Tolerance is not a spiritual gift; it is the distinguishing mark of postmodernism; and sadly; it has permeated the very fiber of Christianity. Why is it that those who have no biblical convictions or theology to govern and direct their actions are tolerated and the standard or truth of God's word rightly divided and applied is dismissed as extreme opinion or legalism?" by John Stott So, what say you? Is it a gift? Is it a bi-product of the gift of love Paul mentions in 1 Corinthinas 13:4-7 "Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."? It is my opinion that Mr. Stott is correct in his view and interpretation of this issue. Between "political correctness and tolerance," the church has turned the Bible into a mish-mash of wishy-washy half-truths. If the Bible was meant to be likened to a two-edged sword, then "political correctness and tolerance" have completely dulled the edges of this sword and made it useless in fighting sin, or upholding a standard of living the Bible demands and mandates that the believer manifest when proclaiming to be followers of Him. We have been told that the Gospel message was not given to necessarily unite, but rather to divide. Jesus told his followers to take up the cross and leave their world behind. Once we join the Lord's army, we begin a life that is opposed to sinning, and it is not up to us to water down that Gospel in order to soothe the feelings of those who hold to certain sins and think they can continue to practice sinning while serving Jesus. The Gospel is confrontational. It was sent to us in order to rid the old man of his old flesh in order to make all things new. When we read that old things have passed away, that means all things. The tolerant, politically-correct gospel being preached from pulpits today has chosen to be a popular one. One that is selective in what it teaches and selective in how the word is applied. Jesus never minced His words. He told it as it was, and if that was good enough for Him, it should be more than adequate for us. Well, that is my opinion...what is yours?