Notes from church: July 5, 2009

Loss of the capacity to believe in anything beyond the senses, leads to loss of belief in the universe as a moral construct, leads to all theories of salvation sounding abstract, leads to the poverty of having only romance as a filter to approach God, leads to contemporary worship music.

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The Old Testament injunction to “Remember God” is the equivalent of the New Testament “faith”.

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I Corinthians 9.24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, [2] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

This passage simply does not reflect that beloved evangelical dichotomy, as in “… a relationship with God based on forgiveness as opposed to one based on performance.” 

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“Eternal perspective” as used in evangelical preaching, usually amounts to docetism.  Only what is done for Christ will last, and so on.  The implication is that only the ghostly souls of men will pass into the next age; spend as little work as possible on things like art, engineering, plumbing, which are hay and straw, to be burned up on the last day.   

This is a terrible, soul-killing perspective, and not what the Bible is selling. 

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