And today I thank God for him for speaking unvarnished, rugged truths to me and my situation. He, like CJ Mahaney, uses doxological humor to great effect here.
I am becoming more and more aware and convinced that many, many people in the PCA do not understand the real nature of the Christian life, and it kills our kids, it kills our joy, it is pervasive among the leadership, and I hate it in myself.
The whole thing would bear watching. But, if you don't have the patience for an hour long sermon, start at 35 minutes.
Notable points at 50:50 and 57:50.
If you're in the PCA, especially listen at the 59 minute mark, where he expounds on "How to Become a Legalist:
1.) Make rules outside the Bible.
2.) PUsh yourself to try and keep your rules.
3.) Castigate yourself when you fail.
4.) Be proud when you do keep your rules.
5.) Appoint yourself as judge over people.
6.) Get angry with people who don't keep your rules or have other rules.
7.) Beat the losers.
Then he says, "If you parent like this, you will destroy your child."
Then he says, "If you are a boss like this, you will destroy your employees."
And if you lead like this, you will destroy your church. And if you lead like this, you will destroy your church. And if you lead like this, you will destroy your church....
Then he names the campuses of his own church most prone to legalism.
Then he says, "If you're sitting back, saying, "Yeah, I'm not a legalist. They don't drink, I drink. etc..." you're a reverse legalist, a libertine.
Both the legalist and the libertine are trying to do the same thing: please God by what they do or don't do.
What's the answer? Resting in Christ.
Which is basically the point of every sermon I'm trying to preach of late. Too often we're missing it, folks. We are legalists and libertines, when we need to be loving Jesus.