Christianity - It's Not A Game

“Christianity is not merely a set of ideas and practices and feelings designed for our psychological well-being, whether designed by God or man. That’s not what Christianity is.

Christianity begins with the conviction that God is an objective reality outside ourselves. We do not make him what he is by thinking a certain way about him. As Francis Schaefer said, he is the God who is there.

We don’t make him. He makes us.

We don’t decide what he is going to be like. He decides what we are going to be like.

He created the universe, and it has the meaning he gives it, not the meaning we give it. If we give it a meaning different from his, we are fools. And our lives will be tragic in the end.

Christianity is not a game; it’s not a therapy.

All of its doctrines flow from what God is and what he has done in history. They correspond to hard facts. Christianity is more than facts. There is faith and hope and love. But these don’t float in the air. They grow like great cedar trees in the rock of God’s truth.

…..I am deeply convinced from the Bible that your eternal joy and strength and holiness depend on the solidity of this worldview putting strong fiber into the spine of your faith. Wimpy worldviews make wimpy Christians. And wimpy Christians won’t survive the days ahead.

Rootless emotionalism that treats Christianity like a therapeutic option will be swept away in the Last Days.

Those who will be left standing will be those who have built their house on the rock of great, objective truth with Jesus Christ as the origin, center, and goal of it all.”

John Piper
August 26, 2007 Sermon Notes
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  1. Rarely have I heard these days outlined in a such a simple and truthful manner. It’s difficult to find the truth of God in today’s worldview. Thanks for posting it! It needs to be said,if I get a chance, I might put that on the sidebar of my blog to remind me and others….

    Just Jen    Nov 26, 03:06 PM    #
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