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27 May, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Error in Doctrine Leads to Error in Practice

Charles Spurgeon took doctrine seriously, that much we know. He also understood how lacking it was in his time. His words remind us of the need for doctrinal emphasis in our own generation: "The need is biblical doctrine, so understood and felt, that it sets men on fire."

Spurgeon boldly made his hearers aware of their accountability for believing in sound doctrine, and warned of the outcome of holding to false doctrine. The modern church would do well to take heed of his words:

In the first place, every deviation from truth is a sin. It is not simply a sin for me to do a wrong act, but it is a sin for me to believe a wrong doctrine. ... [Read More!]


27 May, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

"We Do It Because it Works" (Tips From 770AD)

"It works!" That's the eureka reaction towards today's seeker centered evangelism. And how can you argue with the numeric results? Churches are growing and, at least some, people are actually getting saved. So isn't that all the proof that we need to be in favor of these methods? To help us answer that question, let's look at another proven church growth strategy from history; it had numbers, it had true converts. But I'll warn you right now, you're not going to like these methods. After reading this however, you will have to admit that it DID work; it's hard to debate the salvations and church growth that it once generated. ... [Read More!]


26 May, 2008   Wonderful Plan?  

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I'm not the world's biggest CCM fan by any stretch but who couldn't empathize with the tragedy that Steven Curtis Chapman's family is going through after having their 5 year old adopted daughter run over by an SUV driven by one of the family teenagers last week. Family friend Steve Camp attended the funeral and talks more here about what happened. It's a tragedy that the family and the teenager will never entirely get over in this life. I'm afraid that this is just one more reminder for wrong-headed pastors and all of us who are active in evangelism to ensure that we don't bait unbelievers to Jesus by telling them how much their earthly life will improve if they will only make a decision for Jesus. That's especially true in countries where there is persecution for allegiance to Christ; in such cases your earthly life is bound to get worse rather than better. True Christians indeed have the Holy Spirit living inside them (a truly priceless gift) and the hope of eternal life. But as the Chapman story vividly demonstrates, our time here on earth is often filled with hardships that are the same or worse than unbelievers. This is part of why our discipleship should tell people to count the costs. Here now is a special blog in memory of Maria Chapman. May the Lord of all comfort be with this family. ... [Read Link]


23 May, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

The Costs of Following Christ in Bangladesh

Set to be baptized in February, 70-year-old suffer burns on 70 percent of body. DHAKA, Bangladesh, Unknown attackers tried to burn a 70-year-old woman to death on January 7 after learning that she would be baptized as a Christian next month. Rahima Beoa, who was planning to be baptized on February 13 in Muslim-majority Rangpur district, 248 kilometers (154miles) northwest of the capital city of Dhaka, suffered burns on 70 percent of her body. "The unknown people wanted to burn alive the elderly woman because they came to [believe] that she would be a Christian in the next month," said Khaled Mintu, a regional supervisor of the Rangpur district of the Isha-E-Jamat Bangladesh denomination. "It was a devilish conspiracy to stop her being a Christian." Beoa is the mother-in-law of Ashraful Islam, who along with his wife became a Christian two years ago. Close relatives and neighbors were said to be angry with the couple for their conversion from Islam. ... [Read More!]


22 May, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Pastors Are Called to Teach, and Therefore Study   Albert Barnes

Since the principal business of a preacher of the gospel is to "teach", or to communicate to his fellow-men the knowledge of the truth, the necessity of this qualification for a pastor to be skilled at teaching is obvious. No one should be allowed to enter the ministry who is not qualified to impart "instruction" to others on the doctrines and duties of religion; and no one should feel that he ought to continue in the ministry, who doesn't have the work ethic, self-denial, and the love of study that constantly drives him to increase in knowledge, in order that he can be qualified to teach others. A man who would teach a people, must himself keep in advance of them on the subjects on which he would instruct them. ... [Read More!]


21 May, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

The Further From Worldly Conformity The Better   Charles Spurgeon

"Only ye shall not go very far away." Exodus 8:28 - This is a crafty word from the lip of the arch-tyrant Pharaoh. If the poor bondaged Israelites must needs go out of Egypt, then he bargains with them that it shall not be very far away; not too far for them to escape the terror of his arms, and the observation of his spies. After the same fashion, the world loves not the non-conformity of nonconformity, or the dissidence of dissent, it would have us be more charitable and not carry matters with too severe a hand. ... [Read More!]


19 May, 2008   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Caring For Afflicted Brethren

I'm happy to say that what you are about to read does NOT apply to the majority of my church. Not only through my own afflictions but also the afflictions of others, it's often too easy to forget about the sick and wounded amongst us. I've seen it where Christian brothers and sisters end up being ignored, because people at a church lack the empathy or knowledge of how to handle them. Sometimes, the afflicted person seems to be a "black hole" for your prayers, never seeming to improve. What do you do in these cases? How do you treat a brother or sister in Christ who is going through a long term affliction? ... [Read More!]


16 May, 2008   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

"Getting Fed": Does This Describe Your Sermons?   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

What is preaching? Logic on fire! Eloquent reason! Are these contradictions? Of course they are not. Reason concerning this Truth ought to be mightily eloquent, as you see it in the case of the Apostle Paul and others. It is theology on fire. And a theology which does not take fire, I maintain, is a defective theology; or at least the man's understanding of it is defective. Preaching is theology coming through a man who is on fire. A true understanding and experience of the Truth must lead to this. I say again that a man who can speak about these things dispassionately has no right whatsoever to be in a pulpit; and should never be allowed to enter one. What is the chief end of preaching? I like to think it is this. It is to give men and women a sense of God and His presence. ... [Read More!]


16 May, 2008   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Purpose-Pastors Trained to Manipulate Dissenters

One of the books sold on Rick Warren's website teaches pastors how to deal with Purpose Driven dissenters. The author characterizes those who resist the transition to the Purpose Driven franchise as "leaders from hell" who are misguided, and have evil motives or are just unwilling to change because of their being caught in traditions. The message is clear - they are incompatible with the new church scheme, and therefore they must go. But some of the victims of the Purpose Driven scheme are speaking out, and it's clear that many of them simply don't fit the trouble-maker profile described by such a book. ... [Read More!]


15 May, 2008   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Could it Be, The Saddleback Salvation Guarantee?   Rick Warren

At our Easter services in the last three years more than 5,000 people opened their lives to Christ - because YOU invited them! It's almost guaranteed that if you bring those you care about to a Saddleback Easter service, they will come to know Jesus.


15 May, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

Do You Pass The Age-Old 'Test of Fellowship'?   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I have often said that I know of nothing more instructive, next to the Bible, than church history. I know nothing more encouraging, nothing more exhilarating. Do you think the story of the church began in Acts in infancy and gradually went on developing, continuing up and up and up? That is not it at all. The story of the church is a story of ups and downs. The church, because men and women forget the original pattern, becomes a mere institution; she becomes dead. She may grow wealthy, she may gain great political power--the popes were tremendously powerful in the Middle Ages--but that has nothing to do with the church. And how is it that there is a Christian church at all today? It is because God in His mercy has looked down and has revived the church and has made her come back to the first pattern. This is true reformation. Do you want to know what the church is? Well, look at the people in Acts 2. They met together every day to listen to the apostles' doctrine, to have fellowship with the apostles, to break bread with them, to pray with them. ... [Read More!]


14 May, 2008   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

False Teachers Seem True & Even Do Good Things   William Gurnall

Christ is not ashamed to call the poorest saints "brethren," but He despises to have His name seen upon a rotten-hearted hypocrite (Hebrews 2:11). Of all sinners the hypocrite does the most harm in this world and therefore will have the most torment in the other world. And yet it is religion which has constantly proved to be the most effective bait of hypocrites, as they seek to snare others into their error and sin while posing as children of God. ... [Read More!]


14 May, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Confessions of a "Not Being Fed" Pastor

It's a topic that we've talked about before, relating to churches that change over to the trendy, pragmatic, give the audience what they want, style that dominates today's church scene. When a pastor makes the decision to do this switch, one of the first complaints they begin to hear from their flock is "I'm not getting fed here". When this complaint is made, the usual tactic is to turn it around and make it YOUR fault; you are not reading your bible enough, not getting involved in small groups enough, etc. Rarely do these types of pastors consider that there might be some legitimacy in such a complaint, and that the problem is due to their wimpy preaching (as James White called it) . But here's an account of one such pastor who had a change of heart, and seems to have accepted his responsibility in many of those "I'm not getting fed complaints". ... [Read More!]


12 May, 2008   Postmodernism  

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McLaren is particularly misleading when he's suggesting, as he does quite emphatically at times, that somehow the church went off the rails early on, and that only now are (some) Christians beginning to understand what Jesus was really saying. While McLaren occasionally adds nuances and qualifiers, this ahistorical account runs through [his Everything Must Change] book. In this respect, his message is oddly reminiscent of the ahistorical narrative of church history that dominated the evangelical/fundamentalist churches of my youth. Between an idealized first-century church and the present moment, when the preacher was calling on you to make a decision for Christ, there loomed a great wasteland-all those centuries in which the church failed to heed the plain words of Scripture. ... [Read Link]


 

 

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