I know wonderful people who say they’ve been drawn closer to God through reading The Shack. When people feel closer to God, I wholeheartedly rejoice. But I fear some readers (not all, by any means) may feel closer to a God who is different than the God revealed in Scripture. My concern is for those who think they are coming closer to God, when they may actually be altering the biblical revelation of God into a form that is more pleasant to them because He seems less holy and fearsome. If that’s the case, then they’re not closer to God at all, just closer to a false God, an idol constructed in the image of our contemporary need for acceptance, and forged by our resistance to repentance, submission, and accountability.
Doing a little jumping around on the blog-o-sphere this weekend and came across a couple great and encouraging reads. Also included our Pastor’s message from this week. Hope you find these collection of clicks edifying.
- Randy Alcorn has a dialogue with publisher about Mary Neal’s To Heaven and Back.
I agree we should all praise God for people coming to Christ. But Jesus prayed to the Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth” (John 17:17). He did not say “their experience, even the parts of it that contradict your Word, is truth.” So can’t we praise God for people coming to Christ and praise God when what they write honors God’s Word and recognizes its authority over our words and memories?
- Frank Turk’s tackling of a moral imperative.
But then, from a Christian standpoint, there is a problem greater than self-harm: there is the problem of sin. A Christian father talks to his son about sin — not just from an accusatory place as if, as a father, one has arrived at the dizzying heights of human sanctification, but from the place as (one hopes) a battle-scarred soldier in the war against sin in one’s own life. A father, it seems to me, confesses his own sins against his own son when they are apparent to him — and seeks forgiveness. So when a Christian father has to talk to his own son about this young fellow’s sin, it is not as an impeccable jurist with nothing on the books against himself, but as a known felon who is, at least, confessed as guilty of his crimes — and working to seek the solution to sin in his own life before seeking to apply it to the unsuspecting lives of others.
- Pastor Will Toburen’s message this week on how do I fight temptation.
Evil desires invade our hearts when we question the goodness of God.
- Brian Regan trying to get some packages picked up. Funny!