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But Make Sure Your Whole Life is a Song as Well

The title of today’s post  is a paraphrase of what one non-Christian said to the church of the Netherlands some 200 years ago. I think the modern culture is saying something similar to us today. They are looking for some evidence that we are not “mere men.”  They are looking for some evidence of a supernatural quality to our religion. They want to know that God is real.

That’s what the Apostle Paul was getting at in his letter to the Corinthians. Their lives and their church was filled with sin. They were fighting among one another. They were living in the kind of sin that even the pagan world of the time viewed as evil and corrupt. In Paul’s 13th chapter, the great love chapter, his argument to the Corinthians is basically, “You want to know what love is? Love is everything you are not.”

So back in chapters 1-3 he reminds them that their behavior gives no evidence of any supernatural quality.

Questions:

  • Is there evidence of supernatural power in your church?
  • In your life?
  • Do you need special eye glasses to see it?
  • Are there a growing number of non-Christians that are seeing the evidence and responding in some predictable and exciting way–i.e., they are coming to believe or they are fighting you tooth and nail, not because of your unrighteousness but because you stand for the righteous God who redeemed you?
© Marty Schoenleber, Jr. 2010
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2 thoughts on ““You Christians Will Have to Sing Much Louder Before I Believe Your Religion”

  1. Hey, how are you? My wife and I are going to a church that is under the Missour-Synod Lutheran church. I strongly disagree with 2 of their doctrines, specifically on baptism and the Lord’s supper. They would say that both of those are a means of grace for salvation. I disagree, and see that Scripture teaches otherwise.

    If you were in my position, and the leadership of the church came to you asking if you would help lead the church, would you be able to join them with a clear conscience if it meant that you could not preach that baptism is not in fact a means of grace, but a symbol of what God has spiritually done with us? As I see it from Scripture, the only means of grace that God has given us is His Son Jesus on the cross.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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    1. Spencer,

      I guess the first question to ask is, “If you and your wife are not compatible with the doctrinal stance of the church, why are you there?”

      I am aware that that is the position of the Missouri Synod but I have never dialogued in-depth about what exactly that means. Do they mean that the taking the Lord’s supper saves a person? I doubt that that is what they mean when they say that it is a “means” of grace. I suspect that what is meant, at least with regard to “means” is that it is an aid to faith. That it is a help to faith that the Lord Jesus specifically gave to the church.

      Now if this is what is meant and something akin to it with regard to Baptism, I think there is room to work together. That is something you will have to have a longer conversation with the church leadership. In any event, I would have a long and completely honest and respectful discussion about where and why your conscience is bound. You probably won’t change any opinions but it is the right thing to do.

      Choose wisely the church family you will fellowship with on a regular basis. Maybe you should find a doctrinal family you are more compatible with and help plant a church?

      Marty

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