THE POINTY END OF THE STICK

January 3, 2016

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If God had goodness, but there was one spot in God that wasn’t good, then He wouldn’t be our God and Father. If God had love but didn’t have all the love, just ninety-nine and nine-tenths percent of the love—or even a higher percentage—God still wouldn’t be God. God, to be God, must be infinite in all that He is. He must have no bound and no limit, no stopping place, no point beyond which He can’t go. When you think of God or anything about God you’ll have to think infinitely about God

 

 

We educated folks can create gods just the same as the heathen can. You can make a god out of silver or wood or stone—or you can make it out of your own imagination. And the god that’s being worshiped in many places is simply a god of imagination. He’s not the true God. He’s not the infinite, perfect, all-knowing, all-wise, all-loving, infinitely boundless, perfect God. He’s something short of that. Christianity is decaying and going down into the gutter because the god of modern Christianity is not the God of the Bible. I don’t mean to say that we do not pray to God; I mean to say that we pray to a god short of what he ought to be. We have got to think of God as being the perfect One.

 

Who is your God?

 

Is he the God of the bible, which bible, is your bible holy, inerrant, infallible, inspired, or is it watered down, fuzzy, warm and cute, like the Message bible or the Max Lucado bible, Jesus is like a blanket just out of the dryer, all warm and snuggly with no snap, no rules, no commandments, the reader’s digest bible or the bible for idiots? Or are you in the Tim Keller church where social responsibility is the new dictate of the gospel, social salvation, the shepherding of the “threshold people”.

 

What God do you worship?

 

Is that the main event on Sunday for you? The speaking in tongues, the dancing in the spirit, clapping hands, raising hands, then the sermon starts and you start texting, or nodding off, or just unplugging. Friends I want to tell you a secret, take your pastor out to lunch and ask him what he was thinking during the service. Do you know that a lot of churches pay the worship leader more than the pastor?

 

What God is your pastor serving?

 

Numbers, popularity, money, a new car, who he can seduce, control, monopolize. Ask him to prove to you that he cares, that he has a spiritual thirst, challenge him, go ahead piss him off, don’t buy the warm handshake and the sex phone speaking voice, how are you holding him accountable for his spiritual growth.

 

Whose image were you created in? And how does that show in your life?

 

Are you salt and light or pale and soggy?

 

Well I hope I got you thinking, my devotional goal for 2016 is to be a prick, (get your mind out of the gutter, not that kind of prick), the sharp and pointy one. Banging the drum, sounding the horn, making you mad, uncomfortable, challenge you to expand your knowledge and love of God, to climb higher mountains.

 

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

 

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