Archive for June, 2011

Pastoral tip #7: The welcome

Posted: June 21, 2011 in For pastors

Pastor: Who gets more respect and welcome from you – the single Christian man, or the married unbeliever who visits your church?

Deep down inside, you are looking for your Father.

Doesn’t matter how great your father was or your relationship was or was not with him. Doesn’t matter if you are a father or a grandfather; or not; or if you have connection with your children or grandchildren. That masculine fire inside you is looking for your Father.

Aphorism #1: The leading

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Aphorism, For brothers

You cannot turn the Holy Spirit’s leading on or off with your will.

Aphorism #2: The ritual

Posted: June 17, 2011 in Aphorism, For brothers

The satisfaction of ritual is a double edged sword.*

*That is, daily prayer or ritual tithing or fasting may help your life with God. It can also turn you into a Pharasaical prick.

For the purposes of this Credo, I am using the notion of “Tithe” as a 10% levee on all your economic increase, mandatorily payable to your local fellowship.

God may want your tithe as badly as some churches do. But He has not; I repeat, has not, mandated your performing economic ritual of this type as the price of admission to being adopted as His son, or of enjoying fellowship with Him.

Your church may think this; they are wrong; they might just as well fib to you that the geologic age of the earth is around 10,000 years old or so; or that Christ did not create real wine from water; or some other such elaboration upon foolishness.

In some other post I will take the time to explain the “why” of this.

A short elaboration of this simple idea follows:

– It is not required of you for your salvation.

– No man has the standing to demand this of you.

– It is not required of you for your continued walk with God, unless He has pressed you to do this; in which case you will by an act of disobedience hinder His purposes.

– He may press you to do this for a season; or for your life, for that matter.

– It is not a part of orthodox historical christianity; claims from the pulpit notwithstanding.

– Prepare for heavy rolls and rough seas if you dig your heels in on this. You are acting as salt and light. You may even be sent away.

– All of this is some other discussion than a discussion about how you should and must support your fellowship and betimes be of aid to other believers, other fellowships, and/or people in need outside the fold.

Look for a coming post on economic thought, which is also a separate matter.

Aphorism #3: Fear

Posted: June 16, 2011 in Aphorism, For brothers

If you are wise you will frequently ask Him to show you what you are afraid of.

It is not the most profound and life changing experience you can have. Truly.

*Actually, the first time I’ve done a post like this.

This week finds two great posts in particular: From Dalrock and also from Brendan, commenting over at singlemind.