Sunday, August 17, 2014
Remnant Network - 5
"Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and
perceived that they were uneducated, common men,
they were astonished. And they recognized that
they had been with Jesus."
I have mourned, confessed, and prayed/tried to repent from my sin in the booth during the last election for POTUS.
Convinced neither candidate really intended to honor Jesus by the book, I decided to vote for the lesser of two evils.
As I left the voting booth early that November morning, it dawned on me: "Voting for the lesser of two evils is still evil."
Whether you agree with my inspiration/indigestion, the Biblical maxim is true.
We are either for Jesus or not for Jesus in every thought, decision, and action.
We are either honoring Him by the book or we are not honoring Him by the book; except, of course, when it comes to stuff that some trivialists will mention to distract us from the point.
Anyway, once to every woman/man and nation/church comes the moment to decide...
I think of the bravehearted elder and lawyer who confronted one of the most shamelessly aggressive eisegetes that I'd ever witnessed during a special presbytery meeting after the dude rationalized the abominations of an increasingly apostate denomination and said, in effect, we gots ta compromise on the Word every now and then to get along with the culture: "The Jesus I know of the New Testament wasn't very compromising."
The proverbial father of the Confessing Church Movement comes to mind as he said this to one of those fainthearted clergy types who love the perks, pleasures, vocational securities, and other temporal niceties that come to 'em by accommodating the infidelities of those who provide 'em after the silly guy claimed having, at least, polity in common: "If we don't have Jesus and the Bible in common, we have nothing in common!"
Ah, let Him speak for Himself: "No one gets to the Father except through Me."
Unless you're a really, really, really good eisegete, ain't no place in the Bible that you find Him pretending good and evil have anything in common.
He also has some tough to damning things to say especially to clergy about choosing cultural accommodations over Him; but, of course, if you're one of 'em, you've already deleted that from your holy book in a rationalizing Jeffersonian kinda way.
That's why remnant isn't the majority...yet...in a Philippians 2:9-11 kinda way.
I'm convinced cultural accommodators don't really believe Jesus has the keys to eternal life.
For if they did,...
If I have to explain that to you,...
Accommodators remind me of Procter and Gamble's Swash: "targeted to Gen Yers who tend to re-wear their clothes rather than wash them after every use."
Swash will "fresh it up, smooth it out, steam it out, and get it out."
In other words, Swash neutralizes the odors for a while that won't really go away without a good washing.
Reminds me of a, uh, friend when I was studying in Germany who applied lots of perfume to try to convince me that she bathed more often than weekly.
Once we got a little closer if you know what I mean, she still smelled badly.
No amount of perfume could cover up the stink just below the surface.
Catch the metaphor?
Unless there's some real cleaning up via confession and repentance with Jesus by the book as focus and filter, the stink's gonna remain and get worse.
Remnant tells the truth about pewsitters and pulpiteers and frachisers who try to cover up their stinkiness with rationalizing and accommodating and increasingly apostate perfumes.
Remnant washes not swashes.
Blessings and Love!