Letter from James - 2 Nov 2008
Yes Mary, Your article Cheap Grace is
most timely for the UK as well as the USA; and don't Doreen and I know
it! We are being confronted by smug and spiritually quite arrogant folk
amongst evangelicalism who happily shout out Hallelujah as they crack
open their battery eggs and tuck in to their factory farmed chicken.
Yes, and drink milk without a qualm of conscience. Indeed , they look
upon couples such as Doreen and myself as quite peculiar because of our
request for cruelty free food at church social functions. "Why get side
tracked by concern for animals brother? Don't make room for the devil to
sidetrack you. Preach Jesus instead!"
Yes, but their gospel is little more than accosting folk with an ABC
of 'so called' salvation followed by a declaration form to sign and
clinch the deal for their 'mate' Jesus!. Indeed, this can occasionally
be a way of bringing about a conversion, and when it is: to become a new
born babe in Christ is undoubtedly a wonderful thing. Thank God for
spiritual babes! But if they do not grow in to mature and disciplined
Christians with a true sense of moral priorities, then they become
spiritual cretins: a sight and condition to be greatly pitied. My
youngest child was a normal and happy babe and toddler: a joy to behold.
But due to lack of oxygen he has only the mind of a 4 year old at 38
years of age. He was a joy to behold as a toddler, but today I could
weep buckets over his condition. Well, I sense that Jesus could weep
buckets over the Cretins of Christianity that today's churches are
churning out through services that are little better than a substitute
for being high on drugs and alcohol. There can be no true expression of
Christianity without a cross voluntarily taken up and carried daily.
Today's evangelicalism is producing far too many 'empty vessels that
make the most sound'. They are mindful of Paul's words: "Though I have
Faith to remove mountains, but have not love, then I am nothing but a
noisy gong and a clanging cymbal" - Yes, and a spiritual windbag, or a
noisy drum containing nothing but stale air.
Sorry Mary! You've got me off preaching to the converted here! Every
blessing - and thanks a million - that through You and Frank, dear and
lovely Regina's Site is no longer to fall in to misuse but be revived to
Reply from Frank and Mary Hoffman
Thank you very much for your encouragement, and for sharing your own
experiences and confirmation about these 'so-called Christians". We are
very concerned that they will be the ones who will shout out Lord!
Lord!, but He will respond that He never knew them.
So James, preach on!!!
In the Love of the Lord,
Frank and Mary Hoffman
If we REALLY want God to bless America and the earth, GO VEGAN!