Sunday, June 24, 2007

Two times in as many months...

I've seen this statement on two different church marquees:

For all you do, His blood's for you.

This statement aggravates me on so many levels, I almost don't know where to begin. But here goes anyway.

Number 1: Jesus did not die on the cross for anything I did, do or will do. I do not merit salvation. (Eph 2:8-9; 2 Ti 1:9) Jesus was chosen to die before the foundations of the world (1 Pet 1:20) for the sheep (Jn 10:11) His Father gave to Him (Jn 6:37, 44; 17:6) before the foundations of the world. (Eph 1:4, 11; Rom 8:29; 2 Th 2:13) From beginning to end, the conception of the work (Rev 13:8; Tit 1:2) the act of the work (Jn 19:30) the completion of the work (1 Cor 15:3-4) and the fulfillment of the work (Rev 21:3-4) rest entirely, totally, absolutely and incontrovertibly with HIM! (Isa 55:11) Nothing within me or any of the piddly antsy pantsy things of filthy "goodness" I could do or think of doing. (Isa 64:6) Apart from Him, I can do nothing at all, (Jn 15:5) let alone even the tiniest bit of what I would mistakenly and sinfully call or describe as "good." (1 Cor 1:25)

Number 2: His blood is atonement. (Rom 3:25; Heb 9:12-14) His blood covers my sins. (Heb 9:22; Rev 1:5; 5:9) His blood is the new covenant. (1 Cor 11:25) His blood brings peace and reconciliation with the Father. (Col 1:20) His blood is the one sufficient sacrifice (Heb 9:12, 28) spilt for all time for all His children for all eternity. (Heb 10:10, 14; 1 Cor 1:8; Rom 8:38-39) His blood is not some casual band-aid sprinkled, tossed or showered over a scratch of bad decisions. His blood is more precious than gold or silver (1 Pet 1:18-19) and means that those for whom it was poured out exist at the design and purpose of His Sovereign Lordship.(Eph 2:10; Col 1:15-20; 2 Pet 3:11)

Number 3: Does it have to be said that to use a beer marketing slogan in attempted cleverosity to describe the singular and more than monumental eternity changing event of a dead person in sin (Eph 2:2) being given new life in Christ (Eph 2:5) is a horribly irreverent turn of phrase? Good, then I won't say that.

Number 4: Check here to say what Reformed Chicks Blabbing says about the church billboard issue as well. I couldn't agree more with the idea of actually stating Scriptural truth on marquees and billboards.

Number 5: If you think I've taken this too seriously, that the slogan was just a witty grouping of words to grab a person's attention, to cause them to be a seeker, to put that annoying commercial beer tune hum into their minds potentially, but not likely, driving them to actually stop and attend the church with such a marquee, then please read through number 1 and number 2 again with all cited Scripture references. Because if you still think I've taken this type of marketing too seriously, and maybe even find yourself a tad bit annoyed with me....honestly, there are bigger problems happening than this post having been a nuisance to you.

Lord, preserve us from the consequence of casual treatment to what cost you so much. (Jn 3:16)


  1. This little church went to market...

  2. I saw this on a church marquee last summer and was similarly dumbfounded.

  3. Amen, Amen, Amen on all points. I've not seen that particular saying, but I have seen similar ones.

  4. He stoopeth too low for sure! I've always thought that if you have a marquee why not just post a Bible verse on that's worthy of our attention!

  5. This scripture from Hebrews came to mind:

    Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

  6. I'm with you on the catchy beer-cum-blood slogans. Well said.

    I would also like to comment on the pithy turn of phrase in which you nounified "clever" into "cleverosity", which is a favorite pastime of mine and so it made me very happy to see it done with such panacheiness on a blog I enjoy so absitively.


  7. Excellent post! I haven't read that one anywhere in my neck of the woods, but we certainly have some that irritate me.

  8. Hi! I just found your blog from Everyday Mommy.

    I REALLY like this post!!! I cannot stand trivilizing what Jesus did for us. My pastor (also known as Mr. U, my husband) will ONLY put Scripture on our church sign. It's nice to know that we're not the only ones fed up with them!

    Mrs. U

  9. Now that was some inspired, beautiful teaching, Sister!