28 February 2014

This 'n' That

Last Saturday morning, I received a photo and text message from my brother. The picture (right) was of a half-eaten doughnut, the handiwork of my nephew. The message read, "Dunkin Donuts needs to make a donut with frosting and sprinkles on both sides, I think." Frosting and sprinkles on both sides? I'd go for that! And when you think about it, this serves as an illustration of modern day evangelicalism as well.

How many self-professed Christians only desire to eat the frosting and sprinkles of their version of the faith? They want the love and the forgiveness and the warm-fuzzies. They want God the "daddy" but not necessarily God the Father. They want boyfriend Jesus but not the Lord and King of all. The visible church today often presents Christianity as nothing but a sickeningly sweet, emotionally-driven pseudo-faith. Nobody wants the "dough"—the talk of sin, repentance, seeking holiness and righteousness. No, that is far less enticing than the frosting and sprinkles offered by so many pastors and churches.

Now, I realize this illustration is breaking down, especially if we consider that there really is no part of a doughnut that contains lasting nutritional value, but I think you get my point. Sadly, it seems that there are fewer and fewer pastors who seek to preach the Word in its glorious entirety, whether or not it is popular to do so. We are thankful for these faithful men.

Well, I don't know about you but I could really go for a doughnut right now! It's okay, go ahead and run to your local Dunkin Donuts, but bring that doughnut back here to enjoy it alongside your week in review (kind of):
  • Steven Furtick doesn't understand 'I AM'.
  • Here's Fred Butler's review of chapter 6 of Authentic Fire.
  • Oh, FDA, is there really anything to consider?
  • "There is no either/or when it comes to preaching truth and confronting error."
  • This just seems too nicey-nice for Mark Driscoll, doesn't it? Next thing we know he'll bust into his own rendition of 'In the Garden.'
  • Perry Noble talks about his depression, his suicidal thoughts, and his decision to resort to antidepressants.
  • Pastor Don Green concluded his series of posts on Facebook about how the church should respond to homosexuals and homosexuality. Start here, then go here, then here.
  • Oh, well this is…nice? Do you congratulate a guy when he is chosen to train to be an exorcist?
  • And speaking of great sermons, you must listen to last week's sermon from Truth Community Church: What Is Salvation?
  • And here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • While we're sharing NoCo Radio links, I really enjoyed this interview with Justin Peters. Here's Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Surely you've heard about this scandal by now. *Sigh* There are so many wolves.
  • They've torn down an ugly Christian Scientist 'church'. Now if we could only tear down the institution of Christian Science.
  • Some information on historical heretic Pelagius.
  • Oh good. American Idol contestants are 'leaning on' NASCAR's 'spiritual advisor.' That ought to be special.
  • So do you think Paula White has ever actually read the Bible?
  • The believer's ambition:

3 comments:

  1. Erin - the crack about Mark Driscoll's tweet was unnecessary. I'm no Driscoll apologist, but his tweet was 100% correct. Once we become believers, we are loved by God as "daddy". Paul says as much in Rom. 8:15. There was nothing Osteen-ish about his comment.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Tom,
    What I was trying to get across was that it was far more 'nice' than what we sometimes see from Driscoll. Apparently my chosen one-liner failed to convey that.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Your opening comments are much appreciated in this day of "anything goes" Christianity, especially since such words are all but totally absent from today's pulpit. Today, most are only interested in their new found "freedom in Christ" that has quickly given way to new and innovative ways to excuse the sins they so love to indulge themselves in. Gone is holy living, I'm free in Christ. Gone is taking up our cross daily, I'm free in Christ. Gone is the repulsiveness of sin, I'm free in Christ. Some push the envelope so far that sin is now not sin, I can do as I please, I'm free in Christ. Whole "ministries" are built and perpetrated on this lie.

    This "new freedom" has taken up residence in the statement made by Driscoll, something like "God is your daddy". This whole (new?) idea that God is your 'daddy' is utterly disgusting and blasphemous. It carries with it the connotation of being all too familiar--such familiarity breads contempt. Contempt that is evident in the continued excuse making for their actions (sins). It seems to matter not that "Abba" does NOT mean 'daddy'. The correct Aramaic interpretation is 'Father'. But just for the sake of argument, let's plug in everyone's favorite definition to the three Scriptures where we find Abba. Mark 14:36 "And He (Jesus) said, Daddy, Father, all things are possible..." Rom. 8:15 "... whereby we cry, Daddy, Father." Gal. 4:6 "... God sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, Daddy, Father." Rather ludicrous, not to mention just plain wrong. For some this seems to have become a badge of superior spirituality, calling the heavenly Father "Daddy" as if they have some new connection to Him that no one else has. This a part of the familiarity spoken of earlier. If one can muster no better respect for their heavenly Father than to refer to Him as "daddy" it is highly likely that He is not your Father at all. Salvation in Christ does not negate the fact that we are to fear God, if anything, it should increase our fear of Him, that we do no wrong in His sight.

    ReplyDelete

Please keep it pithy (in other words, if your comment is long enough to be its own blog post, don't bother), pertinent (please don't go off-topic), and respectful (to the author, to the other readers, and to the subject of the post). If you can't do that, your comment will not be posted.

If you haven't already, please read the Comment Policy in its entirety.