As our world, our nation, and our churches continue to celebrate sin, I am reminded again today of the fateful message that closes the book of Judges:
Everyone did what was right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25).
A large portion of the blame lies at our liberal churches and their lying prophets with their false message of peace:
They have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace (Ezekiel 13:10).
They preach peace with God when there is none. Their lying lips are an abomination. Their judgment may be delayed, but it is assured.
A man must feel himself in misery, before he will go about to find a remedy; be sick before he will seek a physician; be in prison before he will seek a pardon. A sinner must be weary of his former wicked ways before he will recourse to Jesus Christ for refreshing. He must be sensible of his spiritual poverty, beggary and slavery under the devil, before he thirst kindly for heavenly righteousness, and willingly take up Christ’s sweet and easy yoke. He must be cast down, confounded, condemned, cast away, and lost in himself before he will look about for a Savior (Robert Bolton, Instructions for a Right Comforting Afflicted Consciences, 1640).
Filed under Salvation, Sin
I have not posted for a few days because I had the pleasure of enjoying a long weekend with my family camping up in the mountains of central Idaho. Every year 100+ of my closest family members get together for a long weekend of Bible study, worship, singing, fun, and food. The amazing thing is that every single one of us has been adopted into this family!
He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will (Ephesians 1:5).
You have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15).
While we tend to focus on our biological and earthly relatives as our family, Jesus made it clear that for Christians our true family is rooted in our standing in Christ Jesus and our relation to the Father.
And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.” And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother” (Mark 3:31-35).
I look forward to the day when I can get together with my other millions of family members and worship our Savior together, forever. And to all my family members who may read this blog but I have not had the pleasure of meeting yet, I look forward to meeting you one day.
I certainly hope and pray that all of my earthly family will join me someday in that heavenly family. Yet, I can still rejoice today that I am part of a heavenly family that will always be together. Praise be to God for adopting me into such a wonderful family.
Rather than post something of my own today, I would suggest you go read a good little article from Dan Phillips over on the Pyromaniacs blog today addressing the topic of the clarity of language, including nuggets like this:
The real problem is seldom the clarity of God’s word. Or perhaps I should say, it is the clarity of God’s word… coupled with human unwillingness to bow the knee. But that isn’t a word-problem. It’s a heart-problem (Dan Phillips, Pyromaniacs blog).
So, go read his article instead of wasting your time here.
I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you (Psalm 5:7).
And only through the abundance of God’s steadfast love will I be able to enter his house. A love so great that he died on my behalf. Psalm 5 speaks about the evil, wickedness and deceit of men. Men like me. Psalm 5 also speaks about God’s hatred for the evil, the wicked, and the deceitful. All I can do is bow down before the holy God and pray, “God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, forgive my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness.”
If your pastor is preaching about Superman this summer rather than about Jesus, then it is probably time to find a new church home. CNN has reported that Warner Bros. Studio has created a nine page document helping pastors prepare sermon series based upon the new movie. One pastor is quoted in the article as saying:
“When I sat and listened to the movie I actually saw it was the story of Christ, and the love of God was weaved into the story,” said the pastor.
Ummmm. No. Sorry, time to step down from the pulpit. Look, I have not seen the movie, but I am quite confident that Jesus is not a superman from another planet. He is God in flesh. The story of Superman is not the story of Jesus. Pastors are not called to preach about supermen, but about the unsearchable riches of Christ Jesus:
Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God’s grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:7-10).
If you see the movie this summer, I hope it is in the theater and not in your church. If it is in your church service, I would recommend heading for the exits as soon as the first clip begins to roll.