Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lazy Dog Theology

Lazy dogs won't hunt.

They lay around all day.

They don't bring home the dinner.

It just ain't gonna happen.

In fact, the colorful expression "That dog won't hunt", can be loosely translated as "It just ain't gonna happen." There is disappointment mixed into that somewhere.

If you need it tightened up a bit more, it just means something that has occurred, or is about to occur is not, nor will not be acceptable.

Common misconceptions about God and His interaction with the human race is a dog that will not hunt.

Religion is a dog that will not hunt.

Conversely there is the dog that will indeed hunt.

John 3:3 - "Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God."

Jesus was responding to the schmoozing that Nicodemus was giving Him. While Nicodemus was hitting on the truth, he was at the same time missing the important truth.

Yes, Jesus was a miracle worker, He was obviously sent from God, He did things no one else could do, etc.

Jesus basically told him, "Nicodemus, that's a lazy dog theology. It's not enough to bring home the dinner."

And He told Him the bottom line. The end all of theological truths and debates.

Teach, preach, extol, and beat every bible doctrine to death if you want to. Lean heavy on particular doctrines such as healing, prosperity, love, good will toward men, the virgin birth, the Trinity, and baptism. Be a part of this church or that denomination. At the end of the day you will be no closer to the Kingdom of God than you were when you started.

There is one truth that if you get it deep down in your spirit will transcend and supercede all of the others.

Jesus made it clear.

You MUST be born-again.

You may never become a biblical scholar or a theologian.

You don't have to be to make it to heaven.

There is no church or denomination favored over another.

Only one thing matters in heaven, in hell, and on earth.

You MUST be born-again.

You must.

Your spirit must be reborn in Christ.

It must.

You have to confess Jesus as Lord.

In your heart and with your mouth.

Rom. 10: 9-10 "Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (10) For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation."

Do that and all other necessary things fall in behind it.

The ship is righted.

The hounds are released.

The dog will hunt.

Keepin' it Real,

Pastor Kevin <><

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