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What does it mean to be radical?

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What does it mean to live in a “radical” way? In his book “The Radical Disciple,” (as summarized by David May), John Stott has some thoughts:   4 Struggles of aspiring radicals   Pluralism affirms every belief and rejects Christian claims to finality and uniqueness, and …
By Seth Barnes
the radical discipleWhat does it mean to live in a “radical” way?

In his book “The Radical Disciple,” (as summarized by David May), John Stott has some thoughts:
 
4 Struggles of aspiring radicals
 
Pluralism affirms every belief and rejects Christian claims to finality and uniqueness, and condemns as arrogant the attempt to convert anyone. We should respond with great humility but affirm the uniqueness and finality of Jesus.
 
Materialism is a preoccupation with things.
 
Narcissism is an excessive love for oneself.

 

New Age calls us to look inside ourselves … for the solution to our problems is within.
 
Against these trends, Jesus calls his disciples to conform to his standards, to be a community of truth, of simplicity, of obedience, and of love. We are to be like Christ, “conformed to the image of God’s Son” (Romans 8:29).
 
4 Characteristics of a radical disciple
Nonconformity

We are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world nor to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world. Escapism and conformism are thus both forbidden to us. We are called to be different. (Rom 12:2)
 
Maturity
The Christian world is characterized by growth without depth, superficiality everywhere. We need a fresh and true vision of Jesus Christ. 
 
Simplicity
All of us are shocked by the poverty of millions and disturbed by the injustices which cause it. Those of us who live in affluent circumstances accept our duty to develop a simple life-style in order to contribute more generously to both relief and evangelism.
 
Dependence
While independence is sometimes appropriate, dependence is the most characteristic attitude for a disciple. 

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