At this time, I would like to propose a toast to those who make Comfortable Christianity possible. Cheers! To all the pastors who don’t mention sin, or even better, downplay sin. After all, why dodge it when we can dismiss it — it’s all covered in our comprehensive grace policy!
Thanks for teaching us how to be better people — in terms of purpose, passion, and prosperity — as opposed to being better disciples of Christ. Unless of course, that discipleship somehow benefits us in terms of purpose, passion, and prosperity. After all, we delight in the Lord, so that He makes our lives delightful.
Whatever our ages, we have remained infants in Christ — sustained only by your regurgitation of the Word. Your charisma and charm is like a parent who makes airplane noises in an attempt to feed an unwilling baby. Thanks for accommodating to our pickiness with extra helpings of Jeremiah 29 and other ‘plans and promises’.
With your help, we have cultivated an environment in which correcting our brothers and sisters is perceived of as being judgmental. Off with the whistleblower’s head! We’re so afraid of offending each other, that we offend God instead. Well played.
However, I do have a bone to pick with some of you. The one command given substantial importance is tithes and offerings. This bites. Especially when it seems that the only thing being “pressed down, shaken together and running over,” is your pockets!
I would point out that Apostle Paul spread the gospel working as a layman so that he wouldn’t financially burden those he ministered to, but ultimately, he burdened them with truth! –that sly devil!
Paul insisted that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). Like a bait and switch, he pulled us in with grace, and then stung us with a responsibility to become living sacrifices — crucified with Christ. Just referencing it gives me chills.
Jesus taught us that He was the tree, we are His branches. Our role is to abide in Him, and He will abide in us. But you, pastor, have become our tree. We abide in you; we are your branches. And with your aid, we’ve indefinitely postponed discipline.
I often wonder, have you comforted yourself with the same skewed faith that you have comforted us with, or are you a closet atheist making use your charisma? After all, being positive is good, but it’s not the only thing.
Thank you, for making it the only thing.
When it’s all said and done, I raise my glass to you. If it weren’t for your misguidance, where would we be? After all, we probably wouldn’t attend your service. Your pews would be empty, as would be your five-car garage! I guess we’d just have to find ourselves another to teach us “whatever our itching ears want to hear” (2 Timothy 4:3).