Quote of the Day

February 9, 2012

American Church, Apostasy

For those of you who learned a lot of your biblical truth through creeds and catechism, you probably remember this question and it’s answer:
Q. What is the chief end of man?

A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.

Recently, TableTalk magazine contributor Harry Reeder had this to say regarding what most modern-day churches now teach instead (through their sermons and lessons, not in traditional question and answer format):

Q. “What is the chief end of God?”

A. To love me and make me happy.

Great point, TableTalk!  That is exactly what I am seeing everywhere I look!  From the local neighborhood church to the Rick Warrens, Steven Furticks, and Joyce Meyers of the world, the message is the same…It’s all about me!!  If you are in a church where the focus of the teaching is your fulfillment, your goals, your success, or your life, then beware!  The church should be focused on Christ, not on self.  If you don’t currently subscribe to TableTalk magazine, you may want to consider signing up.

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2 Comments on “Quote of the Day”

  1. Bob Schoenle Says:

    I believed the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ paid the penalty in full for all of the sins I had committed and would ever commit against a holy God. This was the ’cause’ of my salvation. The ‘effect’ of my believing this was my being identified [baptized] with Him and having a change of mind [repentance] about things I was used to doing until that time. Believing was the cause and all that followed was the effect of that belief!

    I wonder how many ‘professing’ Christians are familiar with the concept of ’cause’ and ‘effect?’ Too many ‘professing’ Christians have made an ‘effect’ part of the ’cause’ of their salvation. They are unaware that the ‘effect’ they are trusting in is classified as a ‘work’ in our current ‘age’ of Grace. They also do not know that the ‘will’ of God, the Father, in our current age’ of Grace is for each man and woman to simply trust, by faith alone, in the completed [finished] work of the Lord Jesus Christ for their personal salvation. Those who do not do this will remain unsaved and will be left behind at the Rapture (Mt. 7:21-23; 25:10-12; Lk. 13:24-27).

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    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Amen, Bob! By faith alone, in Christ alone! The only comment I would add is that our minds are changed regarding sin (repentance) as God is saving us. I wouldn’t classify it as a cause or effect, but rather something that is happening as we are coming to Christ. Simultaneous change of mind brought about by the Holy Spirit. It is all from/through our Lord. And good thing, too! I know I am utterly incapable of earning anything toward my salvation.

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