Many of the evangelical leaders - ones I love and respect - are painting borders. Putting up fences. To them, it's their job to assess me. I'm either in or out, from their perspective. If I believe one way or have this or that problem, I'm either welcome or not. Sounds like a "clique" at least. "Cult" is a tough term to swallow. But a big chunk of evangelical christendom totters on the brink of apostasy. Sounds like Pharisees are taking over, doesn't it?
It seems like a characteristic of any "winner" is pride. Pride drives "accomplishment" in life. The runner is driven to train harder, to go further in less time. Pride says, "see me - I did it." And the inference is "don't you think I'm amazing?" Pride says: "I feel awesome" after accomplishing that goal. Worse, … Continue reading Meditation: On Pride and the Unworthy Servant
It is no surprise. We regularly endure hearing that there are "significant" reasons why Church Leaders and their congregations won't involve themselves with the Recovery Community. Recovery Community Meetings are a banquet - to serve the Word of Truth, feed the Milk of the Gospel and comfort people in pain. "But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind..."
Perfectionism is an obsession with the unobtainable. Sufficiency is surrender to the incomprehensible.
Addicts may never "get well." That doesn't mean I have permission from God to treat them poorly.
Grace is is an act. To return Good for Evil is the very essence of Christ's work on the Cross. Grace is also a state of being. If I live in grace then grace must flow from my life into the lives of others. If nothing flows, there is no presence of God in my Life.
"In secular history the Cross is an infinitesimally small thing, but from the biblical perspective it is of more importance than all the empires of the world. " Oswald Chambers