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'.
- Reformation 21 chimes in on Jesus Calling.
- 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."
- Who knew there was such a creepy commune cult in Chicago?
- 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.
- Well this is horrible.
- And so is this.
- How long before this happens in America?
- Oh, well this is…nice? Do you congratulate a guy when he is chosen to train to be an exorcist?
- Funny, I always thought he was a better actor than this.
- Here's a great sermon by Steve Lawson: When Worship Is Real.
- Wait—Joyce Meyer isn't a trustworthy teacher?
- Okay, yum.
- I was kind of excited to find this dairy free cookbook online.
- 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?
- Rejoicing in the Lord always.
- The believer's ambition: