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A new generation of Pharisees arise.

Posted by appolus on March 10, 2015

F-VicariHere’s How the New Christian Left Is Twisting the Gospel.

This article above, while making some good points, is a clear indication that there is a new generation of Evangelicals ready to rise up and defend their system. This is a reactionary piece from a growing panicked evangelical movement. The writer bemoans the passing of a moral majority generation. In a state of decline, evangelicals swing wildly from the right to the left and then back again. The very system itself denies Jesus His preeminence . The Ark has left the Holy of Holy’s and the religion reacts in an effort to desperately maintain the status quo . How sad to think folks have to fight to regain lukewarmness. Make no mistake, the birth of the Pharisee came out of living amongst a very un-godly post-exilic people. The Jewish people had lived in Babylon for seventy years and lived in a very worldly way. The Pharisee was a reaction to that. Now today, there is a great danger that the younger folks coming up will be even more political than their parents and grandparents because they see such un-godly lifestyles among their own generation. They never really question the system that produced such ungodly lifestyles amongst their peers. Now they say, ” If we could just get back to ………” you fill in the blanks. ” We just have to be more active politically.” “We have to retake the moral high-ground.” And so we repeat the damning cycles of the previous generations and are blind to the fact that the religious system itself is, at its very core, the problem.

It was those generations who believed that the way to change things was through Washington. It was those generations who really gave us cheap grace. It was those generations who raised their children under the wings of the all important American dream. Go to church on a Sunday morning-Tick that box. Drop of your children at Sunday School and let some pimply faced kid teach your children-Tick that box. Take little Johnny to baseball practice-tick that box. What, prayer meeting is on Wednesday night? sorry, that is little Jenny’s dance practice night- tick the dance practice box. Do a check of all your boxes at the end of the week. Yeah, that looks good. Christianity became just another box to tick while pursuing the American dream. Little Johnny knew fine well that his parents had no concept of being content with food and clothing. Jenny knew that her parents knew nothing of being content with where you were or that there was great danger in the pursuit of wealth. She did know that if her grades dropped below honor roll status she would be in deep trouble. She also knew that she could fail Scriptural truth all day long and her parents would never even notice. Jenny and Johnny become sold out to a system because they were taught that. What system, the religious one? Noooo, that was lukewarm and a mere addition, an adornment to their parent’s life, no the system they were sold out to was the American dream and all that it offered. Seek ye first the Kingdoms of men and all these other slightly less important things will be added unto you.

4 Responses to “A new generation of Pharisees arise.”

  1. Becky Johnson said

    I tried but I just couldn’t finish. I didn’t make it past this:

    “It’s painful for me to admit, but we can no longer rest carefree in our evangelical identity…”

    Crikies. And this is good news because there is no identity any one person can rest carefree in save that of the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The moment we believe otherwise the narrow road widens bringing with it death & destruction. As it should.

    • appolus said

      And therein lies such a huge part of the problem to begin with. All of our identity should be found in Christ alone. We have parceled Him out as Evangelical, Baptist, Pentecostal, Charismatic and so on. ” You have to come to my church.” ” You have to hear my Pastor.” ” You must join my club.” Peoples ability to talk about Jesus waned a long time ago as we ceded it away to our various groups and men. It is we who are called to be light, we are called to be a living epistle……………br Frank

      • Becky Johnson said

        Shortly after my prodigal days of running were over I got a tattoo on the inside of my right wrist. A good place to be able to see it any time I needed the reminder. Coming back to Christ after running from legalism, it would be fairly easy for a (former) rebel to run again if she fell under the spell of this life of faith being about rules or denominations or even the style of music she enjoyed. So there it is in black, marked for the remainder of my life on earth: Solus Christus. In Christ alone is my salvation. In Christ alone is the foundation of my life.

      • Christine said

        Amen brother!

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