Plumbline Faith

Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

Simple Church — June 20, 2017
Simple Church — June 1, 2017

Simple Church

Worship.

People keep using that word.

But what they mean …

Isn’t what the New Testament means.

Which means they elevate their own understanding over God’s own revelation …

And worship “worship” more than God Himself.

Simple Truth — May 30, 2017
Simple Truth — May 28, 2017
Simple Love — May 26, 2017
Simple Truth — May 24, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 23, 2017
Simple Truth — May 22, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 20, 2017

Simple Virtue

Seldom will evil fess up to its own culpability …

Which is why it is unrealistic to expect closure from an evildoer on an injustice they caused.

Instead, find closure by fully expressing to the Lord the hurts and wrongs your heart still carries …

Then forgive and release your need for justice to Him.

Not to excuse the evil or those who did it …

But to acknowledge the wrong, find freedom and move on.

Simple Faith — May 19, 2017
Simple Discipleship — May 14, 2017
Simple Truth — May 11, 2017
Simple Truth — May 10, 2017

Simple Truth

Any utopian ideology, agenda or movement always starts with lofty ideals that ignore human nature and God’s sovereignty.

As its zealots inevitability fail to create their perfect society and transform human nature, however, frustration sets in and they begin to rationalize coercive means to achieve their goals …

Which is why they always end up, if left unchecked, creating tyranny instead. 

Simple Truth — May 9, 2017

Simple Truth

Christianity in Western cultures has lost sight of God’s fierceness …

Wanting instead only His comfort and affirmation.

By defining God’s attributes by our own standards, however …

We’ve lost the ability to be effective salt and light to not just to individuals but to whole societies and nations.

Simple Truth — May 3, 2017
Simple Virtue — May 2, 2017

Simple Virtue

Jesus: 

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

“Christian” Existentialists: 

We are neither left nor right, and don’t want to offend, because Christ is All (about our sensibilities).

Simple Church — May 1, 2017

Simple Church

The New Testament says God distributes different gifts and functions among us to advance His Kingdom …

As we minister one to another and a waiting world.

Today, we use those gifts and functions to advance our own kingdoms …

As we create titles, hierarchies and “ministries” over one another before a disgusted world.

Simple Faith — April 28, 2017

Simple Faith

I tire of all the “new things”, hip new labels and conference extravaganzas – peddled through the latest amazing book, ministry, “revelation” or program.

Just go and do what Jesus commands, as He calls you to do it. 

When you do, it will look different in different people, cultures and places …

Than it does in some hot new book or conference someone’s trying to promote.

“Missional”, “Christocentric”, “Neo-Evangelical”, “Eternal Purpose”, and even “Organic”:

Once they brand God and His purposes with some new label and convince everyone to hop on board …

It’s likely already so saddled with egos and extraneous agendas​ that it’s veered off track.

Learn to discern what’s good and eternal …

And leave the rest behind.

Simple Truth — April 25, 2017

Simple Truth

Existentialism is a philosophy which claims that our own perceptions are the ultimate criteria for detetmining what is true, real and right. 

As such, it rejects external, transcendent standards of truth, reality and morality in lieu of individual subjectivity.

Thus, for example, so-called existential “Christians” dismiss God’s plenary authority of Scripture as His authentic, external written word. 

For them, how they feel or react when reading Scripture is higher revelation – and ultimately more authoritative – than Scripture itself. 

But they are crafty folk, and rationalize their subjective perceptions by calling them “Christ” or otherwise trying to recreate Him in their own image …

As though Christ and His written Word are at odds and stand divided.

Regardless, their muddled philosophy dares to judge God and filter Scripture through their own individualistic sensibilities …

And leaves them stuck with themselves. 

They are, in a word, fools …

Peddling deception to other fools who pay them heed.

Simple Truth — April 24, 2017
Simple Love — April 23, 2017

Simple Love

God doesn’t define sin to condemn us but to warn us about what harms and destroys …

Because He loves us enough to want us to have abundant life.

When we reject that …

We condemn ourselves.

Simple Truth — April 21, 2017

Simple Truth

I am aware of NO instance where the Bible condones covering up the improprieties of those who claim to be leaders. 

In fact, the Biblical approach – Old and New Testament – is quite the opposite. 

Furthermore, truly repentant leaders will not try to hide their leadership sins, but openly confess and publicly repent. 

Absent that, they remain a danger to all …

Which is why 1 Thessalonians 5:19-21 specifically commands that church leaders who abuse their position must be investigated and publicly exposed as a warning to all.

Simple Truth — April 19, 2017

Simple Truth

God’s authoritative Word is not some fleeting inspiration you feel when reading the Bible …

But the Bible itself as His external standard given for all. 

It takes great hubris to claim otherwise …

By those who elevate their own subjective perceptions over the eternal, God breathed words of Scripture.

Simple Discipleship — April 18, 2017
Simple Truth — April 17, 2017

Simple Truth

The great lie of our times is that we should follow our heart …

Which leads to carnal Christians.

God never said what we feel is the standard for what is true, real and right.

In fact, God says the heart is deceitful, foolish and exceedingly wicked …

But His Word endures forever.

Which is why God seeks to redeem our heart …

But never elevates it above Scripture as our standard for life, doctrine and maturity.