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28 January, 2008   Changed Message  

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The same old truths of Christianity, but presented in a relevant up to date way! That's how today's trendy churches explain their emphasis on creativity and 'relevance'. But are they really preaching the same old truths, the same message as yesteryear? My friend Chris over at A Little Leaven handles that question by examining a common theme that we hear in today's churches. He gives the example of a church kicking-off a new sermon series based on the reality TV shows: Fear Factor, Dancing With the Stars, The Amazing Race, and the Biggest Loser. Chris provides a short video clip of the pastor preaching something other than biblical Christianity:

"You were born with purpose everybody. I want you to know that. You we're born with a God-sized dream for your life. The Bible says in Ephesians chpt 2 v10, "that you are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works which he prepared you in advance to do." You need to know that because some of you today may think "Man, I don't have a dream. I don't have a vision. There's nothing big that God has for me." I just want you to know there is. And probably the reason that your feeling that there isn't is because you're living in real life. And real life problems or real life issues or real life circumstances seem to weigh down the God-sized dreams and purposes he meant for us to have. We're going to talk about that in this series. And I want you to know that you are awesome and God made you for greatness and we want to help you overcome your fear and the stumbling blocks and the things of life that keep holding you back."
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25 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Huguenot Galley Slave Story - Part 3 of 4

His trials were then only beginning. From the galley-hospital he was removed to a dungeon in the fort St. John, which he describes as a vault of an irregular figure, which had formerly been a stable; but, being too damp, was found unhealthy for horses; it was therefore abandoned for that purpose, and considered a suitable receptacle for such unfortunate inmates of the galleys as were no longer able to labor at the oar. The manager and rack still remained to show its original destination; and the light was only admitted through a grating in the door. As he entered the place, they searched him, and took away the only books he had been able to retain till that time. At first, he rested for some nights in the manger, and afterwards, for a month, on a short and narrow chest, which was rendered yet more inconvenient by having a seat of straw placed at each end, so that he could not lie in an easy posture. Nevertheless, he says he slept quietly enough; only that the cold sometimes awakened him, as he had no other covering than the prison garments they had given him in the galley. No fire was allowed him. "This hard entertainment," he observes, "caused me a defluxion on the teeth, great pain, rheumatism, and at length continual fever. But God made use of these means to wean my heart from the world, and to teach me to persevere in a faithful resignation to his will." ... [Read More!]


24 January, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

The Treasure of Truth is Not Shaped by The Age   Charles Spurgeon

Brethren, let me ask you, do you imagine that the gospel is a nose of wax which can be shaped to suit the face of each succeeding age? Is the revelation once given by the Spirit of God to be interpreted according to the fashion of the period? Is "advanced thought" to be the cord with which the spirit of the Lord is to be straitened? Is the old truth that saved men hundreds of years ago to be banished because something fresh has been hatched in the nests of the wise? Think ye that the witness of the Holy Ghost can be shaped and moulded at our will? Is the divine Spirit to be rather the pupil than the teacher of the ages? "Is the spirit of the Lord straitened?" ... [Read More!]


23 January, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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I had to chuckle when another blogger shared with me some of his flame mail yesterday, from an Emerging Church follower who complained of the blogger's "superficial dark-ages interpretations". The old-equals-dumb bias that we frequently run into is put to rest when you consider the vast scholarship of the Puritans. Take for example one of them who spent 24 years in the book of Job; it's available in today, and it's anything but superficial. Recently Joel Beeke - author of the book Meet The Puritans made this radio interview, in which he had this to say: "The overarching demeanor of the Puritans was one of great love, compassion, reaching out to other people, and helping the poor. I think the Puritans can help us today in a great number of ways, including bringing the scriptures to bear on every area of life. They'll help you focus on the Trinitarian character of theology by focusing on the electing grace of the Father, the dying love of Christ, and the applying work of the Holy Spirit. As an example, look at Isaac Ambrose's Puritan book - there's just nothing like it in today's literature in terms of a passion towards Jesus Christ, loving Him, experiencing Him, and knowing Him. The Puritans help us with Spiritual depth, and help us in coping with trial (having faced affliction and imprisonment themselves)." Take an hour and listen to the rest of Joel Beeke's interview. ... [Read Link]


23 January, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Changed Message  

Innovating Doctrine: The Pop-Incarnate Christ

There's a video clip that Jim has put online which speaks of the church today having "boundless credulity", in other words - they'll believe virtually anything, anything but the truth. Right before our eyes we see the fulfillment of 2 Tim 4:3 for they will not endure sound doctrine. This is borne out in the fact that a broad cross section of many of today's innovative church leaders are lining up to get their hands on a soon to be released book that is already known to have false teaching in it. The author himself has been using his blog to post the names and remarks of the pastors who have been given an advance copy of the book, and are quick to report-in with reviews. Boundless credulity, yes, that seems to describe shepherds who have been biblically tasked to maintain sound doctrine, and yet exhibit little concern with an author who has been influenced by dubious Roman Catholic missiology. Namely, a concept called inculturation which the last pope described as the incarnation of the Gospel in native cultures. As if that definition was not it's own can of worms, the author in this case seems to be taking that teaching to another level, that of Christ Himself being incarnate in the popular culture of our day. We are told that we simply need to look for Him there - and we will be changed from the inside out. ... [Read More!]


20 January, 2008   comments: (0) Changed Message  

American Christianity: Like Easy-Listening 'Muzak'   White Horse Inn

I meet a lot of people who drive two hours each Sunday just to find a church that proclaims Christ from the Scriptures. I grew up hearing people saying they left their mainline protestant or Roman Catholic churches because they never heard the Gospel, and now I hear them say they left evangelicalism for the same reason. Most Americans believe in God, affirm in some sense that Jesus Christ is divine, and that the Bible is the Word of God. 86% of American adults describe their religious orientation as Christian, while only 6% describe themselves as atheist or agnostic. Judging by it's commercial, political, and media success, the evangelical movement seems to be booming. But is it still Christian? I'm not asking that question glibly or simply to provoke a reaction. My concern is that we're getting dangerously close in everyday American church life where the Bible is mined for quotes but largely irrelevant, God is used as a personal resource rather than known, worshiped, and trusted. Jesus Christ is a coach with a good game plan for our victory rather than a savior who already achieved it for us. Salvation is more of a matter of having our best life now, than being saved from God's judgment by God Himself, and the Holy Spirit is an electrical outlet that we can plug into for the power we need to be all we can be. ... [Read More!]


18 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Huguenot Galley Slave Story - Part 2 of 4

We may here observe, that the convicts in France then, as in the present day, were conducted to their place of destination, not only manacled and coupled together, as in England, but beside this, a chain passing through the ring on the fetters of each prisoner, linked the first couple to the second, and so on in the succession, so linking the whole party, however numerous, and rendering escape on the road impossible: hence the use of the phrase, "the chain," to express the body of prisoners sent off to the galleys. M. Le Fever was detained about two months at Dijon, and then conducted, with his companions in misery, to Chalons, where the chain that came from Paris also arrived about the same time; and to this was attached the devoted M. de Marolles, whose sufferings occupy another chapter of this book. He was, at that time, ill with fever; and the sickness of this good man seems to have been far more afflicting to M. Le Fevre than his own sufferings. ... [Read More!]


17 January, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Responses to 'Finding God in Pop-Culture'

Earlier this week I posted an excerpt from Tim Stevens' soon to be released book entitled , which I found to be a troubling mandate to go looking for God in today's popular movies, TV shows, magazines, and music. The post I wrote was centered around Tim Steven's blog entry that he entitled "I Re-Wrote Part of the Bible", which paraphrased a section of Romans with Tim's trendy pop-culture views being eisegeted into a textual makeover. My post generated a lot of, if I may borrow a term from Tim's marketing genre, a lot buzz, on his blog and here on Old Truth. Here are some of the highlights, or lowlights, depending upon your point of view. ... [Read More!]


17 January, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Intimacy With God not Intimacy With The World   Horatius Bonar

As those whose feet have found the rock, let us be stable, not carried about with every wind of doctrine, not vacillating nor undecided nor compromising. As those who have been "delivered from a present evil world," let us, like the saints of old, be separate from it, standing aloof from its gaieties, as men who have no time for such things, even were they harmless, keeping our raiment undefiled. Let us be suspicious of its foolish talking and jesting, jealous of its light literature, which "eats as doth a canker," vitiating the taste, and enervating the soul. Let us maintain unblunted the edge of our relish for prayer and fellowship with God, as the great preservative against the seductions of the age; for only intimacy with God can keep us from intimacy with the world. Let us not try to combine the novel and the Bible, the closet and the ballroom; nor attempt to serve two masters, to drink two cups (1 Corinthians 10:21), to worship two gods, to enjoy two religions, to kneel at two altars. ... [Read More!]


15 January, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

We All Error In Bible Interpretation, But . . .   William Plumer

The knowledge of God possessed by angels and by the spirits of just men made perfect in heaven, is very different in degree from that possessed by even good and able men on earth. Here all men are liable to err, and all men do err. No man on this earth is without some wrong view, or some ignorance, which mars his knowledge. This is no reason for sloth or discouragement; but is a good reason why we should be humble and careful and teachable, and pray for divine light and guidance. It is far different in heaven. There they do always hold the face of God. Matthew 18:10. They do not hope for anything, for they already possess all good. Romans 8:24. "Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Corinthians 13:12. Knowledge without any mixture of error belongs only to the heavenly state. And yet a great part of the knowledge which the inhabitants of heaven have - concerns the very things which good men are learning in this world. Those above know perfectly what we know in parcels only.


14 January, 2008   comments: (0) Athenian Awards  

Paraphrasing Relevance: Pop Goes The Bible

Whether it be the thundering of a t-shirt cannon in their worship service, or their recent Christmas according to John, Paul, George and Ringo , the leadership at Granger Community Church, with their books and pastor training seminars, certainly know how to push the envelope of 'church'. Surprisingly, they have not been awarded the Old Truth Athenian Spirit Award, up until now. Specifically the trophy goes out to Tim Stevens, who may be their most 'innovative' thinker, for perhaps finding the only way to make a paraphrase like The Message less reliable than it already is. Tim accomplished this by writing his own pop-culture paraphrase of part of the bible, by basing his paraphrase on The Message paraphrase. In addition to the Athenian Spirit Award, I'm also using the blinded by relevance theme on this post, since Tim Stevens' bible translation instructs us to: "always be looking for God in the culture" which he suggests we should do through our use of movies, watching TV, listening to your XM radio, and flipping through the pages of People Magazine. ... [Read More!]


13 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Story of a Huguenot Galley Slave - Part 1

Last week I received a notice that an Emergent writer had mentioned me on his blog, protesting that my "list of essentials" is enormously long. I was being used as a springboard to support his minimalist views which would have us believe that the only thing that really matters are a handful of beliefs such as the divinity of Christ, the incarnation, the resurrection, and very few other doctrines. He went on to suggest that Christians might in fact have varying beliefs beyond those things, but only the bare "essentials" are worth fighting for. As we've pointed out numerous times before on Old Truth, there have been past generations of Christians who were willing to suffer tremendously for various Christian beliefs that would be considered non-essential by today's standards. The bar seems to have been lowered in our times in an effort prioritize unity above almost everything else. An example from church history that may serve to challenge today's minimalist agenda is the true story of the life of M. Le Fevre who was forced to be a galley slave for not agreeing to trade his form of Christianity for the brand of Christianity that was popular in his country at that time. ... [Read More!]


12 January, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Prayer Request - UPDATE - (THANK YOU)!

This was originally intended as a temporary post that was going to stay up for a day, but I've decided to keep it around permanently. First of all, it reveals a side of Christianity that you would not hear talked about in many pulpits today, namely - that Christianity is not always "God has a wonderful plan for your life". On the contrary, sometimes life is hard for Christians, and as a previous post on John Bunyan talked about - many of today's happy-clappy churches (including the one I used to attend) offer very little for those who suffer (as we all eventually do). But secondly, I'm keeping this post around because of it's comments. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your well-wishes and especially your prayers. Your comments meant so much to me and recharged my batteries for many months more blogging. ... [Read More!]


10 January, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

'Body Count Churches': MIA Members, No Cohesion   James White

Mega churches--they are the fastest growing churches in America. If you want to be on the cover of Time, visit with Larry King, and have the spotlight, you need members, baptisms, and a sanctuary the size of a shopping mall. These are the keys to being truly "successful" in the ministry, are they not? That is what we are told, for surely, size means God is blessing! ... [Read More!]


 

 

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