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No easy answers

"No easy answers" Continued...

Issue: "After the revolution," Feb. 26, 2011

How do you respond to criticisms of The Fellowship, Doug Coe's group? The Fellowship is very well-intentioned. It's reaching out to people. I will always be indebted to Doug Coe and those who welcomed me when I was a brand new believer. They discipled me. I love them as brothers, because I think they love Jesus. But you can't profess to be a Muslim and be a follower of Christ at the same time, which is the big thing they've gotten into. They have soft theology and that is a weakness almost in the nature of things: If you're reaching out to a lot of hurting people, you may start to compromise what you believe so you won't hurt them or drive them away. It's a very fine line to walk.

On walking fine lines, what advice do you have for students about the challenges they will face on the road to influencing culture? You will be faced with ethical dilemmas daily. If you don't think you are, that's because you're unaware of them. If you simply say, 'Let your conscience be your guide,' that's dangerous, because if your conscience isn't informed by objective truth it will be unreliable and simply a permission slip. It should be a monitor, so your conscience needs to be well-informed.

Four decades ago you were quoted as emphasizing your total allegiance to Richard Nixon by saying "when they lower me six feet under, I will go away a Nixon loyalist." How do you want to be remembered now? I would just like to be remembered as one sinner who was rescued by God's grace, who tried, imperfectly as it was, to do his duty and live his life faithfully.
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Marvin Olasky
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Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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