Christian Vampires

As with all worldly trends, Christians jump on it right as it is about to stall out. Consider vampire novels. These were big money for secular publishers about two years ago. Now novels of the undead are dying off.

Surely Christian book publishers won’t jump on this bandwagon? How could they? What do vampires have to do with Jesus?

Well, sorry, if you thought Christian America wouldn’t stoop so low, you be wrong. How exactly can you write Christian vampire novels and maintain a belief you are still being Christian? Goes like this:

“Allen Arnold Sr., vice president and publisher of Thomas Nelson Fiction, which published the [Christian vampire] trilogy, said any story can be redeemed when told from a Christian worldview, just as any life can be redeemed through the power of Christ.”

Riiiight.

Sounds to me more like: “any story with Jesus tacked on it can make us money, so hey, we went for it.”

HT: Sand in the Gears

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Weekend YouTube Tour

1) Think political attack ads are bad today? Consider these attack ads from 1800, in the words of the candidates then, you hatchet-faced nutmeg dealer.

2) A little sports related humanism–the awesomeness of crazy athletic endeavors. Not sure this is time well spent or not, but it is cool!

3) Song of Solomon pick-up lines. This could have been much funnier, but the idea is good.

4) One of the funniest bits you’ll ever hear from a stand-up comic. Great stuff.

Coffee Cup Mary

Looking for that special gift for the Christian who has everything? Wait, wait, Christians aren’t supposed to have everything. Um.

Looking for that special gift for the Christian who has all their basic needs met and needs a little edifying pick-me-up?

Well, here it is.

Stuff for October 28, 2010

1) Blog post about Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral going bankrupt in which the question I immediately thought of is asked: How’s that power of positive thinking thing working out? Humanism doesn’t work, even if it sounds like Chritianity sometimes.

2) Perhaps the highest usage of sarcasm in any sermon I’ve ever spoken. Not always recommended, but sure feels good sometimes!

3) Blog post on people who say they trust the Lord for things the Lord never promised. It may make you feel better, but it don’t mean nothin if your plans are not His.

Justification and Imputing Righteousness

OK, seriously, last one! I’ve found several errors in this author’s works dealing with imputed righteousness. Here’s my last one dealing with the same quote from yesterday’s post:

“Justification is more than forgiveness, since forgiveness is the cancellation of sin while justification is the imputing of righteousness, Forgiveness is negative (the removal of condemnation), while justification is positive (the bestowing of the merit and standing of Christ).”

“Justification is more than forgiveness. . . justification is the imputing of righteousness.” Here I’d like to part ways with the author.

I will agree that justification equals the imputation of righteousness. I will disagree that the imputation of righteousness is anything more than the forgiveness of sins! Therefore, justification is not adding something more, but removing sin. Period.

Romans 4:5-8 seems to equate the following: justification (4:5), forgiveness of iniquities (4:7); covering of sin (4:7), and not imputing sin (4:8).

Theologians, apparently sometime around the Reformation, began dealing with imputed righteousness according to accounting terms. However, the word “impute” does not imply a transfer of goods, but rather to think, reckon, esteem something to be so.

Imputing righteousness does not mean that righteous acts of another are added to my account. It means that even though I am not righteous, by faith, God reckons me righteous, thinks of me as righteous, counts me righteous.

What does it mean to be righteous? Righteous means “to be right!” No error, no sin, no wrong, all right. To be imputed, counted, reckoned righteous means to not have your sins imputed to you!

That’s what David said and Paul quotes him to explain it to us. How can you be more righteous than having no sin?

Consider Adam and Eve, they were innocent, always in the right, righteous in the Garden of Eden. God said not to eat from the One Tree. How could they be more righteous in this setting? Cut the tree down? Eat a ton of fruit from the tree next to it?

NO! They were righteous in everything they did, until they sinned and ate from The Tree. In order to be righteous again, they needed God to not impute their sin to them.

Same is true for us. We are not content with not having sin, we think we need huge amounts of righteous deeds, even if they are Christ’s, to be accepted. Nope, you just need to be without sin.

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.”

To not have sin reckoned or imputed to you is the exact same thing as having righteousness imputed to you. It is enough to be innocent, because innocent is perfect and right.