Friday, July 24, 2009

Moral relativism...big words with big power. I've been watching clips of my "good friend" John MacArthur on Larry King Live debating issues with people from every corner of the spiritual world. I like hearing how He addresses the issues in a non emotional, pointed, relevant way. Always showing respect and love for the one opposite him. The one thing that jumped out at me was the way that he always points to the authority of scripture to form his conclusions. Everyone else says "I think..." or "In my opinion..." or "From my experience...". John says, "Jesus said..." or "The scriptures are clear..." . He asks people, "By what authority have you made that assumption?" Personal offences or disagreements are never shown on his face. His concern for the other person's understanding and joy are evident. It's refreshing!

So many people are turning to the world view of all inclusiveness and errancy of the Bible for the sake of peace and unity. I admit, life and the Christian walk would be much easier if I could do that, but that wouldn't be Jesus' way. Why on Earth would Jesus ask us to live or die for Him if His directives were not clear???? The martyrs would have died for nothing!! If everything is in the "grey" area, then we don't have to stand for anything. There would be nothing to be passionate about, no truth to live for. No wonder the color grey is so depressing. Nothing rots my socks more than Christians watering down the Word of God in the name of love. Sure, Jesus came to bring grace, to defeat legalism and to show the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law, but the Church has thrown the spirit of the law out with the bathwater. It saddens me to see people taking His name in vain this way, but at the same time it brings me great hope and joy to see others, like MacArthur, Piper, Driscoll (and many more) braving the front lines, with humility, boldness and preparedness for their love of Jesus and humanity.

"I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it."
Matthew 16:18

To hear a great debate on the existence of Satan, go to "Nightline Face-Off- Does Satan Exist?" on YouTube. This gives you an idea of where the Church and society are headed.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I've been reading John Piper's "Don't waste your life". It is making me think hard about what really matters. Most people would probably say that love is what life is all about...and they would be right. The problem however, is what does love mean? There are countless definitions of love and the only one that matters is the one God means. Piper says it so much better than I...

"For most people, love is to be made much of. Almost everything in our Western culture serves this distortion of love. We are taught in a thousand ways that love means increasing someone's self esteem. Love is helping someone feel good about themselves. Love is giving someone a mirror and helping him see what he is. This is not what the Bible says love is. Love is doing what is best for someone. We are made to see and savor God. To make them feel good about themselves when they are made to feel good about seeing God is like taking someone to the Alps and locking them in a room full of mirrors... God loves us by liberating us from the bondage of self so we can enjoy knowing Him and admiring Him forever."

I so wish that love would be understood this way...especially by Christians. I so wish that I would love this way...especially Christians. Again...the world ignores God.