The Silliness of Canon City Vineyard

The Canon City Vineyard church has taken out a billboard that says something like, “Love God. Love people. No rules.” Of course, that’s self-contradictory. It’s like saying, “Rule A and Rule B are true. No rules.”

In Mark 12:29-31, Jesus was asked what the most important laws were:

Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

I hate to be the “Pharisee” that points this little technicality out, but commands of Jesus are laws. You could argue that you have received commands that not everyone else has received so that can’t be a law, and I’d agree. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t commands that everyone is expected to follow. Also, Jesus said if you love Him you will obey His commands (John 14:15). Clearly He has laws and commands that all men are created to follow and will suffer consequences for not following.

I watched the sermon that is posted on their website. The pastor makes some valid points that we ought not make up our own rules and expect others to follow them, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any rules.

So I hate to be critical, but it seems odd to me that those who love the Truth would engage in something so blatantly false and self-contradictory as a marketing campaign.


One Response to The Silliness of Canon City Vineyard

  1. Bill says:

    I also have to point out that the commands to love the Lord and love your neighbors as yourself is an extremely high standard. It’s not some slough-off simplification. Who among us can say we’ve loved our neighbor as ourselves? God demands perfection in keeping the law (Matt 5:48).

    This high standard should humble us rather than causing us to joke around and put up silly billboards where we deal lightly with these truths. It points us to the cross as the only means for our salvation. Jesus has done so much for us and the least we can do is commit to obeying Him and striving to keep His standard by His Spirit.

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