For the love of Christ?

Or, A Post Modern Movement of a certain disproportion.

Can you do ALL things in the name of Jesus? NO. And when is church not church?

In West Town, Mark Bergin, 29, who leads prayer meetings wearing a cap embroidered with the Guinness logo. The self-described “hot-dog-eating, baseball-loving, tool-owning missionary” is part of the church planting movement in the United States — an effort to start thousands of churches a year that reach people in more culturally relevant ways….When he moved from Seattle a few months ago to start a church on Chicago’s West Side, he met more than 50 potential churchgoers by visiting neighborhood coffee houses and bars, including the Chipp Inn across from his house. Read the article here.

A commenter said:  “What a bunch of neo-hippie baloney!  Grow up. Go to a real church, you know…the ONE founded by Jesus Christ Himself!” The Post Modern Church regards things like the arts and the earth and food and drink and sex as things enjoyed while justified in the name of Jesus without reading the entire Holy Text but with their typical conjecture:

We believe that most all human behavior can be understood as the pursuit of beauty. God has built this passion into people for the sake of our joy. Accordingly, we value the arts, aesthetics, nature, sex, food, and drink, all of which point to the ultimate beauty of the creator, who is to be enjoyed forever.

Romans 5:8 says “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  If we were not sinners, we would not need a Saviour; without a Saviour, we would be most miserable.

I think these people haven’t read about holiness and sanctification as it regards living for God. Human behaviour is the sin nature that we are all born with since the Fall of Man. We are to be living examples of what Christ can do to separate us from our old man – because of His Cross – and live for God with JOY. As Christians we are to be separate from the world, not wallowing in it.

2 Thessalonians 5:6 clearly says “Therefore, Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.” If these Post Modern church planters had a lexicon, they would know that in the Greek the word sober is nepho and means three things:

  1. to drink no intoxicants
  2. to live righteously
  3. to watch.

Christians are to be Watchmen to mark those that preach another Gospel, another Jesus. The Post Modern Church seeks those that are unchurched so that they can indoctrinate them with a false Gospel, one that justifies sin as some hidden quirk that was god-given at birth instead of the truth – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).

Is Christianity so boring that we need this kind of distraction from the reality of what Jesus did and taught? Are we so arrogant?

We need a Redeemer, not a bartender.

Now you see it…

…now you don’t.IMG

I’m having one of those days when I see Christians acting like heathen and wonder how they get along with God being a single step over the ‘saved’ line and everything else over on the world’s side. And then I read these stories about other denominations that claim to be Christian but claim financial prosperity in the name of Jesus, fixing Mother Earth, ordaining gays, and on and on and on. What in the world? Aren’t there any real Christians anymore?

And then the Lord dropped this bit of Scripture in my heart, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always,” Mark 14:7; NKJV.

What God was instantly reminding me was that the poor in spirit will be with us (Christians) forever…as the Apostle Paul was trying to tell us in all of his epistles. Paul definitely went into all the world to Preach the Gospel and people were saved…and some fell away to other ministrations, and some added to the Message for either personal gain or sheer stupidity of not understanding the simple message of Salvation.

The only consistent thing a Christian does is looking for loopholes instead of living the Message taught by Christ Himself.

It’s like this…there is NO middle ground in the abortion issue – you cannot kill some of the babies. Okay, then how is it okay to be a middle-ground Christian? You’re either saved or not, living it or not. I have to question the salvation of someone who looks for loopholes to keep a foot in the world.  

Philippians 2:12 says, “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,” NKJV. You work out your salvation by continually reading the Word and be in prayer, not trying and retrying sin.

Further, Paul goes on to say in Philippians 4:13 (one of the most misused scriptures in the Bible), “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” NKJV. If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it a bazillion times by so-called Believers…while they’re sipping a glass of wine, taking a long drag off of a cigarette…always trying to justify SIN by using God’s Word against HIM.

Here’s the bottom line:  God sees you, he always sees you when no one else does.