December 14, 2007

Christians should understand that when discussing the law we have to be just a specific as we would be if we were arguing our case in a courtroom. Gary Amirault has done a pretty good job of showing why one Biblical law in particular is not applicable to New Testament Christians.

Almost all denominations of Christianity have taken portions of the Mosaic Covenant, “Christened them,” and added them to the New Covenant. Without being aware of it, this has made most Christians guilty of the whole Mosaic Law, which says it all must be kept. At the same time, they have “fallen from grace” because of mixing it with a covenant which no longer serves a purpose for those under the New Covenant. This is not to say that we cannot learn many wonderful truths from the Mosaic Law. We are just no longer in covenantal relationship with God through that covenant. We are in covenantal relationship with God through a New Covenant ratified by Jesus Christ, not Moses.

What do your tithes afford?

October 26, 2007

I had a chance to visit New York on someone else’s dime last year. I got out of a training session early and while wandering the streets I had happened to pass by Trinity Church. I’m not Catholic or Anglican, but I couldn’t resist seeing what I was missing out on.

I opened the large doors and walked inside. I was amazed. Churches simply aren’t constructed like this anymore. The church I attend was converted from a woman’s workout facility filled with low ceilings and poor lighting. The place I was now standing in was a wonder of structural design adorned with exquisitely carved statues and walls inlayed with delicate symbols which stirred the imagination.

Say what you will about the Catholic church, but they certainly knew how to construct a facility that grabbed the soul. One can begin to imagine how people could have followed those who were at the center of attention.

This has simply been lost on the modern church which may not necessarily be a bad thing. In today’s church we no longer get a sense of awe from the buildings. They all look the same with their white and tan walls, chairs instead of pews, no carvings, sparse decorations, and quite simply a lack of style.

Perhaps this helps to place the focus, on God, where it should be, but I miss the sense of awe that I felt in that place. It seems that the architects did their best to convey the glory of God through their work in order to impart some sense of the power and glory of heaven.

However, it might say more about us then it does about them.

Modern churches take up the homes of former basketball teams. One could argue that we are no longer separating ourselves from the world, but actually moving ourselves right into it – getting leftovers at that.

Ironically, the church building I attend is wildly expensive for what we get in return. Some might even say its shabby and confined. Any sense of awe will have to come not from the building, but a real relationship.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have both?