All posts tagged Judgment

Rules for (Not) Judging

Matthew 7:1-6

“Don’t judge so that you won’t be judged.” It’s one of the most widely quoted teachings of Jesus and one of the Scriptures that even non-Christians are quick to point out. We hear it used a lot these days in conversations that tend to be controversial as a way of kind of saying, “Live and let live” or “What I do is my business alone and no one has a right to say otherwise.”

In fact, a study by the Barna Group a few years ago, which was written up in the widely read book UnChristian: What a New Generation Really Thinks About Christianity, revealed that nine out of ten young people view Christians as “judgmental.” Given Jesus’ command to not judge others, this means that many people view Christians as hypocrites.

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Exchanging the Glory

Part II of the series “Romans: The Road Less Traveled.”

Romans 1:18-3:22

anglican baptismI saw an article pop up on Twitter this week that said that the Church of England is trying out a new baptism service that drops all mention of the devil and sin. Among the phrases abandoned are those referring to “the deceit and corruption of evil”, “the sins that separate us from God and neighbor”, and a promise to “fight valiantly as a disciple of Christ against sin, the world, and the devil.” Instead of that specific language, baptizands or parents make a broad pledge to “reject evil.”

The idea, according to the Church of England, is to provide a baptism service that uses more “culturally appropriate and accessible language” without words that “don’t resonate with the knowledge and experience of parents and godparents who aren’t regular churchgoers.” It’s a trial liturgy that will be tested until April.

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