Tell 'em what they want to hear vs Tell 'em what they need to hear
(feel good message vs truth on the rocks - stirred and shaken)
Grifter vs buddy-down-the-block.
Simple math. Funny how so many people show up for their feel-good massage on Sunday.Posted by cond0011 at February 22, 2015 12:41 AM
In other words, works are necessary. Faith without works is dead.
Essentially the Catholic position.
Of course, the Catholic Church wrote the Bible, at least the first edition.Posted by bob sykes at February 22, 2015 4:09 AM
For as you judge so will you be judged and the measure with which you measure, will be measured out to you.
Matthew 7 is likely the single most comprehensive chapter in the Bible on how we should live our lives. Full of guidance and wisdom!Posted by Snakepit Kansas at February 22, 2015 6:27 AM
Actually, we believe that God wrote the first edition. And transmitted it to Moshe and the other prophets. Matthew is the most "Jewish" of the Gospels. There is nothing in the Sermon on the Mount, for example, that an orthodox/orthoprax Jewish preacher could not preach to a Jewish audience. Actually, it was preached by a Jewish preacher to a Jewish audience after all. Like other rabbinic preachers and teachers of his time, Jesus was building fences around the Law - in the Sermon, they are internal and psychological, rather than strictly practical. But, remember, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."Posted by Punditarian at February 22, 2015 7:24 AM
Build on a rock, not sand is actually bad building practice. You can look it upPosted by bgarrett at February 22, 2015 8:56 AM
We need a theme-tune for our Super Fun Church of Nice. Here's one from page 666 in the church hymenal:
I feel your pain, don't worry be happy, can't we all just get along, and I'm OK you're OK we're all OK, have been the funeral dirge of the degenerate generation for years. And we're just starting to "get it"?Posted by indyjonesouthere at February 23, 2015 8:38 AM
Meh, Osteen is a motivational speaker that mentions God once in a while. He probably even helps people sometimes. Just too bad he pretends to be a pastor.Posted by Christopher Taylor at February 23, 2015 9:57 PM