…The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness…? — 2 Peter 3:10-11
The question before us is a sobering one, dear reader. The whole of this world in which you presently find enjoyment and amusement will soon dissolve. Vanish. Kaput. Considering this, what manner of person ought you to be? Think greatly upon this truth and perhaps you will be confronted with how deeply you have entrenched yourself in the world for your pleasure, comfort, and ease. I have certainly been convicted by this realization.
Thus, The Sacred Sandwich enters a new chapter. Though we have always attempted to promote God’s word as the antidote to worldliness and a friendship with it, we nonetheless have often employed the very tools of the world that we sought to reprove. Humor and wit have their place, no doubt, and we hope to appropriately utilize it in the future, but we admit we have often failed in our past endeavors. Our satire and whimsy have often been grounded in cultural references with a wink and a nudge and a pandering to our theological constituents. It delighted our choir, but hardened our opponents; and even worse, those unbelievers who visited our site found great satisfaction in our mocking of any segment of the Christian population. And it is never a pleasant thought to think that our work might be used as a convenient tool for the devil.
The fellows of The League of Tyndale, therefore, has been confronted with this biblical question: what manner of organization ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness? In response, we affirm and reiterate the theme of our official declaration:
Having been duly humbled by the grace of God to see the bane and worthlessness of human wisdom in this present world, and in reaction to the current indifference towards God’s clear and unchanging Word as the divine guide of the visible Church; and called to be found in submission to His will, we account it as incumbent upon us to make a declaration, to the honor of Christ and the glory of His Name, to affirm anew to our fellow Christians the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, as being the sole rule of faith and practice, and the clear remedy for the folly and error of the postmodern church.
The Christians of Gazingstock, MO are alive and well, dear friends, and we will continue to bring the anecdotes of our meditations and activities in this present world. Yet we will also continue on as those truly grieved by this age of worldliness that has clearly distracted the visible church from the godliness and righteousness to which they are called; a distraction that has effectively neutralized the distinctiveness of our position as a peculiar people and a kingdom of priests. This seductive world of recreation and amusement that glories in comic book and fantasy heroes, Hollywood entertainment, Oprahesque spirituality, and the folly of human wisdom will soon disappear. Why, then, would we ever be enthralled by these passing idols that are doomed to destruction?
Lest we forget our position as believers in Christ, please take note:
You were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. — Ephesians 2:1-10
Ready? Let’s walk therein.