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27 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Should Our Goal Be To Make Conversion Easy?   AW Pink

The feverish urge of modern evangelism is not how to promote the glory of the triune Jehovah, but how to multiply conversions. The whole current of evangelical activity during the past fifty years has taken that direction. Losing sight of God's end, the churches have devised means of their own. Bent on attaining a certain desired object, the energy of the flesh has been given free rein; and supposing that the object was right, evangelists have concluded that nothing could be wrong which contributed unto the securing of that end; and since their efforts appear to be eminently successful, only too many churches silently acquiesced, telling themselves "the end justified the means". ... [Read More!]


24 August, 2007   comments: (0) Wonderful Plan?  

'Your Best Life Now'? Not On This Day In History


It challenges the modern notion of "God has a wonderful plan for your life",
at least - so far as the supposed necessity of earthly fulfillment is concerned. Today we recall one of the bloodiest events in church history, yielding the death of as many as 100,000 Christians at the hands of those who sought the extermination of Christianity. It's an event that ecumenical emergents and ECT advocates would prefer to put aside. Still we remember. ... [Read More!]


17 August, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Getting 'Right' With God at The Altar

I remember being so impressed as a young convert over 20 years ago, watching Jimmy Swaggart on TV talk about the design of his megachurch, and how it was optimized for maximum numbers of people around the altar. His services on TV would often end with a call for believers to come forward and "take care of business" and get right with God. In the church that I used to attend, before it went seeker sensitive, there were always a whole bunch of tissue boxes lined up at the altar in anticipation of sobbing people. I've heard of extreme accounts of people wanting salvation on a given Thursday, and being encouraged by church leaders to wait for the Sunday altar call to make it happen; that's practically a form of "salvation via the church". These are some troubling examples of the inroads that the modern "altar" has made in post-Finney American evangelicalism, and here to get the discussion started on this topic is Chad VanRens: ... [Read More!]


16 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

'Man Saves Man' and Decisions Are The Plan

Where did we ever get the idea that people can save other people, and even save themselves? Sure, nobody comes right out and says that, but you can tell that they think it. It's amazing how this one theological error upstream ends up causing an entire evangelism epidemic downstream. No, theology is not useless "head knowledge", it impacts our actions. And in this case, bad theology has produced an entire errant evangelistic system. ... [Read More!]


15 August, 2007   Changed Message  

  

I don't often link to comments within other Old Truth posts,
but the sermon analysis that ended up occurring in the discussion section of yesterday's post provides another good example of the fact that yes - the message has changed. The 28 minute sermon (which you can download) was given by a church to both adults and children as a follow-up to their BMX stunt bike event for the community. Therefore the pastor tries to use that theme, with crash terminology like 'slam' and 'wipe-out'. What's changed about the message content versus the old Gospel, is the missing biblical emphasis on what exactly God is saving you from. Yes sin and even repentance is mentioned, but then there are troubling things like this excerpt that repeat throughout the sermon: "Jesus slammed Himself against a tree so that he could wipe out our wipe-out's. So that he could get rid of all of those things in our life that bog us down. . . . the addictions and the struggles, and frustrations, and divorce, and the list of things in your mind that go on and on; and He did that for us". That however, is NOT the Gospel; Jesus didn't die to keep us from being "bogged down" by bad habits and problems. Scroll down to comment #20 on this page and read more... [Read More!]


15 August, 2007   Sound Doctrine  

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I had literally spent 2 hours writing a multi-post response to Steven Furtick's "deeds not creeds" blog posting and his sermon on the same topic. As it turns out however, Chris over at Extreme Theology was working on the same thing, and what he came up with is so much better. So this post will link you over to his. Chris highlights one of the most destructive teachings that I've encountered in the megachurches. To further drive home the point, Friday I will be running a repost of an article that I ran a while ago from Horatius Bonar. From his 19th century perspective, Bonar provides the remedy to this errant teaching of deeds without creeds, aka: "close your bible and get busy for Jesus". We've heard similar sentiments from Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, and just a couple of days ago in point #3 of Perry's post in which he equates "going deep" (study of biblical theology) with "giving the world the finger".
Little men with big churches folks. ... [Read Link]


14 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Bad Ways To Determine Good Worship - Part 3   Hart & Muether

Yet another example of impoverished discernment in worship is to let a profession of Christian faith become a basis for legitimacy. Just because someone claims to be a Christian does not justify what he or she does in worship. Many today give the benefit of the doubt in worship to people who seem devout, as if Christian charity demands turning a blind eye to unwise or even sinful practices in such other areas as honoring parents or living a chaste life. To be sure, many who advocate the new kind of worship appear to be bible-believing Christians. They appear to be devoted to Christ and are motivated by evangelistic concerns. However . . . ... [Read More!]


13 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Bad Ways To Determine Good Worship - Part 2   Hart & Muether

Another improper way to evaluate worship is by looking for sincerity or good motives. This is a sentimental standard that fails to recognize that people can be very sincerely committed to error. American slavery and Soviet communism each had its fervent disciples, but in neither case did devotion justify the cause. Consider, too, the recent growth of Islam and Mormonism. Their believers are sincere and have moving "experiences" in their worship. This does not make their beliefs true or their practices right. So experience is no guide to true worship. ... [Read More!]


10 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Worship  

Bad Ways To Determine Good Worship - Part 1   Hart & Muether

Let us first review how not to evaluate worship. One common mistake is to play the numbers game. This method says that the larger the church, the better its worship - or, at the very least, there must be something good going on in the worship of big churches. It is surprising how often Christians succumb to this logic. Followers of Jesus Christ should know better than to equate popularity with truth. As W. Robert Godfrey has pointed out, Jesus was the greatest church-plant failure in history, by the standard that the church-growth movement generally employs. In John, a great multitude gathered to meet Jesus by the sea of Galilee, but he did not mistake the crowd for the true disciples. He questioned their motives. ... [Read More!]


8 August, 2007   Today's Pragmatism  

  

It's one of the criticisms of the modern Church Growth Movement; negative subjects are to be avoided or minimized, and that especially includes the "H-Word". Occasionally however, we run across one such church that's willing to talk about this most somber of topics. But when they do, there's often a whole other set of errors that accompany their presentation. Take for example last Sunday's service at NewSpring. Although they dedicated a whole service to the topic, they actually found a way to teach eternal endless punishment in an entertaining way. They used the Hells Bells rock song, pyrotechnics, humor, and the pastor spoke from a coffin. An appeal to come to Jesus was given but repentance was never discussed. Decisional Regeneration was employed in an effort to get people to decide upon salvation. The pastor praised those who made that decision, and that night on his blog he reported the convert-count. Take a closer look at the 'cool' way that a hot place was presented. ... [Read More!]


7 August, 2007   comments: (0) Changed Message  

Today's Practical Christianity versus Yesterday's

A purpose-pastor recently blogged about his plan to assist the bible by packaging Romans 8 in a catchy sermon series called "iGod", which he says will make it "connect to life and create an opportunity to get someone's attention who we want to invite". He believes that he is just changing the wrapper that the age-old message comes in, but is NOT changing the message itself. Is that true? The pastor has given us a handy tool for examining that claim; it's a list of his sermons. Reflecting on his own sermons, he feels that he's done a good job providing a "balanced meal, hitting all the arenas of life as learned from the Bible: personal, family, small group, church, vocation, society, world". Let's compare his sermons to those of a time gone by, and see whether the same kind of food is still being served. ... [Read More!]


6 August, 2007   Church History  

  JC Ryle

That a great change for the better came over England during the 18th century is a fact that I suppose no well-informed person would ever attempt to deny. You might as well attempt to deny that there was a Protestant Reformation in the days of Luther, a Long Parliament in the time of Cromwell, or a French Republic at the end of the 18th century. There was a vast change for the better. Both in religion and in morality, the country gradually went through a complete revolution. This is a great fact that even the irreligious cannot deny, however they may attempt to explain it. But, by what means was this great change effected? To whom are we indebted for the immense improvement in religion and morality that undoubtedly came over the land? Who, in a word, were the instruments whom God employed in bringing about the great English reformation of the 18th century? ... [Read Link]


5 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Are We Feeding Sheep or Amusing Goats?

An evil is in the professed camp of the Lord, so gross in its impudence, that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it during the past few years. It has developed at an abnormal rate, even for evil. It has worked like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. ... [Read More!]


1 August, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Paying Homage To The Great god Entertainment   John MacArthur

There seems almost no limit to what modern church leaders will do to entice people who aren't interested in worship and preaching. Too many have bought the notion that the church must win people by offering an alternative form of entertainment. Just how far will the church go in competing with Hollywood? ... [Read More!]


 

 

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