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26 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

What Good is Simply "Churching" Them?   John MacArthur

That is precisely my concern about today's pragmatic church-growth strategies. The design is to attract the unchurched. For what? To entertain them? To get them to attend church meetings regularly? Merely "churching" the unchurched accomplishes nothing of eternal value. ... [Read More!]


25 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

"All Things To All Men" Never Meant "Be Worldly"   James White

"Whatever is pure". Here we enter into a portion of the secret to Christian contentment that could profitably be addressed by a book-length treatise. We live in a day where we literally wallow in impurity. You cannot drive down a street without seeing billboards that are filthy and impure. You check the distance to the car in front of you and it has a profane and disgusting bumper sticker. You turn on the radio to get news and you are assaulted by impure words and concepts. We are surrounded by that which is unholy and impure. And yet we are called to purity ourselves. John told us, "And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:3). Purity speaks to us of remaining unspotted by the world, holiness helps us to consider the separation, the "differentness" that should be ours. ... [Read More!]


24 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

News, Notes, and The Worst Church Ever?

"The old gospel was about an offended God; the new gospel is about a wounded us. The old gospel was about sin; the new gospel is about needs. The old gospel was about our need for righteousness; the new gospel is about our need for fulfillment. The old gospel is offensive to those who are perishing; the new gospel is attractive." In this post I'll tell you who said that, and I'll also share with you my nominee for "worst church ever". Some changes are coming up Old Truth which I'll address as well. ... [Read More!]


22 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

God's Holiness is Key to Understanding Man's Self   William Gurnall

The holiest man in the world, once he sees God's infinite holiness, knows himself as he really is and is humbled. Isaiah's vision revealed God sitting on His throne surrounded by heavenly ministers covering their faces and crying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts". But the heavenly scene also opened up to the prophet his own vileness; when he heard the seraphim crying "holy" before God, he cried out "unclean" regarding his own spirituality (Isaiah 6:3,5). Job was another man who realized the impurity of his soul when he glimpsed God's holiness. "Now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent"... [Read More!]


20 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

The Epidemic of Easy-Believism   Henry Scougal

Jesus said strive to enter in. It is on this point that we design to fix our attention at this time. And, indeed there is scarcely any doctrine that needs to be more inculcated, for amongst all of the stratagems whereby the great Enemy of mankind contrives their ruin, few are more unhappily successful than the fond persuasion he has filled them with, that heaven and everlasting happiness are easily attainable. What one says of wisdom, we may, with little alteration, apply unto this purpose: "That many might have reached heaven, if they had not been so confident of it". The doors of the Christian Church are now very wide, and men have access unto them upon easy terms... [Read More!]


19 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

New/Old Top 10 Book Lists Speak Volumes

If you have been an Old Truth reader for a while,
you know that I often compare the things of new Christianity with the things of the old. I don't do this because I simply love old stuff; I do it as a way of demonstrating how the emphasis of Christianity has changed over the years. So when I recently found this top ten recommended booklist from a 'relevant' Christianity site, I thought it would make an interesting comparison to another such list that I found from an 'old' Christianity site. Despite the constant reminders from church innovators that 'we are all on the same team', these two lists almost seem like they derive from two different religions. ... [Read More!]


18 June, 2007   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

Don't Add Water To The Well of Scripture   AW Pink

As it is the work of the translator to convey the real sense of the Hebrew and Greek into English, so the interpreter's is to apprehend and communicate the precise ideas which the language of the Bible was meant to impart. As the renowned Bengel so well expressed it, "An expositor should be like the maker of a well: who puts no water into it, but makes it his object to let the water flow, without diversion, stoppage, or defilement." In other words, he must not take the slightest liberty with the sacred text, nor give it a meaning which it will not legitimately bear; neither modifying its force nor superimposing upon it anything of his own, but seeking to give out its true import. ... [Read More!]


15 June, 2007   Today's Methods  

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I used to belong to a denomination in which emotional experience was king. Still to this day, I will have a friend over from an old church of mine and will listen to them describe a really great church service in a way similar to this: "You should have been there Sunday night; everybody was up at the altar and the Spirit just fell on all of us as we kept singing [a 7/11 song] over and over. Everyone was sobbing, the Lord gave us three prophetic 'words', and pastor so-and-so prayed with unction and anointing". That's how you knew church was 'good', and likewise there was emotional criteria for determining whether your Christianity was running on all cylinders or not. But in this post, Tom Chantry explains why it's unwise to seek to generate strong emotion in the Christian life, just as it's wrong to work at an emotional experience in order to prove one's conversion (that's a subject which Tom talked about in a ). Are you feeling saved today? Either way, don't miss what Tom has to say about your feelings in these two posts. ... [Read Link]


14 June, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Does The Calvary Road Lead To Revival?

Are you broken enough? Well start getting more broken, otherwise you might just keep revival from breaking out near you! That's the idea that you might come away with after reading Roy Hession's popular book The Calvary Road. Chad is back to help us sort out what's true and what's not, on the topics of revival, sanctification, and Christ's work on the Cross. His last post generated over 150 comments, numerous emails and blog links, and a few angry responses from fans of the book. Even a priest wrote in to let us know that we "prots" are bound to disagree. Hmm. Well, this time around, Chad takes us into another chapter of the book. ... [Read More!]


14 June, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

The Enemy Doesn't Grow Weary   William Gurnall

The persistence of the enemy requires perseverance. The devil never retreats or declares a truce. If an enemy repeatedly assaults a city and those within it cease to resist, you know who will win. The prophet who was sent to Bethel did his errand well and withstood Jeroboam's temptation. But on his way home he was drawn aside by the old prophet and at last slain by a lion (1 Kings 13). Thus many flee from one temptation, only to be vanquished by another. Many precious servants of God, not making such vigorous resistance in their last days as in their first, have fallen miserably, as we see in Solomon, Asa, and others. ... [Read More!]


12 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Today's Missions Decline Due To Narcissism   Philip Graham Ryken

It is hard to find Christians who are willing to pay full price for discipleship. In these self-absorbed, truth resistant times, many people make decisions for Christ without ever intending to offer their entire lives for His service. This unwillingness to make sacrifices is harmful to the church in many ways, but it is especially injurious to the cause of world missions. Missionary recruiters find it increasingly difficult to identify people who are willing to devote themselves to a lifetime of Christian ministry, especially if it promises to be difficult or dangerous. Despite the popularity of short-term missions trips, the number of career Missionaries is down, and some experts fear a critical shortage in the coming decades. This is a sign that something is seriously wrong. A genuine passion for God's glory inevitably leads to firm commitment to reach the lost... [Read More!]


11 June, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

"I Believe in Jesus, Not Doctrine"   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

You cannot separate what a man believes from what he is. For this reason doctrine is vitally important. Certain people say ignorantly, "I do not believe in doctrine; I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; I am saved, I am a Christian, and nothing else matters". To speak in that way is to court disaster, and for this reason, the New Testament itself warns us against this very danger. We are to guard ourselves against being "tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine", for if your doctrine goes astray your life will soon suffer as well. ... [Read More!]


10 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Are Seeker Pastors Sending Me 'Secret Messages'?

When it comes to messages delivered by today's most innovative pastors, we sometimes struggle to find the old truth. Occasionally Old Truth is even deliberately hidden in their words, so that only a few will notice it. No, I'm not talking about the biblical old truth this time, I'm referring to the name of this blog, and the amusing abusing that it sometimes encounters. But it's not always on the surface, you'll have to read between the lines to find it. So in this post, we'll fire-up the Old Truth decoder, and use it to unmask the "secret messages" of seeker pastors. ... [Read More!]


10 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worldliness  

Trading Holiness For The World's Favor   William Gurnall

When we lose man's love we gain God's blessing. "Blessed are you, when men say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my name sake" (Matthew 5:11). God's providence is a perfect roof over our heads to defend us from the storm of man's rage. But it is a different story when a saint is caught in sin and gives the ungodly opportunity to speak evil of him. Man reviles and God frowns. His Word does not open its shelter then to hide you from the assault of reviling tongues. But when the wicked hate you for your holiness, God is bound by promise to pay you love for their hatred and blessing for their cursing. Can we ever complain about man's disrespect when obedience and holiness advance us to a higher place in the King's favor? When we lose the world's love we gain its reverence and honor. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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