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February 17, 2017 at 15:07
Nope. Jesus says in John 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee,Ye must be born again.”
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February 17, 2017 at 15:18
There ya have it! Amen
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February 17, 2017 at 15:20
True and it surprises me to find those that have been in church for years and have even taught that are not Christians.
February 17, 2017 at 15:26
We have an issue, I suspect, with this in our work. The importance of the local church, and church membership are HUGE with us. I support that 100 percent and have no problem with it. I think, however, there are some who have elevated church membership, specifically in one or our churches, to the level of a work necessary to secure salvation. How’s the for honesty? LOL.
February 17, 2017 at 15:25
Well…not to split hairs, but it *could* happen that way. So long as the Word is being preached, the power of the Holy Spirit is there, doing its work of changing hearts.
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
February 17, 2017 at 15:35
I’m on board with that. See my comment to Sue, actually. The local church, and membership in it I believe are clearly taught as important. That is where most of us will hear the Word and be saved. If not for a local church, I would still be quite lost. So, I am totally with you here. Yep, yep. yep I am.
I just worry that some have elevated it to a level that is not appropriate, and truly, deeply think that their lifelong membership in a good old fashioned Missionary Baptist Church(or whatever it happens to be), is salvific somehow.
But, I see what you are saying too!
February 17, 2017 at 15:46
Yeah, church membership, church attendance can be an idol as well. Actually, I would argue that faith itself can become an idol. Putting your faith in the strength of…your faith! Our faith is not in faith itself but in the *object* of our faith – Jesus, specifically in His death and resurrection.
February 17, 2017 at 15:51
Well…I agree. We could do on too really, the idols we set up and honestly think because they are “Godly” things that they are ok. Church, faith, doctrine, even our Bible itself. Any of these things we come to rely on besides Jesus dead and risen…not good.
But I know what you’re saying
February 17, 2017 at 17:19
Osmosis, Wally. We drag some people to church hoping to marinate them in The Word. Immerse them in the truth. Sometimes it takes, sometimes it doesn’t. 🙂
The a saddest people are the pew warmers. They go to church year after year, thinking they’re doing God a favor by being there and somehow earning their salvation, like one earns a paycheck by simply showing up at work. I say they’re the saddest, because they’re the hardest to reach, the unsaved pew warmers sitting right next to you.
February 17, 2017 at 17:26
Anita said just about the same thing, and I wholeheartedly agree. Salvation does come by hearing the Gospel, and a pew is normally the best place to here it.
The pew warmers….yes, that is who the meme is aimed at. You know, even when I teach Sunday school, at some point we will almost always talk about the Gospel and salvation, and one would think we would be a room full of saved people. We just don’t know, though, do we?
As you said, no one is harder to reach than the one who thinks they are ok.
Great comment, thanks IB.
February 17, 2017 at 21:35
Ok, pew warmer, check.
So, indulge me, if you will… 😀
What constitutes being in the game?
February 18, 2017 at 05:44
Was that for me or IB.? She said it, but the comment came to me. I’d be interested in seeing what she says too.
February 18, 2017 at 07:28
I guess it was directed to either of you!
February 18, 2017 at 08:19
Well, first, allow me to say thanks for the fine chance you gave me to get all legalistic and judgmental! I shall do my best to decline the offer.
That’s a tough one. I would say a couple of things would for sure mean we are not “in the game.”
If a person is resting on family history in the church, their own lifelong membership, and even hard work for the church as how they are right with God….not in the game.
If a person is saved, but only starts thinking about God at 1045 on Sunday morning and stops at noon for the week…probably not in the game.
Beyond that? Well, probably not my place to get too dogmatic. What puts me in the game is not the same as what puts you in it.
I am a very “busy” person. I am a doer. I am an in your face doer. To me, fully in the game is knocking on doors, walking into a strangers house, and delivering the Gospel to them. I am perfectly okay with that. Not everybody is.
My wife is a worker and planner. She makes things happen that promote love and fellowship in our body. I suck at that, but she would rather beat her toes with a hammer than knock on a door.
We had a lady a while back. A “cat” lady if you follow me. She never went anywhere but church and her house and cats across the road. She was in the game. I used to watch her. She wrote down every single prayer request that was ever made in church. I am pretty sure she spent some time over those.
So, what’s in the game? Well, really that’s between Jesus and a person.
I will say this. Many who have professed a saving faith in Jesus Christ are not in the game in any significant fashion.
February 18, 2017 at 10:18
Ha! Wally, I apologize, I did kinda push you into a corner there!
I keep thinking about a particular scripture that I find very comforting, I think it’s from the book of Romans (but I’m too lazy to look it up) and it goes something like “don’t think more highly of yourselves than you ought, for to each God has apportioned a measure of faith.”
I thinks there’s some implications in this verse for what we’re talking about here.
“Measure” of faith, as apportioned by God seems to imply that God does not give us all the same “amount” of faith. I don’t pretend to understand how or why this is so.
I guess the question is – is what God gives us *enough*?
Thankfully, God assures us that even the smallest faith imaginable (like that of a mustard seed) is sufficient, for it is His work, not ours.
Is it possible that “pew warmers” are simply operating out of their faith *where it is at*? Perhaps coming faithfully to hear God’s Word (which itself is active and efficacious) is currently all they can muster.
Now, a faith that trusts in the act of “going to church” in and of itself is not the same as trusting in the Word that is preached there. In fact, I would confidently say that this is no faith at all. Such a faith needs to be confronted by the Law so that it may turn away from false trust to true trust.
My heart, though, is for those whose consciences are troubled, who compare their own measure of faith with that of others and feel like they’re coming up short. Those are precisely the hearts that Jesus comes to comfort. Those hearts need to hear Jesus’ words, to REST in them. “My grace is sufficient for you.” He has given you EXACTLY (sufficiently) the faith required, and you may rest in that.
This is just my personal experience, but FWIW, I found that it is when I am *resting* in Him and NOTHING ELSE, *that* is when faith flourishes best.
What can I say, I am a Gospel cheerleader 😉
February 18, 2017 at 10:24
That was some awesome cheerleading my friend. Thanks for it.
I meant what I said about myself at the very first, and you didn’t put me in a corner at all. It is a corner I can live in if I don’t pray on it daily. It’s just my nature to be performance driven and potentially legalistic.
What I need to remember is just what you said. Everybody is not me. What I do is what God gave to me. He didn’t give that to all His children.
My problem is keeping that in focus so that I am a cheerleader myself and not a brow beater.
February 18, 2017 at 10:42
We’re ALL legalists in one way or another. It is our human nature to seek glory in ourselves, forgetting that the Glory of God is found IN THE CROSS! Christ CRUCIFIED. Our Messiah was murdered as a convicted criminal and that’s what we glory in!
It seems so backwards to us, so we go looking for glory in other places. Usually ourselves, lol.
What can I say? This is the Christian life – we are constantly at war within ourselves, fighting with our old impulses so that we may become the new creation that God intends us to be.
February 18, 2017 at 10:45
Nice…when you gonna start writing on that new blog?
February 18, 2017 at 10:47
I have already begun! I have 3 posts currently sitting in my draft folder that need a little cleaning up, but I suspect that I will begin publishing within the next week or so!
February 18, 2017 at 10:53
Sweet. Make sure you change your little Avatar thingy to the correct site so folks can click on it and get there.
February 18, 2017 at 11:01
Oh right! Thanks for reminding me, I would have forgot
February 18, 2017 at 11:03
February 17, 2017 at 19:09
I feel a bit dumb asking, but what’s a pew warmer?
February 17, 2017 at 20:05
No, not dumb at all. It’s pretty much a derogatory reference to somebody who does no other thing in their entire Christian life but go sit in a church pew for an hour on Sunday morning. Their sole contribution to Kingdom work is literally….warming a pew.
February 17, 2017 at 20:10
LOL! Just someone who sits there week after week warming a pew. Kind of like a bench warmer in sports, they never actually get in the game.
February 17, 2017 at 20:12
Now, that was a perfect analogy!
February 17, 2017 at 20:47
u nailed it
February 17, 2017 at 20:48
February 17, 2017 at 23:36
Reblogged this on emotionalpeace.
February 18, 2017 at 05:42
February 18, 2017 at 09:24
If all it took was going to church to become a Christian, then going to McDonald’s would make you a Big Mac
February 18, 2017 at 09:45
Patrick, again, I love the way you capture a thought in a way we can all get! Thanks my friend.
February 18, 2017 at 14:40
WOW, great discussion here, Wally. I especially like what anitvan said above about Romans 12:3. Here it is in the NLT version: “Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.”
God meets us where we are, and it may take years for us to be open to His generous love and grace. Yet thankfully, He is much more patient than any of us. 😉
February 18, 2017 at 15:30
This was great, I agree Susan. And yes, if my patience was the standard…well, it would just not be good. Nice to see you around too by the way!
February 18, 2017 at 15:56
I’ve kinda been hibernating this winter. I’ll make it a point to come around more often. ❤
February 18, 2017 at 15:58
Hibernation is a good thing Susan. I don’t blame you a bit. Bears do it for some really good reasons.
Be the bear
Shrews on the other hand burn out and die in like two weeks or something.
February 19, 2017 at 10:32
lol! 😀 I am the bear, Wally.
February 19, 2017 at 10:35
Indeed you are. Glad you caught that.
I tend towards shrewish myself, but He is working it.
February 18, 2017 at 18:46
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