Curtains of the Tabernacle (Part 1)
The first part of a mini-series on the first covering of the tabernacle as described in Exodus 26.1-6.
Let me first say I own this print; I have it framed where I see it and look at it every day. I even printed up some tracts with this illustration before, trying to motivate Christians in my ministry to evangelize. But there's something wrong with this picture ...two things actually:
by Don Whitney
Almost everyone knows someone who used to be in the ministry. Almost everyone knows someone who shouldn't be in the ministry. And every minister knows another minister—if not several—he does not want to be like.
But the sad news for ministers is, regardless of your age or education or experience, it is almost inevitable that you will become the kind of minister you do not want to be. So I think it's important to address the subject of: the almost inevitable ruin of every minister . . . and how to avoid it.
Once when a Southern Baptist denominational executive was on the Midwestern Seminary campus in the late 1990s, he asserted that statistics show that for every twenty men who enter the ministry, by the time those men reach age sixty-five, only one will still be in the ministry.
I read stuff like this and it just makes me angry. It's not what is said in the quote that makes me angry. It's the fact that no one else seems to echo the sentiments of quotes like these. Simply put: no one cares. If they did... they would do something about it.
Christianity to the average evangelical church member is simply an avenue to a good and pleasant time, with a little biblical devotional material thrown in for good measure!
I hope I do not live to see the day when God has to turn from men and women who have heard His holy truth and have played with it, fooled with it, and equated it with fun and entertainment and religious nonsense!
The church has become a religious theater where amateur entertainers are paid to amuse those who attend.
In many churches, Christianity has been watered down until the solution is so weak, that...