Used to have this quote hanging on the fridge

Posted: July 17, 2011 in christian living, Jesus

“The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. Herein lies the real place of Christian scholarship. Christian scholarship is the Church’s prodigious invention to defend itself against the Bible, to ensure that we can continue to be good Christians without the Bible coming too close. Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament.” -Soren Kierkegaard

  1. Mark says:

    Well spoken. We find that Christianity today is hostile toward God and the things of God. So one must do something that seems to be an act of righteousness (such as attend church), instead of following and doing what is found in the Word of God.

  2. ian vincent says:

    I remember when i was a kid in the Baptist Church. To miss one Sunday would be like equal to committing the most serious of sins. It would be considered backsliding.

    These days i remember how my conscience was bound to that, which shows i was under the law and lost.

    There must be many who think that Church attendance equals salvation, so they are bound to it by their conscience, and not bcos they really want to go.

    • fleebabylon says:

      So true Ian,

      When we stopped going to institutional church after starting street ministry and meeting in homes with other believers I came to a crisis. I no longer had my church attendance to lean on for a sense of rightousness. But it was then I found the kingdom of God moving in my life and learned to walk in the spirit. Im not saying I was lost before that, but a stunted babe in Christ at best.

      God bless you brother.

  3. ian vincent says:

    So true, using something we do as a “sense of righteousness”. How our natural man would like so many props to prop himself up with.

    Hey! Been there, done that. when i left the IC and hit the wilderness in 91, i went thru the same thing for a little while.

  4. fleebabylon says:

    “We find that Christianity today is hostile toward God and the things of God.”

    This is one of the strongest statements I have come across in a while. It is true. The world and worldly church will wax worse and worse. Lets be diligent to gaurd our own hearts against thoughts, attitudes, and habits that are hostile towards God brethren. And pray for each other!

    In Christ – Jim

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