Responsibility in Church

May 13, 2013 at 10:44 am | Posted in C.H.U.R.C.H. | 6 Comments
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The “R” in C.H.U.R.C.H. is for “Responsibilty.” There are great privileges that come with being part of a church. But there are also great responsibilities.

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

I Timothy 3:15 (emphasis added)

Christians should not be hypocrites. A hypocrite is someone who acts completely different in church from the way he acts outside of church. However, we do need to watch how we behave in church. Church is not a place where “anything goes.”

Let all things be done decently and in order.

I Corinthians 14:4

What are some things you would do outside of church that are not sinful, but that you should not do in church? When I go to the park to have a good time, I am free to run, yell, throw things, make a mess, speak loudly and freely. I might even dress in a way that allows me to sweat and have some freedom of movement. But church is a place where these things are rightly restricted. And it is a place where you do need to take special care about what you wear. Modesty and appropriateness in dress is important everywhere, but it is especially important in church.

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

I Timothy 4:12

If you are a young person, don’t give people at church a reason to excuse your bad behavior by saying, “He’s just a kid, what do you expect?” Don’t give anyone a reason to dislike you for being young. You need to watch older men and older ladies in church, depending on your own gender. Mark how they behave and follow their examples.

Professing Atheists Are Disturbed by the Truth

February 6, 2009 at 9:47 am | Posted in ProfessingAtheists | 2 Comments
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Christian: Those who deny the existence of God are only trying to convince themselves of what they cannot really believe. Even in specifics related to the effect of God’s wrath on the world’s geological history, the Bible tells us that people try to be “willingly ignorant” (II Peter 3:5).

Professing Atheist: Do not bring Geological History into this. You are not educated in Geology.

Christian: Professing atheists willingly reject what they know to be true. They try to hide it, but subconsciously they give themselves away, and it’s fairly easy to spot. They intentionally try to belittle the name of God by using the lower-case “g,” then they accidentally reveal what they are trying to worship in God’s place by capitalizing categories of academic study (i.e. Geology; Geological History).

Professing Atheist: This is sickening. You are deeply and disturbingly brainwashed.

Christian: They get exasperated and use petty insults and denials, even though they, of their own free will, frequent sites where God’s Word is proclaimed. They often feel sickened because their consciences have become dull, but not yet completely seared (Romans 2:15; I Timothy 4:2). They are easily disturbed. They tell themselves they are disturbed by other people, but they are really disturbed by the Truth. Drawing near to God does not result in being brainwashed. It leads, instead, to being heart-washed (Hebrews 10:22).

Professing Atheist: Wow! This is a new tactic to me! You not only tell people what they SHOULD think, you actually tell them what DO think!?

Christian: The Truth is not a tactic. He is a Person – the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6; John 8:32).

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