Daily Archives: 15 Sep 2019
People don’t know God. This real event (google it) proves it.
They obviously saved the best for the last day, led off by the luminary Christophe Chalemet.
You Know How People Will off the Cuff Say ‘I’m Praying For You’? Here’s Why That Should Horrify You…
People of all theological sorts like to say ‘I’m praying for you’ when something happens. Indeed, the entire country ‘is thinking of you’ if something terrible happens in your town or to your community. But I’m not so sure we should welcome all those prayers offered up on our behalf. Why? Because what assurance do we have that the person doing the praying is in right relationship to God and that their prayers are going to be heard in the first place.
James writes ‘… the heartfelt prayer of someone upright works very powerfully.’ (Jas. 5:16). You read that right, if a person is upright, their prayer is powerfully effective. The contrary is also true. If a person is not upright (righteous) then their prayer is completely ineffective.
When a godly sort promises to pray for you, that should please you beyond words because you have the assurance that God will pay attention to their pleadings. But when the ungodly offer up a prayer on your behalf, it goes nowhere. Indeed, when the godly pray for your it’s like a skilled a well practiced surgeon operating on your brain. You can have confidence in their skill, experience, and training. You know they aren’t going to hurt you- they’re going to help you. On the other hand having some godless wretch offer up a prayer for you is like having your drunk neighbor who’s also high on meth cutting your head open. You just don’t want that.
So the next time someone tells you they want to pray for you- you might want to ask them to hold off on it until you learn whether or not they’re really qualified to do it. For my part, I’d rather have one godly sort remember me than all the wretches in the world.
“My plea is simply this: every theological idea which makes an impression upon you must be regarded as a challenge to your faith. Do not assume as a matter of course that you believe whatever impresses you theologically and enlightens you intellectually. Otherwise suddenly you are believing no longer in Jesus Christ, but in Luther, or in one of your other theological teachers.” — Helmut Thielicke — (Via Leo Percer)
Take that seriously.
By which he, and his contemporaries Luther and Calvin, always meant the Muslims. So, he mentions the Turks in a passage in which he describes the sorry state of the Catholic Church, writing
… we have become more shameless in our lives than even the Turks and Jews. For you do not find among them such frequent adultery, so many unscrupulous forms of extortion, such beastly drunkenness, such bold robbery, to say nothing of the arrogance of high and low, of the continual wars, vile blasphemy, obscene talk, lying, cheating, and overreaching. Have we not all had our hands full with trying by hearing or hiring or reading masses to drain this universal swamp of evil? This, I believe, no one will deny, that we have all fled for refuge to the mass, as to a sacred anchor [cf. Heb. 6:9]. Nay, we have gone even to such a pitch of madness as to fancy that we saw a bread that brings salvation.
Interestingly, for Zwingli, the Roman Church’s children are worse than any Muslim! There’s something to think about even now for how often is it the case that the people we often think the worst are actually more moral than ourselves?