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Simple Faith, Simple Virtue, Simple Church

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 the “Living Word” …

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 inspiration you feel when reading the Bible …

But the Bible itself because God inspired those who wrote it.

It takes great hubris to claim otherwise …

By those who elevate their own feelings over Scripture itself.

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 hearts …

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

Simple Faith — April 16, 2017
Simple Truth — April 15, 2017
Simple Truth — April 14, 2017

Simple Truth

What about those who peddle an appealing Christ of their own perception through enticing books, blogs, seminars and posts …

While dismissing His plenary authority of Scripture as His written Word?

Even broken clocks are right twice each day …

But you wouldn’t want to use ’em to tell time.

Simple Truth — April 13, 2017
Simple Church — April 12, 2017

Simple Church

Slowly but surely, God is shifting the paradigm of church and leadership. 

It is becoming organic, simple and participatory, with healthy fellowships beginning to emerge. 

All I can say is forget the buzz words by past advocates like Viola, Dale, Zens, Rodriguez, Giles, Rohde and their buddies …

With their failed attempts to impose their own existential, cookie-cutter visions of Christ and the Church on God’s people through books and blogs that never lined up with reality in their own lives and home towns.

Instead, go and let the Lord express Himself as He sees fit, building on the foundation already apostolically laid through Scripture as His authoritative written Word, in the unique context of diverse communities … 

Where He still sends us today to make disciples among the lost and redeem nations.

That, my friends, is real “organic” church and leadership.

Simple Truth — April 11, 2017
Simple Truth — April 10, 2017
Simple Truth — April 8, 2017
Simple Church — April 5, 2017

Simple Church

The New Testament says we should sing God’s praises together to encourage one another …

Not to somehow persuade God to show up.

Since He’s already present in those who know Him – and thus among us when we gather as His church – anyone claiming some special status to “lead” us into His presence is committing spiritual fraud …

By peddling counterfeit “worship”.

Simple Truth — April 3, 2017

Simple Truth

Healthy civilizations and societies are a Christian value …

Built and maintained by those who care enough to heed Christ’s Lordship in all spheres of life and human endeavor.

Simple Church — April 2, 2017

Simple Church

For many, “church” has become a circus – a staged show where they go to be entertained, amazed, awed and sent home feeling good. 

This perversion is sustained by convincing folks that the more they are entertained, amazed, awed and feel good …

The more “God moved” and the service was “anointed” and “inspired”.  

It is collective narcissism at its worst.

To question what “church” has become among those who thrive on the show initially invokes blank stares …

Then an incredulous disconnect as the direction of the conversation is quickly changed. 

They will avoid at all cost having to consider the very idea that the Body of Christ is suppose to be something very different – and so much more significant.

Simple Truth — April 1, 2017
Simple Truth — March 31, 2017

Simple Truth

Apostate existentialists subject God and His written Word to their sensibilities …

Rather than subject their sensibilities to God and His written Word …

Thereby elevating themselves above God Himself and His plenary authority of Scripture.

Simple Faith — March 30, 2017
Simple Truth — March 29, 2017

Simple Truth

It’s amazing how much huff, puff and indignation arise when you simply ask those pushing their books, blogs and conferences on how to be the church …

If they are actually part of one in their own lives and home towns like they keep peddling to others.

Hypocrisy is not a Biblical virtue …

Nor should it be tolerated in those who presume to be teachers among us.

Simple Truth — March 28, 2017
Simple Truth — March 27, 2017

Simple Truth

​I would no sooner put a narcissist – repentant or otherwise – back in charge of a church after using his leadership position to prey on people entrusted to his care …

Than I would put a recovering alcoholic in charge of an open bar.

Simple Truth — March 26, 2017

Simple Truth

Narcissistic leaders know how to make you feel affirmed, wanted and needed. 

It’s how they control and use others to feed their own need for affirmation and validation.

But their charm comes at great peril, because they ultimately will consume you to advance their own self-serving agenda. 

Don’t be co-dependent, no matter how gifted they seeem.

God created you for better.