Posted by: reformbama | September 25, 2011

This Reprehensible Laxity, Is Misnamed “Love”

 

The pastor at CBC in Maylene (Where the opening theme song is God is good all the time) disagreed with me on this.
I wonder if his view has changed since then. I thought of him today at church when our pastor made a 
statement about a "little study" before entering the pulpit. 
Arthur, it is a lot worse today my friend.

(Arthur Pink, "Love Reproving" 1943)

Few words have been used more inaccurately and loosely in recent years, than has "love." 
With a great many people--it is but a synonym for moral laxity, weakness of character, 
a taking the line of least resistance, a quiet tolerating of what is felt to be wrong.

Multitudes of parents have supposed they were treating their children "lovingly" when
they overlooked their folly, made excuses for their wildness, and refused to discipline them for disobedience.
They have prided themselves on being "kinder" toward their children than the "stern measures" which were 
meted out to themselves in their own youth. But it is laxity--and not love--which allows a child to have
its own way. "He who spares his rod--hates his son; but he who loves him--chastens him early" (Proverbs 13:14).
Let those of our readers who have young children ponder Proverbs 19:18; 22:15; 23:13, 14; 29:15, 17, and remember, 
that those are the words of Him who is Love!

This same evil has held sway in the churches. Leniency and weakness have overridden
righteousness and faithfulness. Instead of maintaining and enforcing the discipline 
which God's Word enjoins--the great majority of the churches have winked at even glaring sins,
refusing to deal with those who walk disorderly. 
This reprehensible laxity, is misnamed "love". A mushy sentimentality which shrank from "hurting the feelings" 
of others--has ousted all concern for the glory of Christ and the honor of His house.

This is one of the inevitable effects of the lopsided preaching of the pulpit, where the 'love' and 'grace' of 
God were constantly proclaimed--while His 'justice' and 'wrath' were studiously ignored. God is 'light' (1 John 1:5)
as well as 'love' (1 John 4:8); 'holy' as well as 'merciful'; 'severe' as well as 'good' (Romans 11:22).
Unless the balance is preserved between those two sides of the Divine character, not only will 
He be grievously misrepresented--but the most serious results will follow!

 

 

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Responses

  1. Excellent!

  2. Yes, excellent.
    This “love” has been the death of many local churches who ignore the commands to live holy lives and discipline according to the power and responsibility given to the church.


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