The Doctor's Office

Some random thoughts by Dr. Greg Pouncey, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Tillman's Corner. My PhD degree doesn't mean I am smarter than you; it means I can stick to something for a long time!

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Legalism at its Best (or worst!)

I found the following news story that describes legalism at its best:

Power Shut Off After Woman Owes a Penny
May 16, 6:42 PM (ET)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - It was just a penny, but to Consumers Energy it was enough to cut off power in a local home. Jacqueline Williams, 41, of Flint had an electricity bill of $1,662.08 and paid all of it, except for one cent. That wasn't enough for the power company, which blacked her out for seven hours Wednesday.

The lady in the story found income from three sources to pay her bill, but came up one penny short. For seven hours she remained in darkness because she could not find a penny. Upon finding one, she took it to the company and they restored her power.

Can you imagine this mentality?
  • One cross word and God takes away His Spirit?
  • One unkind thought and your name is blotted out of the book of life?
  • One lie and God will say He never knew me?

I am thankful for the cross, where all the pennies that I owe were paid! I don't have to live in fear of coming up one penny short. Thank you, Jesus!

Monday, May 15, 2006

Worshiping Worship?

One of the dangerous trends in the church that I have noticed over the past decade is the exaltation of worship to the highest place of honor in the church. John Piper is right when he says that worship will outlast evangelism, and that worship is the fuel for evangelism. However, many in the church have started to worship worship!

The worship style, kinds of songs that are sung, and setting in which worship takes place have become more important than the God we worship. People leave church and "evaluate" the worship as if they were Ebert & Roeper. I liked that sermon. The music was too loud. We sang some great choruses today. Could it be that the services which we give two thumbs up may be dishonoring to God (as in Malachi)? Or could the very services that we say are boring and give two thumbs down end up being the ones that honor God?

Our consumer mentality should be checked in the foyer/nave/welcome center or whatever we call the area entering into the church. Worship will be so much better when we stop worshiping worship and start worshiping God.