Is Your Church Safe?

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I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago about a church she used to attend. She stopped going because the pastors, who called themselves “team leaders,” never wanted to deal with any topics that might be controversial, like abortion. In fact, their stated goal was that they wanted the church to be safe for people.

The thought of a “safe” church has bounced around in my head off and on since then. What in the world is a safe church, especially given that the gospel itself, is not safe. Jesus isn’t safe. God Himself, is not safe. In fact, I find no admonitions anywhere in Scripture for us, or the church, to be “safe.”

I had to follow up with her again to find out what they meant by “safe.”

From what she told me, the idea behind a safe church is one that anyone can come to and be comfortable with the messages being preached. In other words, the messages are affirming everyone in who they are without regard to their… well, eternal state.

This really is absurd.  What it mean is that their church is one where the gospel cannot be found, for if the gospel is truly present, then the messages preached will be offensive to the carnal mind, simply because the message of the gospel tells us that we cannot save ourselves, we are justly deserving of eternal damnation and even though our children think we are good, before God, we are wretched sinners.

I can only imagine that there are quite a number of “safe” churches in our culture today, especially given the survey that came out this week by Ligonier Ministries. The survey showed that we are basically a nation full of humanists, even in the evangelical church. You can see the survey here.

What this means is the for the most part, people believe that being a Christian is something we do, something we accomplish, and that the God of our choosing, doesn’t really hold sin against us. As R.C. Sproul puts it, “What comes screaming through this survey is pervasive influence of humanism.” Humanism is man looking to himself for all things, where man is central to his existence. For true Christanity, God is the center of all things, especially our salvation.

Christianity declares that we are helpless, deserving of God’s eternal damnation and that He must save us! We are utterly and completely at His mercy. As God tells us: “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion (Romans 9:15).”

You will never hear such words in a safe church. They are too busy trying to give uplifting little ditties to make you feel good about your self, no matter how sinful you really are. And you really are sinful. We all are. It took a perfect Being dying an agonizing death on the cross in order to safe us. That is how sinful we truly are.

None of this is really new. Theological liberalism has been around for years, this is just a new rendition of it. Safe churches have always existed and their members had never heard of the Jesus who turned over the tables in the temple, called the Pharisees white-washed tombs, and turned to Peter saying, “Satan, get behind Me!” That Jesus doesn’t exist in safe churches because those who are looking for safe messages don’t want to hear that even sweet, little baby Jesus has wrath. That’s just too much for the safe crowd.

The sad reality is that these people will get a real glimpse of the wrath of Christ on judgment day when he declares to them that they be cast into hell, where the worm never dies and fire is never quenched, even though most of them don’t believe in hell on this side of death.

If you are part of a “safe” church, please run. There is no gospel to be found there. Move on, because there is nothing to be seen in a safe church, other than message after message telling you that you can be a better you if you just keep trying. And if that is the message you want, then quit going to church. Stay home and watch Oprah, or Joel Osteen. They are quite safe.

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National Organization for Women Proves the Point: Women Are the Weaker Sex

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Three, two, one! “Misogynist!” I’m just anticipating the response of those who support the National Organization for Women in even addressing the topic for two reasons: first, I’m a man and lack the proper plumbing to speak about women’s issues at all, and secondly, since I’m a man, I’m already a misogynist simply because my cultural trappings and upbringing… blah, blah, blah.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I was thinking about NOW because Neil had an article on his Round Up that shows how NOW really isn’t interested in helping women who are truly suffering from war. The article states that women right’s groups  are more concerned about getting birth control for woman at $10 a pop, while their sisters across the globe are being sold by ISIS for $10 a pop. Where is the outrage from these groups? There isn’t any.

Neil also has an article showing how these same groups that supposedly fight for women’s rights, actually laughed at the fact that Bristol Pailin was physically assaulted and robbed.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the left and these groups, their only concern is for abortion rights, not women who are mistreated or sold into slavery.

It was after taking all this in that it occurred to me, simply by the existence of organizations like NOW, it proves the Apostle Peter’s point: women are the weaker sex and need someone to champion them. Here are Peter’s words:

Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel (1 Peter 3:7).

What Peter is telling us, not that we don’t already know, is that women need men to take care of them. This is how God designed women. He didn’t make them to be independent, and didn’t make any of us to be independent. But women, being made different than men, are the weaker vessel (this is actually a compliment. Peter means that they are the more valuable vessel, like fine China. Not some iron-skillet, like men).

The point is that women always need someone looking out for them, to be their protective head. The problem is that NOW, and other like-organizations, have substituted themselves and government for that protective head. We see this in the current culture war where women are demanding that government provide them with birth control. Instead of looking to their husbands to provide, they are looking to government and tax payers.

I hope you can see the destructive and subtle shift that has taken place through the feminist movement. Women have not been empowered, or freed, or any such liberal nonsense. They have just lost out on God’s ordained headships for their lives and substituted man-made headships. This is why feminism is the root cause of the war on women. None of their causes truly benefit women, as you would expect, when groups take up large scale efforts to thwart God’s ordained protection for those groups. This is why liberal causes always fail. They are looking to themselves and man-made philosophies to take care of things instead of looking to God’s word.

It is really sad, because women miss the reality that they are to be championed by men, and that if they were willing to agree to this principle, they might not need so many abortions in the first place. In other words, women need to quit thinking like men: women, you  cannot have sex all you want without consequences. God didn’t design you that way.

But the purpose of all this is that just the existence of such organizations like NOW and Planned Parenthood, proves the point: women are the weaker sex and need to be protected. The real question is: are they going to be protected by the government and organizations like NOW that are myopic in their rolls, or by men: husbands, fathers and brothers?

Yes, I know husbands, fathers, and brothers are fallen and imperfect. But we are created and called by God to take care of the weaker sex. Women’s groups are not created by God to protect the weaker sex. In their attempts to subvert God’s plan, these organizations actually become enemies to women, instead of protecting them. Hopefully, women across the country will realize this dreadful truth and trust in the LORD for their protection through husbands, fathers and brothers.

My Latest Favorite

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I know my production on the blog front has been really low lately. Probably a good thing since I’m working three jobs and trying to secure another one in the process. Being that tired all the time, I’m not in the mood to write. That may change, only God knows tomorrow.

However, I did want to share one of my favorite latest tunes from The Piano Guys. It is called Beethoven’s 5 Secrets and is wonderful. Enjoy.

Against Holiness

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This is probably one of the most disappointing posts I’ve written in a while. I started to call it “Against Tattoos” because the subject of tattoos among Christians on Facebook is what got me started. But after the exchange, I really wanted to just crawl in a hole and pray the Lord return, quickly.

What got me into trouble was the suggestion that because of the Law of God, we might not want, as Christians to actually get… uhm… well, tattoos. For the first 2,000 years of the church, tattoos were never debated. There were no great councils that battled over this issue. It was just understood: tattoos represented pagan worship and pagan gods. This didn’t mean those who had them could not come to Christ and be redeemed from the lawless lives. But no one started advocating getting tattoos so that they could fit in with the culture. (Seems like there has been a lot of ink, pardon the pun, spilt over changing the culture for Jesus over the last 25 years or so… how is getting tattoos changing the culture I wonder?)

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Top 10 Guy Movies of All Time, According to Timothy

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Well, since in posted my top 10 chick flicks of all time, I thought it only just and right to attempt to post my top 10 guy movies of all time. Please note that this is a real challenge since there are so many great guy movies out, compared to chick flicks. After all, once you have seen one chick flick, you get the idea. It’s only a variation between actors and supposed outcomes. Basic plot line: boy meets girl, conflict arise, conflict subsides, happily ever after.

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Prayer Changes Us, Not God

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I have really enjoyed re-reading A.W. Pink’s The Sovereignty of God, and noticed that the last time, I didn’t finish it. I had one chapter to go: God’s Sovereignty and Prayer. That chapter alone is worth the price of the book, for it really dispels the belief that we can change God via our prayer.

This is a common misconception among evangelicals. They tell stories of how certain people prayed so much and because of that, were able to do so much. The story is often told that Martin Luther would pray three hours a day. Well-meaning Christians often point out that this is why God used Martin Luther to start the Reformation. I think those people get it completely backwards. God did not use Martin Luther to start the Reformation because he prayed three hours a day. Martin Luther prayed three hours a day because God used him.

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The Judgment Seat of Christ

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For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 5:10.

When human history finally comes to a conclusion, and all the people of all time stand up before the final throne of judgment, I imagine there will be two overall responses. The first response will be complete and utter joy on the part of those who are found in Christ. The other response will be shock, outrage and anger on the part of those who find themselves naked and exposed before our Supreme Judge. In this post, I would like to look at the response of those who are born-again.

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Top 10 Chick Flicks of All Time!

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Well, at least my top 10. No, I’m not finding my feminine side or any of that blather. There are just a few movies that I do enjoy that fall into the category of “chick flick.” This list was born out of a conversation on Facebook. Here is my list, not in any particular order.

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