Evangelicals are the “wise man who built his house on the rock.” And evangelicals are the “foolish man who built his house on the sand.”
We are talking mixture.
After a lengthy discourse to a large crowd, the Lord Jesus skillfully defined wisdom and folly as the wise man who heard His words and obeyed, and the foolish man who heard and didn’t. (Matthew seven)
Wisdom is obedience.
The Bible is a gift, God’s book to us. Evangelicals wisely build on some of those words and foolishly build on contrary words of tradition. Compromise is an unholy mixture. Compromise is disobedience. Compromise is betrayal.
New traditions can be as wayward as old. Post-evangelicals are reminded of their susceptibility to the same mistakes. To realize their propensity to do dumb, house church (and small church) people only have to remember.
Christ’s “grace is sufficient for you”. The river will never run dry. But if you seek a better way rather than a better relationship, various trappings await. If you don’t ‘get’ John 15:4 (look it up), you will get stung…. again.
The abiding are not disobeying. And the disobeying are not abiding. The religious obey to be nice, the fervent obey to abide…. to relationally gain “the pearl of great price”.
Abiding isn’t easy, disobeying is. It takes grit and much time to reverse a life in me and them for a life in Him. But man, is it worth it!
Richness of eternity will be determined by life on earth…. because obedience is rewarded. The judgment seat of Christ is directly in front of the born-again. God’s own must give an account to His Son who sent them.
The foolish building on sand do not behave as sent ones; there is no urgency. The wise heed Paul’s admonition, “It is required in stewards that one be found trustworthy.”
Time on earth is “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Why not live for eternal there rather than brief here?.