For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces. Hosea 8:14
It’s easy to read of Israel’s idolatry and point my finger at them in condemnation. As soon as I do that, I turn into a Pharisee. Is it possible that our present day church has forgotten its Maker? Are we leaning more on palaces and programs than the living Word of God and the Spirit of Jesus? Has pretension replaced authenticity?
John Piper has shaped my life spiritually as much as anyone. I’ve flown to Minneapolis many times to attend his conferences, seminary classes he’s taught, and just to sit and enjoy the worship services at his church. But I have to admit, the first time I went, I arrived early at the church and thought I had the wrong place. Continue reading “Pretentious Churches”