I know this is no ready guide, but imagine you’re in an Independent Baptist church circa 1940 or so. your pastor is “fightin’ Frank Norris”. Everyone shows up for church wearing their sunday best.
The family has their hair combed.
The kids are dressed well too. Cell phones were left home. (well, they didn’t have them then)
The boy is dressed like a little man, the girl is dressed like a little girl – and not the other way around.
Nobody is dressed like they’re going clubbing or to the beach afterwards.
The church has several functions. None of them involve anything Buddhist.
The pastor gets up and preaches from the Bible. He pounds the pulpit a couple of times. He doesn’t bother about any little stories about kittetns with ice cream on their whiskers – he just preaches the “bahble”.
“The Lord Said….”
I really don’t see why we ever left that.
I know, I’m just past middle age. Yup. I’m remembering the 70’s, and not anything from some TV show. I’m remembering that there was still some reverence for God in my hometown, which was dominated by Roman Catholics, The Christians in that town didn’t talk to the Roman Catholics and knew they weren’t Christian, and my nickname in school was pretty much “Jew Boy”. Well, yeah, that didn’t last too long, only a couple of years.
Today, there’s no reverence for God anywhere. People speak of God as if He’s a servant. Stop and really think about that.
Moses lost his temper once, and was denied entry to the promised land.
Ananias lied to God ONCE, and was struck dead on the spot.
The Rich man in Luke 16 refused to repent, and ended up in Hell. And he’s still there, still begging, still pleading, frantic, in torment, in agony.
We need to get back to the Bible. We need to divorce ourselves from the world. I’m constantly challenging Christians I talk to, “get rid of your TV”. It literally is the biggest thing holding back your Christian life.
We need to get back to being Christians.