Laminin and Gimmicky Christianity

Louie Giglio has been in the news. I’d like to write about something different. I actually saw a Laminin graphic before the news came up and wanted to write a post about it. I also want to say right away that I don’t hate Louie Giglio or think he’s a heretic. I know he’s done a lot of good for youth but beyond that I don’t know a lot about him. I’m writing here about gimmicks and not using the plain gospel or ‘mere Christianity’. I found a quote by Spurgeon that I think goes with it quite well. It’s easy for some people in this age of social media, blogs and video sites to get caught up in things like this.

Laminin is something that pastor Louie Giglio made popular quite a while ago. I watched the whole long version of the video. I just saw this resurface on social media. Giglio spends a lot of time explaining what a scientist told him. He is telling us that Laminin is what holds us together. Here is a graphic of what people have put together to describe Laminin (click to see larger-Esc to come back):

Laminin - Giglio

Here is what it looks like under a microscope (full size):

Laminin Microscope

Here is an abbreviated version of his talk in case you would want to spend or waste the time watching it:

Here is a regular teenager in a low quality video talking about Laminin in realistic terms. I love how he ends it. No fancy multi-media:

Do we need gimmicks? Do we need to spend that much time talking about a spurious scientific idea, along with all of the accouterments of multi-media to convince people to believe, or to strengthen their faith?

Are you afraid that preaching the gospel will not win souls? Are you despondent as to success in God’s way? Is this why you pine for clever oratory? … After all, is it by might and power, and not by the Spirit of God?

In this house we have proved successfully, these many years, this great truth, that the gospel plainly preached will gain an audience, convert sinners, and build up and sustain a church. We beseech the people of God to mark that there is no need to try doubtful expedients and questionable methods. God will save by the gospel still: only let it be the gospel in its purity. This grand old sword will cleave a man’s chine [i.e., spine], and split a rock in halves.

–Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1888, vol. 34, p. 563

HT: Why Spurgeon Thought the Plain Preaching of the Gospel Was Sufficient to Grow a Church – Justin Taylor

Also see:
Hip and Thigh: The Laminin Molecule and the Inadequacies of Evidentialism

9 Responses to “Laminin and Gimmicky Christianity”

  1. 1 Eric

    Another great quote from Spurgeon. Doesn’t seem like Jesus ever minced any words & when the rich young ruler went away & many of His disciples (Jn. 6:66) went away, it doesn’t seem like He ran after them & softened His approach (i.e., tried a new gimmick). I think Spurgeon is so right about keeping the Gospel pure. Only then can it change lives & save souls.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Yes, it’s strange to us how hard and non-seeker sensitive Jesus was.

  3. 3 Chucker

    Honestly, more than anything the entire connection with Laminin’s shape and the Christian symbolism beared no more significance to me than the images of Jesus’s face people find in pieces of toast.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Good point. I agree.

  5. 5 Julia Corradetti

    The trouble with thought today is still that we tend to separate all manner of things, the spiritual and the physical and everything in between. That changes when you actually experience God just that bit more than reading the Bible, the Bible will tell you about things, but experience with the Creator God, will help you understand it beyond just keeping the spiritual and physical apart. Its all in all. We accept that cells and the world is round in shape, its designed that way. So laminin is recognised by its shape structure too, this time its designed in the shape of a cross. The cross still offends, to those who are saved its an aroma, to those who are perishing, it offends like a smell. Thats in the Bible too, and is an experience. What’s your experience with the Almighty? God bless you as you seek Him.

  6. 6 Scripture Zealot

    I don’t separate the physical from the spiritual. I’ve written about how much I love and appreciate coffee and all of the flavors that God has put in it, for example, among many other things. A gimicky idea of a cell structure that supposedly looks like a cross in a nice drawing isn’t something I praise God for. The offense of the real cross is something we can’t praise God enough for.

  7. 7 William

    I am astounded that ANY of you find the shape of this adhesion molecule, gimmicky. Hey! Wake up! This “gimmick” is keeping your from sliding off your bones and becoming a puddle of oleagenous goo on the floor. Your reaction is like a toddler throwing cereal in his parents face. You idiots! He made you, not some impersonal evolutionary process. It’s like he tatooed your very cells with his signature so you couldn’t miss it.

  8. 8 Scripture Zealot

    Jesus holds everything together. One more “idiot” comment and you’re banned.

  9. 9 Scripture Zealot

    I’m closing the comments on this. If the gospel isn’t good enough for you, I’d rather not have to read your comments.

    I’m going to be cracking down on “idiotic” comments (meaning comments where words like idiot are used).

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