to take Jesus at his word then it is a non inclusive dare I say (discriminate) religious belief. I would also like to add Jesus warns against false prophets in Mathew 24:15-26 especially verse 24. And 1 John 4:1 gives us the guide by which to test these prophets with our brains for thinking and reason. I believe the author of this post is calling us to test the truth claims of other religions and even our own brothers against the claims of the Christ we follow. If it is found to be false teaching or bad theology we should reject it like vomit and stand firm in truth. We also need to love the person behind those beliefs and lead them to Christ.

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