This book. I happen to the know the author pretty well (though of course none of us really ever really know others) and he’s right sharp and I’ve seen the book (though it has been a while) and it really is top notch.
It’s a volume perfectly suited to these troubled times.
All you want. But if God doesn’t identify you as such it will do you no good at all.
‘It is not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.’ – Jesus
‘Self-identification’ without works is dead.
How does this pass for ‘Christianity’? Because people– even many Christians- no longer even have any idea what Christianity is:
A Bible study group in Colorado has literally gone to pot, inviting its members to smoke marijuana together while discussing the Scriptures.
The group is called the “Stoner Jesus Bible Study” and was formed after Colorado legalized the use of recreational marijuana. It was formed by Deb Button, who first posted her invite on Craigslist. Only one person attended at first, who told reporters last month that Button was “so baked out of her head she forgot that she’d invited me over.”
“Many people have a thirst for spiritual connection that is lacking in the traditional church setting and we aim to learn from the wisdom of His word and teachings,” the group writes on its website. “And yes, cannabis is welcome as it can bring clarity of thought and a sense of connectedness that we often only find in a small group of fellow stoners.”
That isn’t Christianity. Their cult isn’t a church. And they aren’t Christians.
You have stopped being a church and become a social club. It is not your right to replace worship of the almighty with a political agenda. That, in fact, is idolatry.
In his commentary on John, Calvin writes
When he says that the devil was a murderer, he means that he contrived the destruction of man; for as soon as man was created, Satan, impelled by a wicked desire of doing injury, bent his strength to destroy him.
All murderous intentions spring from that same satanic desire to destroy the lives of others. From abortion, to terrorism, to gang violence, to war. All of it is demonic in that it relishes the death of another and has as its goal the ruination of life.
It won’t be long now till the far right has its own little Kristallnacht against Muslim mosques and businesses and demand that they all be rounded up and put in ‘camps’ to keep the rest of us ‘safe’.
After relating Falwell’s comments, our pundit writes
Now, let’s put aside for a moment that Falwell’s remarks are the kind of lazy, incendiary, irresponsible language that perpetuate uninformed stereotypes, incite unnecessary fear, and make violence against Muslims seem noble and justified—hate speech of the most grievous kind.
And let’s not talk about the fact that if he truly wanted to somehow lift up gun ownership as a means of protecting innocent Americans from violence by bad people, he should have name dropped white Evangelicals, as they account for far more religiously motivated mass murders in our country than anyone, and it ain’t even close. (In most cases of bloody domestic terrorism using firearms, Falwell’s kind are the bad guy.)
Yet even if these things were not part of the equation, Falwell’s vile comments, their warm reception in the crowd, and the subsequent social media defense from other believers, illustrate just how far American Christianity has drifted from the namesake of our faith.
There’s a sad, pathetic irony at play when the loudest, most brazen gun advocates, are those whose faith tradition rests solely on the shoulders of a man who allowed himself to be unjustly beaten, tortured, and executed; who never used his power to do anything but heal and feed and bring peace.
And more, which do read.