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22 December, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Not Our Buddy: A Call To Revere God's Holiness    Listen

God is not our buddy. In fact, He levels this charge against sinful man: "These things you have done, and I kept silent. You thought I was altogether like you, but I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face. Consider this you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces with none to rescue" (Psalm 50). When pastors, preachers, or bible teachers attempt to "make God more relate-able" and bring Him down to a more accessible level that people can appreciate, by representing Him as having human attributes, ideas, techniques, or behaviors, they are actually representing God in a way that is exactly opposite of who and what He is. God is Holy, apart and separate from human folly and thinking. ... [Play/Download MP3]


21 December, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Lead Them To The "Dude God" & Ignore The Critics

I have to admit, nothing sets me off quite like this kind of thing. I'm talking about the way growth-driven churches irreverently misrepresent God as being just another one of the guys (Psalm 50:21). It doesn't stop there either; the biblically defined office of pastor usually gets a downgrade as well. Any dignity that pastors should have (1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 2:7-8) becomes expendable for the sake of hip and trendy relevance. A classic example made it's way on to national TV this week. ... [Read More!]


20 December, 2006   Back To The Bible  

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Each verse in one section of Psalm 119 is a prayer offered up to God that He would bless the psalmist's study with understanding. All too often we approach Bible Study as though the primary concern is that we put in sufficient effort to attract God's attention and receive His blessing. As with other endeavors, this is backward thinking. If we are to have any success in our Bible study, we require first the assistance of the Holy Spirit. In this short article, Tom Chantry warns against trying to reform your habits first, followed by going to God for help. Rather, you should pray diligently that God will open His Word to you. ... [Read Link]


19 December, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

All I Want For Christmas is My Own Air Force

When gift-giving time comes around, what do you get a man who has everything, including his own luxury jet? The answer is simple - you get him some accessories for his new jet! With a few more key items, you might even help him to build his very own air force. For a man with rich tastes however, you should be willing to spend some money. Remember though, it's all going for a good c. . . what I mean to say is that it's going for a good cau . . . I know this post is just satire, but I can't even get myself to type the words . . . "good cause". There! I said it. ... [Read More!]


18 December, 2006   Today's Synergism  

  

Bundling the Gospel in Broadway type stage entertainment has become the megachurch norm at Christmas time. The Thomas Road church has their's shrink-wrapped and on DVD already. If this year's holiday season is anything like last year, we can expect to see the CGM blogs light-up with trophy-like claims of salvation stats. Should these churches be so quick to count converts, and boast about the numbers of people who were "most certainly saved" at their Christmas productions? Here's a look back on a post from last year at this time; it explores the claims, concept, and counting of "decisions for Christ" - today's measure of ministry success. ... [Read More!]


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

Are Your Thoughts of God Too Human?   AW Pink

In one of his letters to Erasmus, Luther said, "Your thoughts of God are too human". Probably that renowned scholar resented such a rebuke, the more so, since it proceeded from a miner's son. Nevertheless, it was thoroughly deserved. We, too, prefer the same charge against the vast majority of the preachers of our day, and against those who, instead of searching the Scriptures for themselves, lazily accept their teachings. The most dishonoring conceptions of the rule and reign of the Almighty are now held almost everywhere. To countless thousands, even professing Christians, the God of Scripture is quite unknown. ... [Read More!]


12 December, 2006   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

"Attack Cults Not Purpose-Churches, Evangelize"

We were due. It's been a while since the last "legalistic Pharisee" charge directed at Old Truth. This time it includes the challenge to stop wasting our apologetics on (Purpose Driven) believers and turn our efforts instead towards unbelieving cults. Here are three quotes that summarize why I do not agree:

  • "The most insidious opposition to the Gospel has come from within worldly churches." --Iain Murray
  • "The greatest threat to the gospel specific to today is the indirect challenge of pragmatism among evangelicals". --Mark Dever
  • "The biggest mission field in America is professing-Christianity".
    --John MacArthur
... [Read More!]

8 December, 2006   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Pastor I Cant Sleep, Can You Come Over & Preach?   Charles Spurgeon

You are probably all acquainted with ministers who have mistaken their calling, and evidently have no gifts for preaching; make sure that none think the same of you. There are brethren in the ministry whose speech is intolerable; either they dun you to death, or else they send you to sleep. No chloral can ever equal their discourse in sleep-giving properties. No human being, unless gifted with infinite patience, could long endure to listen to them, and nature does well to give the victim deliverance through sleep. ... [Read More!]


7 December, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

Now Showing: The Hollywood Jesus

Now playing at a theater near you "The Nativity Story", a PG rated retelling of the birth of Jesus. Evangelicals will undoubtedly rush to praise Hollywood again as they did with Mel Gibson's Passion movie, and the film promises to be a family blockbuster. We will again hear that the "voice" of the church has been heard and that Hollywood is listening. Really? Has the moral content of movies improved since 2004? Biblical Christians should know better than to patronize this movie, and here are some reasons why. ... [Read More!]


7 December, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

"Hell is Complete Separation From God"    Listen

It's a common theme in evangelism. In fact, I have a huge box of hundreds of sample gospel tracts sitting here next to me, many of which give warnings of total separation from God. Part of the reason for this may be that the modern church assumes that anything which doesn't seem very loving on the other side of eternity must be happening at a distance from a God. This is the second and final post in my short series on things that might surprise you about hell. In this post we'll talk about where God is during eternal punishment. ... [Play/Download MP3]


6 December, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

How Could Heaven Be Joyful if Family Are in Hell?    Listen

Often we hear people say that they could not possibly be happy in heaven knowing that friends and family are in hell. So maybe we won't know, somehow. Or, maybe we won't remember them. Or perhaps we'll be so happy that we will only occasionally remember them? Today and tomorrow I'll be running a two part series on things that might surprise you about hell. In this post, we'll examine the question of loved ones. Brace yourself however, this one is going to be disturbing for some people; perhaps you will even fight what you are about to hear. ... [Play/Download MP3]


5 December, 2006   comments: (0) Athenian Awards  

"I Can Only Afford To Buy One Soul This Month"

Can you imagine somebody saying that? Maybe we should stop for a moment and ask how they'd manage to figure out how much a soul is worth in the first place. But let's say for a moment that we can determine that, now I have to ask, are you sure that you can only afford to buy one, just one soul, this month? What do you think about the morality of going out to dinner, buying a pair of shoes, or traveling somewhere, instead of saving that money to buy two souls (instead of just one) this month? The person that I'd like to ask that question to, is my latest Athenian Spirit Award winner. ... [Read More!]


5 December, 2006   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

'Seekers' Are Poor Judges of Their Own Needs   Ichabod Spencer

During a time of a revival, a pastor that I had not known very well called upon me, and by invitation preached for me at my regular weekly evening service. I had mentioned to him the existing seriousness among the people. His sermon did not suit me. He made careless statements; seemed to me to rely on impressions more than on truth; seemed to value his own powers, and to desire other people to rely on theirs. I perceived that he highly esteemed himself, as "a revival preacher", and I thought he preached "revival" and prayed "revival", rather than Christianity. After we arrived home, and my pastor friend had retired for the night, a good friend came in to see me, and inquired how I liked his sermon. I criticized it strongly. My friend then told me, that as she left the church she crossed paths with one of our young ladies, who had been serious for some weeks, and who said to her, "oh that sermon will do me good. It was just what I wanted. I wish our pastor would preach like that". I felt humbled and sad. ... [Read More!]


4 December, 2006   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Martin Luther: a 'Child' and Scholar of The Catechism   Martin Luther

It is not without good reason that we recommend the use of the Catechism, and desire and entreat its being taught; for we see, alas! that many pastors and preachers are very negligent, and throw contempt on their office and these doctrines; some led away by high attainments in philosophy, others from mere laziness and love of ease. Added to this, we have to contend with the disgraceful vice, and secret evil of sloth, security, and weariness of laborious duties, which leads many to think the Catechism a mean and contemptible compilation of doctrines; which having once been read over, may be thrown into a corner and never again consulted. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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