Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Church — August 18, 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 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 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 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 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 Church — July 23, 2018
Simple Church — July 18, 2018

Simple Church

“Assembly” is probably the closest English word to “ekklesia”, which is commonly mistranslated as “church” in our English Bibles.

But even “assembly” falls short.

In the common usage of the day when the New Testament was written, “ekklesia” almost always referred to the participatory governing authority in a city …

Made up of local citizens appointed by a larger empire.

In Israel during Jesus’ time on Earth, the local ekklesia under Roman rule was the Sanhedrin.

Each city or provence had their own local ekklesia, appointed by the conquering Roman empire to assemble and manage the affairs of the city through local citizens selected by the emperor.

It was democratic as to internal function, but not ultimate authority.

The idea of Christ building His ekklesia, therefore, was both subversive to Roman ears, but fully in line with His further teachings on His Kingdom.

Unfortunately, “church” today has little to do – either as to form or function – with what “ekklesia” actually meant when the New Testament was written.

To really understand the Bible, we need to learn what it actually said when written, based on the meaning and context of the words used …

Rather than reading back into those words our contrary post-New Testament meanings.

Simple Faith — July 15, 2018
Simple Church — July 10, 2018

Simple Church

There are four verses in the New Testament which admonish Christians to sing together when we gather …

And the ONLY reason given is to encourage one another.

The idea of worship in the church as a way to experience, encounter or invoke God’s presence is not found in the New Testament.

Rather, it is from the Old Testament idea of the temple, where you went to encounter God.

In contrast, under the New Covenant, we have become God’s temple because He now dwells in us.

Thus, we sing to express God’s presence already in us, not to bring His presence to us.

And we are to do it congregationally for the purpose of encouraging one another …

Not as a staged performance to manipulate intense reactions which we then call “God”.

Simple Church — July 9, 2018

Simple Church

Most of what we call “worship” today …

Is so contrived and manipulative as to be an affront to God.

Most are so unwilling to submit their concept of “worship” to what the New Testament actually says is worship …

That they don’t even care.

Simple Church — July 5, 2018

Simple Church

Did you know that the English word “church” does not come from the New Testament …

But derives from an old German word “Circe”, denoting gatherings of those engaged in occult practices related to pagan gods …

From which our word “circus” also comes …

Which may explain why “church” today looks nothing like the New Testament concept of “ekklesia” – which is mistranslated “church”.

Maybe it’s time to take a second look at Scripture through the lens of the actual words actually used …

And what they actually meant when selected by the Holy Spirit to become the New Testament …

Rather than using our contrary, post-New Testament words and meanings.

Simple Church — July 2, 2018

Simple Church

Don’t be deceived by cries of “unity” by those who reject God’s plenary authority of Scripture …

And then have the hubris to expect fellowship around a Jesus of their own creation and perception.

Simple Discipleship — July 1, 2018
Simple Faith — June 29, 2018

Simple Faith

What if you actually studied the New Testament and the original, actual meanings of the words it contains?

What if you studied it a second time and then a third time?

And, after all that, what if you discovered that what you call “worship” …

Isn’t?

What if …

Simple Church — June 27, 2018

Simple Church

Jesus is our Lord who loves us …

Not our lover.

Unfortunately, the words and mood of too many songs that pass for “worship” these days …

Seem to confuse this vital difference.

 

Simple Church — June 23, 2017

Simple Church

“Assembly” is probably the closest English word to “ekklesia”, which is commonly mistranslated as “church” in our English Bibles.

But even “assembly” falls short.

When the NT was written, “ekklesia” almost always – in the common usage of the day – referred to a participatory assembly of local citizens appointed as the governing authority, under Rome, in a city or region.

In Israel during Jesus’ time on Earth, the local ekklesia under Roman rule was the Sanhedrin.

Each city or provence had their own local ekklesia, which oversaw local affairs under Roman authority through local citizens selected by the emperor.

The internal function of each ekklesia, in their own locale, was democratic – with full participation and say by each member – just like a State assembly or town council today.

The idea of Christ building His ekklesia, therefore, was subversive to Roman ears, but fully in line with His further teachings on His Kingdom.

Unfortunately, “church” today has little to do – either as to form or function – with what “ekklesia” actually meant when the New Testament was written.

To really understand the Bible, we need to learn what it actually said when written, based on the meaning and context of the words used, rather than reading back into those words our conflicting post-New Testament meanings.

Simple Faith — June 21, 2017

Simple Faith

Most of what we call “worship” today …

Is so contrived and manipulative as to be an affront to God.

Most are so unwilling to submit their concept of “worship” to what the New Testament actually says is worship …

That they don’t even care.