Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Opus 2013-30: It Isn’t That Simple

Alistair Begg told a story that I am sure has been repeated in various forms for years.  I don’t know if it is a true story or a should-have-been story.  A young man is reported to have turned to a missionary who had been telling the story of the Good Samaritan and said that if only he and his friends had heard this story and seen people living this way they would have not turned to Marxism.  You have all heard this genre of testimony, if only...

The story may be true but that doesn’t mean that it is true in itself.  The person making the statement might even believe it to be true, but it goes deeper than that.  It is not something that simple which causes people to turn to Marxism.  Marxism is very appealing.  It allows people to be the god of their life instead of the God of the Universe.  A lot of these excuses why people do not become Christians are bogus.

People remain pagans or Xians because they do not want to submit.  God does not compromise.  He offers a salvation that we cannot buy or earn.  All He asks is everything.  You may not understand that at the beginning.  Fine.  The Holy Spirit will bring it to mind repeatedly.  You will be given choices again and again.  You may live in rebellion or you may submit.  

Marxism offers a tremendous rush of power.  It puts you in the driver’s seat.  That is a seduction that Christianity cannot offer.  That is a payoff that no nice story or good example can overcome.

So enjoy the claims designed to tug at your heart strings.  Accept the guilt if you want.  Make a donation if it makes you feel better.  Don’t believe them though.  The purpose is to instill guilt and we have enough reason for that already. 

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