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Is Open-Mindedness a Good Thing?

Posted by Scott on May 4, 2008

I was reading a brief article that brought up the subject of the saying from long ago that being “open-minded” is a good thing.  The enemy of our mortal souls would like nothing more than to make us believe for a moment first he is not real, but beyond that he has placed in the Christian and non-Christian minds the lie that being “open-minded” to anything is the way we should live.  Now I ask, should we be “open-minded” as Christians…let’s take a look at this further?

As Christians are we not suppose to be filling our minds with the word of God rather than the philosophy of men?  Refer to Phillipians 3:18-20.  We are not to be like the rest of the world, so why would we consider anything the world has to say that is apart from the word of God?  Colossians 3:3 tells us to set our minds on the things above not on earthly things.  Here again we are not to be bothered with earthly philosopshy…we are to be concentrating on the things of God.  If we have “open-minds” to everything we will become like Burk Parsons says:

 “We thus become headless and brainless philosophers who just want to get along.” 

 Personally, I could care less about being a philosopher…it is my goal to speak the word of God regardless of what I personally think.  The authentic Christian life has nothing to do with my philosophy, but everything to do with the gospel truth found in God’s word…the Bible!

As Burk Parsons further stated,

“the mantra of religious pluralists:  Liberate your mind, lose your faith, and feel the love.” 

Everyone wants to “feel the love”, yet, I would contend that dumping our minds to the thoughts and ideas of a world that is hell bound is not what I would consider spiritually intellectual,  spiritually using your brain, or even remotely spiritually desirable.  If “feeling the love” from this world is what it is all about I guess I am left out of that loop.  I would hope that most of us that consider ourselves evangelical reformers are not even close to being “evanjellyfish” as Burk puts it or “religious pluralist”.  I have not been accused very many times of being open-minded, but have been accused many times of being very narrow-minded and old fashioned. I take that as a great compliment to my life and faith.  I guess you could consider me a “decided closed-minded reformer” on anything that has nothing to do with biblical truth and would not further the kingdom of God. 

John Calvin once wrote, “Wherefore all theology, when separated from Christ, is not only vain and confused, but is also mad, deceitful, and spurious; for, though philosophers sometimes utter excellent sayings, yet they have nothing but what is short-lived and eve mixed up with wicked and erroneous sentiments.” 

As for me and my house, we are trying to be close-minded to the philosophies of this world…to the ideas and philosophies that are contrary to the word of God.  We strive to close our minds to any subject or idea that takes away from Christ…this however, does not mean perfection in this area, but it is our constant goal.  It is our desire to live and breathe the word of God.  It is our life to proclaim that Jesus Christ ALONE is the only way to the heavenly Father.  Yes, this is narrow-minded, but Christ said in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate…but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”  Did you catch that last part…”only a few find it”?  So, if you find yourself in one mind with the world and its philosophies, you are travelling down the wide road that leads to destruction, you need to rethink the path you are travelling, repent, and get on the narrow path.  Our Lord was narrow-minded and we, as His followers, should be too.

John 14: 6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Join with Burk Parsons, other theologians, my family, and myself in closing the mind to this worlds philosophical lies and only opening it to the things of God spelled out for us in the Bible.  Allow the Holy Spirit to direct our paths not the philosophies of men.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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5 Responses to “Is Open-Mindedness a Good Thing?”

  1. Chris said

    You’re right we need to be careful how we define and respond to “openmindedness”. Thank your for the post!

  2. tharian m kurian said

    In short, let’s close our hearts and minds to the so called great philosophies and be more and more close to the word of God.
    congratulations and thanks for this
    great post.
    tharian m kurian

  3. mark anthony fitchue said

    scott,my brother in Christ,
    i want to say thank you for the ministry of this sight. my wife and i are otr truck drivers and it’s been hard to find good words out here. we are extreme fans of way of the master radio and the way todd brings things to light in way of scripture. to find more of the same is very refreshing. would like to know more about where you are from and where you work out of. my sister found this sight and pointed me to it after i warned her that todd from way of the master radio was pointing out that rick warren and the like are turning from the truth,JESUS.
    THANKS AGAIN! this sight rocks. love in christ,Mark

  4. Scott said

    Mark,

    It is great to hear that you are able to read on the road from time to time. It is our goal on this site to put forth the real unabashed truth in the word of God. I listen to Way of the Master Radio from time to time as well. Todd does a great job and has exposed many preachers that are teaching philosophy rather than the gospel…so, I thank him for that. We enjoy hearing from people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world.

    I am actually located in North Dallas, Texas. I was born and raised in this area. I mentor several men in their walk with Christ from all over. I enjoy sharing with them what Christ has done in my life and what the Lord is reaching me right now and what He has taught me in the past. I do alot of word studies within the scriptures from the Greek and Hebrew and that has really opened my heart and eyes to what the writer intended to say and what he Lord was saying when He inspired the scriptures. It has been terrific getting to know my Lord in this way.

    I am a husband to my lovely wife for nearly 18 years and the father of 10 beautiful children 17 years down to 19 months old.

    I do hope you can keep reading. I try to keep fresh information on the site weekly. I don’t mind jumping in the middle of hot topics and being alone on one side of it, especially if it comes down to the truth of God’s word verses someone philosophy. Philosophy these days tickles peoples ears, so that is what the world wants to hear. I am sorry, but you will not get that from this site.

    Anyway, I commend you on hanging in there in a tough occupation…I know expenses can kill you sometimes especially with diesel prices constantly rising the past couple of years. God has a plan for your life and is working that plan to perfection. Stay in the word.

    By the way, your wife and sister might enjoy my wife’s site at http://www.LivingStones4Moms.com She is a great writer as well. Take care.

    In Christ,
    Scott

  5. Scott said

    Tharian,

    Thanks for your comments. God bless you and your family.

    In Christ,
    Scott

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