29 June 2010

BBQ and Baptism?

The Orchard church in Aurora, Illinois is gettin' relevant with BBQ and Baptism! Need something fun to do this weekend? Hungry for ribs, a burger, or the quintessential Chicago hot dog (please, no ketchup)? Want a day of fun in the sun with your best "Christ following" friends? Then come on over to BBQ and Baptism! And if it gets too hot, the pool will be right there to cool you off! Oh yeah, we may even dunk a few people and cheer and clap when they come back up drenched in a false, but relevant, assurance of salvation.

Such a stunt shouldn't be surprising from a church that is currently teaching a series entitled OnePrayer, seeking to unite people by "loving others," and that downplays the depravity of man in their own belief statement:
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. He is the supreme object of God's creation. Although man has tremendous potential for good, he is marred by an attitude of disobedience toward God called "sin." This attitude separates man from God.
I wonder where they got the idea that man "has tremendous potential for good." It certainly can't be from God's Word, which tells us that all men are wretched, vile sinners without the righteousness of Christ to cover them.

What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
13 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
14 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
16 in their paths are ruin and misery,17 and the way of peace they have not known.”
18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:9-18

Oh yeah, it sounds like we have some really tremendous potential for good! But who needs doctrinally sound beliefs when you have cool summer get-togethers like BBQ and Baptism? That's right, because if I remember correctly, Peter declared in Acts 2 that the people should "Repent and be baptized...and then EAT!" Yeah, maybe not...

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Acts 2:38

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