This week’s billboard sign from a local church read, “It’s all about relationships”. A news photo showed another church welcome sign with its pithy little saying: “Believe the Bible, just not literally”.
Our culture has rapidly become a towering babel of one-liners. Our Wineskins study reviewed this tact in two popular alternatives to a biblical view of the New Covenant.
A senior pastor of a major denomination spoke at a men’s bible study which I attended. His moniker of advise was “there are no commands in Scripture, just fatherly advice”. Another pastor posted his favorite quote on facebook which stated, “you are free to sin all you want and you are free to not sin all you want.” Because God is said to look upon the heart, it is common to hear the justification that as long as you are “sincere in your heart” your choices are all acceptable.
What ever happened to obedience? Oh, that’s right, biblical “obedience is just legalism” (by which the speaker is usually indicating that it is a bad thing).
In fact, I just heard a theology professor state that attempting to obey a New Testament command of Scripture is “Pelagianism”. Apparently, if a Christian even attempts to do what God says in the Bible then he becomes a heretic like some old guy who taught that Christians have to earn their own salvation.
Obedience is not in style. It sounds too much like work. The consequences for apparent disobedience messes with the theology of many and that just isn’t cool. So, “let’s just agree to disagree” and because “God hates religion”.
All are welcome to the Lord’s table. Come partake of the wine and bread; just ignore the slight trace of white powder, “it’s organic” so it shouldn’t make a big difference-sssss.
Perhaps you will extend me an allowance for an updated translation from 1 Tim 4:7
“Have nothing to do with godless one-liners; rather, train yourself to be godly. For…godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”
What distinction do you recognize between obeying-to-earn and obeying-to-honor?