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27 November, 2006   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Bill Hybels Aims For Experience, But Truth?   Bill Hybels

Thirty years ago, we argued about what was true. Was there physical evidence for the resurrection of Christ? Or whether or not there was reason to believe the Bible is a valid truth source -- there was arguing about what is true. These days people seem to be asking, what's real? What's powerful in my life? What will work? ... [Read More!]


24 November, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Would God Be 'Fair' if He Offered To Save No One?

The discussion that ensued in the comments of my post earlier this week demonstrated the widespread confusion in the modern Church over the state of mankind and the role of the Gospel. Many Christians today are not afraid to say "it wouldn't be fair if God didn't give EVERYONE a chance to be saved". They include people in countries where they know the Gospel is non-existent. Incredibly, to defend this idea of fairness, they end up implying that there are ways to get around the need for the Gospel to be preached, as well as the need for missionaries to be sent. All of this in the name of 'fairness'. So let me ask a key question here, would God be fair if He offered salvation to nobody at all? ... [Read More!]


23 November, 2006   comments: (0) Church History  

Get Your Primetime Portion of Church History

Don't be a turkey by spending your entire Thanksgiving watching football.
You know the Detroit Lions will loose anyway, and besides - there's better stuff on TV this year. You'll want to fight through the tryptophan drowsies and tune-in for a rare portion of primetime church history. ... [Read More!]


22 November, 2006   Today's Worship  

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It is very common nowadays to hear Christians equate worship with Christian living. The following comments no longer surprise: "I can worship God while I am driving to work". "It is important to make certain that you do everything in a worshipful manner". "All of life is worship". Are these accurate statements? Tom Chantry answers that question in this posting. It's part of his ongoing series of posts entitled Reformed Worship. ... [Read Link]


21 November, 2006   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Is "Deeds Without Creeds" on The Ballot? - Part 4

Are we not often traitors to the truth under the pretext of cautioning men against head knowledge? That's the question Horatius Bonar asked in the 19th century, and could well ask again in referencing these statements from The Purpose Driven Life bestseller: "God won't ask you about your religious background or doctrinal views" (p.34) "The last thing many believers need today is to go to another Bible study. They already know far more than they are putting into practice" (p. 231) "Jesus said our love for each other-not our doctrinal beliefs-is our greatest witness to the world" (p. 124) This modern doctrinal-downplay sets the stage for our ongoing look at the "deeds not creeds" mentality that was likewise present in Horatius Bonar's time. ... [Read More!]


20 November, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

God Has Determined: Some Won't Hear The Gospel   Robert Reymond

It is difficult to believe that the Triune God intended Christ's death for every man, woman and child, the blessing of which is enjoyed upon condition that they believe in him, when he has not arranged for everyone to hear the gospel. While it is true that Christ has commanded his church to carry the gospel to the nations, it is equally true that many people throughout the course of the centuries have lived and died in spiritual darkness, never having heard the gospel. And the biblical evidence would indicate that God, by determining as he has the recipients of special revelation and by governing the geographic directions of missionary history, determined that some people would not hear the gospel. ... [Read More!]


17 November, 2006   Today's Pragmatism  

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Parents, do you know if your child has ever played "Bedpan Relay"? Or been asked to lick peanut butter out of someone's armpit? Or been dared to drink what someone has chewed up and spit out? Has your daughter been introduced to a game of "Christian Strip" or a game of "feeling" the legs of five guys when blindfolded to see if she can identify which legs belong to whom? Do you know what goes on in your teen's youth group? If you don't, you need to find out. These methods are a sure formula for making youth groups popular enough for even unregenerate teens to want to come to church. It causes youth groups to grow, but does that make it right? (note: broken link in this article is fixed here)... [Read Link]


16 November, 2006   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Godly Living Involves Both Discipline and Grace   Joel Beeke

Pursue godliness in dependence on the Holy Spirit. The way to godly living is surprisingly simple: We are to walk with God in His appointed way (Mic 6:8), diligently using the means of grace and the spiritual disciplines, and waiting on the Holy Spirit for blessing. Note that godly living involves both discipline and grace. This emphasis on duty and grace is fundamental to Reformed, experiential perspective on godly living. As the Puritan John Flavel wrote, "The duty is ours, though the power be God's. A natural man has no power, a gracious man hath some, though not sufficient; and that power he hath depends upon the assisting strength of Christ." ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

There is No Formula For Making Revival Happen    Listen

When does the timing of revival come? The answer is, "in God's own time", and never at any other time. That of course was the tragic blunder of Charles Finney, in his lectures on revival. He teaches that you can have a revival whenever you want, if you only do certain things and fulfill certain conditions. But that is a complete denial of the sovereignty of God. Not only that, but it is proven by history to be wrong. ... [Play/Download MP3]


15 November, 2006 - by Chad   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Unity With Rome Means Submission to the Pope and Rejection of Christ.

There are many Protestants who believe that unity with Rome should be sought and that the doctrines of Rome are not divergent enough from the scripture to qualify as soul damning heresy. The difference between Rome's teaching on Justification which is faith plus various works and the biblical teaching of justification by faith alone in Christ alone has been examined ad nauseam by so many that I won't examine that in detail here. Suffice it to say that the difference in the doctrine of Justification should be enough to show that Rome does not teach the gospel and never has. Anyone who holds to Rome's doctrine on this rejects Christ as his savior and brings the merits of the saints, indulgences, penance, pilgrimages, relics and the co-mediation of Mary and many other things into their merit in a vain attempt to appease God. In plain language those who hold to Rome's doctrines are not saved since they reject salvation by the finished work of Christ. This is no light thing. Justification is the single most important doctrine. On that all things hinge. Rome's doctrine is false, it is a lie and those who believe it will find themselves under the wrath of God. ... [Read More!]


14 November, 2006   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Is "Deeds Without Creeds" on The Ballot? - Part 3

Brian McLaren believes that "Christians should present Christianity through loving attitudes rather than logical arguments". Furthermore, "the gospel is made credible not by how we argue and make truth claims. But it's made credible by the love and the good deeds that flow from our lives and our community". Rather than deeds flowing from creeds (doctrine), postmodern thinkers would have you separate the two, and cast your vote for one or the other. Helping to demonstrate how this misguided thinking is really nothing new, the 19th century Scottish preacher Horatius Bonar continues his thoughts from part 2 in this series of posts: ... [Read More!]


13 November, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Did Spurgeon Create Converts With Altar Calls?

"Nowadays, the rule seems to be, send off a paragraph to the newspapers saying that there were, So many in the enquiry-room; so many converted on such-and-such a night. Blow the trumpets! Beat the drums! Let everybody know! But that was not Jesus Christ's way of working". Those remarks by Charles Spurgeon are interesting in our own generation in which convert-counts are commonplace. Notice also that he mentioned something called an enquiry-room. Recently a friend of mine was engaged in a conversation with one of the many pastors today who fancy themselves as fans of Spurgeon while at the same time rejecting his theology. On this particular day, the pastor was attempting to defend the modern practice of Altar Calls, by saying, "Spurgeon used them but he called them enquiry-rooms". So in this post, we'll take a look at that claim, and hopefully learn something about altar calls and conversion-conjuring as well. ... [Read More!]


10 November, 2006   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Our Supreme Need: Knowledge of God   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Our supreme need is a knowledge of the character of God. It's an astonishing thing to have to say, but it is never the less the truth. All of our troubles in this Christian life ultimately arise from our ignorance of the character of God. If only we knew God as He is, we then of course would be like the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, who lived in this world as we do, and was subject to the same difficulties and trials and temptations as we are, and yet how different His life was. Why? Because He knew God. He knew the character of God. ... [Read More!]


9 November, 2006   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Self-Denial: An Obscure Concept in Today's Church   Walter Chantry

Self-denial is a practice that lies at the very heart of true religion. Without its exercise there can be no conversion to Christ. Qualities most basic to a Christian frame of heart - notably humility and meekness - would dissolve without it's active expression. Self-denial awaits the sons of God as they enter upon their private devotions. It stands at the threshold of witnessing and other service to our holy Lord. It is a most painful element in each struggle after holiness. Denial of self is the key to the solution of numerous practical questions which perplex the sober-minded believer today. A right understanding of this basic biblical demand would silence a host of errors regarding evangelism, sanctification, and practical living. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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