Indicators You Might Apostatize

What follows is a link to a blog I read this morning.  It is mainly geared to those in professional ministry or academic pursuits, but I found it especially appealing as I often think along the same lines.  I have posted the sectional highlights below in the hopes that you will be enticed to read the article, and while it is a long read, in my opinion, one that is well worth it.  After you read it, spend some time thinking about it.

10.  Your ministry ambitions are fueled by something other than to see Christ’s Kingdom expanded.

9. You are more interested in enjoying your personal liberty than in erring on the side of personal restriction when it comes to the use of liberty.

8. You play fast and loose with Scripture.

7. When you are confronted with an interpretive difficulty, your tendency is to find fault with Scripture rather than to resolutely work through to a valid conclusion.

6. Your interpretive decisions are more likely to be influenced by popular opinion than by the grammatico-historical model of exegesis.

5. You will alter your theology based on life circumstances/experiences.

4. You will alter your theology due to relationships.

3. You stop struggling against sin.

2. You give up/replace on your devotional studies with activities.

1. You are not primarily motivated by an adoration for Christ.

The entire article can be found here and I hope you head on over and read it.

As an added bonus, there are two sermons by Brian Rickett entitled Ten Indicators That You Might Apostatize in 2013.  Here are the links to those:

Ten Indicators That You Might Apostatize in 2013 – Part 1

Ten Indicators That You Might Apostatize in 2013 – Part 2

Daily Roundup Single

This is my first Daily Roundup Single link post.  I’ve thought about doing it before, but I ran across a post today that I felt was so important that I just wanted to give it single billing!  It is by Eddie McKiddie and as far as I am concerned, this is a Grand Slam to end the game for you Baseball fans, a touch-down with 2 point conversion to win in overtime for you Football fans, or a half-court buzzer beating 3 pointer for you Basketball fans.  Idolatry is commonplace in the world.  Unfortunately it runs rampant in the church too.  We are all susceptible to it and because of the flesh and and our own spiritual blindness, it is hard to see in ourselves.  Greg Beale states:  “you resemble what you revere, either for ruin or restoration.”  Read this article by Eddie and start applying it to your own life.  I’ll be working on mine, that’s for sure.

How To Turn From Your Idols

Museum of Idolatry

Extra, Extra, Read All About It – Spiderman kiss recreated at Church by the Glades in Florida.

I bet Chris Rosebrough is apoplectic over some of the stuff he puts on his Museum of Idolatry website.   The lengths Pastors (cough) will go to to be relevant to their congregations is just astounding to me.  Check it out at this link if you dare.

Chris Rosebrough’s Museum of Idolatry

Obviously not for the faint of heart, but it is what the evangelical community has had to resort too since it can’t be the true Church.  With songs and preaching like this, it won’t be long before the evangelical church’s have to resort to even more vile things to draw a crowd.  These video’s were inducted into the Museum of Idolatry from Ignite Church in Joplin, MO, and they certainly deserve the induction.