Sit in church on Sunday, hear the word of God preached; wake up in the morning, read the Word of God written; go to bible study, hear the Word of God taught. All of these things are a good part of the Christian’s life, but the Bible exemplifies that the Christian life also includes speaking the word of God to a watching world with boldness.
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.” - C.S. Lewis
With every major disaster, a pastor somewhere in Christendom cites the reason as judgement from God. I believe God judges nations and peoples, yet I’ve always felt uncomfortable to hear a pastor boldly claim that a particular catastrophic event is the direct result of a particular sin. This is very presumptuous of a pastor to say. Albert Mohler writes, in an article, “Does God hate Haiti?”:
Do you avoid someone because of the way they make you feel. Feeling of anger and frustration dominate the atmosphere—at least in your mind—when you are around that person. Perhaps you feel the relationship is of absolute uselessness to both you and that person. The Bible tells us that this relationship is actually a huge benefit to you.
People easily express their dissatisfaction with the way the government handles education, or poverty. I’ve had many lunch room conversations where this sentiment is expressed with conviction and vigor. Yet, it is equally common that these same people do nothing about the situation. Charles Spurgeon, a famous preacher from the 19th century, once said it this way in one of his sermons.
Why did I start a web-site called “Today’s Reformer”? I’ve been wanting to start writing about spiritual topics that have Christian focus and are important for today’s Christian. There are many leaders both Christian and secular who are noticing the decay of American Evangelicalism. At the same time, there has been an increased interest in Reformed theology worldwide.1
Teaching, Admonishing, Singing Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Our life is compartmentalized into places we go to for teaching, preaching, singing, dancing, socializing. For the Christian, church is often the place we go to for teaching while we gather together in homes for socializing and fellowship. The Bible seems to paint a different picture.