Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Church — January 14, 2017
Simple Church — October 23, 2016

Simple Church

​A local pastor introduced himself to me and asked about “my” church.

I shared how we don’t follow the traditional model of a sole-proprietor “pastor” who preaches and runs the “service” every Sunday.

Rather, my role is to be an elder who – with others – unassumingly insures a safe environment so everyone feels free to minister one to another, each according to their own gifts as prompted by the Holy Spirit  …

Just like it says in the New Testament.

He thought for a while, then said he guessed that was OK – after all, “God spoke once through a jackass.”

Seriously, he said that!

Simple Truth — August 17, 2018
Simple Love — August 16, 2018

Simple Love

Guys in jail ask me how to find a good church when they get out.

I tell them that if they visit on Sunday and no one ever invites them home to share friendship and a meal after a couple of weeks, move on …

It’s just a meeting, not a church.

Simple Virtue — August 15, 2018
Simple Church — August 14, 2018
Simple Church — August 13, 2018
Simple Faith — August 12, 2018

Simple Faith

“Worship” has been reduced from its dual Biblical meanings of obeisance and obedience …

To music that makes us feel good.

Somewhere along the way, I think we lost our focus.

Simple Truth — August 11, 2018
Simple Faith — August 10, 2018
Simple Truth — August 9, 2018

Simple Truth

“Churches” abandon New Testament roots for staged, scripted events each Sunday morning …

Not for the ultimate benefit of their members,

But their “leaders”.

Simple Faith — August 8, 2018

Simple Faith

Jesus never told people they were saved by asking him into their heart …

But by repenting and submitting to his Father’s will and Kingdom.

If Jesus is truly in your heart, it’s because of the latter, not the former.

Those who proclaim otherwise …

Are preaching a lie.

Simple Church — August 7, 2018

Simple Church

How we measure “church” success:

Ministry by one gifted man to fifty others each Sunday morning …

That’s nice.

Ministry by one gifted man to hundreds …

Now you’re talkin’!

Ministry by one gifted man to thousands …

Mega success!!

How the New Testament measures church success:

Each using their gifts …

For ministry one to another.

Simple Discipleship — August 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The me-centered, overly subjective, need-a-high addiction to contrived intensity that many call “worship” these days …

Is an affront to God and His true holiness.

Fortunately, God is calling out those who want to serve Him on His terms, which is true worship …

Rather than feed their insecurities.

Simple Truth — August 5, 2018
Simple Truth — August 4, 2018
Simple Faith — August 3, 2018
Simple Faith — August 2, 2018

Simple Faith

A purely subjective Jesus without the plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Leads to an inauthentic Jesus who is just Being and relationship but not Word and truth.

Likewise, the plenary authority of Scripture without Jesus alive in us …

Leads to an inauthentic Jesus who is just Word and truth but not Being and relationship.

Each extreme – born of an endless cycle of reaction to the other – chronicles two tragic trends of Church history.

Unfortunately, we still see these extremes all too evident today.

Maturity embraces the fulness of Christ – both His Person and what He has revealed in His written Word of Scripture.

Yet where my subjective perception of Him parts with His written self-disclosure and objective precepts, my perception must yield to Scripture.

There can be no maturity in Christ apart from these essentials of the faith.

Simple Faith — August 1, 2018

Simple Faith

Salvation isn’t about “asking Jesus into your heart”.

There’s nothing in the New Testament which says that.

Rather, it’s about repenting and submitting to His Kingdom …

On His terms, not ours.

In the final day …

That’s the only Gospel that counts.

Simple Church — July 31, 2018

Simple Church

There are no “worship leaders” in the New Testament.

Nope, not, nada.

In fact, the very concept is utterly missing from “church” as actually taught in Scripture.

Could your notions of “church”, therefore, be more about your post-Biblical presumptions …

Than actually submitting to God’s Word instead?

Simple Church — July 30, 2018

Simple Church

Reject God’s authority of Scripture as revealed, transcendent and propositional truth …

And ekklesia is impossible.

It’s like cats trying to herd themselves.

Simple Church — July 29, 2018

Simple Church

Someone asked if I believe in women clergy.

No way, no how!

But then again, I don’t believe in men clergy either. 😉

Seriously, there is no clergy/laity divide in the New Testament.

Instead, we are ALL commanded to submit one to another as we minister to each other …

No matter the level of grace, differing function or diverse gifts we’ve been given.

Simple Faith — July 28, 2018

Simple Faith

The true Gospel doesn’t appeal to our vanities through the compromising enticements of men …

But convicts us of our sin through the uncompromised power of the Holy Spirit.

Simple Truth — July 27, 2018
Simple Virtue — July 26, 2018
Simple Church — July 25, 2018

Simple Church

Three things not found in the New Testament:

– Current prevailing concepts of “pastor”;

– Current prevailing concepts of “worship”; and

– Current prevailing concepts of “church”.

My God bring forth those with the courage to pursue the authentic as He defines it …

Rather than remain stuck in post-biblical human traditions.

Simple Truth — July 24, 2018