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25 April, 2008   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

The False Peace of Truth-Compromised    Listen

There is an attitude pervasively present in evangelical Christianity today that says "We're sick and tired of doctrinal debates and disputes that divide people and create disharmony, dissidence, hard feelings, split churches and all that. Why should we have denominations? Why do we have these differences? Those things aren't important. All that matters is 'Do you love Jesus?'" When that attitude prevails, you can kiss the church of Christ goodbye, because the desire for peace, which is a good desire, a godly desire, and the New Testament and the Old Testament frequently enjoin us to seek peace, to pursue peace, to live at peace, and wherever it's possible - to not be argumentative, contentious, divisive. But when we win peace by negotiating truth, where truth is slain in the streets, what we have is what the Bible calls false peace, a carnal peace, a peace that has no substance. ... [Play/Download MP3]


20 March, 2008   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

The Arrogance of Abandoning Church History    Listen

Here's a short excerpt from a recent interview with church historian Jim Renihan in which James White asks him to respond to one of today's most common attitudes: "I don't really care what happened 300 or 400 years ago in Christianity". Doctor Renihan heads up the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary, and his response to the question is so important in light of today's postmodern climate of buffet style doctrine-choosing. His response was that we must not think of ourselves and our generation as though we are the kingdom of God. Christ has been active with his people under the new covenant for 2,000 years, and it's very important to be aware of the Holy Spirit's activity in the church during that time and recognize that we are just one small part of that. ... [Play/Download MP3]


25 February, 2008   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Judging Fruit By Biblical Standards    Listen

Remember the church we posted about last year who believed they were doing great things for the Kingdom of God by revamping their men's room to appeal to macho man seekers? They recently did a year in review presentation, in which they spoke of all of the great things God did at their church in 2007. It's another example of the mistaken impression that so many of today's trendy churches have about what is valuable in a church. This church's list of accomplishments provides a springboard for us to discuss what exactly is 'fruit' according to the bible. If you belong to a church that you are not quite sure about, you'll want to tune-in for this important set of scriptural guidelines. ... [Play/Download MP3]


30 January, 2008   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

The History of Praise Songs: Simple from Semple    Listen

In 1927 the three most popular American celebrities were Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and a TBN-type personality that most people today have never heard of; the female evangelist and ex-Broadway theater worker Aimee Semple McPherson. I remember seeing a PBS special about her life, which easily fit into the "you can't make this stuff up" category. You only need to learn a little about her to realize the influence she had (and still has) on American evangelicalism. This is especially the case in the church musical genre which we loosely refer to as contemporary "praise music". In this short audio excerpt, RC Sproul takes us down memory lane to examine the roots of what is often called the "7/11 song", which is now used in 70 percent of American churches. You may be surprised to find that he doesn't make an outright rejection of simple music, but has some profound observations. ... [Play/Download MP3]


6 November, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Audio Archive: How God Converts The Human Soul    Listen

More error in the church today centers around this one question than anything else I can think of:
"How does God convert the human soul?". It's not a heady theological question that strays beyond the boundaries of God's hidden knowledge, rather it's something that the bible tells us a lot about, and our thinking on this topic has tremendous impact on our evangelism. Think about it; if salvation is entirely a matter of our evangelistic efforts, then we are not that far off from being something like used car salesmen. On the other hand, if salvation is something that God does, then the parable of the sower has more to tell us about the God-prepared soils than the skill of the seed-planters. In this post we'll take a look at a free set of audio downloads that will bring this matter into better focus. ... [Play/Download MP3]


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]


3 June, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Addressing Our Culture w/Reformed Christianity    Listen

In this audio clip RC Sproul says: At the heart of Reformed Theology, at the heart of Luther and Calvin's struggle, and in Knox and Jonathan Edwards, were men who were awakened to the greatness, to the majesty, to the holiness, and the sovereignty of God. By contemplating the holiness and sovereignty of God, they were driven to develop their doctrines of the grace of God. Because until you meet a God who is holy and is sovereign, you don't know what grace means. I don't think we are ever going to see a healthy evangelical church until the evangelical church is solidly Reformed, where it takes biblical Christianity seriously with a right concept of a sovereign God. ... [Play/Download MP3]


28 May, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Don't Make The Church Mars Hill, Go There Instead    Listen

Not only did the Apostle Paul preach the Gospel in Jewish synagogues, but he also showed his flexibility to preach amongst the gentiles up on Mars Hill. Wherever he found an appropriate forum for public debate he went out and made his case for the Gospel. And so, the bible tells us how he was willing to become many things for the sake of the Gospel. Unfortunately today, a category error is being made in the interpretation of this flagship verse of the Seeker movement. What is being done today under the banner of relevance, is to bring Mars Hill into the church. ... [Play/Download MP3]


7 May, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Old Truths versus The Quest For 'Something New'    Listen

A Purpose Driven protestor recently left this comment here: "from the very title of your blog - 'Old Truth' - I must say it appears that you must not understand truth very well. There is no 'old' truth or 'new' truth, only THE truth. So your blog header speaks volumes to me about your (lack of) understanding of God, and in light of that, your evangelism methods". Another pastor was once so incensed by "Old Truth" that he started his own response blog to refute my beliefs; he called his blog "Original Truth". But almost as a prescription to cure those misunderstandings, here's a short audio clip from the sermon that I heard in person yesterday; it's on the need to be anchored to and reminded of the old truths. ... [Play/Download MP3]


27 April, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Lost and Found: The Fear of The Lord    Listen

When was the last time you heard a sermon on the fear of God at your church? If yours is like most contemporary churches - that entire concept has been lost. Either that or it's been redefined into something more user friendly. But those who want to know God will resist the buffet style selection of His attributes, and will instead allow the bible to define Him the way He really is. For many today, that means the fear of the Lord will need to be found. ... [Play/Download MP3]


13 March, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Goofy Eschatology That Sproul Wants Left Behind    Listen

The unfolding of end times events is the most difficult area of biblical interpretation. How do you know what's symbolic and what's figurative? Are the rapture and the 2nd coming one event or two? In this Q&A audio clip, RC Sproul lists the various views of eschatology, and concludes that out of all of them, there is only one of them that he would say is impossible because it's . . . well - it's downright goofy (his word not mine). Sproul's remarks are an interesting contrast to what we've been hearing from the Shepherd's Conference this past week. ... [Play/Download MP3]


26 February, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Escape That Local Church with Poor Teaching    Listen

The only way to leave a church faster than some American evangelicals, would be to attend one that is equipped with an "ejection pew"; as soon as the pastor offends you, just reach under the seat and pull the lever for a fast escape. But the truth is, there are churches that you should leave, churches that you must leave; you are obligated to leave them. In this post we'll touch on the subject of "how to know - when to go". ... [Play/Download MP3]


26 January, 2007   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Help! My Church Has Gone Postmodern    Listen

Here's a 10 minute audio clip from STR's radio show, in which a caller expresses his concern about his church's doctrinal statement which says: "Acceptance or rejection of any doctrine should be strictly up to the individual. Since genuine and ultimate conviction of bible truths is the work of the Holy Spirit, no individual should be criticized or looked upon with suspicion because he does not see some doctrine or prophecy as others do. Oneness in Christ should be the aim of all". Could it be that this self-refuting belief statement is a train wreck waiting to happen? Listen-in and find out. ... [Play/Download MP3]


22 December, 2006   comments: (0) Audio Clips  

Not Our Buddy: A Call To Revere God's Holiness    Listen

God is not our buddy. In fact, He levels this charge against sinful man: "These things you have done, and I kept silent. You thought I was altogether like you, but I will rebuke you and accuse you to your face. Consider this you who forget God, or I will tear you to pieces with none to rescue" (Psalm 50). When pastors, preachers, or bible teachers attempt to "make God more relate-able" and bring Him down to a more accessible level that people can appreciate, by representing Him as having human attributes, ideas, techniques, or behaviors, they are actually representing God in a way that is exactly opposite of who and what He is. God is Holy, apart and separate from human folly and thinking. ... [Play/Download MP3]


 

 

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