What You Should Know About Jordan Peterson …

O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.(I Timothy 6:20-21)

As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.( I Timothy 1:3-4)

 

I love the internet because of the open exchange of viewpoints, and the democratization of knowledge that it affords. For the time being at least, the gatekeepers can no longer control and dominate the public square, enforcing their sneering, leftist orthodoxy as the proscribed ‘prevailing wisdom’ of the day.

In place of the Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Katy Couric types foisted upon us for decades by the Northeastern Liberal Media establishment, refreshing voices from a wide perspective of view are available.

The internet has it’s own ‘stars’; some of them were already well known, and some come seemingly out of nowhere; Matt Drudge, Stefan Molyneux, Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager,  Sultan Knish (Daniel Greenfield), Jim Robinson, David Horowitz, Milo Yiannopoulos, Ann Coulter, the late Andrew Beitbart, James O’Keefe, Laura Southern, are among them. They come from the right, the left, Libertarianism, and even Anarchist perspectives .

One of the latest popular internet personalities is Jordan Peterson,  a  Professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and popular author, his latests book is named,  “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” (Jan 2018, Penguin Books).

Peterson is well known for his now classic book,  “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief”, which offers ,”a revolutionary take on the psychology of religion”. All of Peterson’s lectures on the subject are available on Peterson’s Youtube channel, which features 300 videos of his lectures, and has 550,000 subscribers, and 30 million views.

Peterson is an excellent communicator. Part of his popularity is that he takes on Political Correctness, to the point of running afoul of leftist groups on Campuses such as Antifa, who have rioted at campuses where Peterson was asked to speak.

According to the Guardian, in an article called “Jordan Peterson: The Pursuit of Happiness is a Pointless Goal”

Peterson, 55, is a psychology professor at the University of Toronto who shot into the headlines in 2016 after refusing to use gender-neutral pronouns at the university which new legislation, Bill C-16, compelled him legally to. Following this he was either hailed as a free-speech martyr or castigated as a transphobe. Demonstrations broke out on campus, and he has been the subject of a campaign of protest by trans activists. More controversy followed when he publicly defended James Damore, the sacked Google employee who suggested there were innate gender differences, as being no more than the scientific consensus.

Of interest to me, (and my readers) is that Peterson teaches about the Bible. Quite a bit about the Bible actually.  He is very popular for his series on the Bible, Maps of Meaning , which features lectures on some of the more famous Bible Stories.  This subject has turned out to be compelling in this postmodern environment, and at the Universities.

(Who knew that secularism doesn’t satisfy, and leaves a Nihilistic void? Hmmmmm!)

The problem is that Jordan is teaching the Bible from a Jungian perspective.

The Atheistic father of ‘psychology’ Sigmund Freud, once had a protege, named Carl Gustav Jung.  They were the pioneers of the modern ‘science’ of psychology.Freud would develop Jung and they would develop this new knowledge.

The two eventually had a parting of the ways, because Freud was a materialist, and Jung was very spiritual in his outlook. This son of a Swiss Reformed Pastor, was raised in a home in which his mother believed ‘spirits’ visited her in the night, eventually having a nervous breakdown.

Jung believed that we (Humanity) all partake of a “collective consciousness”,  a continuity of deep but repressed memories stretching back into the ‘millions of years” of human evolution.

Out of that consciousness come our various myths and religious stories, whose characters are called “archetypes”. These archetypes recur in our legends, stories, myths, literature,  because they are spiritual realities, and they are universal because humanity all draws from the same well of repressed, distant memory.

The Archetypes consist of “the Hero”, “The Caregiver”,”The Ruler”,”Everyman”,”The Jester”, “Creator”, “Lover”, “the Explorer”,”The Magician”, “The Outlaw”, “Innocent”, and tree are yet others no doubt, which Jungians will ‘discover’. To Jung, (and his disciples such as Peterson) all of these figures are spiritual realities which reside in all of our subconsciousness.

In the Jungian model of the human psyche, any and all of these figures reside on our unconsciousness. This is bothersome to me as a Christian, because I believe in the biblical concept of Demonization and in some cases Demon Possession. Jungianism would give a ‘scientific ‘explanation, for the phenomenon, lending it respectability.

Is this persona a demon or an archetype?

According to Jungians, archetypes are  why literature and ‘religion’ feature pretty much the same ‘stories’, which recur over centuries with different  names and faces but the same basic features.

In Jungian thought, there are in literature, a thousand forms of the poem Odyssey, or the Iliad, Because man is always on a joinery into the unknown, and man can never return home. There will always be a self sacrificing hero, because ‘the Hero’ is merely an archetype, a figure who exists in our “collective unconsciousness”  and constantly re-emerges in human experience.

Jordan Peterson is positive about Christianity. He believes that Judeo/ Christianity gave us western civilization, and he is an ardent opponent of Postmodernism. He even confesses to be a Christian, and his interest in the Bible, and opposition to the godless left, has made him quite popular with Christian young people.

But to Peterson the Bible is Myth, and the characters of the Bible are valuable archetypes, not historical figures. He considers it perhaps the greatest of all myths, but a myth nonetheless.

 

Christianity and Judaism (in the true sense) are historical religions. We believe that God entered into time/space history and intervened. The Resurrection is a historical event, and of historical consequence. There really was a tomb, as Christian apologist Josh MacDowell once said, “…if the stone that covered the mouth of the tomb had rolled over your foot, you would be in a cast!”

Our current mainstream churches are testament to what happens when one mythologizes Christianity. One hundred fifty years ago, had you showed up at nearly any Protestant Church, you were likely to hear some form of the gospel.

Now you are as likely to be greeted by a female Bishop, and could hear a sermon denying the resurrection, the teaching of Christ about marriage and gender, and calling for ‘social justice’,( whatever that is).

What happened? Liberal Theologians began saying, that it wouldn’t matter whether or not there was really a Paul or a Jesus, or a resurrection, (After all, how can we really believe in all of that in the day of the electric light bulb?) all that matters is the ideas and goodwill that they promoted.

I worry about the popularity of Jordan Peterson by many an unsuspecting millennial, as well as a good many other people. I see why he is popular, I celebrate his calls for free speech, and his standing up to the gay nazis and other forms of political correctness.

Jordan Peterson is not a teacher sent by God to expound on the Gospel, once and for all delivered, He doesn’t believe in it’s historicity, therefore in a tue biblical sense, he doesn’t believe at all!

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.( I Corinthians 15:12-19)

 

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15 Responses to What You Should Know About Jordan Peterson …

  1. jamie says:

    I bear witness with this concern. I have spoken to a number of young people about Jordan Peterson. He is helping them see through the gender confusion of our day, however he is not necessarily leading them to God’s Truth. While I greatly commend people like Mr Peterson for contending for biological truth in a world of falsehood, he has rejected God’s inerrant word. God has elevated His Word above His own Name (so that men will be saved) and Jesus so identifies with God’s Word, that Jesus Himself is called “The Word” (because everything that God wants to say to man is in Jesus Christ and what He did on the Cross). The Truth that sets men free is the Bible.

  2. A Canadian’s point of view.

    I worry about the popularity of Jordan Peterson by many an unsuspecting millennial, as well as a good many other people. I see why he is popular, I celebrate his calls for free speech, and his standing up to the gay nazis and other forms of political correctness.

    I do to!

    Jordan Peterson is not a teacher sent by God to expound on the Gospel, once and for all delivered, He doesn’t believe in it’s historicity, therefore in a true biblical sense, he doesn’t believe at all!

    I agree!
    His book is on the New York’s Time best seller list. 12 principles to follow or live by. But God already has the 10 commandments.

    I cannot seem to get away from the scripture. They overcame by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony and they loved their lives not unto death.

    U can see where this is going to end up. It seems like Saul Alinsky’s rules for engagement r ruling the day but I believe that Christ is Sovereign and in control. Do I agree with everything Trump is uttering from his mouth or any politician or pundit for that matter.
    No, but he is better than Hillary.

    I agree with your blog.
    The gospel is not preached anymore. I am so thankful for r on line church.
    The teaching of people that the precious Holy Spirit leads me to. LIke your blog. Roger Oakland, Lighthouse Publications. many others. and yet for me they all seem to have a common denomination.. They all preach and teach the Word of God. I do not normally agree with everything said but I take it to prayer and the study of God’s Word.

    This is so weird. I just saw him on Fox News. Ezra Levant and Rebel Media is another media platform speaking truth up in Canada. None of them r Christians. Faith Goldy is another. They also have the Canadian Free Press.
    Spencer Fernado is another reporter as many others r.
    But it is different in Canada than the USA.
    Preston Manning ( a devout man of God) took the Reform Party from Alberta to the official opposition party in the 90’s. Then it became Stephen Harper’s party and the fight was on for about 15 years but now it is the boy prince’s who rule the world.
    Macron, Trudeau and the new one from Austria.
    Alberta, BC – the power houses of Canada – r now ruled by socialism.
    The Chinese just bought 30 percent of r water supply by purchasing a long standing Canadian company.
    When u go to Richmond and Vancouver everything is in Chinese, even though r official languages r French and English.
    Mosques, multicultural centers, etc popping up everywhere.
    Student visas, failing health care, elitists, propaganda, etc. etc.

    Satan is using politics to drive his agenda of world domination. Similar to what Hitler did in the 2nd World War.

    Antisemitism is on the rise world wide. In Canada we had the murders of 2 prominent Jews in Toronto. The Fifth Estate did an expose on them but will the truth ever come out?
    CBC, CTV, Global TV, Bloomberg TV is all useless
    The alphabet soup of the world
    Including it looks like your FBI

    Meanwhile PM Trudeau is going on his town hall meetings. Sounding each time he opens his mouth like Obama. The last one was rebuking a young woman speaking about mankind. Trudeau stated that she should say peoplekind not mankind and people cheered.

    The whole world is going crazy. For example, Mt dtr. is a Chaplain who works at Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver BC (worst zip code in Canada) she now firmly believes that racism and poverty r the real reason people r down and out. I agree those 2 things contribute to it but sin is the root cause of all things. There is no preaching of the gospel. Not from any pulpit that I know of and if they do they r removed by the people who control the purse strings in the church they attend.

    when I try to open up any discussion on anything with family and friends ( for me these r dwindling fast) esp. when u state that u trust in Jesus Christ blood and righteousness and that Christ is the only way to God.
    That this world is sin cursed and until Jesus comes and rules from Jerusalem there will be no peace at all.
    When u try to share your blog, or lighthouse publications or roger Oakland or the gospel or anything at all. I am openly mocked now for believing that the world is going to end or that Jesus is going to rule and reign from Jerusalem. Basically I am told to shut up

    I am wondering if I should?
    Stop sending e-mails, stop sharing, stop praying and just wait for Christ to take me home.
    Once when I shared via an e-mail how forgiving Christ was,I was told to be a better witness.
    What is a better witness that sharing that u r a sinner and that u r ashamed that u took the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ and denied Christ. and that Jesus Christ blood and righteousness covers all your sin.
    I have had one person tell me she has never sinned since once she accepted Christ at age 13.
    I thought Christ was the only one who was perfect?

    Hated by your enemies is one thing. Hated by so called Christians or family or friends is another. Simply being hated is a difficult thing to endure.
    Being hated pubically, when all your sins r known is difficult.
    I feel for trump and for his family, for the obvious lies and not so obvious lies, for the downward spiral of Western Civilization.
    I pray for the leaders b/c the Word of God commands me to do so, even for my enemies, even for family and friends but I am so longing for home and this is not it.

    Thank God that Pastor JD Farag is doing the Book of Job and Pastor Mike Warren is doing the Wed. nite Bible study on the Book of Hebrews.
    I absolutely loved the Book of Leviticus when Dr. Vernon McGee preached on it.
    The Holiness of God
    To hold Him in Reverential Awe. Fear.
    John fell at His feet as dead and yet John was the disciple whom Jesus loved.
    I love the Book of Revelations but I could never understand why the kings of the earth did not repent.
    Now I know why
    They r the elites of today.

    It is all about Jesus
    It has taken me a long time to realize that.
    It is not about me, or my sin or anything at all.
    It is about Jesus and I cannot wait to meet Him.

    I am hoping and praying that I will have a white garment to wear, and a crown to lay at His feet but again no one seems to want to talk about that either.
    I just discovered a couple years back about this when I discovered the Word of God.
    I do not want to smell like smoke for all eternity.
    I hope and pray I still qualify for a white garment and a crown to lay at His feet

    Blessings to u all.

    Marantha!

    In Christ
    Mellany

  3. billrandles says:

    Thanks Mellany, you are so eloquent! Don’t stop reaching out by e-mails or in any way you can. Your entire justification is Jesus himself, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3Jr272-oZY

  4. standingfirm says:

    I have never heard of Mr. Peterson until I read this post. It sounds to me that Satan will use this man similar to Rick Warren. Carl Jung had a demon spirit guide he called “Philemon” who gave Jung most of his ideas! Freud was into the occult as well. I have come to the conclusion that in the end days the safest book to read is the bible. Maranatha!!

  5. Nina says:

    Thank you for writing about Jordan Peterson. I’ve been searching for more information about him because my 27 year-old son is a big fan of his and I was castigated by him for not believing that Mr. Peterson is a Christian when I brought up the subject. I had seen a clip of an interview that someone had done with Mr. Peterson about whether or not he was a Christian and when he failed to give an answer one way or the other, I knew then that he wasn’t. No true believer would deny their salvation, at least not in my opinion. I pointed this out to my son, and he laid into me – basically, for having the gall to question Jordan Peterson’s Christianity…or lack thereof. Unfortunately, this led to him thinking I was questioning his own beliefs and him telling me to mind my own business.

    So, thank you for the information. I will be praying even more for my son and now for Jordan Peterson as well.

  6. CSmith says:

    “The Gospel, once and for all delivered, He doesn’t believe in it’s historicity, therefore in a tue biblical sense, he doesn’t believe at all!”

    Likewise, from Darby’s Bible translated from the original languages — The Word of God “once and for all delivered”:

    “Now, I rejoice in sufferings for you, and I fill up that which is behind of the tribulations of Christ in my flesh, for his body, which is the assembly; of which *I* became minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given me towards you to complete the word of God” (cf. Col 1:24-25).

  7. midrashcreed says:

    Rather apt here are our Lord’s words from Luke 16:8 ‘the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light..’ In relation to Jordan Peterson, this means that by God’s common grace, he has a lot of valid and necessary things to say about worldly matters to do politics and society but can be dangerously misguided in the areas of Spirituality and Theology where you need to be regenerate to be able to grasp truths in those areas.

    There’s also the fact that as a teacher and communicator he’s one of the best and in those areas especially I’m learning a great deal from him. His Jungian emphasis though is highly dubious, not to say dangerous. So when Peterson talks about the effect of Post Modern Marxism in society he’s well worth listening to. My own research has confirmed. many of the points he’s made. However, when it comes to his Jungianism run I actively avoid and go back to scripture.

    Hence, if you require good Bible teaching and Doctrine I go to Bill, but if you need to know about the crushing of free speech in universities go to Jordan. The former manifests God’s special grace in terms of Gospel preaching the latter God’s general grace he can manifest to regenerate and unregenerate alike. The best thing to do is pray for Peterson’s conversion, he does seem to have a seeking heart.

    I trust though that Bill has avoided the temptation of being jealous of the fact that Jordan appears to be selling a lot more books at present 🙂

  8. Miguel Lobo says:

    Very good points. I am a Christian from Mexico, and I look at this from another perspective. I think a big part of his success is not so much the result of what he is saying with his words, but rather what he is communicating with his actions. He is wrong. but he was at least willing to stand up for what he believes to be ‘truth’ and more importantly he was willing to take the consequences for it, that is called courage.

    I am afraid our christianity in the west lacks precisely that: courage. We say we believe in Jesus, but how do we believe in Him? Do we ‘believe’ in the same way that James 2:19 warned us about?

    We are not willing to pay any price for the Truth, we dont like to be ashamed, we dislike the labels that the world puts on us. Its not so much that we want to be polite and seeker friendly. That is a lie that we love to tell to ourselves. The reason that we dont like to speak clearly about the gospel is that we dont want the cross and the suffering it entails. And of course we become very theological to justify ourselves: ‘God is the one that brings the sinner’. Well yes, but who will God use to deliver the message? The coward? someone ashamed of the gospel? Not even a hyper calvinist would justify such a thing. Without faith its impossible to please God.

    In my opinion, Jordan Peterson should be a wake up call to some us. Maybe we should start to ask ourselves difficult questions: how is it possible that this guy is is willing to pay with his job and maybe his liberty for free speech ? and in comparison have we suffered for the Savior who bled for us? When was the last time that we were persecuted for the sake of Christ? This is a scary thought at least for me personally…

    Would you like to hear more? I dont remember the details and I cant find the video, but I watched a testimony of a guy that said that he converted to Christ and you guessed right, he apparently started the journey by listening to Peterson’s lectures, this proffesor who doesnt even believe the bible is objectively true. I dont know if the testimony is real, only God knows. But I believe that if all of us Christians become afraid of speaking, God may start to use stones to cry out instead.

    Good Job with the blog.
    Miguel

    • billrandles says:

      Thanks Miguel both for the analysis and the stirring words about paying the price for our faith.Actualy brother I admire much about Jordan Peterson also, and share wit you the admiration for his principled stand against political correctness, which I totally believe is the devil;s current way of cowing and stifling those who are Christs’s.
      But surely you would agree with me that in the name of discernment, and as a true pastor of God’s flock, people should be informed of peterson’s background and the Junigian approach he takes to scripture…this is especially dangerous because it looks like reverence for scripture in a day of disrespect, and also because it is coming through a man who I regard as a genius communicator .
      Miguel I wrote a book which was translated into Spanish, called NAcido En lo Alto, which is a verse by verse walk through John chapter three. I have been trying to find a way to distribute it in Mexico and further south, would you have any ideas? Your Hermano, Pastor Bill

      • Miguel Lobo says:

        Hello Pastor Bill.

        Thanks for your reply, I completly agree with you. I think Christians could be easily led astray without the proper warnings. As you said Peterson is able to extract some wisdom, only because the bible is the absolute source for wisdom. But without Christ he is providing people a dead end, no Savior, no meaning, no life. Also as humans we have a tendency to make idols and there is defintely a a posibility of fanatism behind Peterson.

        Regarding your book, I dont have any contacts in the industry but I can probably ask a couple of pastors, they might have some clues, .I already saw that your book is being offered in Amazon Mexico, maybe it might be a good idea to see if we can contact a Christian Library that might also want to offer it. I ll also take a look and read it, that sounds like the type of book that we need in the church in Mexico, usually the type of material that its offered is more like self help, than thelogical and verse by verse books. You dont see a lot of DA Carson books around here….

        I ll get back to you as soon as I have some answer. Have a good night and many blessings.

        Miguel.

      • midrashcreed says:

        Dear Bill and Miguel.

        I heartily agree with the observation that Jordan Peterson (JP) is a rebuke to the gutlessness of the Churches in Western Society. I also believe he’s a rebuke to those supposedly Bible-believing Christians who indulge in an irresponsible last days fatalism which takes the view that all because the world is getting worse in preparation for the rise of anti-Christ we needn’t be concerned with issues of justice and freedom. Our Lord Himself adopted a very different stance in Matthew 5:13-16 and 25:31f. I don’t think on His return he’ll take too kindly to those who say,’ Lord we were too busy waiting for the rapture and discussing when it will be to bother about little things such as feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. Those who indulge in such excuse-making. will end up having a very hot time of it. All because we’re unable to deal with all the evils and problems of the world doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t confront those evils and problems we are called to confront. At present, I’m preparing to tackle a series of inter-related abuses which would your hair stand on end. Matthew 18:6 indicates that it’s an issue second only in importance to the Gospel. (I completed a 32-page Literal Midrash on this verse last January.) I wouldn’t be doing this except I seem to have unmistakable guidance emanating from a variety of sources that this is the right thing to do. As a Christian you should know what fight you’re called to pick otherwise you’re just a loose cannon firing all over the place. So far it’s inspired two prose poems that would make my material in my book ‘U.S. Redux’ seem mild.

        Where JP come in is in helping to provide me with the means to communicate and deal with public controversy. When it comes to communication and teaching methods I’m learning from the best. He’s playing a vital part in my preparation. All this in conjunction with a witness to three trans women and members of the LGBT Community. (Yes I do get them!) I’m actually thankful for this because it’s providing marvellous training to do what I’ve got to do.

        Now, what are to make of JP? In response to that question, I will first provide the answer and then the biblical grounding for it. There’s no doubt that he’s a highly influential figure, especially among middle-class men. In my profession I know he has an admirer from a White English man, a Sikh and a Pakistani Muslim. With the Sikh I did a ‘high-five’ when we discovered this mutual interest.

        In answer to my question I believe it’s best to view JP as a Cultural Prophet raised-up by God’s Common Grace to deliver much-needed truths to a society heading for judgement. He has entered the vacuum created by the moral cowardice of the Church. Now, what do I mean by the term ‘Cultural Prophet.’ First-of-all I am NOT referring to Revelatory Prophets who are the inspired authors of Scripture. Their task has been completed so this particular office no longer exists. The sacred text is closed. Nor am I referring to those who deliver genuine messages from the Lord in a congregational setting, (1 Corinthians 12-14). Virtually without exception, these gifts were and are displayed by regenerate believers who know and love the Lord Jesus. To Prophesise in that one it necessary to be in a real relationship with God. If a Prophetic Ministry becomes more public then the Prophet Concerned should be able to dot their doctrinal ‘i’s’ and cross their doctrinal ‘t’s.’ (This certainly wasn’t the case with the fake Prophets Bill Randles has written about.) A prophet who’s clueless about doctrine isn’t a rea

  9. midrashcreed says:

    real prophet at all. Nor is a cultural prophet a fairground fortune teller or political commentator. In brief, a cultural prophet consists of those who are raised up by God’s common grace to speak hard-truths to a culture in crisis. They’re rarely politically correct and they do not conform to conventional thinking or prejudice.Instead, they’re characterised by a consistent and courageous willingness to: –
    1. Speak the truth to power
    2. Challange conventional wisdom
    3. Expose hypocrisy and other abuses
    4. Shake their hearers out of complacency
    5 Act as a warning voice by pointing out dangers most people prefer to ignore
    6. Give a clear choice between following a truth or conforming to a lie
    Because he displays all these characteristics I would classify JP as a Cultural Prophets – just as Francis Schaeffer, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Malcolm Muggeridge were culturaL Prophets to an earlier generation. (Ben Shapiro might be one true.) .This doesn’t mean all these men are or were spiritually regenerate for their products of God’s common rather than Special Grace that issues in spiritual regeneration. Can they, inadvertently serve the body of Christ? The answer is ‘yes’ they can do so in three ways. Firstly, they can make those points that the Church has failed to make – in the case of JP it’s the menace posed by the manic political correctness of our time. (In my own case, I’m being called upon to deal with an issue that the UK churches have lamentably failed to address despite all their virtue signalling.) Secondly, they get people to think and in the best case scenarios look for truth from the right sources. This was the effect both Solzhenitsyn and Malcolm Muggeridge had on me.) Hopefully, JP will cause some people to come banging on Bill’s Door asking how to be saved. Thirdly, they can deter people from following certain lies. It was Solzhenitsyn and Muggeridge who helped to show me that Secular Humanism was a non-starter. I didn’t waste much of my life pursuing this dead end. Even though not necessarily regenerate Cultural Prophets can act as agents of ‘Pre-evangelism’ by provoking people to ask the right questions and exclude the wrong answers.

    So how should followers of Christ react to Cultural Prophets? The answer is in exactly the same way Paul reacted to the Cultural Prophets he quoted in Acts 17:28-30, 1 Corinthians 15:33 and Titus 1:12-13a. The last passage is especially significant for Paul introduces the pre-Christian Cretan Poet as being “one of themselves, a prophet of their own,.” Hence, the concept of Cultural Prophets is drawn from the divinely inspired words of the Apostle Paul. Even among the pagans, our Creator in His goodness left some witness to the truth. If that wasn’t the case, how could He judge them fairly? As Scripture often shows, there must be some reject of light before judgment can take place. Through the likes of JP the unchurched masses on our culture are being given a measure of light. This they will either reject or be provoked to seek the one who’s perfect light.

    Like Paul, we can use Cultural Prophets like JP to reach out to what is now a pagan society. So far, he’s facilitated conversation with a couple of my trans women contacts – one who’s steeped in Roman Catholicism, the other the New Age. What we mustn’t do is buy into JPs Jungian worldview.
    .In short, Cultural Prophets can be used to illustrate a Biblical Truth or reach out to others, whilst f any underlying Paganism can be firmly rejected. I hope all this explains how best to handly the JP phenomenon in a truly biblical way.

  10. Miguel Lobo says:

    Hi Midrashcreed, thank you very much for sharing your thoughts.

    I agree, with your point that by the grace of God our society benefited from writers like Solzhenitsyn and Muggeridge. Hopefully this will make people hunger for more and start looking for other authors like CS Lewis or better, read the Bible itself. And while i agree that Peterson is a very gifted communicator we have something much greater, let us never forget that God used a stammerer with a stick to freed his people from Egypt. We gave the power of God in the gospel.

    May God grant us grace to stand up for Jesus in this generation, like Daniel and his Friends stood in the times of Babylon.

    Blessings

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