“There’s a common misconception that the choice between Christ and false gods is the choice between desiring to go to hell and desiring to go to heaven. I’ve heard preachers say the narrow way is the way of Christianity that people choose when they want to go to heaven, and the broad way is the way people choose who are content to go to hell. But they are misinformed or confused. It is not a contrast between godliness and Christianity on the one hand and irreligious, lewd, lascivious pagan masses headed merrily for hell on the other. It is a contrast between two kinds of religions, both roads marked ‘This way to Heaven.’ Satan doesn’t put up a sign that says, ‘Hell–Exit Here.’ That’s not his style. People on the broad road think that road goes to heaven.”–John MacArthur, Hard to Believe, 78
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“I suspect that Jesus spoke many of his parables as a kind of sad and holy joke and that that may be part of why he seemed reluctant to explain them because if you have to explain a joke, you might as well save your breath.”
–Frederick Buechner, Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale, 63*
*This is a book you really should acquire and read. Buechner is simply brilliant when it comes to helping us understand the role of preacher.
It seems massively ironic to me that a book about full life is often read out as if it’s a shopping list or a takeaway menu, and that the account of God doing every last thing possible so he can to reach people is delivered in such a form that it alienates most of the population. I’m serious.
I came across this quote in a small magazine that was published in December 1957. It’s an old Restoration church mouthpiece called The Plea. The quote goes like this:
There is a principle which is a bar to all information, which is proof against all arguments, and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance. This principle is ‘contempt prior to investigation.’ –Herbert Spencer as quoted in The Plea, December 1957, Volume 13, no. 10, p 2.
Yesterday, I received in the mail, that which was delivered unto me. A brand, spankin’ new copy of Tim Keller’s fantastic little book The Prodigal God. I’m not going to do a full blow review. I’ll just say you should get a copy and sit and read it until you finish (it will take about 1.5-2 hours depending on your reading skills). Our thought for the day comes from Mr Keller’s book:
Elder brothers base their self-images on being hardworking, or moral, or members of an elite clan, or extremely smart and savvy. This inevitably leads to feeling superior to those who don’t have those same qualities. In fact, competitive comparison is the main way elder brothers achieve a sense of their own significance. Racism and classism are just different versions of this form of the self-salvation project. This dynamic becomes exceptionally intense when elder brothers pride themselves above all for their right religion. If a group believes God favors them because of their particularly true doctrine, ways of worship, and ethical behavior, their attitude toward those without these things can be hostile. Their self-righteousness hides under the claim that they are only opposing the enemies of God. When you look at the world through those lenses, it becomes easy to justify hate and oppression, all in the name of truth. [...] Elder brother self-righteousness not only creates racism and classism, but at the personal level creates and unforgiving, judgmental spirit. (53-54, 55)
As a bonus, I’ll share this thought from his book also. From the introduction, page xi-xii [,y emphasis]:
Many lifelong Christians believers feel they understand the basics of the Christian faith quite well and don’t think they need a primer. Nevertheless, one of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain you do. Sometimes longtime church members find themselves so struck and turned around by a fresh apprehension of the Christian message that they feel themselves to have been essentially ‘re-converted.’
Have a great day everyone. May God’s grace and Peace rest upon you and yours this fine Lord’s Day.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Finished reading Just Couragethis morning. This is a fascinating and insightful book by Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission. (I have written about IJM at Advance Signs). Anyhow, here’s a quote from his book:
Jesus is relentlessly issuing the invitation and forcing a choice to action. What are we going to do? I am much more interested in telling Jesus and others what I believe, but Jesus (and the watching world) knows that what I truly believe will be manifested in what I choose to do. (Just Courage, 125)
Always for God’s Glory!