The Real Deal

So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important. Col 2:20-23

It has always amazed me how those preachers and priests cannot walk out of their houses without putting on a suit or clerical clothing.  It’s almost as if, like Superman or Batman, the clothing gives them special powers. Somehow I get the impression that the Apostle Paul would have been a big disappointment to them, more concerned about the words he preached than the clothes he wore. Elbert Hubbard once said, “God will not look you over for medals, degrees or diplomas but for scars.”

So often, a suit, clerical collar, rhetoric, empty words,or a position gained through family ties is meaningless. I want to hear from those that have been through and still going through life’s battles. 

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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