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28 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Changed Message  

  Walter Chantry

Can it be true that Christians are misleading the souls of men in regard to salvation? Is it really all that bad? Look at the evangelistic missions with all their gimmicks (I even heard a pastor say to a bunch of young people that if they could bring a certain number of kids out to Church, that he would swallow a goldfish in front of them . . . wacky but true). Examine all that you teach in the light of Jesus' thorough going Gospel and you will have to agree - the Church is far from the New Testament message. ... [Read More!]


26 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Classic Devotion  

   Martyn Lloyd Jones

Perhaps the greatest danger confronting the Church and Christian people today, is that instead of realizing that the supreme need of the moment is this knowledge of the love of Christ, we spend our time and energy in organizing activities. We have made of activity an end in itself. We say we must be 'getting busy'. And in a carnal manner we are attempting to do God's work. But how little happens! It is not surprising. We are forgetting the true motive and the energizing power. We should not work as Christians simply because it is good and right for Christians to work. The motive is all-important. We must work because of the love of Christ. We must not work because we decide to do so or because we are told that now we are converted we must 'get busy'. ... [Read More!]


24 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Purpose Drivenism  

  

In the Purpose Driven Life book, Rick Warren says
"To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God's Word, not the World's wisdom". He further states
"you must build your life on eternal truths, not pop-psychology, success motivation, or inspirational stories". After you read the following excerpts from his book however, you may find yourself scratching your head, wondering why it's filled with so many instances of exactly what he claims we do not need. ... [Read More!]


21 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Today's Worship  

  Robert Reymond

To worship God - that is the primary reason why the Christian should go to church. In today's church climate this is a radical idea. Nevertheless, Christians should go to church, not to evangelize, not to provide a comfortable "consumer-friendly" setting for the unchurched, not even primarily for the benefit which fellowship with other Christians provides, and definitely not just for lectures and devotionals, but in order to worship God. Christians should also understand that evangelism and the missionary task are not the most important tasks the church has. ... [Read More!]


20 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Postmodernism  

  

It may as well be a shot across the bow of new thinkers like Brian McLaren and NT Wright;
from the 19th century pastor, hymn writer, and theologian - Horatius Bonar, who asked:

Is there not something unhealthy, something false and unnatural, in the tendency to set aside old truth as obsolete, in the restless craving after what is new? And is there not something suspicious in the dislike of the old forms of doctrine - the ancestral moulds of venerable truth? We claim no uninspired declaration of truth as perfect, and we are always glad to have it amended, and made more correct; but we tremble for the feeling unfolding itself in many quarters, that theology must keep pace with the age, and spurn the straitened limits and narrow formula of other times. What was true in Reformation theology is true now, even as then. Truth has not altered with the age or with the climate. What was scriptural in Puritanic doctrine, is still scriptural and Divine. We may add to it, or we may illustrate it, but we cannot supersede it. We may follow it out, but we cannot supplant it. It is not Christianity that is to keep pace with the age, but it is the age that is to keep pace with Christianity. To say that the movements of theology are to follow the march of intellect - that Christian doctrine must shape and adapt itself to the progress of the age - that old channels of truth must be burst, and old moulds broken, in compliance with the spirit of the age - that the Divine must bend to the human, the infinite to the finite, is to give utterance to the mingled pride and infidelity which says, "Our lips are our own, who is Lord over us?" and to take at least the first step in doing homage to Satan, as an angel of light, the usurper of the glories of Him "in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge". ... [Read More!]


19 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Classic Devotion  

  Robert Murray M'Cheyne

I often like to go back in time for the thoughts and teachings of 'dead guys' because in my opinion, you will catch them saying things that you rarely hear now days. Take for example these instructions by a young 19th century Calvinist preacher, on 'prayer meetings':
"The prayer-meeting that I like best is where there is only praise and prayer, and the reading of God's word. Let nothing keep you away from your meeting. Pray in secret before going. Let your prayers in the meeting be formed as much as possible upon what you have read in the Bible. You will thus learn variety of petition, and a Scripture style. Pray that you may pray to God, and not for the ears of man. Pray for the outpouring of the Spirit on the Church of Christ and for the world; for the purity and unity of God's children; for the raising up of godly ministers and the blessing of those that are so already. Pray for the conversion of your friends, of your neighbors, of the whole town."
I must admit, I do not often prepare like that for my weekly church prayer meetings. Lord put this kind of zeal for Christ in devotion and doctrine, in each one of us. Amen. ... [Read More!]


17 December, 2007   Today's Pragmatism  

  

It's been a while since I checked in on MMI - the Monday morning clearing house for all things pragmatic. This week Todd Rhoades blogs "Get a Bible, For Crying Out Loud" in response to people who say they are "not getting fed" at their church. Actually, he's linking to a pastor's article, but Todd's own one-sided view comes through in his post title and closing question for pastors: "How have you combatted the 'Im not being fed' cry at your church?". As I've noted before, there are some large-church pastors that don't necessarily see this as a 'cry' that needs to be 'combatted'. I would argue that if churches take Christian education nearly as seriously as the example of Philip Ryken's church, there will never be a need to brainstorm ways for pastors to manipulate their flock into not complaining about not being fed. Of course, some of the pragmatists' complaint holds water in that - church people are at fault for not feeding themselves more (myself included), but where is the other side of the coin Todd? How about discussing pastors who are so fixated on making church into a quasi Billy Graham crusade / rock concert experienceTM, that they've become negligent in bible teaching beyond John 3:16 and a handful of other verses? It's wrong to neglect the other side of the coin, and that's something that we discussed in this two part series, earlier in the year. I'll post it again, just in case Todd might want to swing by and pick up the link. As an ironic side note, we hear MMI refer to some who follow MacArthur with an almost "cult status", yet MMI apparently gets their own free pass from that same criticism relating to their fascination with Perry Noble; he's quoted AGAIN in today's MMI post, albeit with reference to the article being linked. Interestingly, just yesterday I read similar MacArthur criticism on an Emerging Church site that has their own virtual Rob Bell shrine errected. Now in Todd's case, and if he's really faithful to his pragmatism, he would be compelled to listen to the findings of this very revealing survey which clearly shows that MacArthur 'works' better than Perry on the internet, and make adjustments to his website. A little Tuesday morning levity there, thanks to the ever-nifty Google Fight utility:-) And in case you were wondering: Rob Bell versus the Puritans? NO CONTEST! ... [Read More!]


17 December, 2007   Postmodernism  

The Truth War and 'The Last Man Standing'    Link

It's the book that Emerging Church innovators love to hate. They'll tell you they hate it because it misrepresents them (no surprise there). Really though, many of them hate it because it takes their Jell-O out of the box and deep freezes it so that you can finally nail it to the wall. (They hate the Jell-O analogy too, but if the shoe fits). One of my all-time favorite Team Pyro threads was Phil Johnson's Q&A post on Lordship Salvation. In today's post, Phil takes that same Q&A approach and applies it to John MacArthur's Truth War book. I call it "the last man standing" format because Phil accepts all challengers, allowing them to state their gripe about the book, and answers them one by one. It must be exhausting, I don't know where he's gets the energy. Remember that the Emerging Church Movement is something altogether different from the Church Growth Movement (which I've spent a lot more time talking about), so if you are unfamiliar with it, before reading Phil's post, listen to his Beginner's Guide to PostModernism (free download). That's one of the best intro teachings you will find. Then be sure to keep up with the comments on Phil's Truth War post throughout this week. I recommend it for adults only though, being that postmodern pastors will be commenting there, and knowing their propensity to express themselves using their full range of personal . (*It's pretty sad that there has to be language disclaimers when I link to pastors.). ... [Read Link]


14 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Classic Devotion  

  William Gurnall

Christian, if you can once and for all break your engagement to the flesh and become a free man in Christ, truth will be your steadfast friend. Study God's word faithfully as well. Satan has a habit of stopping the ears from hearing sound doctrine before he opens them to listen to corrupt. He will, as often as he can, pull a saint away from God's Word and talk him into rejecting some point of truth. But he who rejects the truth of one doctrine, loses the blessing of them all. Paul predicted how this would happen "They shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4). Do not pretend you want to be lead into truth if you will not bother to study the whole Word of God. ... [Read More!]


13 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Today's Evangelism  

  Mark Dever

Sometimes I get the feeling that people think there's something wrong with questioning the reality of a profession of faith. It's legalistic, or judging, or holier than thou. Or something. But if evangelists want to see lost sinners saved, and if evangelists know that we sinners can deceive ourselves, then it's not surprising that we want to try to make sure (with all appropriate qualifications about our limitedness) that conversions professed are conversions possessed. Or is it just sour-faced theologians who think about such things? Are preachers who think about such things unevangelistic? ... [Read More!]


12 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Resource Spotlight  

  

I've mentioned before that the trendy fad-prone church of today seems to mistake Christianity for something like "Apple Computers". It's the thinking that the whole thing was invented a few decades ago, in a garage somewhere, by a couple of innovative thinkers. The tendency is to forget church history before that time, and to forget past beliefs that are no longer considered to be 'important' truth today. As confused as some of us are at scenes like this, most of the same folks who are caught up in fads like that are just as confused about books like Pilgrim's Progress (assuming they've even heard of it). This post was the first one that I had written on Bunyan's classic, and at the bottom of it you'll find a large collection of related resources that will help you appreciate the historical significance and timeless relevance of Bunyan's 2nd best selling book of all time (after the bible). ... [Read More!]


9 December, 2007   Today's Synergism  

   Link

Well,I thought we were making some progress with Michael from Oak Leaf, but sometimes progress is slow. You'll remember a couple of weeks ago when he asked Old Truth readers to comment on his blog post about the early church being "seeker sensitive" (he concluded that they were, and that his church is too). Tonight on his blog, I see that he is still very much operating under the error that man can save himself by making a 'decision'. See this older post for a better explanation of what the problem is with that thinking. Michael's remarks in his latest post are brief and yet one of the most revealing examples of this errant theology. He writes this about Sunday's church service "39 people decided to follow Jesus! 39 people who are now Christians!". Aside from the fact that salvation is not due to human will and decision (Romans 9:16, John 1:12-13, etc), Michael's remarks beg the question - how does he know they are now Christians? We all know how angry people get if someone questions the salvation of another professed believer. Questions start flying like "how do you know that person is not saved?". Just turn that question around 180 degrees and ask pastors like Michael "how do you know 39 ARE saved?" after only a few minutes of observation? When I see posts like this, I can't help but wonder if these pastors are simply engaging in self-promotion, ie: "look at what we've done HERE at OUR church?". Praise God for any true converts that may be in the bunch of 39, but much gives us reason to question the stats and 'fruit' of churches that operate like this.

... [Read Link]


7 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Back To The Bible  

  

Anyone who is truly convinced that God is speaking fresh words of revelation will inevitably view the later prophecies as somehow more relevant and more personal than the message of Scripture, which is more than two thousand years old. Inevitably, wherever personal prophecy has been stressed, Scripture has been deemphasized. Two thousand years of church history confirms that this is true. This same issue was hotly debated during the Great Awakening even as it is today. It was one area where Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield did not (in the beginning) see eye to eye. ... [Read More!]


6 December, 2007         ***Re-Post***       Resource Spotlight  

  

It's been said that these books taught generations of Puritan-era Christians how to pray. They are simply outlines of prayer that are filled with scripture; they are literally scripture prayer. After you read these books, you will never again say "How can I pray an hour a day?", and instead you may very well ask "How can I get through all of the things to pray for in the allotted time?". It's time to put away those modern Jabez prayers, and the purpose journal, and take your prayer habits back a few centuries. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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