TOLERANCE? It is NOT taught in the Bible!

I have been sitting on this article for some months now, just meditating on the subject. My conclusion is; Christians are not instructed by the Lord anywhere in the New Testament to be tolerant. As a matter of fact, tolerance is only mentioned once in the New Testament and when the Hebrews acted tolerantly toward others during Old Testament times it always ended disastrously for the whole nation.

However, I am hearing more sermons and reading more articles, both secular and Christian, about how Christians must be tolerant. Why should we be tolerant? Jesus never taught tolerance! As a matter or fact, the only time He made reference to tolerance was when He said that it would be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the judgment of God than for those who reject the preaching of the gospel, Luke 10:10-16, Matthew 10:12-15. It is not mentioned again in the New Testament writings.

Tolerance is akin to compromise! It is the nature of believers who make this world their home, rather than seeking after that which is to come; whatever it costs. Tolerance produces cowards. Tolerance is but the last step before devastation of all that is good and righteous in any land.

In the Christian life, there is no grey or tolerance; there is only black and white. If you have questions about morals, actions, thoughts, decisions and you search the word of God you will always find clear answers. You may not like what you find, but you will find it. God has never once utter revelation that allows His people to take on compromise or a worldly, murky grey lifestyle in His kingdom. God is not a God of confusion; Satan is the author of confusion. Tolerance has its origin in the wisdom that is from beneath; not in the wisdom that is from above. Tolerance and compromise are the authors of vile deeds and not peace. James wrote of such compromise and what it gives birth to in his letter in, 3:10-18.

What did Jesus teach? Did He teach us to tolerate sin and sinners? No! He said call them to repentance. Did He teach us to tolerate our enemies and those who despitefully use us? No! He taught us to love our enemies and pray for those who despitefully use us. Did He teach us to be tolerant of the false doctrine of demons that is currently seeking to wipe His kingdom from the face of the earth? No! He taught us to warn them by preaching about the coming judgment of God and to snatch as many as possible out of the lake of fire.

At this point I am reminded of this little verse: “Some like to live within the sound of a church or chapel bell, but I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell”. Believers, stop compromising. Preach repentance to all for the kingdom of God has come, regardless of the consequences. Stop being tolerant; your Saviour, Teacher, Master and Lord was never tolerant! Love is never tolerant, Hebrews 12:1-13.

So, if Jesus was never tolerant, what then is being taught today from many pulpits and in many Christian books and articles? Compromise disguised as tolerance, that’s what. Why though? So that “doing church” believers avoid the discomforts that will follow if they stand up for the black and white, uncompromising word of God rather than the comfortable, compromising, worldly, grey philosophy of men.


Bob Chapman MA


2 Responses to “TOLERANCE? It is NOT taught in the Bible!”

  1. Nonnie Says:

    The church world, just as the rest of the world, seems to be all about compromise. We are encouraged to accept the differences in church teachings as if it were a matter of preference for Cappuccino over Espresso. That it doesn’t matter—after all, it’s just a matter of coffee. Wrong, wrong, wrong! God wants truth and nothing more. He does not wink at sin or at mixing the truth of His word with the foolishness of the world. Ignorance of God’s expectations is no excuse.
    Hanging out with untruth leads to compromised thinking and soon we are accepting lies and half-truth and putting ourselves in serious danger for perverting the Word. If we know something is wrong and we go our way without standing for the truth, we have left another soul to think that the lie they believe is okay. We are responsible to search the Word and to assist others in learning the truth. Being “politically correct” is a cop-out. God’s truth is the truth and must be so represented.

  2. Andrew Says:

    Tolerance doesn’t equate to compromise – even if there are plenty in the world today (particularly in the media) who would like us to think it does. I think Bob has been sucked into their misrepresentation of tolerance.

    At the heart of the gospel is a message of tolerance – it starts back in the Old Testament and finds it’s full expression in the New, when Jesus gives his life for humanity.

    God is not tolerant of sin, but he most definitely is tolerant of the sinner – “Yet while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” & “For God so loved the world, he gave his one and only Son …”.

    If we start to equate “intolerance” with the gospel (which is what Bob is recommending we do) then we most certainly are stepping outside the gospel essential of agape (God’s unconditional love) and into a place of judgement. Of course we want to spur each other on to better, but that can only start with the knowledge that, first, God accepts us (and every other living person) exactly as we are – sinners in need of his amazing grace. In other words, God tolerates us!

    As Rob Bell says in one of his Nooma videos “God loves us exactly as we are, but he loves us too much to let us stay that way” (my paraphrase).

    I would challenge you to look up the dictionary definition of tolerance see if it fits what Bob is saying.

    Peace and blessings,


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