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26 October, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Synthetic Church Growth is Like Cancer   John MacArthur

The church's strategy has never been to appeal to the world on the world's terms. Churches aren't supposed to compete for the consumer on the same level as Miller Lite or MTV. We can't stimulate genuine growth by clever persuasion or inventive techniques. It is the Lord who adds to the church (Acts 2:47). Human methodologies cannot accelerate or supersede the divine process. Any additional growth they produce is a barren imitation. Artificial or unnatural growth in the biological realm can cause disfigurement - or worse, cancer. Synthetic growth in the spiritual realm is every bit as unhealthy. ... [Read More!]


25 October, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

What Does God Have To Do With Disaster?

So, what do you think of when a major natural disaster strikes, when thousands are killed, homes destroyed, and crime and looting run rampant. What about when epidemics of deadly disease strike? What do you say to people who ask you, "What kind of a god would do such a thing?". What do you say to people who ask such things of you? Do you believe that God is behind such things or do you believe that these things are somehow happening outside the will of God? Do you believe that God simply allows these things to happen or do you believe there's more to it than that? If you were to ask a Christian from centuries ago these questions, you'd probably get a different answer than you would from today's Christians. So who is right? ... [Read More!]


23 October, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Did Bill Hybels 'Repent' of Seeker Sensitive?

I've been receiving numerous emails from people asking me what my take is on the recent news of "Bill Hybels repenting" of his seeker sensitive methodology. The talk of repentance by the founder of the Willow Creek church comes from a recent conference in which he was quoted as saying: "spiritual growth doesn't happen best by becoming dependent on elaborate church programs but through the age old spiritual practices of prayer, bible reading, and relationships. And, ironically, these basic disciplines do not require multi-million dollar facilities and hundreds of staff to manage". Of course, that's true, and that's why so many of us have been chanting "give us Bibles not Hybels!" for years. But the question now is - what are we to make of these latest Willow words? Are we really seeing a change of mind from the Prince of Plexiglas Pulpits? Or is this just another left turn leading even further away from biblical Christianity? ... [Read More!]


22 October, 2007   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Best Safeguard Against False Doctrine   JC Ryle

Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly dangerous. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their "earnestness" makes many think they must be right. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong. ... [Read More!]


21 October, 2007   comments: (0) Church History  

Did Lost Sabbath Pave Way For Seeker Sensitive?

We've had some fruitful debate here on Old Truth this week regarding the Christian sabbath and whether it's still in effect today according to the scriptures. Generally speaking, contemporary Christians say no, and previous centuries of American Christians say yes. In this post, I have an opinion question that I'd like your input on. I've been thinking for a while now, about what influence all of this has had on the Seeker Sensitive movement. Specifically my question is, could the modern Church Growth Movement have gained a foothold in American churches had our country not lost the concept of a sabbath? I have some specific reasons for making a connection between the two concepts, so allow me to explain - and then feel free to speak your onions. ... [Read More!]


18 October, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Scripture List: Truth, Knowledge, and Pluralism

Here's a short list to keep on hand for dealing with the Emerging Church Movement. It's not an exhaustive list, but it does demonstrate instances in the bible when statements and people are true. For example, people can tell the truth and thus be true witnesses, or they can lie and be false witnesses. If you are not familiar with the postmodern notions of this movement, what I'm saying may seem obvious to you, however these are the very things under attack today in many circles. If the Emerging Church wishes to remain faithful to scripture, it must speak of truth and our ability to know it as sweepingly and confidently as scripture does. Part of our faithful Christian witness is to insist that there are truths to be believed and obeyed. ... [Read More!]


15 October, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

The Offense of The Cross, Not of The Marketing

Horatius Bonar had the offense of cross in mind when he said "For we know that the unrenewed will is set against the Gospel; it is enmity to God and His truth. ~ It is the Gospel that the unbeliever hates; and the more clearly it is set before him, the more he hates it". A knee-jerk response to that sentiment by today's relevance crowd is usually "yeah, but we don't need to add to that with our own offensiveness". I can relate to that; it brings to mind the wacky guy in my city who rides around in a graffiti-riddled hearse shouting "turn or burn" through a loudspeaker on his roof. What's ironic though, is that the Christian leaders who are most concerned with being non-offensive today seem to be the most willing to be offensive to the very people that they are reaching out to, if it serves their pragmatic aims. This was recently demonstrated in a story on CNN news. ... [Read More!]


14 October, 2007   Resource Spotlight  

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Have you ever wondered what it really means to walk with God, all day long? Find out in this great Puritan book, where you'll find chapter 4 entitled "What Walking With God Is". Burroughs elaborates on how walking with God "causes the soul to eye God". He says "The Lord is a Fountain of all good to me". The Puritan tell us that walking with God causes a man to carry himself as in God's presence; and the soul behaves accordingly. Those are just a couple of the nine points in just that chapter. Other important chapters in this book include: Five Directions On How To Get Our Hearts Free From Earthly-Mindedness, How Far The Examples of Godly Men Should Prevail With Us, How The Saints Are Citizens of Heaven, and How The Soul is Brought To Walk With God. If you are getting the impression that this book was written on another planet; join the club - those are my thoughts exactly. It is out of this world, and nothing like any of the modern fluff that you'll find at your local Christian book trinket store. I gave this book to an older single lady in my church, and she came back a couple of weeks later asking where she could get another one, because she was so impressed with it that she had to give it to a friend at work. Read the review of it over on The Shepherd's Scrapbook. ... [Read Link]


13 October, 2007   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

Protecting Your Family From an Explicit Internet

A discussion broke out in the comments of Monday's thread, related to all of the explicit advertising that's around us. Of course, the 'relevant' innovators use this as grounds for justifying today's brand of explicit church enticement. But the point still stands, as Dan said it well in the comments: "Let's face it. Anyone with an unfiltered internet connection is about 3 clicks from being a voyeur of any number of sex acts. If that isn't surrounded by sex, I don't know what is! But, that doesn't mean that we need to be partakers in it, or that we should pander to the world's obsession with it." With that in mind, I want to make a recommendation to Christians who use the internet. ... [Read More!]


11 October, 2007   comments: (0) Changed Message  

Today's Trendy Sermons Often Lack Repentance   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The preaching and teaching of a false prophet does not emphasize repentance in any real sense. It has a very wide gate leading to salvation and a very broad way leading to heaven. You need not feel much of your own sinfulness; you need not be aware of the blackness of your own heart. You just "decide for Christ" and you rush in with the crowd, and your name is put down, and is one of the large number of 'decisions' reported by the press. It is entirely unlike the evangelism of the Puritans and of John Wesley, George Whitefield and others, which led men to be terrified of the judgment of God, and to have an agony of soul sometimes for days and weeks and months. John Bunyan tells us in his book Grace Abounding that he endured an agony of repentance for eighteen months. There does not seem to be much room for that today. ... [Read More!]


7 October, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

'Creative Worship Experiences' or Strange Fire?

On this Lord's Day, Chad is back to talk about one of the most chilling passages in the bible, and how it relates to one of the most popular church-packing trends of our day. If you attend a church that feels called to orchestrate creative worship experiences for the masses, you'll want to tune in for this post. Right away, you know the premise is faulty, just by the way it's designed to cater to people. That's not the aim of true worship. Chad takes over now and unpacks for us this key passage in Leviticus 10:3 - "Then Moses said unto Aaron, This is it what the LORD spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified. And Aaron held his peace". ... [Read More!]


6 October, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

The Lord Must Grant You Inward Sight   Walter Chantry

To behold Jesus, to adore him, and to rejoice in his praises are not means to higher ends. Fixing the eyes of our souls upon the Lamb of God, and bowing before him in joyful, loving worship is the highest end of our existence, the only fully satisfying expense of the human heart, the chief ingredient of human blessedness. "That I may know him . . ." (Philippians 3:10) and enjoy him forever is the end for which every saint lives. ... [Read More!]


5 October, 2007   Postmodernism  

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We have a lot of old versus new comparisons here on Old Truth, and this week Steve Camp offers one more for us. Holding up an example of the old way pastors spoke about our Lord Jesus Christ, he rightly wonders whether the culturally-oriented megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has gone off the rails with this kind of talk: "Roughly two thousand years ago, Jesus was born in a dumpy, rural, hick town, not unlike those today where guys change their own oil, think pro wrestling is real, find women who chew tobacco sexy, and eat a lot of Hot Pockets with their uncle-daddy. Jesus' mom was a poor, unwed teenage girl who was often mocked for claiming she conceived via the Holy Spirit. Most people thought she concocted the crazy story to cover the fact she was knocking boots with some guy in the backseat of a car at the prom." ... [Read Link]


4 October, 2007   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Mailbag: Does Anyone Really Stay in Hell Forever?

An email just in, says: "Hi Jim, You have a very interesting site. I have just started looking at it. I am believer in Jesus. But my theology is different from yours. I would like to ask you: Does the doctrine of HELL bother you? It bothers me. It seems to me that if God predestinates people to go to HELL, then GOD is evil. Why would God burn a 14 year old girl in a lake of lava for eternity because she failed to pick the right religon?". Let's see if we can work through some of this in the comments of this post. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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