Things I Think
2. I’ve never understood why people enjoy horror movies.
3. The post election hangover doesn’t seem to be going away…
4. It’s an odd time when the general is fired for adultery and the preacher just gets relocated…
5. I’m not sure how I accomplished this, but I’ve never been more cynical about the public institutions of the church and more hopeful about the church itself.
6. I’ve been informed that it’s nit picking for me to think that it’s irresponsible for a pastor of thousands to announce the end of the nation because of the conflict in the Middle East and that the devil was behind Hurricane Sandy because Satan was angry about the (then) upcoming election. My church actually listens to what I say, so I choose my words carefully…Since Obama won, does that mean we’re in for a spate of good weather?
7. I would dearly love to never preach or teach on eschatology, but I would have to cut out about three quarters of the Bible to accomplish that.
8. I was going to watch the Steelers game last night, but it turned out that the Ravens were playing the Pittsburgh Swizzle Sticks instead…
9. The idol of political power and influence has fallen on it’s face and we’re stuck with relying on God…and I’m excited about the possibilities there.
10. “The key is the culture. One must ask cultural questions of such men, not simply doctrinal ones. Is the culture of their church or organisation transparent? Are there clear lines of accountability which flow both ways, from the leadership to the grassroots and from the grassroots to the leadership? Is opposition to leadership decisions addressed in an open fashion or via thuggish backroom manoeuvres and public derision and isolation of critics? And one interesting question which I remember a pastor once asking in a pulpit when I was a college student: how far above the average economic level of the congregation or funding constituency does the leadership live? That little old lady putting her ten dollars in the plate each Sunday or sending in her pledge — is she funding a lifestyle for functionally unaccountable leaders which is lavish beyond words and built on gospel rhetoric, on not-for-profit tax breaks and on an overwheening sense of entitlement? That can be quite an interesting gauge of whether the church or ministry takes seriously its role as steward of the money it receives. It is, after all, easy to prostitute yourself to the prosperity gospel when your own prophecies of material wealth are effectively underwritten by the desperate dreams of the poor and destitute which you yourself have helped to create and upon which you prey with a depraved and insatiable hunger.”
Cultists and con-men are identifiable only by their culture, not by their confessions.
That’s Carl Trueman and you can read the whole article here.