A timely reminder not only to our post-modern atheist friends, but also our post-modern existential brethren who define truth by their own subjective perceptions – based on the contradictory propositional claim that there is no propositional truth.
It’s time to move beyond these kind of mutual promotion networks by self-appointed “apostolic workers” and “church planters” who write enticing books and blogs, but generally have no consistent history of being in a functional, accountable local fellowship themselves or actually creating sustainable, healthy fellowships among others.
Maybe we need to learn some things from Paul’s own life and ministry: http://www.crossroadjunction.com/2012/03/17/modern-day-pauls/
We either seek to redefine Jesus, or we let Him redefine us – on His terms, in His way, through His Word. Really, this is the major fork in the road. Too many claim to love Him, but on their terms as they use Him to affirm their own sensibilities. They are trapped in post-modern relativism, and have lost their ability to be an authentic witness to the power of His truth.
“Legalist”, “Pharisee”, “Hater”…
If your distorted views of grace, love and tolerance – and even God Himself – result in intolerant name calling, then who’s the real hypocrite?
Mysticism, legalism and existentialism – oh my! How about becoming whole through Christ instead? See Whole Health
The ongoing work of grace brings wholeness and freedom from hurts and bondage. See Life or Reaction?
Like the gnostic Marcion in the early church, some still elevate their own sensibilities over Scripture by denying that God’s righteous wrath and gracious love are fully compatible. See Beyond Scripture? (Part 3)
Sex abuse and cover up: C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Ministries, Frank Viola and his band of “apostolic workers”, Bill Gothard and his Institute of Basic Life Principles… When will we ever learn? See Predatory Grooming in Our Churches
We put so much “perfection” and “deeper life” pressure on new believers and fellowships. Let’s just chill out and learn that God delights in meeting us in whatever He uniquely designed us to be and do. Been Hearing God Lately?
My opinion is that only those who don’t like what scripture says seek to fracture their perception of Jesus from His authoritative written Word. (Of course, who can question my opinion – there is no higher standard!) Seriously, though, I would rather shatter my sensibilities against the rock of God’s Word than subvert Christ to your subjective, postmodern, existential angst. Here’s a little song for my existential friends: Beyond Scripture? (Part 2)
It is liberating to learn that God did not create us to be like someone else, but gave us unique motivations that match our spiritual gifts. We experience fulfillment as we learn to use and enjoy our gifts – in our lives, in our fellowshisp, and in our surrounding communities. Discovering Our Motivational Gifts
There are those who promote an insular “deeper life”, which never seems to go anywhere. Have an adventure! Seek Christ’s authentic life instead. I Want More Religion (Part 3)
Sexually exploitive church “leaders” are not unique to any one type of church – hierarchical, congregational, organic, whatever. Don’t be naive, they count on your silence. Only zero tolerance and exposing them will protect others. Scripture commands it. Confronting Abusive Pastors: A Mandatory Public Reprimand
We need to be discerning about those who come in the name of Christ to promote their own measure of Christ as being “all” – no matter how charming they might be, how popular their books or blogs, or how anointed their past ministry may have been. Organic Dead Ends
It’s time to stop the nonsense. It’s time for blunt talk. It’s time to move beyond the carnage of self-appointed “workers” and “church planters” who write enticing books and blogs but have no history of being in committed fellowship themselves, or actually creating sustainable, healthy fellowships with others. Modern Day Pauls?
Conforming to someone’s idea of Christ, His grand vision, the deeper life or God’s epic purpose can be just as legalistic and limiting as any institutional church structure. In fact, it can become cultish. Break free and become the wonderful, multifaceted, multi-gifted and diverse Body of Christ! See God in a Box
Some do it, others write about it. Some live it, others want to tell you how you ought to live it. Modern Day Pauls?
Don’t be deceived by books, blogs and misleading biographies from those who make their living telling others how to be the church, but are not living it or ever succeeded at reproducing their grand concepts in any sustainable, healthy fellowship. They do great harm to the Body of Christ. Dealing with Church Leadership Abuse
What do we love more? Our own sensibilities, or the authentic Jesus? A False Love
Even in my sorrow, I know gratitude. Jesus is able to handle both, and as they’ve merged I’ve touched the heart of God. Sufficient Grace
Don’t be so hyper about needing leaders. They will emerge, in God’s timing, and if authentic, will lead by example as ones who are among you and not over you. Until then, just learn to be a fellowship that ministers one to another – as taught in the New Testament. The Question of Leadership
Among those I hang with, I am seeing the unflinching ministry of confession and forgiveness bring freedom, and repentance produce maturity and wholeness. See A False Love
Is Jesus our sovereign Lord and King, or some “have it your way” Burger King?
We’ve tried the rest, now try the best…
Christ’s finished work of the Cross doesn’t mean that the work of the Cross is finished in us. Although grace is freely given, without merit or condition, it costs us everything to fully accept. Forget this, and you pervert the gospel.