Junk is a flag flying high in the night

There is little doubt that cliches appealing to our lowest desires fill the sky where we should see the unique message of “Sins Forgiven”.   When Peter said in Acts 2:38, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” he was shaping the gospel shout out.  We do well to stay close to this man’s example.  One does have to imagine a very different world if this verse had to be interpreted in ways that set the kingdom challenge as low as it could be: shining the spotlight on food and drink and temporary things. 

Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the healing  of your diseases, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the filling  of your wallet, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the correction  of your diet, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the enhancement  of your marriage, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Junk’s smoking gun

The burdens of conforming in order to follow ought to disappear if people have been thinking that they respond – He is always speaking – to God ‘s offer to change their status in the world. There is no precedent for the merchandizing pattern thart modern Christians have overlayed Just suppose Peter meant to say…

Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the cessation of personal sin, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

The conmen in the back alleys of church life will continue to flash their Moses dealership card and engage in gluing Christ to dealing with sin, but the Saviour only pardons sins. He uses neither sin detectors nor vaccinations against sin. Why would God bother to pardon any sin at all if His Main Messenger is going to keep using the tools of what is obviously a sin ministry?

When blood loses its efficacy

but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7

It is not just misguided responders like the prosperity preachers, the possibility thinkers, the “word of faith” crew, who are contributing to our junky skies. You just try finding a church with a humble student of the word of God as its pastor. You just try finding a pastor who does not think his nation is a copy of Israel or Judah. Just try finding a faith community (denomination) that does not put its own literature up on the mantle with the writings of the Mosaic tradition and the writings of the eyewitnesses of Messiah and their immediate disciples. Those writings cannot be trusted; not as long as we have access to the unique and exclusive documents of our Messianic heritage. The difference betwen junk and treasure cannot be clearer.