Just wanted to share something I have been working on. It’s a new book (small but potent) about church, worship, tithing and leaders in church called How Not To Go To Hell After Spending Your Life in Church. https://a.co/d/6Twaj2p
In 1517, Martin Luther sought to reform the Church. Today I too would like to see a reformation of Christianity. I don’t have a strong mandate to nail on the door but I felt that if I didn’t share this I would bust.
We all recognize that “church” today isn’t what it once was. We all know that numbers have decreased. We know that the culture is growingly anti-Christian as was prophesied We can see that in our own families. We don’t need anyone to report it for us to see.
We are having a hard time defending the modern churches practices, even when we don’t know the Scriptural reference for what is happening. It just feels wrong. Yet, we go along. We continue on. Our witness is weak. As is our power over evil.
Evil has increased to the point where young children will rob and kill you if given a chance. Theft of property is so bad that store shelves are empty in some neighborhoods. Politicians have been caught doing so many things wrong that no one expects much from their leadership. Religious leaders look more like pimps and celebrities than disciples of God.
I took three subjects and put them together in a quick read with biblical Scripture to support my words in a self-published book you can get on Amazon. Com. I don’t think this book will not make me popular with local clergy. I don’t think it will get me invitations to preach.
My goal is to inform you and make you hungry to seek the truth. To seek personal change, to be true to God while you still have time.
The way we “do Church” has to be reformed. To be reformed in our thinking is to be God-centered.
Salvation is from the Lord from beginning to end, and even our existence is a gift from Him.
Allow me to introduce to you some Latin words: sola Scripture, sola Fide, sola Gratia, sola Christus, soli Deo Gloria.
These five solas (sola is the Latin word for “only” or “alone”) are sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), sola fide (faith alone), sola gratia (grace alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), and soli Deo gloria (God’s glory alone).
Put together, these solas clearly express the central concerns of the reformation, which was about worship and authority within the church as much as it was about individual salvation.
The “alone” in each is vital, and they emphasize the sufficiency of God’s Word and the gracious nature of salvation, received by faith alone, in Christ alone. The last of the five solas, soli Deo gloria, is the natural outworking of the first four. It reminds us that Reformed theology understands all of life in terms of the glory of God.
To be reformed in our thinking is to be God-centered. Salvation is from the Lord from beginning to end, and even our existence is a gift from Him.