Awhile back I had written a piece on those individuals who have a serious obstacle in their Christian lives by adhering so firmly to a pet doctrine that they throw away all common sense. They have the tendency to measure orthodoxy and their association with a church to this particular “doctrine”. I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing someone leave the faith due to what they saw as an inconsistency among professing believers. In other words, since Christians don’t seem to believe this clear teaching of scripture then Christianity only produces frauds. We are not speaking of the doctrine of justification by faith, the Trinity or the Resurrection but some “implicit”, “questionable” or “non-essential” biblical teachings.
I spoke with someone very close to me recently who is in this situation. This individual is obsessed with a teaching which is found in scripture to the extent that he makes it the standard for Christianity and the foundation for everything else. He is so consumed with this teaching that he refuses to attend a church that doesn’t practice this strictly. The teaching is based upon the appearance of the woman in church. He is convinced that a woman should wear a veil when worshipping in a church ( 1 Corinthians 11), that she should have long hair ( 1 Cor. 11) and that she should wear a dress (specifically a loose fitting dress down to her ankles). I will say from the beginning that I’m not opposed to these things since I feel that modest apparel is tremendously important for both women and men. The worship of God should be conducted with a mindset that Christ is in the presence of His people when they are gathered together. We are gathering for the covenant meal to remember the Christ and share in communion with each other (1 Cor. 10:16-17) hence this is not a party or a bar to find yourself a mate or worst. Our dress does reflect our heart and how serious our encounter with God truly is. With that said, I’m still of the mindset that we are not under the law and hence since the bible doesn’t explicitly define “modest apparel” then we should be careful to place too strict boundaries on these issues.
When I had originally began this blog I had began posting a series of posts called “The Weekend Question” where I wanted to hear the opinion from my readers as well as strike some discussion on various biblical topics. I thought that I would begin this again. Please feel free to take the poll and leave a comment if you’d like to elaborate on your answer.
The first topic of discussion is on the subject of tithing.
Yes, you read the heading of this post correctly. The Moncton Christian is in Montreal Quebec. I arrived here on Monday and I will be returning to Moncton on Thursday. While I would prefer travelling for pleasure or as a pilgrimage, the truth is that I am travelling in business.
It’s my first time in Montreal and it is very cold. I believe at this very time it is -39 degrees Celsius with the windchill. I usually enjoy visiting a city’s religious sites but it’s far too cold to simply walk around. I have noticed some very large churches in the downtown area one being a Roman Catholic Church and the other a United Church. It’s strange to walk around and not see any reformed churches or even a Baptist church nearby but this is Quebec which boasts of keeping Protestantism outside its walls.
I have had the opportunity to do a little reading in my hotel room. I brought my copy of the Puritan Theology. I enjoyed a chapter called “William Perkins on Predestination” which demonstrates how Perkins held to a high view of Calvinism which he believes held him to a higher piety in his pursuit of holiness. This is quite different than the shallow critiques of Calvinism which state that predestination produces laxness. I particularly enjoyed a quite by a Girolarmo Zanchi on page 131:
God teaches us predestination in His word, and we must not be ashamed of His doctrine but proclaim it with reverence and trust in His wisdom.
This doctrine humbles our pride and magnifies God’s grace for it shows us that we can do nothing to save ourselves – God alone saves sinners.
Faith by nature receives doctrines of God that it cannot see and fully comprehend by human reasoning.
Election comforts and sustains the saints with God’s unchangeable love for them when satan attacks with doubts and accusations
Predestination reveals the infinite glory and sovereignty of the eternal and unchangeable God so that we know Him and worship Him.
Predestination guards the gospel of salvation by grace alone
This doctrine brings us a vibrant vision of God’s special love for His people in Christ Jesus which is the joy of His people and fuel of their love to Him
Predestination moves God’s people to diligent holiness of life.
I hope to be posting a little more consistently when I return to Moncton.
I have been blogging for several years now and I have always appreciated that there are folks out there who actually take an interest in what I write. I have always had God’s glory in mind primarily whenever I put together a website such as this one. I have as a secondary priority the uplifting and education of my christian brothers & sisters in hopes that I might equip them with some information that might be useful to help them grow and perevere in the faith. While I wish I could provide several posts on a daily basis, I unfortunately do not have the time and resources to commit to such a work. It is my desire to someday have a ministry that I can devote my full time to however that is not the case at the moment.
While I don’t blog on a daily basis, I do have a Twitter account that is quite active. I have been able to send out Tweets on a daily basis with thoughts I have had or resources that I might recommend. I find this a fantastic means of sharing different resources that might be useful to my readers. I also post pictures and sometimes some more humourous materials that I find throughout the web. Yes, a Christian has to laugh once in awhile.
Might I suggest taking a look at my Twitter page and following me if you haven’t done so already.