Quote of the Day: Happy Talk

Making matters simpler for the enemy is the fact that in these days of “happy talk,” pastors, biblically illiterate parishioners, and thousands of churches that are theology-free zones, are virtual modern Marcionites. Marcion was a second century heretic who (to oversimplify a bit) embraced the “good” Redeemer God of the New Testament but rejected the (presumably) wrathful Creator God of the Old. Any discomfort with the God of the Old Testament smacks of Marcion’s heresy. To view the God in the Old Testament as different from the God of the New Testament is to expose how little we understand either.

–Jim Andrews, Polishing God’s Monuments, pg. 97

Without elaborating, sometimes when I hear people say certain things, I feel like saying, “Have you read the Old Testament?”

We’ve lost the fear of God. We’ve lost the fact that God is jealous and hates sin. I see this more than ever when reading through Numbers and Leviticus. He wouldn’t let any little tiny thing defile them and couldn’t be in the presence of anything or anyone who was unclean. And when we don’t understand that, we don’t really know God and we can’t more fully appreciate his grace and love. We talk about his grace and love all the time, but by doing that to the exclusion of other aspects of God’s character we can’t appreciate them as much as we could. We’re really missing out on enjoying God and more importantly glorifying him even more. Am I right?

This is one thing I love about the Puritans. They had that balance. And there are certainly a lot of Christians now who do too. For me this is the value of reading the Old Testament, using Psalms as a model for prayer, worship, praise etc. Spending ample time confessing when praying and when noticing things throughout the day (and asking God to point them out) etc.

I wonder if many people are afraid to fear God.

Polishing God's Monuments

3 Responses to “Quote of the Day: Happy Talk”


  1. 1 tomgdrums

    You are correct! I have finally finished my study of Genesis 2;25-3:24 and your quote below from this post is dead on:

    “We talk about his grace and love all the time, but by doing that to the exclusion of other aspects of God’s character we can’t appreciate them as much as we could. We’re really missing out on enjoying God and more importantly glorifying him even more.”

    Genesis 3:21, “And the LORD God made garments of skins for the man and for his wife, and clothed them.”

    Immediately after declaring Adam and Eve’s punishments (God’s righteous wrath) and just before banishing them from the garden of Eden, God stops long enough to make covering for them. We can see a couple of things from this: 1) Even in His anger God provided them with clothes that would provide better covering from the world outside the garden than the fig leaves they had used. What an amazing act of compassion!! 2) There is a lesson in all of this as well. The only “clothing” that can truly cover and/or replace our sinful nature is the clothing that God has provided in His Son Jesus Christ. (Zechharia 3:3-4, Romans 13:14, 2 Corintians 5:1-5)

    So God does get angry and He does mete out punishment but He never stops loving!! Your quote was so SPOT on!

    Sorry for the long post but this study of Genesis 3 has been very exciting and it was cool to see your excellent quote in your post!

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thank you very much tom. I had a great time reading through Genesis and plan on reading a commentary on it later this year. Sounds like you really dug into a small part which must have been fun.

    Nice observation on Adam and Eve. There is so much to be mined in the Bible and to learn about God it’s amazing.

    Sorry for the late response.
    Jeff

  3. 3 tomgdrums

    Hey Jeff!

    It WAS fun digging into a section of Scripture like that. It was the first time I had ever done that.

    It really is amazing how much God can open up to us in just a few verses if we just spend the time and don’t skip any steps.

    It really is an exciting adventure!! Makes me wish I had started doing this earlier in life. 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Tomg

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