How deep does it go?

That’s a question many people ask.  What must we do to fix the problem?  Some die-hard, evangelical Republicans say start by voting for Mitt.  Some work for doing whatever is necessary to go back to the “good old days” of 1950’s (we forget the Korean war conflict and that the highest tax bracket was 91%).   Some want to go back even earlier.  But you can’t go back.  The remnants of Christian culture we inherited are quickly dissipating.  It would be like trying to rebuild ancient Rome with what little rubble we have left from that period; it can’t be done.  Our problems go deeper than the symptoms (homosexual “marriage,” abortion, obscenity, etc.).  We are a fallen people.

Which brings us back to the question, what is to be done? Since the problem can’t be fixed naturally, the only answer is supernatural.  This is where are recent blog post from Doug Wilson comes in.  In it he spoke about how deep in the soup we are.

“We live in a time when the charismatics need the Spirit, the Reformed need a reformation, and the evangelicals need to be born again. We do not need particular doctrines about the Spirit in the abstract. If we are given the Spirit of reformation, we will get the doctrines we need. We will of course need doctrine that arises from the Scriptures in order to help us understand what the Spirit just did for us. But if the Spirit didn’t actually do anything, then our systematic theologies are nothing but printed kits for organizing smoke. If the Spirit didn’t do anything, then any religious frenzies, conducted under an unauthorized use of His auspices, have all the religious authority of a priest of Baal cutting himself with a knife at a Stones concert.”

Apart from God, it’s going to get really ugly, really fast.  We’re almost to the point that we can’t rely on anyone else but God to save us; what a place in which to be.

“In short, we need the Spirit to be poured out upon us. And when God is pleased to make this hap (more…)

Missed it by eighteen inches

It’s important to keep in mind what we’re going for when we teach, preach, etc.  One of the blind spots of many Reformed minded people is an emphasis on doctrine as an intellectual pursuit rather than heart changing teachings about the living and true God.  If you’ve spend much time on this blog, you know I have a great appreciation for those who put concrete application to godly teaching (Gary North, Doug Wilson).  But it is a trap of Satan for that application to become lifeless ideology rather than Spirit-filled truth.

The heart is deceitful and ministers aren’t above the fray.  We preach God-glorifying truth but often do so in order to prove that we’re right rather than rely on the Holy Spirit to plant the truth deep in the hearts of the His people.  It’s only by God’s grace that we can communicate.  The fact that God exists isn’t something that devils doubt; they believe and tremble.  The problem is that the belief is only in the mind, not the heart.  If we don’t speak to the heart when we’re sharing God’s word, all the intellectual assent in the world won’t do any good.  From the heart comes the issues of life; only a changed heart will result in changed actions.  It’s important to clearly communicate, but unless we present the truth with faith in God, we will have missed the goal by eighteen inches.