Walking away from gospel orthodoxy or disconnecting from the stream of church history should strike terror in our hearts. But because of personal compromise, far too many believers are found “walking in the counsel of the wicked, standing in the path of sinners and seated with the scoffers” rather than defending the faith to the death.
When was the last time you thought deeply about the consequences of “little” erroneous theological decisions that can subtly distort both your faith and practice? The Apostle Paul’s grave concern in 2 Corinthians 11:3 was that we would be so easily led astray by the Devil from our “simplicity and devotion to Christ.” The pastor who lacks theological discretion is of all men most pitied.
As I survey the rough terrain of compromise, there are many reasons, but seven to be sure, why people depart from the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 4):
Darryl Dash on 21 lessons he has gleaned since embarking on a journey to plant a church six months ago.
There’s a certain way to minister to Christians struggling with certain things like homosexuality, but Alan Chambers is, to put it lightly, walking on thin ice. Bottom line is that he’s espousing what Dietrich Bonhoeffer would call “cheap grace”. Not only that, but he seems to be confusing sanctification for justification when he responded to one of his critics by saying “It’s abundantly clear: believers are no longer slaves to sin but to righteousness. That means we have been sanctified—made righteous—completely”. I do agree with Chambers’ point about the hypocrisy of illuminating one particular sin while ignoring others. Generally speaking, the major criticism of Chambers’ theology seems to be that he’s missing the forest for the trees.
Agreed with most of them, and chuckled at quite a few (tongue-in-cheek) comments:
At last week’s Youth Camp, I hosted a workshop for the guys on 10 things they should know about girls. Before I got into the topic, I distributed index cards to each guy and asked them to write on it the one thing that they wanted girls to know about guys. “This is your one chance in life to send a legitimate anonymous message to the girls about what you wish they knew about you.”
I then collected the cards and sent them up to my wife, Shona, who read them out to a similar workshop for the girls. So what did the guys want the girls to know about them? Here’s a selection from the cards:
At a certain point, loitering ceased being friends standing around making smalltalk and started being friends standing around engaging in parallel, but separate, one-on-one dialogues with their smartphones. For me, the most ridiculous example in which I was victimized by a multitasker was when I was sharing about a tough week while a friend decided to look up something on YouTube on his iphone. Though I can laugh about it now, that really grinded my gears hahaha:
For the modern professional, multitasking is an immutable part of daily life. Yet 97% of us are hopeless at it. It’s a well-cited observation that juggling two or more things at once depletes our health and harms our productivity. As we clock in more hours on smartphones and social networks, we’ve ushered in the “provisional conversation”: a face-to-face discussion that falls apart as one or more participants default to checking their phones, only to restart as the handsets are put back away. But why is it that when we talk about multitasking, we focus exclusively on how it hurts the multitasker?
The real cost isn’t borne by this person at all. Rather, it’s an annoying penalty that is unceremoniously dumped on everyone else. In this way, economists would argue that multitasking generates negative externalities. Like rising insurance premiums or pollution from a neighbor’s chimney, its costly effects are burdened on the nearby people who had no say in the matter — the ignored dinner partner, the irritated bystanders, the disappointed team members. One disgruntled wife said, “Because my husband was glued to his laptop every evening, our kids missed out on having a dad.” Another analyst stated, “I hate meeting with my boss because he’s on his BlackBerry the whole time. It makes me feel stupid.” The costs of these deteriorating relationships are difficult to quantify, but the injustice is becoming too big to ignore.