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28 September, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Synergism  

Salvation Turned On and Off By Man?

It seems unbelievable, but it's entirely possible now days to run into people who testify: "I've tried God, and He didnt work". Some will even tell you that they've been saved 4 or 5 times already. What's going on here? How are they getting the perception that they've come to Christ, and the experience failed to live up to some expectation of theirs? And what kind of an attitude towards true-Christianity does it leave them with, after having tried an impostor-Christianity that crashed and burned? They think they've had the real thing, and it was no good. What's at the core of this? ... [Read More!]


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

Counting The Costs or Gambling on God?

Here's another modern church that sees no biblical conflict in using carnal or worldly methods to accomplish the goal of getting more people in the doors. This time around, it's a sermon series based on a "gambling theme". The Texas church is handing out poker chips in the community with their church logo on them. A pastor of the church says: "the goal is to capitalize on the Texas Hold 'Em craze and make our services an easy invite for the people in our community". ... [Read More!]


25 September, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Methods  

Determining The Worth Of A Man Of God

The 2006 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff has been published, and from it, I've come to this reprehensible but probably-accurate conclusion: Those few pastors out there who do as John MacArthur suggests - in spending 20 hours per week in personal bible study, and strive to remain faithful to God's message as Ezekiel did, deserve about the same salary as a McDonalds store manager. On the other hand, those "creative-minded" pastors who de-emphasize biblical preaching in favor of entertainment and worldly gimmicks, deserve to be paid like a corporate CEO. ... [Read More!]


24 September, 2005   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

"A Private Hot Line to God?"

Does God talk to you personally? Would you bet your life on it? Claiming to receive personal messages from God on a regular basis places subjective experience on the same level as Scripture, argues Greg Koukl. This is the claim of a prophet, and not even Old Testament prophets did so unless they were willing to die for the claim. ... [Read More!]


23 September, 2005   comments: (0) Back To The Bible  

"The Lord Spoke To Me, Saying . . ."

I can really identify with Steve Camp, in his account of what happened in front of 2,500 people, during one of his concerts:

"A young man stood up in the middle of the auditorium and shouted to me, "Brother Steve, I have a word from the Lord for you." Taken a bit back by his rudeness, but impressed with his courage, I asked him politely, "OK, what Bible verse did you want to share with me?" He said, "Oh no, this is a word directly from God for you personally." ... [Read More!]

21 September, 2005   comments: (0) Purpose Drivenism  

Purpose Driven Methods: Exposed On WVCY Radio

For a couple of years, I've been listening to the excellent "CrossTalk" radio programs relating to the Church Growth Movement on WVCY. These are often hosted by Ingrid Schlueter who runs the blog site. WVCY has made their radio archives available for free, and you can listen to these programs over the Internet; all you need is a computer with speakers attached. This is a list of several of their best programs relating to the "Purpose Driven" movement that is so wide-spread today. ... [Read More!]


19 September, 2005   comments: (0) Church History  

No 'Desperate Housewives' Among The Puritans

I've never seen the top-rated show in America, but I learned all that I needed to know in just a couple of minutes on Google. Watched by 20 million Americans weekly, Desperate Housewives even has secular reviewers using terminology like "trashy" and "demeaning to women". The Parents Television Council says: "episodes have included nudity and sexual situations between [a character] and her teenage gardener, as well as discussions of [anatomy] and sexual function". One plotline involved a woman who works from home as a prostitute without her husband's knowledge. You're probably not shocked that such a show exists, but you might be surprised to find out how many modern churches are using this specific TV show to help "market" their church. Here's a look at why they're doing it, as well as some contrasting thought from Christians in past centuries. ... [Read More!]


18 September, 2005   comments: (0) Sound Doctrine  

Is Church For Christians, Or For Seekers?

Most churches that try to be seeker-sensitive end up being seeker-centered. The church becomes for the seeker rather than Christians. That's what Gregory Koukl says, in his article entitled: What's Wrong with Being Seeker-Centered?
But how does the bible define the church's role, and how should The Great Commission impact the way we do church?
... [Read More!]


16 September, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Family  

Avoiding Dissension in the Home

After almost 400 years, this 'old truth' for Christian marriages is still relevant today. From Richard Baxter: It is a great duty of husbands and wives to live in quietness and peace, and avoid all occasions of wrath and discord. Because this is a duty of so great importance, I shall first open to you the great necessity of it, and then give you more particular directions to perform it. ... [Read More!]


14 September, 2005   comments: (0) Today's Pragmatism  

Acts Church: Built Through Purity Not Pragmatism

The display of wrath within the Acts 5 church caused not two, but three casualties: Ananias, Sapphira, and the legitimacy of today's Seeker-Sensitive movement. In this chapter of the bible, God makes it clear to anyone who has eyes to see, that His priorities are different than the aims of modern pragmatism. In the Acts 5 church, we see the co-existence of two things that many today would think are in opposition with one another:
1) Unbelieving "seekers" were scared away from the church, and
2) God still grew His church. ... [Read More!]


12 September, 2005   comments: (0) Church History  

"Love God? Sometimes I Hate Him!"

Those are surprising words to hear from the leader of the 16th century . They are more understandable however, when you consider that Martin Luther spoke them while he was still an unregenerate Monk living in a German monastery. One has to wonder how much trouble one Augustinian Monk could get into, while living in such a place, but Luther would sometimes spend long periods of time confessing his daily sins, and punishing himself for them. He saw himself as a great sinner, and He had an accurate understanding of The Law of God, as revealed in the bible. As is the case with The Law, for all of us, no matter how hard you try to follow it, there's always one more thing you could have done better. And so it is that nobody is justified (made righteous - so as to enter heaven) by following the Law. Because of this, Luther the Monk saw God as demanding and harsh. Fortunately for Luther, he was on the verge of an of grace, that would change his view of God forever. ... [Read More!]


11 September, 2005   comments: (0) Classic Devotion  

A Pastor's Heart: The Need of Personal Revival

From 17th century pastor Richard Baxter:

I know not what others think, but for my own part I am ashamed of my stupidity, and wonder at myself that I deal not with my own and others souls as one that looks for the great day of the Lord; and that I can have room for almost any other thoughts and words; and that such astonishing matters do not wholly absorb my mind. ... [Read More!]


9 September, 2005   comments: (0) Changed Message  

Ferrari-Pulpit Preacher Says "It's All About YOU"

We've been through this before with another best-seller that wasnt supposed to be about you. But the YOU-centeredness of this new Christian self-help book should be unmistakable.

Why? Well, for starters - the book is called "YOU"!
Need more proof? The mega-church pastor who authored the book, uses these words to describe it on his :
"This book is all about you". It even promises to give you "Three steps to rebuilding your self-esteem". But you know the drill; the book's description contains the familiar double-speak that we've seen before, claiming that it's "not self-centered" after all. ... [Read More!]


8 September, 2005   comments: (0) Changed Message  

A Linchpin Doctrine, Forgotten in Today's Pulpits

Martin Luther said it was key to understanding God's grace. Charles Spurgeon spoke of a prominent writer who testified that he never knew anyone who held a great theological error, who did not also hold a diminished belief in this one specific doctrine. AW Pink had this to say about it: "It is therefore a TESTING doctrine, especially of a preacher's soundness in the faith. A man's orthodoxy on this subject determines his viewpoint of many other doctrines of great importance".

In other words, if you get this one wrong, you risk polluting all of the doctrinal waters that flow downstream from it. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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