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--Martin Luther

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31 May, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

Absence of Consensus Does Not Mean Stalemate

I recently had an interesting conversation with another believer,
who contended that it is admirable to admit the fallibility of our beliefs. He advocated being open to correction in our beliefs, because after all - we could be wrong. In a word, he said, this is being "humble". When asked whether he was certain about things like the Incarnation and Resurrection, he indicated that we SHOULD have certainty about those because they are "essential doctrines". He then went on to define "essential" by saying: "For me, an essential doctrine or teaching is one for which there is no biblical or theological argument to the contrary."... [Read More!]


27 May, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

"We Do It Because it Works" (Tips From 770AD)

"It works!" That's the eureka reaction towards today's seeker centered evangelism. And how can you argue with the numeric results? Churches are growing and, at least some, people are actually getting saved. So isn't that all the proof that we need to be in favor of these methods? To help us answer that question, let's look at another proven church growth strategy from history; it had numbers, it had true converts. But I'll warn you right now, you're not going to like these methods. After reading this however, you will have to admit that it DID work; it's hard to debate the salvations and church growth that it once generated. ... [Read More!]


15 May, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

Do You Pass The Age-Old 'Test of Fellowship'?   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

I have often said that I know of nothing more instructive, next to the Bible, than church history. I know nothing more encouraging, nothing more exhilarating. Do you think the story of the church began in Acts in infancy and gradually went on developing, continuing up and up and up? That is not it at all. The story of the church is a story of ups and downs. The church, because men and women forget the original pattern, becomes a mere institution; she becomes dead. She may grow wealthy, she may gain great political power--the popes were tremendously powerful in the Middle Ages--but that has nothing to do with the church. And how is it that there is a Christian church at all today? It is because God in His mercy has looked down and has revived the church and has made her come back to the first pattern. This is true reformation. Do you want to know what the church is? Well, look at the people in Acts 2. They met together every day to listen to the apostles' doctrine, to have fellowship with the apostles, to break bread with them, to pray with them. ... [Read More!]


9 April, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

The Church is Prone To Pendulum Swings

A.W. Pink pointed out that changing conditions in Christianity call for an ever-varying emphasis on different aspects of Divine Truth. At different periods in church history, the true servants of God have had to face widely different situations, and meet errors of varied character. This has called for a campaign of offense and defense adapted to the crisis of many situations. The weapons suited to one conflict were quite useless for another; fresh ones needing to be constantly drawn from the armory of Scripture. ... [Read More!]


7 March, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

How Did The Puritans Persuade Souls?

Ours is a time of great emphasis on evangelism when world congresses are convened to talk about evangelization. And so we ask whether or not the Puritans were evangelistic in their preaching? If they were, how did they go about the work of persuading souls to believe in Jesus Christ? Did they have conversions? Did they address unbelievers in a personal face to face way? What did they say? ... [Read More!]


4 March, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

Altar Calls In The First 1800 Years Of The Church

One may read thousands of pages of the history of the Christian Church without finding a single reference to the 'old-fashioned altar call' before the 19th century. Most Christians are surprised to learn that history before the time of Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) knows nothing of this type of 'invitation'.

The practice of urging men and women to make a physical movement at the conclusion of a meeting was introduced by Mr. Finney in the second decade of the nineteenth century. Dr. Albert B. Dod, a professor of theology at Princeton Seminary at the time of Mr. Finney's ministry, pointed out the newness of the practice and showed that this method was without historical precedent. ... [Read More!]


3 March, 2008   comments: (0) Church History  

A Missionary Who Sailed Past 'Seeker Sensitive'

In my last post I mentioned reading about Henry Martyn in the book . Before the mission field he was an understudy to Charles Simeon who was himself an incredible testimony of God-given endurance. Martyn though, was called by God to be a missionary to British-controlled India, and although being from England, it was no easy thing to just go there and evangelize. To get around the British laws prohibiting missionary work, he took on the title of Chaplain, being assigned to the English military in India. In the following section of the book, Martyn's fleet had just set sail for India leaving behind for a lifetime the English woman who, had it not been for the call of God to India, Martyn might have otherwise pursued to be his wife. What struck me about this excerpt was the environment that he (as Chaplain) was asked to minister in, for the duration of the journey across the sea. When you read this, imagine how much 'easier' it would have been for this great missionary to adjust his methods and message to be more 'relevant' and "seeker sensitive". Instead, he stayed true to the message that he knew God wanted him to deliver, and never lost sight of the Holy Spirit's role in regeneration. He didn't put stock in human efforts aimed at adapting his own behavior and language to better "fit-in" with the men in the fleet. As you will see, it was not how much like the world he was that gave him a platform to preach to the world, instead, it was something quite the opposite. ... [Read More!]


4 January, 2008   Church History  

  

While today's growth-driven churches do their best to shorten sermons and spice them up with drama, videos, and comedy, numerous Emergent churches are equally afraid to just preach the Word (as Paul urged Timothy). Rather than have an "authority figure" stand up and give a "lecture", these Emergents will circle the pews (couches actually) around the "leader" and join-in with him, stating their own opinions of what they think about the bible. The concept goes like this: No one person has anything more important to say than any other person in the room, everyone has equal value, so everybody should get to express themselves. What a change from days of the great revivals when lands were set ablaze by the spirit-lead preaching of the Word. In the 19th century, R.L. Dabney wrote -
"All the leading Reformers, whether in Germany, Switzerland, England or Scotland were constant preachers, and their sermons were prevalently expository"; the purpose was to explain the meaning of Scripture. So he says, "We can assume with safety that the instrumentality to which the spiritual power of the great revolution of the Reformation - was mainly due to the restoration of scriptural preaching". Take the next 6 minutes to listen to an audio presentation on how the Reformers preached. ... [Read More!]


22 November, 2007   Church History  

   Link

For most Americans, the Thanksgiving holiday will be spent doing something other than pondering history. Even I will be watching the Packers beat play the Lions in an artificial war waged by men far more durable than I. Later in the day however, I will spend time talking with my family about the courageous group of Pilgrims that landed in a region which has largely forgotten God in our day. They were Puritans you say? Well yes and no. They had the same beliefs and origins, and because of that we sometimes inaccurately called them Puritans. But they were actually another group of people categorized as Separatists; the ones who came here we also call The Pilgrims. The Puritans soon after lived in the colony right next door. One thing is for sure, the Boston and Plymouth colonies were both filled with durable people, and they had so very much in common. But one group being Puritans and the other being Separatists, they also had their differences. This page on aPuritansMind.com has an excellent morsel of church history for you to feast on. It's a five minute overview of the differences and similarities between the Puritans and Pilgrims, taking you all the way back to their Reformation roots. Enjoy the read, and enjoy the day, being thankful for what the Lord has accomplished through them, to the glory of the almighty God. ... [Read Link]


15 November, 2007   Church History  

   Link

A few weeks ago I linked to the blog of my friend Nathan White for some interesting 18th century perspectives on sin. You nowadays to see that even sin has been increasingly redefined as a "legalistic" imagination. That's just one example of why we should be willing to hear the opinions from past generations of Christians. Nathan has just finished reading 1200 pages on the life of George Whitefield who preached to a surprisingly high percentage of the people who lived in the early American colonies. There's a lot to be learned from his old school evangelism, and in this post, Nathan will share with you some more facts about the man and his ministry. Afterwards, you'll have a better idea of what Whitefield might have thought about things like Altar Calls, prayer and fasting for souls, the role of doctrine in evangelism, and salvation being fully the work of God. After you read Nathan's post, be sure to stop back here and click on to the second part in his series on George Whitefield. Also take note of Nathan's excellent book recommendations in this post. ... [Read Link]


21 October, 2007   comments: (0) Church History  

Did Lost Sabbath Pave Way For Seeker Sensitive?

We've had some fruitful debate here on Old Truth this week regarding the Christian sabbath and whether it's still in effect today according to the scriptures. Generally speaking, contemporary Christians say no, and previous centuries of American Christians say yes. In this post, I have an opinion question that I'd like your input on. I've been thinking for a while now, about what influence all of this has had on the Seeker Sensitive movement. Specifically my question is, could the modern Church Growth Movement have gained a foothold in American churches had our country not lost the concept of a sabbath? I have some specific reasons for making a connection between the two concepts, so allow me to explain - and then feel free to speak your onions. ... [Read More!]


3 October, 2007   Church History  

   Link

My blogging partner from StrangeBaptistFire.com has taken on a tough topic in one of the recent posts on his own blog. Specifically, why is it that when we read church history, we find out that some things used to be a sin, and now they no longer seem to be? Also, I might add, why is it that some important doctrines are no longer considered important today? We know that God is immutable and so it's not like He "loosened up" on sin recently. And then there's the theory that those old school Christians were just really naive and overly-literal, whereas we are a lot better at bible study today. I KNOW that's not the case; all you need to do is try to comprehend a random page from John Owen's 17th century classic The Death of Death to understand that guys like that had more biblical horsepower than anyone alive today that I can think of. So how do we explain these differences in what we perceive as sin today, versus what THEY perceived as sin? My friend Nathan White has some thoughts on this. ... [Read Link]


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]


6 June, 2007   comments: (0) Church History  

The Blood of Martyrs Was The Seed of The Church   Jeremiah Burroughs

The power of God is glorious, not only in preserving His church, in raising the spirits of His servants in their greatest affliction, but in increasing His church by them. If it is a wonder to be upheld in them, it is much more a wonder to be increased by them. "The more we are cut down, the more we persist", says Tertullian. The church never grew so fast as when it was under the most affliction. Sulpitius says of the Christians in primative times, that they were greedy of martyrdom, as in his time men were greedy of bishopric. The blood of martyrs was the seed of the church. Pliny reports of the lily, that it is increased by it's own juice that drops from it, and so is the church, which is the lily that grows among the thorns; the very blood that drops from it, multiplies it; the sufferings of one beget many to the love of the truth. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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