This was a great message from R.C. Sproul:
“Just be yourself,” “keep it real,” and “keep it 100” are life slogans for many in our day. And when they are, authenticity often takes precedence over courtesy, self-actualization triumphs over self-discipline, and the self — whoever it may be — is to be celebrated and never censured.
And subtly, we can adopt this philosophy in the church. Even though every imperative in the Bible protests against it, every identification of sin condemns it outright, every discussion of holiness and God’s judgment warns against believing it, we too excuse sin tendencies as our personalities.
Without a culture of daily need for the Gospel, the tendency will either be legalism or license. People will either see their actions as sufficient and try to earn God’s favor or mark it off as cheap grace. Either is a mockery of Christ’s work on the Cross. The goal would be to train people to see their sin, turn from it, and take opportunity to worship the Savior who paid for freedom from it. When people start being real with the fact that they have issues, they will need to be reminded again and again that they have been forgiven and have been given a grace-filled way out of bondage.
This is helpful information from the ERLC.
Vader vs Kenobi reimagined
This is a cool bit of fan-made video that’s popped up online recently. This would have been one change George Lucas could have made that would have been worthwhile. (Maybe.)
Some Schaeffer-y goodness courtesy of Ray Ortlund.
A favorite from the archives:
There’s not a magic formula, any more than there’s a magic formula to blaspheming the Holy Spirit (despite what the kids on YouTube were doing a few years back). It’s not something you can plan or strategize into happening, though
charlatansexperts might tell you. It’s not something that you can schedule, despite what revivalism taught so many in the 1950s. It’s something you can earn or purchase or merit, either, despite what false religions and cults will tell you.