We are going to start a new series, and it may be a long one, and throughout we will be looking at key quotes on a couple of subjects. The quotes are taken from one of our resources, which we purchased long ago, called Stories for preachers & Teachers. The first set if we get past one post will deal with the title issue and we will start off with one that approx. 500 years later seems quite appropriate
. I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.– Oliver Cromwell, letter to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 3 Aug 1650
It seems that the church of Scotland is consistent in its decision-making. We are not sure what Mr. Cromwell is referring to but these words seem to hit home as the Church has recently allowed its ministers to participate in same-sex marriages. Here is a link to the story:
The Church of Scotland’s highest law-making body has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages.
The church’s general assembly, which opened in Edinburgh on Saturday, voted in favour of extending a law passed last May that permits ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships.The decision, after years of deliberation, means the church maintains the traditional view marriage as between a man and woman, but allows individual congregations to “opt out” if they wish to appoint a minister or deacon in a same-sex marriage or civil partnership.
Clearly the Church of Scotland needs to hear Mr. Cromwell’s words and re-think its decision as well as its power of rational thought.This trend to refuse to say ‘no’ to the homosexual community and make a stand for God has us thinking that those who call themselves Christians do not want to be persecuted for their faith or take the criticism that comes when one tells an unrepentant sinner these are the rules and you must abide by them.
Those who claim to follow Christ seem to want the easy road and make everyone feel good instead of standing firm with God when opposition strikes. In an age where ‘rights’ have removed ‘right and wrong’ the church and its members need to stand up and speak against this trend letting everyone know that they do not have the ‘right’ to do as they please and that ‘right and wrong’ still exist even if those unrepentant sinners reject that standard.
We like what Abraham Lincoln once said, and it is our second quote for this article–
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.– Abraham Lincoln
This should be the honest concern and desire of all believers. Letting sin into the church or saying that God is wrong or that the Bible is in error should never enter the minds of those who claim to be Christians and follow God. They should be making sure that they are on God’s side and following his ways correctly especially when they have to deal with those who do not want to follow God’s rules and enter into the church.
The believer needs to remember that it is God’s church and he has not changed his rules nor has he given any human authority to alter or remove his rules governing that institution.The Church of Scotland needs to learn this fact and reverse their decisions and get their ruling bodies in line with God and his word if they want to be effective for Jesus.
In fact, all church denominations need to do this if they want to be the light unto a dark world. Being the light does not include letting darkness in to douse that light.The world needs the church to continue to broadcast God’s standard of right and wrong and not entertain the thought of altering it just because someone who doesn’t believe doesn’t like the standard.
No one is helped when you alter the standard of right and wrong. No one can seek forgiveness of their sins if they think they are not doing anything wrong. The Church of Scotland, and the church in general, are not doing anyone any favors when they make these types of decisions. They are hurting them and keeping the unbeliever trapped in sin and not helping the unrepentant sinner to salvation when they do these types of actions. This i snot what the church is all about and it is not how Christ wants his church to function.
Yes Jesus is love BUT he never changed God’s standard of right and wrong nor told sinners they could remain in their sins and still follow him. Love rescues and the church is not rescuing when we change the rules to allow people to avoid following the rules.
The church also needs to be told when it is doing wrong as well.