Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I Only Want the Thrill of Feeling Right

"Christians habitually weep and pray over beautiful truth, only to draw back from that same truth when it comes to the difficult job of putting it into practice! Actually, the average church simply does not dare to check its practices against biblical precepts. It tolerates things that are diametrically opposed to the will of God, and if the matter is pointed out to its leaders, they will defend its unscriptural practices with a casuistry equal to the verbal dodgings of the Roman moralists…

Since Christ makes His appeal directly to the will, are we justified in wondering whether or not these divided souls have ever made a true commitment to the Lord? Or whether they have been inwardly renewed? It does appear that too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right but not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right!

Jesus Himself left a warning – I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead [Rev. 3:1b]"

--A.W. Tozer, Renewed Day by Day.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Vee said...

"The Bible is a collection of stories that teach us about what it looks like when God is at work through actual people. The Bible has the authority it does only because it contains stories about people interacting with the God who has all authority"

This is exactly what RENOVARE (they published the Spiritual Formation Bible) said to me when I questioned them on Genesis and its authority. I have an email from them saying that they hold to the theology of the Apostles Creed and believe in a unity in diversity (is there such a thing?) and they won't argue on non-essentials such as biblical innerency!!!

Can you believe that.

Biblica innerancy is a non-essential!

I received the email only a few days ago... I was shocked.... but not surprised.

Kenny, sorry it's been awhile since I've dropped in and giving you some encouraging words.

In Christ

V

6:29 AM  
Blogger Kennyo said...

nice hearing from you Vee, you have have great comments to contribute !

10:26 PM  
Anonymous dPazos said...

I think Kenny should also use George Barna as a reference. His Website is www.barna.org
He has good data about the religious situation in the United States today and in the past. You could site some data or stats to go with all these concepts.
I will not respond to the liberal theology cited above because it is ridiculous, not worth debate.
The percentage of Americans who attend church on an average week has remained steady near 45% since the 1970s. Only slight up-tick after 9/11. Average church member in the USA only contributes 3% of income. If American Christian were to all tithe, I suppose many churches could TRIPLE their budgets. Other data can be found readily in the Website's section called 'Barna by Topic'. Look up Chruch Attendance, Sunday School, Contributions, and many more topics.

11:22 AM  

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