Finger on the issue

My last post was a very heartfelt post for me and I opened myself up to those who read this blog.  I want to say that to date I feel all of the comments I have received were comments of like kind.  I find them kind words, because they too are from the reader’s hearts.  One disadvantage of being me is I can not see what you guys see.  One of the disadvantages of being you is that you can not read my mind.  One of the disadvantages of being human, communicating what we communicated at times is not what we thought we communicated.  So with my last post and many post. 

To address the concern my gospel doesn’t mention Christ enough, and Abraham far to many times.  It is my conviction that the modern Samerican gospel is so out of whack that if it were a building, we would be tearing it down and building a new foundation.  So in trying to reach out to the church, those Samericans who with their hearts worship what they do not know, I want to build a new foundation.

Paul preaches, late in the book of Acts, from the Law of Moses and the prophets.  This is not only his foundation, it is his gospel.  Of him it was said that he proved that Jesus was the Christ from these scriptures.  Knowing that I do not have to convince anyone of this fact, I am trying to get the church to see what Paul and others have preached to us in their letters concerning what came from the books of Moses and the prophets.  I want a clean level foundation to build upon, and I think we would all agree what Paul teaches from there is a good place from which to build a foundation.

So in my posts I am not writing about many things I would love to write about.  Instead seeing the condition of the almost unrecognizable Samerican gospel, I have chosen this to be my starting point.  If the foundation is not properly laid down, then we will get what appears to be contradictions in scripture, which we have today between Calvin and Armin.  I advocate that the gospel I preach, which is not my own but Paul’s and others, does away with these so called conflicts in scripture.  But I can’t put a roof on a wall that has no support.  This is why I push and will continue to push the foundation of The Gospel According to the Gospel until it produces fruit.  But as of yet, it has produced no fruit.

Now speaking of fruit, I have been trying to till the soil and fertilize it to see some fruit from the gospel I advocate.  Instead I have only briers and thorns.  Yes it is very frustrating and I am sure we all feel this way at times when your own passion for the truth to be realized in others is for not.  The rip, as it has been coined, is not that I am angry or teed off.  At times the churches trampling of the true foundation of the hope we share in through Christ grieves me so.  Yes, sometimes to the point of feeling undone.  I almost called the post, Knowing why Jesus was acquainted with grief, sorrow and affliction.  It is deeply saddening to realize the hostility of the church to the simplest truths found in scripture.

The Samerican church wants to be the Samerican church.  I assumed those who say they love the Lord would want to study and grow.  For the most part no they do not.  So for those who do not understand my insistence on being confrontational I want you to know I do it for several reasons.

I like another man have not gotten to the point yet, where I am done trying to persuade those of my own background.  I hope to see some fruit in it still.  So bear with me as I continue to strive in this.

I deeply feel, if I can not defend the sheep from the shepherds I have no gospel to preach.  I have spent time in prayer and study to make sure what I feel the Lord is telling me is without error and contradictions.  It needs to be the gospel.  Debating the church challenges my gospel and I, for my self first and those who hear me, need to see it stand on its own in scripture alone.  In fact I believe it needs to make the other side ridiculous in light of scripture.  In order to make powerless their gospel to show the sheep these shepherds have no sway over them.

Debating with the church has challenged me to study more and more, to dig deeper and deeper as I consider some of their theology.  So this in of itself is not harmful.  But I do need to give an account of what I believe to all men even them.  So this is some of the reasons I strive with the church and will continue to do so.

Just as Paul expressed his grief that the Jews rejected Christ, so I have expressed some grief.  Just like Paul wishes he himself were cut off as if it were possible so they would believe, a… nope that is not me, I am not there yet.  Anyway we will all move forward.

I hope this helps my readers to understand what my focus and why my focus is where it is at.  Maybe some day we can move on from here together.

6 thoughts on “Finger on the issue

  1. Last night, we met with two other families in our home and walked through 1 Peter 2-5. We discussed the context around knowing our Father and the Son who is ready to judge both the living and the dead. We discussed the hope that we have in obtaining mercy at that judgment and being changed from the corruptible to the incorruptible. Many people believe that this has somehow occurred already as if heaven were some cheap emotional high…

    1 Peter 3:8-22 (NKJV)

    8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;[a] 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For

    “ He who would love life
    And see good days,
    Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
    And his lips from speaking deceit.
    11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
    Let him seek peace and pursue it.
    12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
    And His ears are open to their prayers;
    But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”[b]

    13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”[c] 15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

    I post some of the context around the middle of my point being,

    15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

    but really… the whole five chapters are the better context. Meekness and fear… doing good that those who you mention in this post that defame you may be put to silence and shame. However, if no meekness, then they just blow it all off… when they do repent, they do not remember it was you who brought the light to them first.

    I believe the core of your message is accurate and that your ability to measure a foundations’ exactingness is precise. I mean that. The command for us here is to live with a good conscience, not a perfect one. I am already founded on a man-made imperfect and condemned foundation… we all are. There is no escape of this. The only this that will help any of us is to simply die. To die a condemned life of this world. To be utterly condemned with Jesus Christ. …to fall on the Rock lest He fall on us…

    My point is that this hope that I have is manifested in a will to serve the people who defame, not as compulsory but as a free man liberated and yet a desire to serve because a have received mercy from Him who is ready to judge… and coming soon to do so. I am going house to house some days, talking to people on a city bus, and writing on blogs too. Whoever will listen… Last night, some brethren were gathered in my house and I was explaining to them about the hope that we have… I wish you were here.

    You and I are on the same page more than we are not. You have qualities I lack… fire that can light me sometimes, and joy in things I have discarded erroneously. Every now and then, I think I sneak in something you need too. :0 Come on over someday and have dinner with us, it would be fun to build the Kingdom together…

    • Just as Paul wanted for so long to see the Romans so we here for you. He wanted to have a mutual benefit from each others faith, but he had to wait and wait. Maybe some day.

      As far as meekness, you know me, well I have been trying to purposely tone it down. But how does a whip make a noise if it is not sharply snapped?

  2. Even a sharply snapped whip that makes a good noise is really only useful if it is applied with temperence, accuracy, and wisdom in the observation of its effect.

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