Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Discipleship — September 5, 2018
Simple Love — September 1, 2018
Simple Faith — August 27, 2018
Simple Truth — August 24, 2018
Simple Faith — August 22, 2018

Simple Faith

If we’re not about redemption, then what hope does anyone have?

This is my passion.

This is my cause.

But it ain’t neat and it ain’t tidy.

It’s raw and sometimes ugly.

Because if Jesus doesn’t work for the worse of us …

Then He works for none of us.

Simple Faith — August 21, 2018
Simple Faith — August 19, 2018

Simple Faith

There’s nothing entertaining …

About authentic worship as the New Testament actually defines it.

Because worship in the New Testament means serving God with lives of humble obeisance and steadfast obedience.

Which is why authentic worship among many “churches” and “believers” …

Is so rare today.

Simple Truth — August 17, 2018
Simple Faith — August 12, 2018
Simple Truth — August 11, 2018
Simple Faith — August 10, 2018
Simple Faith — August 8, 2018

Simple Faith

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

But through faith to submit to his Kingdom rule by doing his Father’s will.

That’s called repenting.

Those who proclaim anything less …

Are preaching a lie.

Simple Discipleship — August 6, 2018

Simple Discipleship

The me-centered, contrived intensity that many call “worship” these days …

Is an affront to God’s holiness.

True worship is living lives of obeisance and obedience to Him on His terms …

Rather than pursuing our own concepts of Him to feed our own insecurities.

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

Simple Faith

It’s ironic how some think that elevating Christ as the Living Word …

Means discounting His written Word of Scripture.

Is Christ divided?

He’s all or nothing …

Because there is no pick-and-choose Jesus.

Simple Faith — August 2, 2018

Simple Faith

A “relationship” with a purely subjective Jesus, apart from His plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word …

Leads to inauthentic faith.

Likewise, “truth” from the plenary authority of Scripture without Jesus alive in us …

Also leads to an inauthentic faith.

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.

Authentic faith 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, objective precepts and propositional truths of Scripture …

I must yield to Scripture.

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

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 …

It’s the only Gospel that counts.

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 Church — July 23, 2018
Simple Discipleship — July 22, 2018
Simple Virtue — July 21, 2018
Simple Faith — July 20, 2018

Simple Faith

What is existentialism, and why does it matter?

Existentialist is a worldly philosophy which believes that each individual can define – on their own terms – what is true, right and real based on their own perceptions and personal sensibilities.

Many “Christians” do this, whether consciously or not.

They often claim to have a “high view” of Scripture, but then discount anything in it which contradicts their own perceptions and sensibilities.

Whether they call themselves “Emergent”, “Progressive”, “Red Letter”, “Beyond Evangelical”, “Neo-orthodox” Christians or whatever …

They set themselves over God’s plenary authority of Scripture by defining truth, reality and morality on their own terms to suit their own purposes.

Inevitably, this leads them to project their own perceptions and sensibilities onto Jesus Himself …

To create a “Christ” after their own likeness and image.

In essence, they end up worshipping themselves by deceiving themselves through their false Christ …

Who is nothing more than a representation of themselves.

Like any idol, this “Jesus” of their own creation then justifies their religion of self …

Both to themselves (whether knowingly or not) and to those they seek to deceive (again, whether knowingly or not).

Unfortunately, our “churches” today are filled with such people …

Because many “churches” find it’s easier to cater to such narcissism than call for true repentance.

Existential deception is a defining issue of our times because the real Jesus didn’t choose to leave everything up to our personal foibles and follies …

But chose to authoritatively define Himself – and what is ultimately true, real and right – through Scripture as His written Word.

Anything less is a lie.

Simple Discipleship — July 17, 2018
Simple Faith — July 16, 2018

Simple Faith

The Bible doesn’t say to believe in yourself …

But to die to self.

Jesus never said to forgive yourself …

But to forgive others and then ask God to forgive you.

The Gospel isn’t about affirming you …

But about repenting and surrendering to Christ’s rule.

Only then will you find yourself …

Your freedom …

And your validation …

As defined by Him.