Joshua Harris: Humility and Orthodoxy – We Need Both

25 Apr


Truth matters…but so does our attitude. This is what I mean by humble orthodoxy: we must care deeply about truth, and we must also defend and share this truth with compassion and humility.

God has given the saving message of the gospel to his people through his Word, and we must be willing to fight for its integrity and faithful transmission. We are to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). In other words, we need to care about orthodoxy and right thinking about who God is and how he saves through Jesus Christ. Orthodoxy matters.

But at the same time, God’s Word commands us, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). Jesus even told us, “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44). And 1 Peter 5:5 says “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” In other words, genuine love and humility of heart before God and other people are essential. Humility matters.

We don’t get to choose between humility and orthodoxy. We need both.

~Joshua Harris~

Humble Orthodoxy: Holding the Truth High Without Putting People Down (Colorado Springs, CO; Multnomah Books; 2013) p. 5-6.

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