A.J. Castellitto
Soli Deo gloria in an age of narcissism and political propaganda
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By A.J. Castellitto
October 14, 2019

Glorying in the Lord properly defined is "praise, worship, and thanksgiving offered to a deity." Saint Augustine succinctly captures the creator-creature distinction when he declares, "you have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you." Unfortunately, mainstream Christianity has been taking an inward turn. Whether through ignorance or willful malevolence, the Christian faith has too often been reduced to a means to an end, especially in the realm of politics where the temporal frequently conflicts with the eternal.

We are easily seduced by our own senses. When misapplied our senses can become a gateway to sin and disobedience. 'Gay identity' and 'woke philosophy' are indicative of the type of man-centered ideology creeping its way into the church. These things swiftly become vain idols placed before the Lord until he is replaced altogether. Those who seek to promote and advance such distorted views of scripture are to receive a compassionate but firm rebuke. They are forgetting the true nature of grace and its means of administration. The Westminster Confession rightly summarizes the essentials of the Christian faith as revealed in the holy scriptures beginning with "man's chief end..to glorify God, and..enjoy him forever."

Unfortunately, "woke" pastors like Thabiti Anyabwile are willing to overlook hostility towards Christianity in its various forms to endorse Democratic presidential hopefuls who promote reparations as "an obvious policy response to the country's "original sin" of slavery and exploitation of African Americans." https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabiti-anyabwile/reparations-are-biblical/ Pastors like Anyabwile apply perpetual purgatories where grace should abound.

God does not seek to confuse. Scriptural and mental gymnastics used to promote a strange doctrine mostly derived from outside sources to fulfill a political and/or carnal motivation is best left with the liberals. J. Greshem Machen understood how "the grace of God is rejected by modern liberalism." Machen likened the liberal conception of Christianity to "slavery," "the slavery of the law," "the wretched bondage by which man undertakes the impossible task of establishing his own righteousness as a ground of acceptance with God."

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Machen ultimately charges the liberals with "emancipation from the blessed will of God," which ultimately results in "bondage to some worse taskmaster." Machen understood the danger in seeking political solutions. He insisted that "the Church is the highest Christian answer to the social needs of man."

To God Alone Be the Glory

We don't glorify God by reigniting racial tensions. We don't glorify God by accommodating all forms of deviancy and confusion. We don't glorify God by sucking up to fellow depraved sinners to whom we have not personally sinned. True faith and charity doesn't account for any of these things. The gospel of Christ is a theology that deals with the reality of the human condition above all else.

It is amazing that sinners and rebels could be counted among the blessed, chosen ones of God. We should tremble that Jesus' blood would be applied to our account and our sins blotted out.

As new creatures bought with the blood of Christ, God's grace is enough to sustain us. This is something we must continuously be mindful of. Our victim mentalities and personal lusts must be traded in for the gratitude and contentment that comes with the knowledge that we were once dead in sin, but have been made alive. Only then will we honor and glory in God as we ought.

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