Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Taking Jesus Seriously

Paul Proctor hits a home run in his article about the membership decline of the Southern Baptists.

He asks the penetrating question: "How can we expect the unredeemed to take Jesus seriously, if we don’t?"

While CPH, thankfully, is still offering solid material, his observations about the passions, obsessions, merchandising efforts, and peaceful coexistance guiding his national church body sound all too familiar.

"So, heretical harmony and brotherly blasphemy are better than iron sharpening iron, huh? Just how does one earnestly contend for the faith without debate, Ed – sit in a circle, hold hands and hum?

”'Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.'– 2nd Timothy 4:2

". . . Seems to me our obsession ought to be for the Living Word of God rather than the lost. After all, how can they be saved without Him? Shall we go into battle without our double-edged sword and offer merchandise and meditation instead?

“'So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.'– Romans 10:17"

For entire article, go to: http://www.newswithviews.com/PaulProctor/proctor152.htm

So the question I would ask us to examine in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is this: "Are we taking Jesus seriously?"

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