Thanks to Facebook, I'm slightly irritated now. Of course the website is innocent, this is about a friend's post. We grew up in a tiny little town with hardcore Christian values. I escaped. She didn't. She posts Christian messages on her Facebook page every day. Today we were treated to this gem:
New Testament brings us right down to this one issue - if sin rules in me, God`s life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is nothing more fundamental than that."
There is a single response: "That is absolutely SO TRUE! :) Thank the Lord for His sincere, saving Love!"
I sniggered, but then wondered where this lady got that quote from. Not to be mean, but she's not bright enough to come to such a conclusion herself. I assumed she's got one of those daily Bible verse diaries or something. I googled the quote and found this website
. The site's name is "With Christ" (complete with horrible design and animated gifs, start at the main page for the full horror: http://withchrist.org/
I expected to see praise for the theological depth of the quote or something similarly inane, but what's this?
The quote is from a book by Oswald Chambers. "The book contains some outstanding insights..." they say, but then "It needs to be said and revealed that the doctrinal dangers of this book far outweigh the benefits it contains". Well now!
They've listed some of his quote under headings, "the good", "the bad", "the very bad" and "the worst". Here is "the worst":
"It would seem that Mr. Chambers attempted to set some kind of record for sheer error when he came to June 23rd: "Either God or sin must die in my life. The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue. If sin rules in me, God's life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is no possible ultimate but that.""
So now I am confused. This appears to be a pro-Jesus site, my friend is pro-Jesus (to the MAX! Go Jaysus!), why then does she post the quote as though it's brilliant, but Miles J. Stanford "Christian Author" says it's awful?
Of course I am tempted to comment on her post with faux shock and horror to point out that she must stay away from that devil-worshipper Chambers, who will only lead good Christians astray, but it would only hurt and confuse her, because she wouldn't be able to understand it. She is a very simplistic girl; she reads her daily Bible verse and makes sure everyone sees how devout she is. It is mindless worship.
Entering into a discussion with her would clearly lead nowhere and like I said, I don't want to cause unnecessary pain and confusion for her and her similarly minded friends. What irritates me is that what took her 5 seconds to do and probably left her feeling smug because she's so close to God, caused me to think and Google and blog and wonder and worry for a lot longer than 5 seconds! I can't afford to see more of these time-sucking messages of hers! :)
If someone could explain to me why Stanford disagrees with Chambers' theology and which side a good Christian should take, I would be grateful.
As payment, some more quotes from my friend's Facebook page:
"Salvation is easy for us, because it cost God so much. But the exhibiting of salvation in my life is difficult... Remain faithful to your Friend, and remember that His honor is at stake in your bodily life! O.C"
"You honour God's name by calling Him your Father and living like HIs Son!!"
"What makes God so dear to us is not so much His big blessings, but the tiny things, because they show His amazing intimacy with us - He know [sic] every detail of our lives."
Someone commented on the last one, asking whether that was from Chambers' book, "My Utmost For His Highest". "I just finished reading it. It's so true, right?"
Excuse me, I'm going to go hit myself in the face now.