We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Few Random Things for Edification

There are a lot of stories being told about the Crusades, and how awful Christians behaved during these actions, as well as they are supposedly a big reason that Muslims hate the U.S.A.  I can recommend a really good book for those who care to learn a bit more about the Crusades from a non-revisionist history point of view, and that would be Robert Spencer’s, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).  In the mean time, might I suggest this excellent article by Doug Beaumont.

Something I’m sure most Christians have heard at one time or another, is that “all sin is equal in God’s eyes.”  I argue against this with an example of how God, in our temporal realm, punishes some sins with much more severity than other sins.  After all, if all sin is equal, I’d have to ask why theft required only restitution while homosexual behavior required execution?  Tim Challies has a good, short article on this subject.

Speaking of Tim Challies, he had an excellent three-part series called “Modesty Matters.”  The first part is about “The Heart of Modesty,” explaining that a large part of modesty is matter of heart attitudes.
The second part is entitled, “Imperishable Beauty.”  Modesty is not about appearances, as if one can make themselves beautiful on the outside to get noticed personally rather than being noticed for the “God-in-you.”
Lastly, “What Not to Wear.”   Our “garments” should be Jesus Christ.


2 comments:

Joe said...

It is my understanding that the High Priest of the New Covenant (Jesus) preached that sin is as much attitude and mind set as it is behavior. The thought of murder is as bad as the act of murder. Sin is a matter of "I want what I want when I want it where I want it how I want it...and I want it now." That's the essence of theft, homosexuality, murder, anger and all other sin. It is all punishable by death and its only remedy is Christ. If some sins don't need Christ's blood, then He died for nothing...I think.

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

Joe,
As the article points out, all sins have the judgment of death, and no one has suggested that there are some sins which don't need Christ's blood.

The point is only that some since are worse than others, not only in God's demonstration of temporal punishments ranging from restitution to execution, but also demonstrated by earthly consequences.