Perfect timing

simpsons-terri-sherri.jpgFrom an episode of The Simpsons:

Isn’t it amazing that the same day you got a pool is the same day we realized we liked you?  The timing works out great, don’t you think?

Terri & Sherri, speaking to Lisa

It reminds me of how the liberal church has changed in the same ways culture has: Pro-legalized abortion, anti-parental notification laws, pro-gay marriage, pro-handing out condoms to kids, etc.

Isn’t it amazing?  What great timing!  The liberal church realized it had been wrong on these important topics for nearly two thousand years, and came to that conclusion at virtually the same time as the secular culture.  That makes the world like them more, I suppose.

They also decided it was too embarrassing to believe in miracles, the authority of scripture, the exclusivity of Jesus, etc.  Or did that come first . . .

Thankfully, many churches in the West aren’t buying it and most of the churches outside the West aren’t either.  The first time I was in Kenya one of the full-time missionaries, a doctor from England, kept saying how the Kenyans were really disappointed in the U.S. when they heard about churches supporting gay “marriages.”   It wasn’t like they were thinking, “Gee, those brilliant Westerners know everything, perhaps we should follow them.”  It was more like, “Whoa, what are they thinking?!”

The secular world gets some things right, but in general the real church will be at odds with it.

1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.


5 thoughts on “Perfect timing”

  1. Hi Neil,
    Yes, the liberal church will have a lot to answer for. I think the loss of miracles came first. It was their way of punting the authority of scripture. Once that takes place, then you have no limit to what you can believe, give up on, and sanction. It’s just a matter of working out a coherent, well-reasoned argument. Never mind what Scripture says. Better yet, just take so Scripture out of context to make it sound really good and voila! We can approve all manner of sin.

    Sad. The end result is gay marriage, etc., and yokels like Jeremiah Wright. He’s perfectly acceptable in the liberal system. Never mind the sanctioned hatred… it’s a part of his culture, so that makes it OK.

    The problem is with all this thinking is that the Bible is to correct, rebuke and instruct culture, not the other way around.


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