“Christian” - Explanation of Website Title
“One of the fads of
modern times is to change nouns into verbs and adjectives. For
example, “prioritize” comes from a noun “priority” that have
been made into a verb. “Christian” is a noun, used three times
in the New Testament (Acts 11:26, 26:28; I Peter 4:15-17) that
has come to be used frequently as an adjective, as we have used
“Christian Worldview” in our title.
becomes an adjective, however, right and wrong, truth and
falsehood, become what
Christians say and do, instead of what God says in His Word.
The study of
(worldview), therefore, is not that of surveying empirically
the sum-total of the behavior of those, who are portrayed
for us in the Bible as believers. What such a study
would furnish is simply a description of the behavior of
believers. And, since there is so much sin and
inconsistency in the behavior of believers at their best,
whether they are viewed individually or in their corporate
relations, we could not by any such empirical method
delineate the biblical (worldview). The biblical
(worldview) is that manner of life which is consonant with,
and demanded by, the biblical revelation... divine demand,
not upon human achievement, upon the revelation of God's
will for man, not upon human behavior.(1)
For example, according to some polls, (evangelical) Christians divorce in
America at about the same rate as do non-Christians. Thus, the
“Christian” standard becomes that of a 50-50 chance that a
marriage will survive.
Whereas, God through
His Son said, “Have you not read that He who made
them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’
and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and
mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall
become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one
flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man
separate” (Matthew 19:4-6). God’s standard for marriages is for
life. The “Christian” standard is a 50-50 chance for divorce.
(Here is not the place
to discuss all the aspects of the Biblical view of marriage.
What I have said is true. God’s standard is marriage for life.
But, He does allow divorce for unrepentant sexual immorality and
desertion of an unbeliever from a believer. See Jay Adams,
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage from the Bible, available
from Our Bookstore.)
The excuse given for
these divorces is another example of “Christian” morality. “I
don’t love her (him) anymore!” Now, God’s standard of love is
the example of Jesus Christ. “While we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us.” While we were enemies of God, Jesus Christ died
for us. We are to love our neighbors, as ourselves. We are even
to love our enemies. Any excuse of not “loving” sinks in
quicksand when compared to the Rock of Christ’s love and
sacrifice of His own.
So, what is the
relevance of “Christian,” as a adjective. It would be better to
substitute the word “Biblical,” instead. There are “Christians”
in liberal churches, who have little or no place for the Bible
as a standard. To refer, continually, to a Biblical standard
would 1) quickly reveal those that don’t hold to a Biblical
standard, and 2) focus the debate on what God has said and not
what Christians say and do. The greatest issue of our day,
and perhaps has been since the acceptance of the canon, is the
authority and extent of Biblical truth and "ethics" (law,
commandments, principles, etc.). Someone has said, "The
Bible is true about everything to which it speaks, and it speaks
to everything." While the Bible may not give details in
every area of human endeavor, its does and must by the
controlling ethic in every area.
“Biblical” instead of “Christian,” does not eliminate all the
problems of setting standards. Many evangelicals, who by
affirmation are “Bible believers,” obviously give
little value to the Bible, as a standard. Some place it among
other truths with the deceptive phrase,
“All truth is God’s
Yet, at least using
“Biblical” rather than “Christian” names the source of values,
ethics, and worldview. And, it becomes apparent when directions
are cited that they are not Biblical, if they have no Biblical
We have used
“Christian” in our Domain Name because many Christians will look
for a “Christian” worldview, rather than a Biblical worldview.
We hope that our title directs them to our website where they
will read this page and the many others here that strive
diligently to be Biblical.
1) John Murray,
Principles of Conduct, (Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1957).
Worldview in in parentheses because I have substituted
"worldview" for "ethics" and "ethic." They are one and the
same. See Glossary on these words.