Slippery Slope Theology

To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste. –Deuteronomy 32:35

This verse made famous in the Jonathan Edwards sermon "Sinners in the Hands of An Angry God" and is still as applicable today as it was over 200 years ago when Jonathan Edwards preached it and thousands of years since it was originally written.

There foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand…

When I was a child, we had a couple of large mounds of dirt in our yard to use a fill so we could level the yard, but playing king of the hill was a favorite past we would rush up the hill to knock the other down the loose dirt would fall away and at times we would fall before we could even reach the top. It was a slippery slope (and if was raining or had rained and the earth was damp, so much more fun but that much more slippery, and dirty…)

And that has to do with anything how…

Christians practice slippery slope theology when:

  • We practice relative moralism rather than the absolute truths of Gods Word. We keep the world at arms length but as the world has moved, so has the church so that things that never would have been acceptable then is acceptable now (i.e. two generations ago women were much less likely to wear pants in public now they wear jeans to church…just an example how we follow at arms length behind the world)
  • When we take government funds. I know it sounds good and we have a Christian President and a relatively conservative, friendly congress but what happens when this changes? When they say ok, you have taken our money for 10 years now you cannot mention Jesus’ name when you council people, preach on homosexuality (or you need to have one on staff or you cannot fire a staff member for gross sin). I like what I heard Walter Cronkite once said; stay away from the gray: it is mud. (Read an example here about the rukus caused when a state agency gave a ministry government dollars.)

The question is: Is God who He says He is or is He not? If God’s Word is true, do it. If God is our source trust Him. And if God is not providing in a manner we think He should, maybe we need to step back to make sure we are following Him, and if we are then wait on Him, His timing is better than ours anyway.



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