Answers for Church Members Devotionals

Common questions from church members answered by 9Marks ministries

9 Marks


Does the Bible Lead us to Expect that Christians Will be Able to Transform Society?

In order to answer that question we need to put a few biblical and theological pieces into their proper place:
  1. The gospel transforms those who believe it (2 Corinthians 5:17). As believers grow in godliness, every area of their lives will increasingly reflect the character of God, which should have a significant impact in that person’s sphere of influence.
  2. Christians are called to be salt and light to the world (Matthew 5:13-16). To the extent that we’re faithful to that calling we will have a positive impact on the society we live in.
  3. However, the New Testament seems to indicate that in general, society will continue to oppose Christians, persecute Christians, and even hate Christians (John 16:332 Timothy 3:12  Mark 13:13  John 15:19). That there have been occasional exceptions to this only proves the rule.
  4. Moreover, the Bible presents the entire course of fallen human history as a general slide deeper into sin punctuated by periodic judgments and occasional revivals of true godliness. Examples:
  5. The whole history of Israel pictures this slide deeper into sin. Consider the progression evident in the books of Judges and 1 and 2 Kings.
  6. In the New Testament, human depravity culminates in God’s condemnation of Babylon in Revelation 18, which symbolizes the totality of fallen human culture.
  7. The bottom line is that the Bible nowhere leads us to expect large-scale, far-reaching societal transformation.

For more great resources from Mark Dever and 9Marks Ministries, visit www.9marks.org

About Answers for Church Members

Learn all about Christianity at Christianity.com with rich, theological articles, video, and audio focused on the life of Jesus Christ, Bible Study, the Christian church, and Christian living for families. Grow in your faith and walk with Christ as you read about the history of Christianity, salvation, evangelism and discipleship. Use free daily devotionals from your favorite pastors, authors, and speakers as a way to spend daily quiet time with God. Discover how devotions can help you make postive changes in your life toward living out the promises of God. Christianity.com also offers free online Bible study tools with over 30 translations and a library of commentaries, concordances, lexicons, and more for you to highlight, take notes in, and bookmark for studying the Word!

  • Editors' Picks

    "American Sniper" and the Question of War
    "American Sniper" and the Question of War
  • Who Will God Cheer for in the Superbowl?
    Who Will God Cheer for in the Superbowl?
  • Stop Trying to Read the Bible in a Year!
    Stop Trying to Read the Bible in a Year!
;