Who Owes Me Three Dollars?

October 28, 2006

Will this be yet another series that I don’t compl…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ineedsheetmusic @ 4:16 am

Will this be yet another
series that I don’t complete? I hope not. But, due to extenuating circumstances, the series may have to wait a little bit. (If Barth were not so hard to capture, this would not be bogging down).

In the mean time, I just had to post this quote:

I have found that while evangelicals claim to believe in absolute truth and an authoritative Bible which governs all of life, they do not live like they say they believe. They say they believe the Bible is the Word of God, but somehow, strangely, the Bible always says what satisfies their personal psychological and emotional needs. They say they worship an awesome God, but their deity is not one to be feared, because He is pretty much nonjudgmental, always quick to point out your good qualities, and will take whatever He can get in terms of your commitment to Him. He’s “God lite”—not the imposing deity before whom Israel trembled at the foot of Mt. Sinai, but the sort of deity who is always there to give you fresh supplies of upbeat daily therapy. And as for God’s people, well, they are really just like everyone else—no more holy or righteous than the rest of us. Put them in the crucible of character, and they’ll fold like a cheap suitcase.

Watching sermons reduced to PowerPoint presentations or listening to one easily forgettable praise song after another makes one long for an evangelical willing to stand up, Luther-like, and proclaim his opposition to the latest survey of evangelical taste. So anxious is evangelicalism to copy the culture of hotel chains and popular music that it loses what religious distinctiveness it once had.

Now, had he been observing the kind of church in which they resemble going to court where you stand before the judge and hear him pronounce the sentence of death on you for your incurable and repeated capital offenses, followed by the remarkable sentence of pardon in Jesus Christ due to his active obedience and his propitiating death on the cross, I venture to say he might have written something different.

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2 Comments »

  1. Having just started another N.T. Wright book called Evil and the Justice of God, may I say that if more evangelicals also read him they wouldn’t “do church” as this post suggests is common.

    Comment by Sister — October 28, 2006 @ 9:18 pm

  2. Somehow I didn’t notice this post (only noticing when Karl Barth appeared)

    I can tell you that, Luther-like, my church is standing up, and proclaiming our opposition to the latest survey of evangelical taste. Many reformed churches are, which is why you can see satire church ads like:

    http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/413/mechurch/

    Comment by son1http://ruberad.wordpress.com — October 31, 2006 @ 4:01 pm


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