Pillars of Worldview
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
I often get asked what a Christian worldview is. In the church, we have terminology that people will agree with, but they don’t take the time to understand what it really means. When you dive into the Christian worldview, it is a very exhaustive subject. Basically, it is looking at the world through God’s eyes and the Word of God.
Years ago, I realized I needed Christian worldview pillars to help people process their thinking and identify issues that need the Word of God applied to them. I was able to identify four doctrinal pillars. These are important and vital as we are preaching and talking about the gospel and engaging our culture. We have to understand that there are things we cannot back down on because they carry the whole spirit, the whole integrity of the gospel.
Pillar #1: God is the exact and specific Creator.
He is exact because He created things just as the Bible said He did in six 24-hours days. There was a time in my life when I thought it was fine if someone thought that a day of creation took a million years or that the earth was 6 million years old. I thought that as long as they thought God was the initiator of it, that was what mattered. But the Bible doesn’t teach that. I was wrong to think that. You can’t really believe in the One True God if you don’t believe that the One True God is Who He says He is. (Thankfully, I gave up that wrong thinking many, many moons ago!)
Pillar #2: Man cannot save himself.
Man is lost, man is undone. Without Jesus Christ, there is no hope for man. A lot of progressive and evolutionary thinking starts with the premise that man is basically good. The truth is, man is basically wicked. There is nothing we can do to save ourselves. Jesus did not come into the world as a symbol; He came as a sacrifice.
Pillar #3: God is the only just law giver.
God is the only One who defines what right and wrong is. Man does not have the ability to do that. Only God’s laws are righteous. Our best attempts at law-making are to make a commentary on God’s laws and have an educated debate on how to apply God’s laws. God is the only One with the authority to make laws that govern man. God made man. God knows the end and knows what is good for man. There is no one who is smarter than God.
Pillar #4: All authority is delegated authority.
No one has carte blanche authority—not husbands, pastors, elected officials. Romans 13 says that government is good when it does good. When it doesn’t do good, it doesn’t have God’s authority (and can be resisted). We are not free to do what we want to do. This is very important. We literally have Full Gospel churches today that are looking at certain parts of the Bible and deciding to not do that. If you are a church, a minister of Jesus Christ, it’s His church, and the only authority we have to lead His church is His delegated authority.
We should be preaching on these things. These are four really good, can’t-miss pillars that we can’t hear enough about. When you know these things, you can spot things that are not accurate, based on having a clear worldview understanding. I’m glad we are in the world, but not of the world.
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