September 2008


Biblical Christianity will offend the masses that embrace cultural christianity (postmodern) or any of today’s blended, American emerging churches. There is a growing hostility toward those who choose to follow Biblical Christianity. God’s way seems too narrow and impossible.

In a world of religious alternatives that offer all God’s blessings and promises without accountability, His absolute truth doesn’t fit. Biblical values become a source of reproof and offense to those (christian post-modernists) who have chosen the wide, popular way.

Do you know what “cultural christianity/christian post-modernists” looks like?

A Biblical Christian …

A Christian Post-modernist

Believes in the absolute reality of facts, observation and logic

Believes that facts & truth become facts & truth after the observer experiences it.

Trusts absolute truth

Reject absolute truth and points out the assumptions by which truths are based

Is a Biblical monotheist and

believes in one absolute truth

Is a spiritual pluralist and believes all religions require assumptive reasoning and are therefore equal

Has a relationship with reality based on attempting to discern the absolutes

Has a relationship with the group whose view of reality benefits him/her the most

Has faith in doctrines of absolutism,bases beliefs, values and hope on a revealed doctrine

Is a moral relativist and bases beliefs, values and hope on an agreed upon doctrine

Seeks objective knowledge (religious, mathematical, historical record, etc.) that supports their

absolutist doctrine

Seeks objective knowledge and reworks doctrines to include or ignore said knowledge

Wants society to follow Biblical or cultural standards which are considered inherently correct

Wants to set their own standards and values and believes that society should grant as much right to this as possible

Believes that sexual guidelines and boundaries are fixed by absolutist doctrine

Believes that humans are free to choose their own sexuality and identity.

Judges right and wrong by absolute standards

Judges right and wrong upon agreed standards but recognizes that those standards may change

Favors favors a Newtonian view of the universe

Favors an Einsteinian view of the universe

Emphasizes creed or logical proposition

Emphasizes story, personal discovery, journey…

Desires to see all embrace the absolutist doctrine

Celebrates a diversity of post-modern spirituality/unity.

Sees that Biblical evangelism makes sense

Sees that Biblical truth is relative and dismisses whatever doesn’t feel compatible with personal journey

Believes that contact with “other gods” is forbidden and that promised personal peace and oneness can only come through Christ.

Believes that other gods and cultures can produce ultimate peace and oneness to their believers.

 Thank you to the hardworking ministry of Crossroads.

 

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Biblical Christianity means joined to Jesus Christ through faith in what He did for us at the cross, living His life through us so that others might know Him. This love may include sharing His warnings as well as His promises with friends and family. It is knowing Truth as only revealed through Scripture.

The established (visible) Church, like Old Testament Israel, has always tended to drift away from its devotion to God and resemble the world/culture, subject to the same human deceptions, impulses, conveniences, and cultural distortions of Christianity. 

Consider some of the differences between Biblical faith and today’s cultural deviations. Sometimes we all find ourselves on the cultural side of the chart below. It can be a very real battle to remain single-minded and Christ-centered.

But this is the nature of the battle and the willingness
to fight it must be our obedient response.

Biblical Christianity will offend the masses that embrace cultural christianity or any of today’s blended, American emerging churches. There is a growing hostility toward those who choose to follow Biblical Christianity. God’s way seems too narrow and impossible.

In a world of religious alternatives that offer all God’s blessings and promises without accountability, His absolute truth doesn’t fit. Biblical values become a source of reproof and offense to those who have chosen the wide, popular way.

 

 Biblical Christianity

Only understood by those who are joined to Christ through the cross

 Cultural Christianity

Believed by the masses to represent genuine Christianity

 It is…  A personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ, based on faith. John 17:20-26; Rom. 8:37-39 A religion based on humanist logic, “feel good” experiences,  and popular interpretations of Scriptures.
Come to God through… Faith in Jesus Christ Who has revealed Himself in His Word and by His Spirit. John 14:6  Faith that our own good works and intentions are good enough.
View the Bible as:  The absolute, unchanging, Word of God. The Bible is inspired and guarded by God — including its honest reports about evil acts among God’s people. 2 Tim. 3:16; 1 Pet 1:25 A collection of guidelines, allegories, myths, and stories useful for good living. Offensive verses must be ignored.
 Our goal is… God’s approval. To know Him, do His will, follow His way, and live each moment in fellowship with Him — by His wonderful grace! Gal.1:10 People’s approval. To please, not offend, the world and its communities. Fun, feel-good fellowship.
Source of Strength God’s unlimited grace and power. Gal. 2:20; Phil. 4:19  Our human abilities — plus God’s help when “needed.”
 See our human self as…  Weak and inadequate apart from Christ. 2 Cor. 12:9-10  Strong and capable if we have confidence in Self.
 See sin as…  Leading to spiritual bondage and death. Rom. 6:23  A normal part of life. Ignore it, or you might offend someone. Or enjoy it, for “God understands” you needs and inclinations.
 Deal with sin through…  Confession and faith: trusting Jesus as the “Lamb,” our Savior who bore our sins on cross. Rom. 6:1-6  Try to do better next time, or just tolerate it. Don’t offend anyone by making them feel guilty.
 Caring for people…  Bring people to Christ. Demonstrate God’s love. Trust God to meet needs by His Spirit working through our surrendered lives. Rom. 12:9-18 Bring people to the church or group. Don’t tolerate uncompromising Christians who might offend people. Do to others as you would have others do to you.
 Response to suffering:  Trust God to use suffeering to deepen our faith and endurance, prepare us for ministry, and demonstrate His love and power. 2 Cor. 1:3-11  Pray, endure, and trust that God will help. It’s okay to challenge God’s love, power, and purpose — and to seek quick relief through whatever means available — no matter how it conflicts with His Word.
 Commitment: Trust and follow God. No compromise. Rather die than betray our Lord. Rom. 12:1-2  Trust and follow feelings and human logic. Compromise essential to avoid offending the world.
 Expect to…  Face rejection and persecution. John 15:20-21  Get along and influence the world.
 Outreach: Bring God’s love and good news to the needy, then bring the needy to Jesus. Adapt the church to the “community” so that everyone will feel at home.
 Daily hope:  Eternity with Jesus, our Shepherd and King. 1 Peter 1:3-9  Success, acceptance of all people, fun and fellowship in this life.

“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are saved
and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death
leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.
And who is sufficient for these things?”

2 Corinthians 2:14-16

(Adapted from Crossroads a hardworking ministry dedicated to providing vital facts and Biblical encouragement that will help us prepare for a global society that shows little tolerance for the Christian world view )

Just Give Me Jesus

I don’t want . . .
 centering prayers,  breathing prayers, contemplative prayers
  repetitive words, or  mindless meditation

I don’t want to . . .
walk a labyrinth, sit in a lotus position, or
listen to myself breath

Just Give Me Jesus

I don’t need . . .
a spiritual director, spiritual formation
spiritual healing, or spiritual disciplines 

I don’t want to . . .
watch a candle flicker, smell incense burning
walk ancient paths, listen to tibetan drums
center my living, set the Gospel free
discover the power within me
know the sacred way, or connect with the universe

Just Give Me Jesus

I don’t need a book to . . .
build my self-confidence
provide a “course in miracles”
explain a “new earth”
tell me “what buddah would do at work”
“live in the presence”, or “celebrate discipline”

I don’t need . . .
inner healing, inner peace, or
enlightenment

There are no . . .
“secrets”, hidden mysteries, or
special knowledge

Just Give Me Jesus

I don’t want to . . .
reimagine, rediscover, or rethink Jesus

I don’t want . . .
a new reformation, a purpose driven life
to be a progressive Christian, or
emerge

I am not a . . .
post-modern, post-orthodox, or
post-evangelical

Jesus isn’t  . . .
a “velvet elvis” or “blue like jazz”, and
He doesn’t live in a “shack”

Jesus is  . . .
the King of my life
the Embodiment of Truth
the Life Everlasting
Relevant Today
the Beginning and the End

Just Give Me Jesus  

 

 

http://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com/

 September 29, 2008

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this morning

from my front porch . . .  cornstalks and apples decorate our little town

i am thinking . . .  the APPLE FESTIVAL (this weekend) preparations

i am thankful  . . . living on main street, a front row seat for the festival; and looking forward to enjoying the abundant fellowship with friends and family on our front porch!

from the kitchen . . .  organizing and finding favorite fall recipes, tomatoes for homemade salsa

i am reading . . . 2008 Christmas with Southern Living

i am hoping . . . a rainless week to work in the garden

i am planning . . . to dress the front porch for fall

around the house . . . finding 20 items a day to either sell, give-a-way, or throw away

one of my favorite things . . . order & simplicity in our home

a few plans for the rest of the week . . . creating a simple weekend meal plan, preparing for house guests, and pricing the yard sale items

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you . . .

A day in our lives to be inspired, motivated,
and encouraged to

{live simply} and

{glorify God extravagantly!}

Hosted this week by Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking  for  Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home.

Many women (including me!) are passionate about simplifying their homes, wardrobes, meals, jobs, and in general — life. With a quick glance we may all look like the world who is striving & straining to achieve this very same goal. 

However there is one subtle, yet powerful difference.

Our passion to {live simply} 
makes room to {Glorify God Extravagantly}

 

I don’t want to live with less! I want to live with more!

Jouneying on the winding and sometimes perilous, narrow road to the  mountain top {that place of peace, rest, and closeness to the King};

REQUIRES us to . . .

 . . . lighten our burden,

 . . . travel lightly,

 . . . shed the excess, and

. . . . make room {time & space} in our homes 
             and in our lives for the {King to Reign.}

Just these thoughts alone make my heart skip a beat. To have a home that is ordered; a schedule which is lighter; and a mind that is uncluttered and more Holy is the deepest desire of my heart.

LESS stuff
and MORE beauty

LESS “Christian” books, tapes, videos
and MORE of God’s pure & Holy Word

LESS noise of the culture
and MORE quiet space

LESS mindless chatter
and MORE genuine & rich friendships

LESS time-stealing, frantic errands
and MORE peaceful time at home.

LESS work
and MORE family time.

. . . for God is not a God of confusion but of peace,  . . .
{1 Corinthians14:33}
We should reflect His character and nature because He is a God of
peace and harmony, order and clarity, not strife and confusion.

{Simply Gorify God, Extravagantly!}

 

She’s
just a
simple woman,
going
through
life.

She’s
a wife,
a mother,
a grandmother,
a sister
or an aunt
but most
importantly
she’s
the daughter
of the King.

Her responsibilities include {as a daughter of the King} 
Loving Him Exclusively,
Glorifying Him continually,
Obeying Him completely,
Basking in His Grace,
and Enjoying Him the rest of her life.

How does this simple daughter respond to such riches, such peace, and privilege?

As the great King tirelessly defends her people and fights their unseen battles;
the simple thing the Loving King requires of her is {to be in the shadow of His safety} 
protecting what is His.

The Warrior

This morning my thoughts traveled along
To a place in my life where days have long since gone
Beholding an image of what I used to be
As visions were stirred, and God spoke to me

He showed me a Warrior, a soldier in place
Positioned by Heaven, yet I saw not the face
I watched as the Warrior fought enemies
That came from the darkness with destruction for me

I saw as the Warrior would dry away tears
As all of Heaven’s Angels hovered so near
I saw many wounds on the Warrior’s face
Yet weapons of warfare were firmly in place

I felt my hear weeping, my eyes held so much
As God let me feel the Warrior’s prayer touched
I thought “how familiar” the words that were prayed
The prayers were like lightening that never would fade

I said to God “please, the Warrior’s name”
He gave no reply, He chose to refrain
I asked, “Lord, who is so broken that they need such prayer?”
He showed me an image of myself standing there

Bound by confusion, lost and alone
I felt the prayers of this Warrior carry me home
I asked “Please show me Lord, the Warrior so true”
I watched and I wept,
For Mother – the Warrior – was you!

— author unknown

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” {2Corinthians 10:3-6}

5 simple ways to protect our families beginning with us:

  • Personally spend time in God’s Word to know Truth for ourselves and recognize God’s character
  • Compare the words of every Bible teacher (any interpreter of God’s Word) to Scripture — no matter how popular in the world or “respected” in our churches. Do their teaching points align completely with God’s Word? {Acts 17:11}
  • Realize that a “half truth presented as if it were the whole truth is an untruth” {John MacArthur}. Truth is an absolute. Partial truth does not exist. We cannot glean Truth from a book filled with partial truths.
  • Is the path we are on wide {embraced and accepted by the world} or is it narrow {despised, ridiculed, and often lonely}?
  • Research every Sunday School Curriculum, youth group video, small group book study on the Internet. It contains a wealth of information. Perhaps spend some time on the links recommended here under {simple truth}. Specifically search a person’s name or book title.

“Live your life in such a way

that when your feet hit the floor in the morning,

satan shudders and says . . .  ‘OH NO, she’s awake!’

— author unknown

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