It is a tempting and intoxicating brew, appealing to basic human inclinations and culturally conditioned desires, offering a quick high but a nasty hangover. And it’s extremely lucrative for its purveyors, since one of the principal ways to demonstrate faith is to sow financial seeds, which is to say, give gifts to prosperity preachers or purchase their products. The resulting fleets of luxury automobiles, massive homes, and Italian suits might strike critics as garish, but prosperity preachers retort with a smile that their lives and bank accounts merely verify the truth of their messages.
How did we get to a place where such a clearly debased form of Christianity holds sway with so many people?
“Aim for restoration” was highly relevant to this community in Corinth. They were broken at multiple levels. They were making progress, but there was much good still to accomplish. So, “aim for restoration” was ideal as an all-encompassing intention. For any gospel-defined church, then or now, restoration is an obvious priority.
But is it obvious? Or, is it obvious to us today?
Today you can get 1-2 Peter by R.C. Sproul (ePub) for only $5 in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Other items on sale:
- Hell teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio download)
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- Creation and Re-Creation, the 2013 Fall Conference at Reformation Bible College (audio and video download)
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In addition to yesterday’s giant list, here are a few other ones to consider:
- A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis by C.S. Lewis—$2.99
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- 50 People Every Christian Should Know: Learning from Spiritual Giants of the Faith by Warren W. Wiersbe—$3.99
- A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology by Kelly M. Kapic—$4.33
The average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute; there are about 775,000 words in the Bible; therefore it takes less than 10 minutes a day to read the whole Bible in a year.… Audio Bibles are usually about 75 hours long, so you can listen to it in just over 12 minutes a day.
But the point is not merely to read the whole thing to say you’ve done it or to check it off a list. The Bible itself never commands that we read the Bible through in a year. What is commends is knowing the whole counsel of God (Acts 20.27" data-version="esv">Acts 20:27) and meditating or storing or ruminating upon God’s self-disclosure to us in written form (Deut. 6:7; Deut 32.46" data-version="esv">32:46;Ps. 119:11, Ps 119.15" data-version="esv">15, Ps 119.23" data-version="esv">23, Ps 119.93" data-version="esv">93, Ps 119.99" data-version="esv">99; Ps 143.5" data-version="esv">143:5).