Christianity Would Be Better Off…

If it had fewer adherents rather than more.  The reason is simple- the Church is the best kind of wine until water gets added.  The more water one mixes with wine, the less wine there really is.  Water down the wine enough and before long there isn’t anything left of it but a little smell.

Only Jesus can turn the water of apathy into the wine of commitment.  But once he does, it’s the best wine of all, reserved for the guests after they’ve already become inebriated on the rubbish watered down grossness they’ve become accustomed to.

But until he does, all the guests can expect is wine unfit for drinking and more useful for pouring onto the ground.

Thus, until the Church has Jesus, it has nothing worth having at all, even if it does have massive buildings and dynamic speakers and gullible congregations.  It is water, and not living.  It is poisoned water from a dead well.

Keeping the water away from, and out of, the wine is the pressing duty of every Christian.

8 thoughts on “Christianity Would Be Better Off…

  1. Eric 23 Sep 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Hello, I found your blog by way of “Simul Iustus et Peccator.” Your post here reminded me of one of the final sections in Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript where he suggests that pastors ought to make it more difficult to be a Christian (I am, of course, grossly oversimplifying).


  2. Wesley Walker 23 Sep 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I’m liking today’s theme. Stuff that needs to be said in our “lets get people in even if it cost us the integrity of the gospel” mentality.


    • Jim 23 Sep 2010 at 3:36 pm

      im in a profoundly foul mood given the fact that christianity is constantly misrepresented by people who have no business pretending to be believers.


  3. jonathan robinson 23 Sep 2010 at 4:44 pm

    and now you are sounding like a real baptist!


    • Jim 23 Sep 2010 at 4:51 pm

      because the rest of the time i sound like a fake one?


  4. jonathan robinson 23 Sep 2010 at 10:07 pm

    only when you are championing Zwingli!


  5. Michael Acidri 23 Sep 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Wow this is a rare occasion for Jim to write about wine.And write he has about the blessing of pure wine. Indeed Jim Christianity would be better with wine…undiluted, pure wine. From our Lord of course.


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