Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Tattooed pastrix and beer church: When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith upon the earth?

The title to this piece is from a verse in Luke 18:7-8,

"And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

Jesus is saying that we should pray for His return, and that He will render justice to evildoers, and He is also warning us that faith in general will wane as the ages go on.

And we do see that faith today is so corrupt that it doesn't even look like faith. Prophet Jeremiah knew something of corrupt worship. So did Jesus when confronting the Pharisees and called them whitewashed tombs. But the lack of faith in view here in Jesus's statement is a faith that exists in a few. Gill's Exposition says,

"in the world at the last day: there will then be little of the doctrine of faith, and less of the grace of faith, and still less of the exercise of faith, particularly in prayer, and especially about the coming of Christ; it will be little thought of, and expected, or faith little exercised about it."

We see this today. Here are two examples of the incredible, corrupt faith upon the earth, which is no faith.

Bolz-Weber’s liberal, foulmouthed articulation of Christianity speaks to fed-up believers
"Nadia Bolz-Weber bounds into the University United Methodist Church sanctuary like a superhero from Planet Alternative Christian. Her 6-foot-1 frame is plastered with tattoos, her arms are sculpted by competitive weightlifting and, to show it all off, this pastor is wearing a tight tank top and jeans."

The lack of discernment among people who claim to be Christian is astounding. The biblical record is clear, woman cannot be pastors. (1 Timothy 2:11-12).

Profanity for any Christian, but especially for leaders, is  something that impugns the spotless name of Christ. Leaders are supposed to be above reproach. This is a must. (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6-7).

Further, cursing is a sin. (Ephesians 4:29,  1 Peter 3:10, James 3:9-12).

Women are supposed to adorn themselves modestly, not deliberately show off buff arms and flat tummies. (1 Timothy 2:9-10, Isaiah 3:16-17)

And tattoos? Leviticus 19:28 has spiritual significance for Christians living under the New Covenant today.

"In forbidding tattoos, God was telling Israel He did not want them to personally possess any physical marks or characteristics that externally resembled the pagan nations. Such a thing would link them visibly to the false religious practices and immoral behaviors of those nations, which ran contrary to God's standards." (source)

And in the New Testament we are told that we are not to conform to the world.

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (Romans 12:2)

This pastrix has said,

"I never experience God in camping or trees or nature. I hate nature,” she told the Austin crowd as she paced the stage. “God invented takeout and duvets for a reason."

Yet the creation is one of the ways He has revealed Himself. I'm not a fan of camping either, but when I am outside I see God reflected in the beauty and complexity of His creation, and I give Him glory for it. If I was a leader I'd never say that I hate one of the main ways He has revealed Himself to us. Romans 1:19-20 says

For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

Why, why do so many follow an obviously false pastor like this one? Why is her church overflowing and her speeches standing room only? Because they like to elevate themselves and/or reduce God's stature. And with the case of Nadia Bolz-Weber, she is preaching a different Jesus, one that is reduced down to our level.

She said, "“God isn’t feeling smug about the whole thing,” she writes about Jesus’s resurrection and the idea that the story is used as fodder for judgment. “God is not distant at the cross. . . . God is there in the messy mascara-streaked middle of it, feeling as [bad] as the rest of us.”"

God is feeling as bad as the rest of us? You mean, the God whose ways are so high above our ways? Whose thoughts are not our thoughts? (Isaiah 55:8). God is in the thick of our petty emotional woes? Not hardly.

I used to dismiss articles like this one which describes a pastrix such as this woman, believing that an apostate as profound as this woman would be obvious to one and all, but it is not so. Hordes flock to hear her, and why not? She is part of the promise of a coming apostasy.

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions," (2 Timothy 4:3)

If a profane, tattooed, lusty and buff female pastor is not your style, then maybe the church beer bar is.

To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract New Members With Beer
Todd Fadel, at piano, leads singers at a recent gathering of Beer & Hymns at First Christian Church Portland, OR

"With mainline religious congregations dwindling across America, a scattering of churches is trying to attract new members by creating a different sort of Christian community. They are gathering around craft beer.  Some church groups are brewing it themselves, while others are bring the Holy Mysteries to a taproom. The result is not sloshed congregants; rather, it's an exploratory approach to do church differently."

Do church differently? Ask Nadab and Abihu how different church went for them. Ask Solomon, who experimented with everything under the sun and found it all vanity. The LORD who sent His Son to tell us what to do and how to do it, laid down how to worship in His word. There is nothing that has changed, that He wants us to now do differently. There is nothing in the bible that says "when looking for a good church, go to a bar."

These church-in-a-bar folks are giving the gospel with a microphone in one hand and a beer in another. Their churches are literally named "Church-in-a-Pub". They take communion among the barstools. They advertise "Beer & Hymns". I am not making this up. And denominations are taking this seriously. The article states, "Last month, the regional council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America named Church-in-a-pub a Synodically Authorized Community."

At one church in a pub, "Between hymns, people can stand up and say anything they want."

Paul expressly wrote to the Corinthians to stop such carousing, communion-insulting, prophesying chaos. He demanded orderly worship. Because God demands orderly worship.

"Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets. For God is not a God of confusion but of peace." (1 Corinthians 14:29-33)

He demands orderly communion!!

"When you come together, it is not the Lord's supper that you eat. For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not." (1 Corinthians 11:20-22)

This is exactly what the hedonistic, pagan-saturated Corinthians church was doing. Paul got on to them, and came down hard. Yet here we are, repeating the exact things the bible says not to do. How can this be?

"When the Son of Man returns, will He find faith upon the earth?"

These people disregard holiness. Be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). The Lord hates profane worship. Read Malachi 1.

"Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand." (Malachi 1:10)

Stay in the word so you will not be deceived and lured off the path. Stay prayed up like the persistent widow demanding justice. Plead for the lost and straying, and remain grateful that His grace has found us, and that we will be with Him forever, and from what the state of the church looks like today, that time is nearing each day. Soon, my friends.

I hope to be in heaven soon, where I can worship in pure church, in perfect accord with His will, and not a blot or stain in me, but only holy desires to see Him exalted. O what a day that will be!



7 comments:

  1. Hey Elizabeth,

    These false teachers hardly concern me. Their folly and error is so obvious, that it takes only Kindergarten level discernment to spot. But what blasphemy they commit, like what it says in 2 Peter 2, they are spots, blemishes, carousing at your love feasts... self willed, speaking great swelling words of emptiness, they promise liberty but are slaves of corruption.

    -Carolyn

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  2. I can tell these stories drive you to righteous anger, as they did me. These emergent churches that turn God's house into a circus really get me going. They invite atheists and porn stars to have "dialogue" instead of preaching the Gospel. Todd Friel covered both of these stories on Wretched Radio recently.

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    1. You're right Brad, these stories drive me into a righteous anger for the name of Jesus. What they do in His name! Oh!

      I am confused by Wretched Radio- I view clips on Youtube, but in going to his website, do I have to become a member in order to listen to the shows? I can never find the shows. Are they behind a paywall?

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    2. Yes you have to be a paid member to listen to the daily 2-hour radio program. It costs about $5/month. Be on the lookout for an email from support@wretchedradio.com. I sent you a 6-month gift membership so you can try it out. :-) You have the option of listening live everyday from 3-5 PM Eastern time, or you can stream it online later if you can't listen live.

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    3. wow Brad! That is so amazing! Thank you so VERY much! I arrive home around 4 each day and by the time I get things done and settle down, it's around 5. I could never listen live. Now I can listen in the evening, thanks again

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    4. You're quite welcome! Let me know if you have any problems.

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