Frank Turk is at it again.
In his latest misfiring misadventure entitled The Rest of the Story, Mr. Turk aimlessly meanders around the subjects of Calvinism, election, Stephen King, hermeneutics, the resurrection, the Eucharist, and finally ends up on what seems to be the common thread of most his posts, the shameless shilling of soft idolatry. Frank closes his post with some seemingly innocuous, yet truly misguided advice: “Be with God’s people in God’s house on His day this week…”.
Say what? “God’s people” are in “God’s house” on “His day”? Where is God’s house? Is Mr. Turk suggesting those multi-million dollar brick and mortar structures replete with steeples, baptismals, cafes, swimming pools, gymnasiums and circus performers are “God’s houses”?
This was all such wonderful news to me that I quickly decided – under Berean admonition – to check the scriptures to see if such things were so! But I couldn’t find them, at least not as Frank Turk described them. I read many things about God not living in a temple built with hands, and how the bodies of the redeemed are God’s dwelling places – His temples. And I read things about God’s people only being known by Him who called them – the mystery of the church. And I read things about letting no man judge believers regarding holy days…but, but, but, Frank Turk claims to know not only where “God’s house” is, but he also knows who “God’s people” are and he also knows “His day”! Simply amazing!! What’s next? Should I be on pins and needles anticipating the release of “The Gospel According to Frank”? I think not.
Now if he had instructed his readers to “Go out into those spiritual whorehouses on the day of the week on which they’ve chosen to propagate their peculiar version of feel good easy-believism and share the gospel with the false converts therein” I’d have been able to understand where he was coming from. If he had been diligent and faithful to the Lord and pointed out the stark truth that today’s professing church is under the judgment of God Almighty and in need of corporate and individual repentance and a return to personal holiness before the Infinite Creator and Judge of the universe then I’d have nodded my head in solemn agreement and enthusiastically echoed his sentiments.
Perhaps Mr. Turk really believes that every single church with a shingle hung outside is about the work of the Lord.
Perhaps Mr. Turk honestly believes everyone who professes Christ or mutters a few scriptural platitudes once a week – on “His day” of course! – is a Christian.
Perhaps Mr. Turk simply naive and doesn’t comprehend the massive apostasy of the visible church and its near wholesale departure from the faith.
Whatever the case it’s irresponsible of Mr. Turk to simply send sheep to the slaughter by pretending that far too many of those prowling the sanctuaries of today’s professing churches are something other than what they are; ravening wolves seeking to rend Christ’s little flock. It’s time for Frank Turk to wake up and smell the heresy of the modern visible church and sound the alarm instead of turning a blind eye and pretending everything is just okie dokie. Mr. Turk’s Pollyanna attitude toward the desperately sick and spiritually reprehensible state of the modern church reminds me of the sort of fellow who might have asked: “Other than THAT Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?”
Below are the comments I left over at Pyromaniacs regarding the post linked above:
Be with God’s people in God’s house on His day this week
“You may depend on it that the belief that this building or any other building is a house of God, a place peculiarly suitable for worship, is idolatry. You are giving to bricks and mortar some little of the honor which is due only to Christ as an altar.” – C.H. Spurgeon
1 Corinthians 3:16
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
It would seem that Mr. Turk’s predilection for subtle idolatry is manifested yet again.
5:44 PM, May 19, 2007
And lest someone here think I’m somehow ignorant of Hebrews 10:25 or arguing against its admonition, I’m not.
Rather I’m simply pointing to the obvious and consistently demonstrated truth that today’s form of church-ianity is merely a perverse shadow of the Nicolaitane harlot church of Rome, and is not the assembly of the Body of Christ described in scripture.
Sadly the modern church legalists are today’s best representations of the Pharisees of old. These are whited sepulchres who indeed appear beautiful outward, which memorize scripture and hymnody thinking they will find eternal life, but inside they’re full of ravening and wickedness.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. 14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.