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25 July, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

"Am I Doing Enough To Get God To Forgive Me?"

I have a Roman Catholic relative who actually believes that he is maintaining the ten commandments in his own life, and once expressed to me that one of his deep concerns is that, on the occasion that he does break a commandment, what would happen to him if he were to get in a car accident and die before having a chance to do an act of contrition. In this post, Chad VanRens is back with us and is speaking once again on the subject of sanctification; he will demonstrate some of the more subtle protestant versions of that "I must do some 'work' to make myself clean again" thinking. Along the way, Chad is going to give you an excerpt from a very important book that could help you come to a better understanding of how to fight sin biblically. That's something that every true believer takes great interest in. ... [Read More!]


24 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

"Good Food, Good News" - Good Bait and Switch?

I just saw another one last week, it was a promo for one of those Christian evangelism festivals. You know the ones I'm talking about, the idea is to entice neighborhood unbelievers to come and enjoy "good food, good fun, and good news". By good news I mean, the church or organization that sponsors the festival will finish-off the event with an evangelism message. It sounds like a pretty good idea! I mean, we definitely want to evangelize a lot of people, and these parties do produce a huge number of decisions for Christ. They just seem like a great way for churches and organizations to bring in the multitudes, and while they are a captive audience, you may as well preach and reach. Right? What could possibly be wrong with that?! ... [Read More!]


23 July, 2007   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Man's Religion versus God's Religion   Horatius Bonar

Man's religion makes man its center. It is constructed so as to revolve around himself. He is its Alpha and Omega - its first and its last. It makes him live for himself, think of himself, magnify himself. It teaches him to lessen the distance between himself and God, for the purpose of enabling him to remove that distance by his own endeavors; so that God is not the infinitely glorious Being, nor man the helpless and unworthy thing which Revelation declares him to be. Man's religion is like the old astronomy, with the vast earth in the center, and the puny sun revolving round it! ... [Read More!]


23 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

If They Call Worship Fun, Then It's Time To Run

Do any of these promotional slogans make any sense to you? Come to our restaurant and be touched deeply to the point of tears. The comedy at our health club is sure to tickle your funny bone. Your trip to our dentist office will be intellectually stimulating. Church ought to be fun. I don't know about you, but all of those descriptions seem more than a little out of place for their environments. Maybe they would be an attempt at marketing something with the aim of getting people to overcome their stereotypes of those places. In the case of many churches, the come for the fun concept has become an essential for growth. ... [Read More!]


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

Wrong Evangelism Fails To Start With Doctrine   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The trouble with all false evangelism is that it does not start with doctrine, it does not start by realizing man's condition. All fleshly, carnal, man-made evangelism is the result of inadequate understanding of what the apostle teaches us in the first ten verses of this second chapter of Ephesians. If you and I but realized that every man who is yet a sinner is absolutely dominated by 'the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience', if we only understood that he is really a child of wrath and dead in trespasses and sins, we would realize that only one power can deal with such an individual, and that is the power of God, the power of the Holy Ghost. And so we would put our confidence, not in man-made organizations, but in the power of God, in the prayer that holds on to God and asks for revival and a descent of the Spirit. We would realize that nothing else can do it. ... [Read More!]


19 July, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Theology Q&A's: Does Prayer Change God's Mind?    Listen

Does God actually listen to the prayers of people and
then respond by doing something that they asked for?
Here's a more difficult question: does prayer actually change God's mind? They seem simple, but there is some 'heady' theology behind those questions. It underscores the need for theological study. That's why it's always so sad to hear today's trendy church leaders putting-down the study of theology. Well in this short audio clip, RC Sproul answers those questions, plus tells you two additional things that you must know about prayer. ... [Play/Download MP3]


17 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Leader Assimilation: The Building of a Clone Army

They're everywhere - you can't escape this army, they've become the status quo. Perhaps they've already invaded your camp and have cast you atop the scrap pile of trouble makers. Maybe they've just set up a base in your sector, and are trying to lure you in with a never ending stream of postcards offering you coffee, entertainment, and marriage help. Resistance is futile, your former leaders have either been assimilated or forced-out by this new army, but WHO ARE THESE CLONES?... [Read More!]


16 July, 2007   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

"Deeds Not Creeds"? The Reformers Knew Better   Horatius Bonar

In the Reformation we find doctrine, life, and action, nobly blended. Between these there was harmony, not antagonism. Some who have decried doctrine have set up life and dogma as antagonists; lauding the former at the expense of the latter. This is foolishness. What we accept, as the true adjustment of conflicting claims, is life and dogma in harmony; not life without dogma, nor dogma without life; not theology without religion, nor religion without theology. "Religion without theology" is a phrase meant to sound well; yet, after all it is a deception. There can be no such thing. ... [Read More!]


14 July, 2007   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

Unbelievers Can't Choose Christ or Make Him Lord   Obadiah Sedgwick

True faith takes Christ and Him only to be it's Lord. Many will come to Christ and have a feast, but few come to Christ to bear His scepter. Some would come under the safety of His blood, but disdain the authority and dominion of His sword; they like Christ the priest, but not Christ the Lord. I will briefly show you two things - unbelievers will not accept Christ to be their Lord only, because their heart has another Lord. He is our Lord to whom we give service, and we His servants who obey Him. Let the commands of profit or pleasure versus Christ come into competition and you shall see that the unbelieving heart will go after it's lord; it will not hearken to Christ, for it prefers sin before Him. The unbelieving heart will easily adventure Christ's displeasure to fulfill it's own lusts. Again, the unbelieving heart cannot choose Christ... [Read More!]


13 July, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Beliefs That Were More Important Than Life, Part 2   Beeke, Spaans

They were then marched off to prison to join the other "Gospellers," who also had been arrested. When Rose Allen was placed at the bar before her judges, she answered their questions not only with spirit but with true wisdom, positively turning their questions into ridicule. They asked her what she had to say about the Sacrifice of the Mass, and the answer she gave was more than emphatic, but in those rugged times it would be understood more than we perhaps do in these more polite days. She said, "I say it stinketh in the face of God! and I dare not have to do therewith for my life." ... [Read More!]


12 July, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Beliefs That Were More Important Than Life, Part 1   Beeke, Spaans

We often speak of the "good old days" but there is little doubt that in many respects they might more truthfully be described as "bad old days," and when we compare our times of religious liberty with the days of persecution which many of our forefathers went through, we should indeed be thankful that our lot is cast in happier times, and show by following in the footsteps of the brave and true, that we love the same truths that were so precious to them. ... [Read More!]


9 July, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Cheap Religion Through an Easy Profession   William Gurnall

Genuine readiness to suffer thins out the number of true Christians from the ranks of professing believers; it eliminates those whose walk goes no further than a cheap profession. A person who looks into the crowded sanctuaries of Christendom today and finds multitudes who flock after the Word might wonder why ministers say that this company of Christians is such a small one, and he might think that they who say such things cannot see the forest through the trees. This situation made one of the disciples question Christ: "Lord, are there few that shall be saved?" ... [Read More!]


8 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

The Commandment That Time Made 'Optional'

Here's one of those surprising things you learn when you study church history. You read the words of Charles Spurgeon talking about "profane Sabbath-breakers", and the Puritans talking about Sabbath-breaking in the same sentence as lying, lusting, and other moral failings. You read many of the greatest theologians and seminary professors essentially saying: "of course we believe in the Sabbath, it is one of the 10 commandments". Now fast forward a hundred years or two, and you find modern Christians, usually with a fraction as much bible knowledge, who are so sure of themselves that the Sabbath is no longer for today. So who's right, the new Christians, or the old ones? ... [Read More!]


3 July, 2007   comments: (0) Postmodernism  

Christianity is Fleeing The West

Here's a sobering thought to ponder as American churches gather to celebrate God's blessing upon our country. Could it be that God's favor is on it's way out of our country? Not just our land, but also that of the West in general. David Wells, who authored the excellent book No Place For Truth makes the case that it is already happening. Rome didn't fall overnight, and it is likewise not necessarily the case that God's light will stop shining here in an abrupt or cataclysmic way. Let's talk about that inside of an even greater framework, relating to how and whether God chooses to give Gospel-favor to some nations over others. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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