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Is Tony Campolo An Evangelical

What are your thoughts on Tony Campolo? Do you believe him to be a devout evangelical or an irreverent author and teacher?

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Your question answers the way you feel about the man.
---R.A. on 2/28/08

Tony Campolo is an evangelical. He just doesn't confuse the Gospel of Christ with cultural conservatism of the church with the Republican party.
---Jack on 4/25/07

Laure, thanks! IYO, how does that scripture align with Matthew 24:14 stating the end comes after the gospel is preached to the whole world? I picture everyone hearing and those without salvation as being the ones who reject the Truth. 1 Peter 3:19,20 even covers those who lived before Christ. I agree on the fact that we have a duty to preach the gospel and not condemn others to hell. But we have to be honest about the bible's position on those who reject it. Good works won't help those who refuse Him.
---AlwaysOn on 11/10/06

Brother Lon and AlwaysOn - I do not know if this will answer your question, but Romans 2:12-16 appears to discuss the problem of how God will judge people who have never heard of Jesus Christ. It talks of those persons who live outside of the Mosaic Law (ie, Gentiles), and that, if they naturally have the law, then they are judged by their understanding of that law. That is my understanding, at least.
---laure5759 on 11/8/06

Thanks, Brother Lon, for replying. I like most of what I hear from Campolo too, but on the "don't know" part re: non-Christians and heaven I can't agree. Yes God is the ultimate judge, but when we're witnessing to others we have to put the Word first. And Christ says that no one gets to the Father except by Him. For any of us to then say, "We're not sure about that" sounds like we're discrediting Christ Jesus. No disrespect, but I can't wrap my mind around that one.
---AlwaysOn on 11/7/06

I like Tony C and find him to be thoughtful and discerning. I too "don't know" how God will judge those who do not accept Christ because they were born and reared in another culture and religion. I will allow God to make that judgement without much input from me. "Shall not the Judge of the Earth do right?"
---Brother_Lon on 11/7/06

Thanks, Jack. The '50's, for some Americans, was anything but a time of stability, prosperity or security, but I understand your point.

I respect Campolo's work with the poor and the environment, but I question him on things like non-Christians possibly going to heaven. How can an evangelical say "they don't know" if those who don't accept Him will go to heaven or not?

I'm still trying to figure him out. I believe he's right on on some of his social and political remarks though.
---AlwaysOn on 11/4/06

One key phrase of cultural conservatives is "[traditional] family values," quite often said by those who have been married more than once.

What this phrase really means is nostalgia for the security, prosperity, and stability of the '50's. What was roiling just below the surface of this placid exterior is spoofed in the movie PLEASANTVILLE.
---Jack on 11/4/06

Jack, I know different people attach different meanings to the term "cultural conservatism", could you please clarify what you mean when you use the term? Thanks!
---AlwaysOn on 11/3/06

Jack ... if you read R.A. post, he was talking about the questioner.
---alan8869_of_UK on 11/3/06

Actually, my answer says more about how I feel about those people trying to use the political process to force outward conformity to what they think is a spiritual agenda.
---Jack on 11/3/06

Jack: I haven't heard the words "Cultural Conservatism" since my ex left me 6 years ago. It is refreshing to know there are other intelligent Christians around who can think for themselves.
---Madison1101 on 11/2/06

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