Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Faith — February 3, 2017

Simple Faith

The naïve theological relativism and narcissism we see among too many “Christians” lately …

Is rooted in past postmodern, “existential” philosophies of individual autonomy.

Is it any wonder, then, that we see an emphasis on new “doctrines” which try to:

  • Define Christ, and our relationship to Him, by our own subjective perceptions of Him?
  • Redefine grace in ways that destroy all concepts of objective standards?
  • And dismiss God’s plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word?

Nonetheless, God is calling forth His own:

Those who truly want to know Him on His terms …

As they worship Him once again in spirit and in truth with lives of reverent obedience.

Anything less is fraudulent “faith”.

Simple Truth — February 2, 2017
Simple Discipleship — February 1, 2017
Simple Faith — December 31, 2016
Simple Faith — October 29, 2016
Simple Faith — October 25, 2016
Simple Faith — October 22, 2016
Simple Faith — August 29, 2016
Simple Faith — August 26, 2016
Simple Virtue — June 25, 2016
Simple Faith — April 6, 2016
Simple Truth — November 29, 2015
Simple Virtue — April 23, 2021

Simple Virtue

The clamorous “declare” and “proclaim” crowd seems more driven by the anxiety of their own fears and insecurities …

Than authentic faith.

Authentic faith, in contrast, quietly goes forth in the power of Godly confidence and assurance …

To actually redeem lives and the world around them.

Simple Church — March 24, 2021

Simple Church

Successful New Testament church requires that we successfully re-align our concepts of “worship” with the New Testament.

That’s because what most people call “worship”, isn’t.

At least, according to what the New Testament calls worship.

Yet we project our post-New Testament traditions and contemporary experiences back onto that word …

And make it a requirement for our gatherings, rather than taking the time to see what it really is according to the New Testament.

Yes, we are encouraged to sing praises together when we meet, but only in four passages in the New Testament.

Two of those passages say why.

It is not to “worship” as we now define that word, but to encourage one another.

That destroys the modern narrative of “worship” being some intense personal experience of God’s presence, driven by some separate “worship” band that ushers us there.

Rather, “worship” in the New Testament is a life of obedience and obeisance, 24-7. That’s it.

It is not a Sunday service. It is an ongoing lifestyle.

We singing God’s praises when we assemble together, however, to express to one another God’s presence already in us because of that lifestyle …

So as to encourage each other in that lifestyle.

New Testament church will never work until we define worship as the New Testament does, and sing together as the New Testament commands …

Rather than projecting our fleshly desires borne of religious traditions back onto God’s Word.

Simple Truth — January 9, 2021
Simple Faith — January 8, 2021

Simple Faith

It’s gotta be said: 

If you got caught up in all the “prophetic words” about Trump being re-elected from the Elijah List of for-profit non-prophets and other self-appointed, unaccountable and attention grabbing “prophetic” crazies … 

Or you got caught up in the bizarre world of Q-Anon delusions … 

You need to humbly examine yourself, return to the Sovereign God of Scripture, embrace the simple – yet comprehensive – power and authority of His Word, and commit to healthy Christian community where you can begin to find balance in your life. 

When you do, there will be no need or desire to pursue counterfeit realities or distracting, drama laden “solutions”. 

Yes, there are real issues, and yes there are those who are authentically prophetic … 

But God is not a freak show and what you gave yourselves over to was not of Him. 

True disciples, who put their trust wholly in Him and His Word and are committed to healthy Christian community, will learn to discern the difference. 

Those who don’t, won’t. 

Repent, and get about the hard work of rebuilding the foundations in your own life and in our nation … 

Before it’s too late.

Simple Virtue — October 2, 2020

Simple Virtue

These days, if you oppose the Leftist political views held by many (but certainly not all) black organizations, it is called racism – even if you oppose those views because you want the best for the black community.

Thus, according to how oppressive “progressives” have redefined the word, you are “racist” based on legitimate political differences even if you care deeply about what’s happening in the black community.

This twisting of language by the Left is insidious, and is used by the Left to stifle honest debate over their political policies that are actually doing great harm to the black community.

Don’t let the rhetoric of hate from the Left silence you:

Renounce their oppressive policies that are destroying Black lives, Black families and Black communities;

Proclaim with confidence those Godly principles – like worth, dignity and responsibility, in the context of faith, family and community – which offer true hope for all as we seek to heal our broken nation; and

Stand for virtue.

Only then will the true racists be unmasked.

Simple Faith — September 19, 2018
Simple Faith — September 18, 2018
Simple Truth — September 17, 2018

Simple Truth

Some “Christians” have embraced identity politics, leading them to support candidates who promote abortion, gender confusion, marriage malaise and religious intolerance.

They’ve become reprobates, having traded the God of Scripture …

For the lies of Satan.

Simple Discipleship — September 16, 2018
Simple Faith — September 15, 2018
Simple Church — September 14, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 13, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The main difference between popular existential ideologies and Biblical Christianity comes down to perspective:

What’s the ultimate framework for truth, reality and morality?

Our sensibilities …

Or God’s sovereignty?

Simple Virtue — September 12, 2018
Simple Truth — September 11, 2018
Simple Faith — September 10, 2018

Simple Faith

Our worse failings are redemptive if we let God use them to get our attention and transform us.

Alternatively, we can let them destroy us.

That’s why I seldom freak out when someone stumbles – I’ve seen many times how it can be an amazingly redemptive event.

But whether for destruction or redemption, it’s always our choice.

That’s because spiritual maturity is not about perfection …

But rather how we deal with our imperfections.

Simple Church — September 9, 2018

Simple Church

Few are willing to do the hard work of actually being the church …

As an active community of believers engaged in encouraging and ministering to one another throughout their daily lives.

Most, instead, are content to surrender the “church” to those paid to do it for them …

From an elevated podium on Sunday morning.

Be exceptional!

Dare to be the church as the New Testament actually shows it …

And leave that other stuff behind.

Simple Truth — September 8, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 7, 2018
Simple Discipleship — September 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

Because I love Christ, I open my home and my life to those abused by people who use Christ to exploit others.

Because I love Christ, I minister to those in jail and the woods who polite society won’t dirty their lives with.

Because I love Christ, I love His body rather than the man-centered institution often called the “church” these days.

Because I love Christ, I am willing to exceed my comfort zones.

How about you?

Simple Discipleship — September 5, 2018
Simple Truth — September 4, 2018
Simple Church — September 3, 2018

Simple Church

Church in the New Testament is never about gathering to experience God’s presence …

But about expressing His presence – hopefully already in you – one to another to encourage and strengthen each other.

Nor is it about having a “worship service” …

But about including congregational singing of God’s praises to encourage one another so we can live daily lives of reverant obedience to Him, which is true worship.

It also is never about a monologue sermon by the one …

But about all ministering one to another to motivate each other to love and good works.

So why do Christians accept anything less …

Each Sunday morning?

Simple Love — September 2, 2018

Simple Love

Being an adult means fully bearing the cost, and the consequences, of our own choices.

Unfortunately, many parents today don’t let that happen …

Then wonder why their “grown” kids are such failures at life.

Tragically, I frequently see this as I go into our local jail …

Mostly among twenty-something white boys from middle class families.

Even more tragically, the parents and their churches often continue – out of guilt – to enable their immaturity even when they get out.

It never turns out well.

Do them a favor:

Let ’em fail!

Stop enabling them and let them begin to experience the full, unmitigated consequences of their choices …

Even if it means they go homeless and risk destitution until they begin making mature decisions and start to grow up.

Being allowed to become homeless and nearly destitute will be a great shock to them – and they may initially stumbled badly – but with time I’ve always seen it turn out to be the best thing for them.

For the first time, they learn to grow up and own their own future.

These are not theoretical musings, but how our churches over the years have helped guys from the jail who had no family but needed to grow up.

Today, they all are men of honor and purpose.

In the long run, tough love may be the best love you can give.

Simple Love — September 1, 2018
Simple Truth — August 31, 2018