I don’t mean to be an alarmist, but there are some flinching verses in the New Testament when it comes to the necessity of being in Christian community.
Deal of the Day
Mark Jones. Antinomianism. Reviewed by David Garner. (Reformation 21)
Thom Rainer. 7 Reasons Very Active Church Members Drop Out. (Christian Post)
But there are a number of persons who have been active in church life for years. They have had key leadership positions. They are considered some of the most faithful members. And then they are gone. Sometimes it’s sudden; on a few occasions it is more gradual.
Carl Trueman. But There is a Problem… (Reformation 21)
Over at his Patheos blog, Scot McKnight has published a guest post by his friend, John Frye, lamenting the lack of lament in contemporary church life. It seems from the comments (and twittering elsewhere) that an earlier draft pointed the finger at Calvinism. The current version has softened that somewhat to ‘submerged determinism.’
Being above reproach means that an elder is to be the kind of man whom no one suspects of wrongdoing and immorality. People would be shocked to hear this kind of man charged with such acts. Being above reproach does not mean that he maintains sinless perfection.
2 Thessalonians 2.13 “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the first fruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.”
“Though didst seek us when we sought thee not; didst seek us indeed that we might seek thee.” Augustine
“We are in no position to merit mercy or elicit mercy. If we are to receive mercy it will be at God’s free choice.” John Piper. Five Points.