So, IMB (the missions organization that David Platt works for now) has changed some of their policies on who can be accepted to serve with them now. The changes include no longer automatically disqualifying someone who has spoken in tongues or believes that the tongues is for today.
Their stance is that you shouldn’t put overemphasis on it, the main emphasis should be on the gospel and discipling others.
I think this is excellent. What I do not think is excellent is the responses. Some people are happy of course, but most many comments I read on facebook frankly disgusted me. “SBC is going to lose a lot of (financial) support.” (Really, you are going to stop giving to missing because Joe Bloe who spoke in tongues ten years about is allowed to be a missionary?) “I am so over SCB.” “And it keeps going down…” People claiming this is against the Bible (who curiously enough cannot show any Biblical proof of that…), people who are basically just angry because they don’t like things to ever change….. Seriously people! Grow up!
We are really willing to gripe and complain about insignificant things instead of worrying about the people who are dying without hearing the gospel?! Yah, that sounds right. (Did you catch the dripping sarcasm in my voice?)
One day I will get to heaven and I might find out that God doesn’t quite fit into my minuscule picture of Him. I will, no doubt, find that I was wrong about a few things but so will you.
We love to bicker over the little things, how the end times will play out, if the “sign gifts” are for today, if we are predestined or not. We need to get over ourselves! I feel like a broken record with this one. Knock it off people!
I grew up knowing a few thing were true and oddly enough, the older I get and the more I study the less sure I am about those things. But guess what? The person who believes in speaking in tongues or healing or prophecy is going to be in the same heaven with the person who believes cessation of gifts and the person who is a Hypercalvanist. So will the Amelenialist and the Dispensationalist and the Covenant Theologist and any other “ist” I have missed. We are missing the whole point of 1 Corinthians 13! We are a clashing symbol, we are missing love and we are NOTHING.
Sometime we need. Good kick in the butt and some duct tape over our mouths. If we shut up for a moment and really think about what we are saying as we troll the Internet and tear down people both online and in front of us we would hopefully realize that not a single one of us knows everything. God is too big to fit in our tiny brains and we do not have all the answers.
If we don’t have love, it counts for nothing.
We are missing love.
We are spending our days ripping the bride of Christ to shreds in the name of “doctrinal correctness” and it is disgusting to God.
Christine Caine said it beautifully, she asked how it would be if her husband’s best man had stood in the church beside her groom while she walked down the isle and whispered about how ugly she (the bride) was, how bad her hair is, how hideous the dress is, how terrible her makeup is…. No groom would take that. No one would ever think that was ok.
Yet we think it is ok to do the same to HIS bide. We diss other churches and other believers and call His Bride ugly and it is offensive to Christ. The people who believe very different things from what you believe are still part of the Bride.
Is it really more important to die on a rock about your specific issue or to work together in love and grace reaching the lost and discipling one another as we grow together?