Matthew 23:5-7 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see. They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces (Starbucks, or by the local City Hall councillors) and to be called ‘Rabbi’ (or ‘pastor’ so and so) by others.
“So saddened this morning to hear that a member of our church family is suffering the consequences of some very poor choices.…”
Are you “Grounded in the Gospel”?
Not sure what’s going on here but it’s nice to see some of these local self-aggrandizing “gospel centered” sites begin to hopefully self-cleanse or, if church history is any indication, self-destruct. Yet still somehow they often find a way to multiply their wares of eloquent self-praise and grandiose wisdom, capitalizing on the frenzy of social media “atta boy accolades” both online and within doting congregations.
Watching the movie The Circle last night I couldn’t bear to believe the uncanny resemblance and parallels from our past (not to mention the vanity of SM), bringing on a kind of PTSD of the soul that I’ve heard of and seems common after leaving these toxic hive mind cultures. An excellent portrayal.
A lengthy response to the insanity continually being unveiled within popular evangelicalism.
1 Timothy 5:19-21
19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest. 21 Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands WITHOUT PREJUDICE OR FAVORITISM OF ANY KIND.
Posted in Abusive, Crossway Church, Cult behaviours, Discernment, Disillusionment, Evangelical Reformed, Freedom, Hope, Pride, Religion, Wisdom
“Like heavy old rusted shackles laced & adorned with cheap flowers designed to camouflage and attract the unsuspecting, so is modern religion adorned with its pedastolic promulgators of interpretive truth claiming freedom for the soul while filling the heart through dulling the mind with subservient “unintended” obligation and guilt in the name of “sound doctrine, good theology and being ‘gospel centered’ , whatever that means and looks like because many aren’t seeing or feeling it… “
Take a breath for the following… a little long winded as usual.
Well it’s only appropriate to congratulate Crossway Community Church Langley Surrey along with its now defunct surrogate Redemption Hill Church and all their directors & leaders at the time (already aforementioned) and “legal counsel” at that time on its wooden anniversary of the unsanctioned much unanticipated “spirit led”, at the time, and ill fated Redemption Hill church plant “missional outreach program”- a typical hipster church descriptive action point mouthful.
The Shack, an excellent portrayal.
Don’t miss the forest through the trees on this one because of religious rhetoric. In fact, that’s the point being addressed.
It’s time to put away the sterile tools of empty and often dead religion and FEEL again who the Father in Christ through His Spirit really is…. in these living years before it’s too late.
Festival of Hope, a side that isn’t so obvious yet critically important. I don’t lay the issues I’m about to point out regarding “the local church” at Mr Franklin Graham’s feet however I believe it’s time to begin to re-evangelize the choir so to speak and examine where many of the “lost” ALSO reside- within those sequestered and adorned walls. Many of whom have almost completely lost their way after once having been found. #greenleaf
One may not agree on some of her viewpoints but Oprah has it quite right in the production of Greenleaf, and you don’t have to be a Megachurch to experience the degree of hypocritical dysfunction enough to drive anyone to, if not abandon their faith altogether, cause significant mental and spiritual health challenges and even suicidal thoughts as they grapple with the dichotomy of cognitive dissonance in an environment meant to display the love of Christ, serve the needs of the vulnerable and protect against injustice- even if it be internal corruption – to work towards peace for the soul.