Hidden Treasures

The Bible is much more than a book of religion.

Narcissistic Christians

 “I don’t think many Christians seem to understand that today we live in a very self-centered, very, very overly personalized narcissistic world.  People are programmed to believe that they are the center of the universe, that the whole universe revolves around them.  And even God is one of those revolving planets that moves around them to serve them somehow.  There’s a very superficial understanding of divine glory, a very superficial understanding of divine exaltation, divine honor, the lifting up of the majestic Christ. 

 

Really for decades, I think, evangelism efforts in the church in our sort of minimalist theology have been mostly sinner-centered.  And even more so lately.  God loves you, He loves you unconditionally.  He loves you so much He wants you to be happy.  He loves you so much He wants you to be satisfied.  He loves you so much He wants you to be healthy.  He loves you so much He wants to deliver you from all disappointment and all pain and to take you to heaven.  And if you don’t let Him do that, He’s really upset and unfulfilled. 

 

 In other words, you’re the key to God’s fulfillment.  It’s as if the salvation of the sinner is the goal of redemption and God is the means to that.  That’s the very opposite of what Scripture teaches.  The glory of God is the goal of redemption and the salvation of the sinner is the means to that.  We are saved only that we might forever give glory to God, that we might forever exalt Christ. 

 

That’s why we’re here doing what we do on the Lord’s day and only people who really understand that know what worship is all about.  It’s not about a mood induced by certain music, it’s about being consumed with the honor and glory of God and Christ.  And when you have a world where all the emphasis is on personal fulfillment, and then you devise a gospel that simply fits into that world of personal fulfillment, you cheat people out of understanding the very purpose for salvation, the very essence of worship and the very reason why we hope for the return of Christ.”

Well said, John MacArthur

 

 

 

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August 10, 2008 - Posted by | Gems

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