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26 August, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Pragmatism Missing in Ezekiel

The first three chapters of the book of Ezekiel make a very convincing case for the impossibility of pleasing God with seeker-centered preaching.

In a nut shell, Ezekiel is told by God to speak the exact words that God gives him to speak, to a rebellious people. No sooner does God tell Ezekiel this, than He informs him of this one critical bit of foresight: "It wont work"!
... [Read More!]

24 August, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Seeker-Sensitive Scuba Sacrament

Tom Ascol of Founders Ministries, reports on a new DVD called "Baptism Central", designed to help children overcome any hesitations about being baptized. Along the way, the DVD ends up making a circus out of this important ordinance of Christ.

According to Tom, the DVD, which features a man dressed in a scuba outfit standing in a baptismal tub, was perhaps an inevitable extension of the wave started 5 or 6 years ago by ... [Read More!]

23 August, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

The School Of Prosperity, Costs You Only $20

It almost seems too far out of the Christian mainstream to comment on.
That is, until you consider the fact that it's coming from (what Forbes 2003 called) the second-largest mega-church in America.

For $20, you can take an online course from the "School of Prosperity" based on Creflo Dollar's "ground-breaking revelation on prosperity". The course promises to teach you:

  • Why God wants you rich
  • How to use biblical principles to make natural principles work on your behalf
  • The keys to debt reduction
  • How to increase for kingdom advancement
... [Read More!]

22 August, 2005   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

A Puritan Compass That Leads To Doctrinal Truth

Sometimes it's just easy to loose sight of the forest through the trees, and so it is with the teachings of the bible as well.

From the quill of the 17th century Puritan John Flavel, comes this excellent one-paragraph summary of the bible. It's "old truth" that we can use as a compass, in evaluating modern methods and movements:

"Whatever religion or doctrine condones or makes allowances for sin is not of Christ. The Doctrine of Christ everywhere teaches self-denial and mortification of worldliness and sin. The whole stream of the gospel runs against those things. Scripture emphasizes the 'holy' and the 'heavenly' (not the sinful and the worldly). The true gospel has not even the slightest tendency to extol corrupt nature, or feed it's pride by magnifying it's freedom and power. And it rejects everything that undermines or obscures the merit of Christ, or tries to give any credit to man, in any way. ... [Read More!]

20 August, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Presumptuous Synergism: Save A Soul For $48

It's that modern synergistic mindset again, but maybe a little more bold.

Here's a ministry that's so confident in their crusades and evangelism campaigns that they are convinced of their ability to predict how many souls will be saved through their efforts. What's more, they've also done the math to determine how many donation-dollars will be required for each soul saved.

On their website, the leader of the ministry states: "I was [visiting a church] and made the statement that for every $48.00 given to [our ministry] someone will get saved. A couple after the service said to me, 'Why don't you start a Soul-A-Month club. We would like to send you $48.00 a month.' Ministry born!"
... [Read More!]

17 August, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Family  

Christian Homelife Exemplified, 300 Years Ago

One of the most inspiring stories of Christianity being lived-out in the home, is told by . In her presentation entitled "Sarah Edwards: Jonathan's Home and Haven", we are introduced to the homelife of one of America's most noteworthy pastors and theologians.

During the era of the 18th century , George Whitefield had the opportunity to stay in the Edwards home. Afterwards, Whitefield wrote: "Felt wonderful satisfaction in being at the house of Mr. Edwards. He is a Son himself, and hath also a Daughter of Abraham for his wife. A sweeter couple I have not yet seen. Their children were ... [Read More!]

17 August, 2005   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Superficial Seminaries Producing Pragmatic Pastors

A recipient of the Purpose Driven "" says the award confirms that his church (which he calls "historically Christian in doctrine but culturally relevant") is on the right path.

What caught my eye about this article though, was not so much the pastor's dual-claim on both "historical doctrine" and modern pragmatic philosophy, but rather, where he was first introduced to Rick Warren's purposes. As a student of Dallas Theological Seminary, he said that the book was "required reading". ... [Read More!]

15 August, 2005   comments: (0) Unity At What Cost?  

Meaningless Modern "Belief Statements"

I recently caught the last few minutes of a video sermon from Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral mega-church. On this particular day, Schuller's son was giving the sermon, and it was emphasizing "the need to be saved". This went on for several minutes without mentioning what we are to be saved from. When he finally got around to mentioning it, the emphasis was on our need to be saved from "a lack of self esteem"!

Robert Schuller is notorious for his self esteem false-gospel, but what I found to be quite surprising is how "normal" his church looks on paper... [Read More!]

10 August, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

How to Spend the Day With God, Puritan Style

Convicting. That's the word that comes to mind after reading these excerpts from 17th century puritan Richard Baxter. Does anyone still live like this anymore? From Baxter:

A holy life is inclined to be made easier when we know the usual sequence and method of our duties - with everything falling into its proper place. Therefore, I shall give some brief directions for spending the day in a holy manner. ... [Read More!]

9 August, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Attracting Modern Youth With Spiritual Junk Food

It was Easter week several years ago, in the Seeker Sensitive church that I used to attend. I decided to stop in at the mid-week youth outreach event that our church was offering. Our youth pastor called it "Ugly Easter", and if we were to determine the success of an evangelism method by a head-count, then this popular event seemed to be fruitful.

Although I was accustomed to what I thought were "progressive" evangelism techniques at the time, nothing prepared me for what I experienced at Ugly Easter. ... [Read More!]

7 August, 2005   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

A Shocking Example Of "Context" Ignored

I wont soon forget the time I was driving home from the store, listening to the local Christian radio station. A pastor was speaking about the importance of using proper rules for interpreting the bible.

He gave a shocking example of what can happen if we're not careful to practice one of the most important rules of biblical interpretation,... [Read More!]

4 August, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Family  

Spurgeon On Prayer And The Family:

Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.

Burn here the fat of your sacrifices. Let your closet seasons be, if possible, regular, frequent, and undisturbed. Effectual prayer availeth much.
... [Read More!]

3 August, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Positive and Prosperous, It's The New Lakewood

Nearly two hundred years ago, declared: "For we know that the unrenewed will is set against the Gospel; it is enmity to God and His truth. ~ It is the Gospel that the unbeliever hates; and the more clearly it is set before him, the more he hates it."

Perhaps no other church in America provides so great a contrast to Bonar's "old truth" Christianity, as America's largest. In the last few weeks, Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church moved into it's new home, a renovated basketball stadium in Houston. ... [Read More!]

2 August, 2005   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

Does God Have a Wonderful Plan For Them?

We hear it all of the time in America. Modern evangelism's universal mantra: "God has a wonderful plan for your life". It's often part of an appeal to unbelievers to surrender their life to Christ, in order to enjoy the earthly benefits of being a Christian.

But is it best to use the fruits of salvation as a draw card for salvation? Certainly this would not be effective in other places in the world such as the Sudan, where coming to Christ will result in almost certain persecution. Does Christianity really offer a better earthly life to such people as these?... [Read More!]



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