In Romans 12:2 Paul wrote: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...’
In Ephesians 4:17-18 he wrote: ‘So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.’
As Christians we must reclaim the fact that our minds and our thinking are important. It could well be that the abdication of the Christian mind in favour of emotion and experience is the reason that it has been so easily seduced by the many isms currently impacting the church.
This series of articles cannot tell you everything about the beliefs presented; nor can it address every ideology that affects us. What it aims to do is to alert you to some of the powerful ideas that are sometimes subtly and sometimes blatantly attacking the foundations of Christian faith, undermining Christian confidence, changing the focus of Christian thought, and setting the Christian adrift on seas of uncertainty. It aims to challenge the reader to throw off these seductive thought patterns and return to a Bible based, Christ centred mindset, in which there is also a return to the joy, peace and assurance which has always gone hand in hand with the true knowledge of Jesus Christ.