Friday, September 26, 2014

Remnant Network 19

Kopp Disclosure
(John 3:19-21)



    Paul, the proverbial founder of the Confessing Church Movement, has often said the major problem in churches is the Bible is no longer the God-breathed authority for faith and morality in churches.


    Many/most (you speculate) churches no longer consider the Bible to be divine revelation without parallel; but rather a witness among many to what, uh, maybe, uh, could be, uh, never really know for sure, is divine revelation for faith and morality.


    Twain?  Maclaine?  Osteen?  Philistine?  You pick!

    Many/most (you speculate) churches think anybody's word is as good as anybody else's word on any subject: "I know that's what Jesus and the Bible say buuuuuuut I think."


    So that's why there's so much theological/spiritual confusion reigning in many/most (you speculate) churches.

    With no absolute standard for faith and morality, there's no, uh, absolute standard for faith and morality.

    Hence, there are very few standards left in many/most (you speculate) churches.

    Many/most (you speculate) churches operate like D.C.

    What's popular...right now...rules.

    Faith/Ethics are chained to emotion, exigency, and existential appeal.


    Howard and William Hendricks have written one of the best guides for devotional Bible reading that has ever hit my desk: Living by the Book.

    It's a how-to get the most out of reading the Bible.




    Sure as heaven ain't...


    They have a chart on page 208 titled "What Does the Bible Really Say?"

    Graphically, they illustrate the aforementioned: "Nearly every major heresy begins with a misreading of the Biblical text.  Here are a handful of common misstatements, as well as what the Bible says."

    They juxtapose "What Some People Say" to "What the Bible Says."


    People: "Money is the root of all evil."
    Bible: "The love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10).

    People: "Jesus never claimed to be God."
    Bible: "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30).

    People: "All religions lead to the same end.  No one religion is right."
    Bible: "There is salvation in no one else" (Acts 4:12).

    Now go back to the proverbial founder of the CCM.


    People: "Marriage is between two people."
    Bible: "Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female...Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife..." (Matthew 19:3ff).

    Did you know that when our government and even some mainline denominations deliberate on the meaning of marriage, they don't just read what the Bible says about it?

    Did you know that when the current Governor of Illinois celebrated an extra-non-Biblical meaning of marriage that had just become law that he quoted 1 Corinthians 13 out of context to pretend a fashionably popular and contemporary prejudice about marriage is somehow consistent with Biblical revelation?

    Now go back to the proverbial founder of the CCM.





Blessings and Love!

1 comment:

Jim said...

Sad but sooooo true. Not so much that folks don't listen to the Bible, but many/most have given in to the persistent itching of their ears that is only relieved by hearing what they want to hear and calling it truth, regardless of the source. Ears to hear, but tuned only to those frequencies that make us feel good about ourselves.

A question, actually THE question, I've been wresting with for over a month now is "Where is Jesus?" Is he seated at the right hand of the Father, or is he in the midst of any and all gatherings of two or more who believe in him? Or is it both/and? Is he alive in memory only, or actually/actively/tangibly present and accounted for in the world? Is he in our/his c/Church? If he is can/do we really acknowledge and respond to his presence? If he isn't, why not, and does it matter to us that he's not with us? On and on.

More questions than answers. All I know/believe is that if Jesus isn't more real/present/alive than any and everyone/thing else, there's a BIG problem.

Will be preaching on this question on 10/12. Likely to be my last sermon because after 7 years out of a pulpit I'm getting the idea the Lord does not intend for me to fill a pastoral/preaching role any more. Just what his pleasure/plan is for me, if he wants me to continue in ministry as a vocation, well, it beats me.

Thanking Him for those keeping the faith in the little corner of his kingdom in Belvediere,