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28 March, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Value of Catechisms Part 2

Ignorance is the great illness which makes the church weak. Many professing Christians are themselves at a loss to explain even the most basic and fundamental truths about God, the state of fallen man, and the gospel and many critical Christian doctrines. As a result the health of the church is often compromised. Evangelism is often reduced to a weak explanation of the gospel devoid of the knowledge of God's person, works and attributes. There are doctrines which must be understood in order to have saving faith. Just telling people to believe in Jesus is not enough. There are things about Christ that must be properly understood. The name "Jesus" separated from the right knowledge of who He actually is will be all together useless. There must be a right understanding of who God is. Without this there is no distinguishing the God of scripture, the one true and living God, from any number of false concepts. In many cases God may simply be added to a pantheon of other gods, unless His person is properly understood. To that end catechisms can be a great tool, not just for personal study, but as an aid to evangelism. Even if one does not use the catechism directly in a gospel presentation it's questions and answers can help one who wishes to bear witness of Christ in explaining key doctrines, including the person of God. ... [Read More!]


24 March, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

"The Number of Easter Salvations Was Exactly..."

If you've been around Old Truth long enough, you know that unsubstantiated convert counting is something that I'm passionate about, in a negative sense. First of all, only God knows the real numbers and we could be way off when we count microwavable 'decisions'. Usually the same people who are so geared-up to rebuke anyone for saying that some deviant bible teacher is NOT saved, all too often make the same category mistake by assuming someone IS saved when they really have no idea whether they are or not. Secondly, it too often leads to boasting and assuming that our own methodologies are the reason for people being born again, rather than it being 100% the work of the Holy Spirit. Those are just a couple of reasons why this "counting of unhatched chickens" is wrong. Let's take a look at a few examples of it in action, from yesterday's Easter services. ... [Read More!]


20 March, 2008   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

The Arrogance of Abandoning Church History    Listen

Here's a short excerpt from a recent interview with church historian Jim Renihan in which James White asks him to respond to one of today's most common attitudes: "I don't really care what happened 300 or 400 years ago in Christianity". Doctor Renihan heads up the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary, and his response to the question is so important in light of today's postmodern climate of buffet style doctrine-choosing. His response was that we must not think of ourselves and our generation as though we are the kingdom of God. Christ has been active with his people under the new covenant for 2,000 years, and it's very important to be aware of the Holy Spirit's activity in the church during that time and recognize that we are just one small part of that. ... [Play/Download MP3]


17 March, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Worship is Neither Evangelism or Entertainment   Robert Godfrey

The call for entertainment in worship in our time is often cast in a particularly seductive form. Entertainment is often sold in the name of evangelism. We are told that we must make worship interesting and existing for the unconverted so that they will come to church and be converted. At first glance that argument is very appealing. We all want to see many brought to faith in Christ. Who wants to be against evangelism? But we must remember: entertainment is not evangelism, and evangelism is not worship. People are evangelized, not by a juggler, but by the presentation of the Gospel. And while evangelism may occur in worship as the Gospel is faithfully proclaimed, the purpose and focus of worship is that those who believe in Christ should gather and meet with God. ... [Read More!]


16 March, 2008   Postmodernism  

Is God Angry at Sin?    Link

It wasn't long ago that Grand Rapid Michigan was known as one of the leading areas of our country for Reformed Christianity. Unfortunately, much has changed there, and in this article on the Reformation Theology blog you'll learn of one emerging megachurch that has established a dominant foothold in that area by promoting a more palatable view of God and the bible that challenges much of what Christians had previously believed. I've personally had a chance to dialog with some of the proponents and attendees of Rob Bell's church, and was stunned by how radically different their views are from mine, even on very important issues such as the Atonement. You simply scratch your head and say "are we reading the same bible?". I would dare say that the belief system that they promote, in Grand Rapids and counter to Reformed Christianity in general, comes awfully close to being another religion altogether than the one I hold dear. For that reason, and with Rob Bell's growing global popularity through his two books (Velvet Elvis and Sex God) and teaching tours, I feel it's important for blogs to talk about his views. Once again, and I can't say it enough, there is much to be concerned about when popular bible teachers arise with some new view of things. Conversely, there is much safety to be found in sticking to the old paths of protestant Christianity, which is where I will remain regardless of how numerous the innovators are that surround me. ... [Read Link]


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

Gross and Outrageous Youthgroup Activities

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? Even though these objectionable games are out of character for Christians, they are being used by some undiscerning youth group leaders with teens. ... [Read More!]


7 March, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

How Did The Puritans Persuade Souls?

Ours is a time of great emphasis on evangelism when world congresses are convened to talk about evangelization. And so we ask whether or not the Puritans were evangelistic in their preaching? If they were, how did they go about the work of persuading souls to believe in Jesus Christ? Did they have conversions? Did they address unbelievers in a personal face to face way? What did they say? ... [Read More!]


6 March, 2008   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Reverence Challenged by New 'Incarnationalism'    Listen

I'm pleased to share with you today this posting from guest contributor Tom Chantry. Listen closely as Tom speaks with you about the "Incarnational" trend that has found popularity within various postmodern revisions of Christianity. Tom notes that some "popular preachers seem determined to lower the view which their congregations have of Christ - bringing Him to the same level as ourselves and even becoming crass and vulgar about Him". This comes through an emphasis on Christ having been incarnate with us, therefore we are supposed to maintain a very human regard towards Him. Too often however, this is carried out to an extreme which robs our thinking of the reverence that is due Him. ... [Play/Download MP3]


4 March, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

Altar Calls In The First 1800 Years Of The Church

One may read thousands of pages of the history of the Christian Church without finding a single reference to the 'old-fashioned altar call' before the 19th century. Most Christians are surprised to learn that history before the time of Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) knows nothing of this type of 'invitation'.

The practice of urging men and women to make a physical movement at the conclusion of a meeting was introduced by Mr. Finney in the second decade of the nineteenth century. Dr. Albert B. Dod, a professor of theology at Princeton Seminary at the time of Mr. Finney's ministry, pointed out the newness of the practice and showed that this method was without historical precedent. ... [Read More!]


4 March, 2008 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

The Value of Catechisms - Part 1

Most people in the church today are not used to using catechisms in their personal study or in the teaching of biblical doctrine to their children. There are many who were saved out of the Roman Catholic Church and remember catechism class from their childhood. This has left them with a bad taste in their mouth for catechisms in general. They remember the catechism as something that was used to teach them lots of false and unbiblical doctrines. The truth is, catechisms are not a Roman Catholic tool in and of themselves. A catechism is simply a summary of principles contained in the form of questions and answers. You can teach almost anything by way of catechism. ... [Read More!]


3 March, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

A Missionary Who Sailed Past 'Seeker Sensitive'

In my last post I mentioned reading about Henry Martyn in the book . Before the mission field he was an understudy to Charles Simeon who was himself an incredible testimony of God-given endurance. Martyn though, was called by God to be a missionary to British-controlled India, and although being from England, it was no easy thing to just go there and evangelize. To get around the British laws prohibiting missionary work, he took on the title of Chaplain, being assigned to the English military in India. In the following section of the book, Martyn's fleet had just set sail for India leaving behind for a lifetime the English woman who, had it not been for the call of God to India, Martyn might have otherwise pursued to be his wife. What struck me about this excerpt was the environment that he (as Chaplain) was asked to minister in, for the duration of the journey across the sea. When you read this, imagine how much 'easier' it would have been for this great missionary to adjust his methods and message to be more 'relevant' and "seeker sensitive". Instead, he stayed true to the message that he knew God wanted him to deliver, and never lost sight of the Holy Spirit's role in regeneration. He didn't put stock in human efforts aimed at adapting his own behavior and language to better "fit-in" with the men in the fleet. As you will see, it was not how much like the world he was that gave him a platform to preach to the world, instead, it was something quite the opposite. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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