John MacArthur: Antipathy toward God’s Word inherently resides in the hearts of all sinners. This antipathy may even be present in those within the church. If there is any doubt about this, it is worth asking why popular evangelicalism’s greatest fear is being out of sync with the culture. Pastors and leaders are chasing the culture, so that its trends show up in their churches. They treat this pursuit as a necessary evangelistic strategy. But the only way to be in sync with the culture is to diminish the presence of the Word of God, because unregenerate culture will always be fundamentally and irreconcilably incompatible with the truth of God. By catering to the unchurched or to the unconverted in the church, evangelical- ism has been hijacked by legions of carnal spin doctors seeking to convince the world that Christians can be just as inclusive, pluralistic, and open-minded as any postmodern, politically correct worldling. However, true biblical Christianity requires a denial
John Piper: Biblical truth frees from Satan (John 8:32; 2 Timothy 2:24-26). Biblical truth mediates grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2). Biblical truth sanctifies (John 17:17; 2 Peter 1:3, 5, 12; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Biblical truth serves love (Philippians 1:9). Biblical truth protects from error (Ephesians 4:11-15; 2 Peter 3:17-18). Biblical truth saves (1 Timothy 4:16; Acts 20:26-27; 2 Thessalonians 2:10). Biblical truth is the ideal of heaven (1 Corinthians 13:12). Biblical truth will be resisted by some (2 Timothy 4:1-5). Biblical truth is the duty of elders (Titus 1:9). Biblical truth is approved by God (2 Timothy 2:15). Biblical truth should continually increase (2 Peter 3:18; Colossians 1:10; Hebrews 5:12).