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.
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?)
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.
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.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” 2 Corinthians 5:10.
From unsaved pastors and teachers in the church, to the most ardent atheist, all who are found outside of Christ on judgment day are in for a rude awakening.
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.