“the Bible doesn’t really mean what it says”

Today The Red Pen was brought to my attention.

Chris was an English teacher who learned that Jesus died for his sins. He joined a church, became a lay teacher and then five years later, figured out that he was not actually a christian. Once he became an actual disciple of Jesus Christ, he began to use the critical thinking skills that he used in his profession on what he had been taught at his church, and compared to it what Scripture actually said.

And as has been the pattern with all to many today, such independent thought usually leads to becoming independent from the church in which you are trying to introduce independent thought.

Now Chris has whipped out his red pen and is using it on those who are packaging man’s wisdom and stamping it as God’s wisdom.

The analogy he uses to introduce his blog and tell us why thinking critically about the messages that we are getting from those professing to be teachers of God’s word is so important is one you should read:

an analogy to consider

Picture this:

A man enters a grocery store with a hand-written list prepared by his loving wife.

The first item on the list is romaine lettuce. He gets to the produce aisle, finds where they keep the fresh greens and asks himself, “Now, when she wrote romaine lettuce, did she really mean romaine lettuce, or did she mean iceburg? Perhaps she really meant to write spinach since she knows how much I enjoy spinach, or maybe she meant to write parsley, knowing that I love that minty taste after a good meal. That’s it. I’m sure she meant to write parsley.”

By now, you’re probably thinking, “No sane husband would ever play Russian Roulette with the ever-dreaded grocery list like that. He brings parsley home when she’s expecting romaine lettuce, and he won’t know what hit him!”

My point exactly.

We live in a world that constantly screams to us a very singular message: the Bible doesn’t really mean what it says. In fact, many “Christian leaders” teach that constructive Bible interpretation begins and ends with whatever you feel it says.

The Bible is very clear, though, about our need to avoid the thought system of this world and instead cling to those good and right teachings of Scripture. (John 17:6-18; Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 2:6-8, 3:1-3; 2 Peter 2:1-2, 18-20.)

Bottom line: We should not dare to approach God’s Word with a consumer mentality. If we glom on to the truths that we like and discard those that make us uncomfortable, we’re doing nothing short of playing Editor (with a capital ‘E’) with the Bible. Revelation 22:19 states, “…if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.” (NASB)

Do you really want to go there?

I look forward to all he has to offer us.

HT: Slice

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“American Christianity is Almost Totally Wrong”

“Its not just an issue that you have sinned, you’ve never done anything but sin.”

Praying a prayer and asking Jesus into your heart does not mean that He will. Salvation is preceded and followed by acts of repentance.

2 Corinthians 13:5

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you–unless indeed you fail the test?

Are you saved?

Are You a Church or Are You a Club?

Though our son’s autism, and through the suffering of other Christians, we are coming to see what Piper is talking about here. Namely that the true church bears the burdens of believers, and the goats tend to their own needs. It has broken our hearts to see that many we assumed were disciples of Christ are deaf to His call to lend their resources, not just financial, but also emotional and even just plain time, energy and consideration, to believers who are ‘struck’.

It has lead us to the questions inherent in this blog, “Where is the church?” “Who is the church?”

Piper lets you know one way we can figure out who the church is:

Are you the church? Are you my church?

My Weak Prayer Life Exposes My Arrogance

Erik Raymond at Irish Calvinist hit me with a load of conviction today. He is right, when we don’t pray it is a declaration that we think we don’t need God. I am gonna go do some repenting now.

“Devote yourselves to prayer…” (Col. 4.2a)

I suspect that a chief reason for our apathy in prayer is not our lack of need but in our perceived lack of need. Many of our prayer lives reflect shallowness and irregularity because we somehow have bought the lie that we are sovereign and not in need of help, glorious and not required to worship, and too busy and so not in need of the discipline of bending our hearts in submission to God through prayer.

Prayer is a humbling thing. And failure to pray reveals as much about our prideful self-consumption as our misconceptions about self-sovereignty, divine power, and the glory of Christ.

We need a simple jagged command like this here to puncture our imaginations, flood our hearts with sacred truth and bring us into the reality of God-centered dependence.

The Mess that is Evangelicalism

Phil Johnson of John MacArthur’s Grace To You, tells it like it is at the Shepherd’s Conference.

Yet another example of how words have lost their meaning in our post modern society. One can do anything they want, and now call it Evangelical Christianity.

The inevitable result?

Michael Spenser plays it out and predicts the coming collapse of Evangelicalism

Are you a member of the true remnant?

If you are, please consider again my last post and RUN!

Run!

John 10:1-5
Parable of the Good Shepherd

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep.

To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.

The Chief End of Man is to…

Pay the bills
Find his purpose
Win the culture wars
Be relevant
Pursue happiness
Serve the poor
Find himself
Acquire
Prevent the legalization of gay marriage
Grow his church
Be a part of a revolution
Brand himself
Emerge
Cure autism
Prepare for the second coming
Love his enemy
Bring up children in the admonition of the Lord
Be authentic
Consume
Influence the influencers
Serve his spouse
Make his city the greatest city for Christ in America™
Rebuke pharisees and apostates
Become self-actualized
Study the word
Be in love
Decrease his carbon footprint
Become wise
Bring sexy back
Gain market share
Defend the oppressed
Hope and Change
Add value
Become one with the universe
Be healthy
Succeed
Make disciples
Build strong marriages
Network
Heal the sick
Become market savy
Slay the dragon
Have his best life now
Preach the gospel

Glorify God and enjoy Him forever.

(Just a reminder of what the main thing is. I needed a reminder.)