“But we have the mind of Christ.” (1st Corinthians 2:16)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… (Roman 12:2a)
I don’t know if Dr. Hankins really believes this himself or if he is just reflecting what some Evangelicals believe. Either way, one has to ask how people can die to self and live to Christ without a complete change in their worldview. Indeed, the very ideas of repentance and conversion mean the change of one’s worldview.
How can one go from living with self at the center of all things to the unseating of self and the owning of the Triune God as the center of all reality? How can one have a relationship with Christ unless their former worldview was completely obliterated — at least in principle?
How can one go from not embracing the trinity, God’s sovereignty, a Biblical anthropology, epistemology, ontology, axiology, teleology, etc. etc. etc. to embracing these truths and not have a worldview change?
Now granted a mature Christian worldview does not arise instantly in the freshly converted but all the same conversion means one is set on that path of worldview overhaul.
Honestly, I don’t even know what it means to be in a relationship with Jesus that is absent a worldview changed.
And frankly, anyone who insists that they are not interested in converts having a worldview change but are only interested in their having a relationship with Jesus are themselves likely not converted.
How do guys like Hankins (and their names are legion) get Ph.D’s?