Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Indeed, he does know

J.D. Hatfield reflects on one of the major excuses some folks give for not attending churches, that "God knows my heart." Here's J.D.:
Think about it, and how many people who think they are saved are counting on some experience or something they think is deep inside them that is good, and they talk about God when you are near, or they send you religious emails and all that, or they will come to church once in a blue moon and they will relate to you of some experience they have had, but they haven’t had the born again experience! It’s obvious.

Now I am not saying all religious emails are bad, but more often than not they are just promoting the American civil religion, the pick yourself up by the bootstraps, rugged individualism ideal that has nothing to do with the Spirit of God exalting Jesus Christ in your life. Again, I am not against people talking to me about things that inspire them, but this doesn’t justify them from their sin in God’s sight! You don’t need to prove to me how holy you are.
Amen. J.D. shares related thoughts here.

4 Comments:

Blogger nAncY said...

"you cannot tell me you are filled with the Spirit if you don’t go to church."

not truth.

i can see many reasons why believers should gather and i know that this is very close to many people's hearts. but, i think that this particular statement is not the truth.

2:57 PM, February 10, 2009  
Blogger Even So... said...

Look at the text, dear...there are several posts in that series as well...and over 60 on the topic of why you must go to church...Don't want to start a ruckus, but in any event, God bless you...

4:58 PM, February 10, 2009  
Blogger nAncY said...

i do not think that you have started a ruckus, but, calling a woman "dear" could come close to starting one, and does not open a good space for her to listen to what you have to say.

i do not completely agree with your view in this post.

i do not think that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is only for the members of the body of Christ that gather together in a building each sunday and preform what some people call "church".

and i do not know if saying such things, true or not, is going to get anyone to attend a chruch of anykind.

i do believe that it is good for believers to gather together as the church for other reasons that i am aware of and some that i will never be aware of.

12:23 PM, February 11, 2009  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Thanks, Nancy, for your comments. And thanks, J.D., for your original essay. Peace.

9:06 AM, February 15, 2009  

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