81 thoughts on “Reader Submitted Photo: Message From the Fridge”

  1. “Workin’ my way back to you God
    With a burning love inside,
    Yeah, I’m workin’ my way back to you God
    With a happiness that died
    I let it get away, paying every day”

  2. Outward appearances? Check!
    Moral condescension? Check!
    Self assuredness? Check!
    No britches? Check!
    Sidewalk evangelism/assault? Check!
    Just missing a KJV proof text! πŸ˜‰
    Whoever submitted it, if your relative sees the post, they’ll probably figure out who submitted! πŸ˜‰

    1. PS thought it said message from the fringe not fridge. Doesn’t look like it’s too far from the fringe either.

  3. Unfortunately that was my thinking for many, many years. Always trying to get right, and stay right with God, and please him (and them) with my works. Then I realized that I was declared righteous and that nothing could separate me from the love of Christ.

    They preach salvation through faith alone, but after that it’s up to you buddy.

  4. That is some bad theology. I would challenge whoever made this magnet to read the book of Romans.

  5. Those look like some pretty heavy stones. Is she trying to be right with God by keeping the 10 commandments, which those stones might represent, or do the stones instead represent a millstone of legalism that is hung around her neck? (no, they’re not the right shape…)

    1. Ha! I think they represent the cajones of the IFB preacher telling everyone getting right with God means doing what he tells you to do! πŸ™

      1. Indeed. Cajones full of rocks.
        (A “cajon” is a large box, or a bureau drawer. You may have meant “cojones.”)

  6. You could have a great day going…UNTIL…you read that magnet as you’re diving into the fridge to make a left over___________ sandwich. You damn glutton, you’ve ruined it now.

      1. Ain’t that one of them deadly sins the Catholics talk about? We ain’t Catholic, we’re Babtust! Paul said to “buffet our bodies daily,” so I’m heading down to the Poundofgrossa Buffet to buffet my body. (In the original Greek it is pronounced “buff-ay.” If ya say “buff-it” someone might think you are talking bout some heathen singer.

        1. That makes me think of Hyacinth Bucket who insists her name is “bouquet”.

  7. I want one of those magnets! I’m putting it on my desk,right next to my Jack Hyles bobblehead and my favorite books– “Hypercalvinism and Why God Couldn’t Resist Choosing Me,” “True Humility and How I Attained It,” and “The World’s 10 Greatest Preachers and What I Taught the Other 9.”

    1. Reminds me of Ray Comfort’s book “The Worlds Greatest Preachers” featuring one sermon from Charles Finney, one from Martin Luther, one from George Whitfield and two from Ray Comfort!

      Also, the sermons he chose are possibly the most legalistic sermons you could ever read (especially the Finney one).

      I bought that book and thought it was great, even though I was living in some of the grossest sin at the time.

  8. My first thought, when I saw that magnet, was “Good luck, sister. I don’t know what your Bible says, but mine says that this whole ‘working to be right with God’ thing doesn’t work.” Of course, that is my ESV Bible. Dunno what my KJV says unless I can hear the manogawd explain it to me or I can ask at home. πŸ™„

    1. It’s strange how fundies express all sorts of unbiblical ideas, but because it is done for “humor” they excuse it. (Of course THIS site doesn’t get a pass for humor; they only give their BUDDIES a pass.)

      (An IFB relative was recently talking about the proliferation of IFB churches in his area: “We all hate each other. HaHaHa.” Since many started from church splits, he’s probably not just joking that they hate each other, and the fact that these churches are not obeying Christ’s prayer that they be one ought to have him on his face in prayer not laughing about it.)

      1. I truly believe that is the greatest apostasy. Not Atheism but those claiming to be the body of Christ acting as a cancer within the body tearing it apart. Like a Cancer that spreads creating more and more cancer cells that continually separate themselves from the body. Yet they believe they are the only members of the true body… “I am of Paul, I am of Appolos… I am of Hyles, I am of Jones, I am of Horton, I am of ________…”
        Appearance and shadow are essential doctrines to be used for separation… The Doctrine of the Local Fundie assembly is greater than the body of Christ found around the world.

  9. I find it telling that the fundie idea of “Getting right with God,” is about proselytizing and not about praying.

    I’m so glad I’m Pagan.

  10. What other great products can we make for our Fundy Church Giftshop? I was thinking maybe a relective screen for my windshield with a picture of Preacher on it saying “If you think it’s hot in here, just wait, buddy!”

  11. Sadly, I spend most of my life trying to be “right with God” instead of realizing that He already made me right with Himself — grace!

    1. This was my exact thought when I took the picture of my mom’s fridge.

      sigh. I couldn’t even bother with calling her out on it because she’s so deep in, my words would just be ignored.

  12. Every one thought that this woman was the ordinary run-of-the-mill Christian, but they pegged her all wrong- she’s trying to be right with God. Reminds me of woman who told me last week that I could not imagine the peace that comes with trusting God. I told her, “Oh, yes I can.”

    1. This reminds of cars I see plastered with Bible verses. Other than the Bible verses, this person’s life is pretty average. I mean, no offense intended, these types usually work for minimum wage, live in trailer homes, and usually have poorly managed finances. And to show that they have an advantage over you (Christian working your butt off to make ends meet) they have a bumper sticker or refrigerator magnet that reads, “I am right with God.” Well, aren’t you special?

    1. Movin on up to the sky,
      to a mansion over the hilltop
      with silver and gold
      Oh, movin’ on up to the sky,
      we fundies have a bigger peice of the pie.

      (Sung to the tune of the Jeffersons)

      1. One of my favorite Musical Trivia Games
        “Fundy Theologian or Wacko Hippie New Age Guru”

        When I die and they lay me to rest
        Gonna go to the place that’s the best
        When I lay me down to die
        Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
        Goin’ up to the spirit in the sky
        That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
        When I die and they lay me to rest
        Gonna go to the place that’s the best

        Prepare yourself you know it’s a must
        Gotta have a friend in Jesus
        So you know that when you die
        He’s gonna recommend you
        To the spirit in the sky
        Gonna recommend you
        To the spirit in the sky
        That’s where you’re gonna go when you die
        When you die and they lay you to rest
        You’re gonna go to the place that’s the best

        Never been a sinner I never sinned
        I got a friend in Jesus
        So you know that when I die
        He’s gonna set me up with
        The spirit in the sky
        Oh set me up with the spirit in the sky
        That’s where I’m gonna go when I die
        When I die and they lay me to rest
        I’m gonna go to the place that’s the best
        Go to the place that’s the best

        1. Hunh. That works amazingly well as a Fundie anthem, doesn’t it? It’s also my all-time favorite sing-along-in-the-car song.

        2. I remember playing that on Rock Band and thinking, “Is this the first CCM song ever written?”

        3. Well, I understand the confusion – but Norman Greenbaum was actually a practicing Jew, and had no religious or spiritual intent with the lyrics

        4. still that song and “whiter shade of pale” by Procul Harem are just about the most unique classic rock songs ever made. And He was inspired to write about Jesus by listening to Dolly Pardon and the backup vocals are by a Gospel trio, so more fundy than you might think!

    2. With dedicated people earning their way to heaven, it’s no wonder the bus ministry numbers are doing so well lately! πŸ™‚

  13. Poor fridge magnet lady, with her desperate smile and anxious eyes, needs to read Romans 4:

    Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not GodÒ€ℒs way. For the Scriptures tell us, Ò€œAbraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.Ò€

    When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. … If GodÒ€ℒs promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. . . . So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like AbrahamÒ€ℒs. . . God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us RIGHT WITH GOD. (emphasis mine) (NLT)

      1. I love the other magnet – only an extrabiblical addition to the sermon on the mount could make that fridge magnet feel at home. Making up new commandments – something fundies definitely like!

        1. The other mganet says the exact opposite of what Jesus told Martha when she complained that Mary wasn’t helping in the kitchen.

  14. The Little Fundy that Could:
    “I t-h-i-n-k I c-a-n… I T-h-i-n-k I C-a-n…. I TH-i-n-k I CA-n… I THI-n-k I CAN… I THINK I CAN! …OOps! aah crud! …i t-h-i-n-k i…”

    Kinda reminds ya of Sisyphus doesn’t it? 😯

    1. Totally! If you’re at all sensitive or introspective, this sort of burden is absolutely crushing! How wonderful to realize that Christ has taken away all our sin!

        1. Correction: “…that *a* bona fide…”
          Since George messed my post up, does that make me an official SFL-er now? πŸ˜›

  15. This magnet negates the whole gospel, “trying” to be right with God. She needs to trust in the righteousness of Jesus Christ and allow the Holy Spirit to convict and change her then.

    1. Where did you get a crazy idea like that? The BIBLE?!?! See, that’s your problem right there. You SHOULD get your ideas from the managawd! He’ll tell you what you need!

      Hay-men!

      πŸ˜‰

  16. A better idea for a fundie refrigerator magnet
    “And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.”
    Proverbs 23:2 (KJV)

  17. I haven’t even gotten to the spiritual questions yet. I’m still stuck at the “What is she doing with that on a sandwich board?” “Is any of this a typo?” “Where does one buy a magnet like this?” and “What is the point of having on of these on your fridge?”

    I’ll get to the other questions later, but as of right now I’m stuck on the basics… ❓

  18. Also, “What kind of smile is that? Is it supposed to be significant?”

    Lol. This is so weird.

  19. OK, while we have the 60s theme going….Lemme try another Franki Valli song.

    FUNDY, verse 1:
    There ain’t no good in our good-bye
    Religion takes a lot of tryin…oh I’m cryin

    Let’s hang on to what we’ve got
    Don’t let go, God, I’ve done a lot
    Got a lot of love between us
    Hang on hang on hang on
    To what we’ve got

    PASTOR, verse 2:
    You say you’re gonna go and call it quits
    Gonna chuck it all and buy an NIV
    (Leave the church!) I wish you’d never said it
    (Leave the church!) No, no we’ll both regret it
    That little chip of silver in the Plate
    Ain’t a fortune, buddy, but it fills my plate :mrgreen:
    (‘Cause you’re mine) I gotta try and bind ya
    We just can’t let you go no!

    Baby (don’t you go) Baby (oh no no)
    (think it over and) Stay……

    1. Crud! The first “love” should have been replaced with “rules”, to read:
      “….Don’t let go, God, I’ve done a lot
      Got a lot of rules between us….” 😳

  20. ive got nothing to add. awesome magnet.im sure there’s a God is my co-pilot bumper sticker on her car too. i really just wanted to see if i could post from my kindle now that ive bookmarked SFL on it!

  21. Perhaps this is part of her diet plan.

    Wait, nevermind, being right with God MEANS eating, eating, and more eating.

    HAY-MEN!

    1. This is clearly the look of a woman who has obnoxiously handed out way too many chick tracts at the beauty salon (or probably the cosmetology college….

      1. I’m guessing that she gave her hairdresser an hour lecture about the women in the magazines that she was given to read and the perm was left in too long.

    1. Amen! That magnet made me sad as well, and you summed up the problems with it well. May my goal always be less of me – more of Christ!

  22. Stop, Sister! You don’t have to cut off your nose to be right with God!
    See a surgeon and have it re-attached right now!

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