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Today's Predestination Paranoia is Unwarranted

Manipulated 'Decisions' Lead To Gospel-Hardening

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"How many souls have been led to vain confidence by a man-made,
evangelistic formula? How many are sent home from
evangelistic services with calm, who should have gone away grieved
and disturbed as the rich young ruler who approached Jesus?
How many unsaved children have been given assurance
by the teachers of Bible classes, so that they have
ceased to seek God for salvation?" --Walter Chantry

Blog: OldTruth.com :Today's Predestination Paranoia is Unwarranted

1 April, 2008   Today's Evangelism  

  Paul Washer

"I was preaching somewhere in a town of 5,000 people and this guy [who was a street preacher] . . . had earrings and everything and hair all moussed and all this stuff because man, he was working the street. . . . He's the dude, he's the man you know, Serpico for Jesus type thing . . . and he's like you don't understand, you're in context, you know, you're preaching . . . [And I said] look, I worked inner city Dallas, I lived with male prostitutes, alright? And I'll tell you how I dressed: I wore a pair of blue jeans, tennis shoes, a shirt, and my hair was combed. 'Cause I want to be honest with you, those guys down there selling their bodies and the other guy's selling drugs, and the girls dying of AIDS, they could care less whether I looked like them or not. What they wanted was someone who loved them. So that whole idea of you gotta look like them to relevant -- no, you gotta love them to be relevant."
Also, don't miss the USA denomination map
on the same (Reformation Nation) blog.

31 March, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

The Quick Converts of Our Day Often Fall-Away   AW Pink

There is such a "falling away" in the number of genuine conversions -- we say "genuine" conversions because there are multitudes of those who come forward to shake some popular preacher by the hand, multitudes of card-signers, [hand-raisers] etc., etc. Hence it is that there has been such a sad and such a wide-spread "falling away" from the old time family worship. Hence it is that we now witness such a lamentable "falling away" from the mid-week prayer-meeting. Hence it is that there is such an awful "falling away" from the observance of the Holy Sabbath. Hence it is that there is such a fearful "falling away" from the moral standards of former days. Hence it is that there is now such an ever-growing "falling away" from Sunday School attendance all over the land. Yes, the "falling away" has commenced and is already far advanced. ... [Read More!]

18 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Evangelism By The Book: Avoid Deadly Shortcuts

During a great war, there was a man who invented a parachute that was one hundred percent trustworthy. It made no difference whether the user was large or small; it opened every time and got him safely to the ground. The key was in the way it was folded. Every part of the parachute had to be carefully and painstakingly placed in certain positions, following the instructions given by the manufacturer. True, it was somewhat arduous, but it was well worth the effort. It had the effect of ensuring that the life of every precious human being who trusted the parachute would be preserved. Many years after the war began, a group of young men known as "fast-folders" entered the packing room. These men so influenced the workers with their new fast and easy method of folding that soon they all completely ignored the instruction book given by the manufacturer. Production increased greatly and everyone
rejoiced in the obvious and quantifiable results. ... [Read More!]

15 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

One Day During 'The Great Awakening' . . .   George Whitefield

Journal entry from Sunday, March 4, 1739 - - Arose much refreshed in spirit and gave my early attendants a warm exhortation as usual. Went to Newgate and preached with power to an exceedingly thronged congregation. Then hastened to Hanham Mount, three miles from the city, where the miners live altogether. God favoured us in the weather. Over four thousand were ready to hear me, and God enabled me to preach with the demonstration of the Spirit. The ground not being high enough, I stood upon a table and the sight of the people covering the green fields, and their deep attention, pleased me much. I hope that same Lord, who fed so many thousands with bodily bread, will feed all their souls with the Bread which cometh down from Heaven, for many came from far. At four in the afternoon, I went to the mount on Rose Green and preached to over fourteen thousand souls. God was so good to allow all to be able to hear me. ... [Read More!]

5 February, 2008   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Biblically Correct Evangelism Starts With . . .   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

All you do in evangelism, some say, is to call people to
'come to Christ', and you offer forgiveness. You call upon them to 'decide for Christ'. They generally go on to say that if you afterwards go to the other meetings you will learn a deeper doctrine, a profound truth; but in an evangelistic meeting there is only a simple message - it is "Come to Jesus; come to Christ, decide for Him. If you want forgiveness, here it is". Now as I understand [Romans 6:17], such teaching is not only dangerous, but utterly un-scriptural. That is why this matter is of such tremendous importance. That is not the message the Roman Christians had believed, otherwise Paul could not have drawn these great deductions from it. What then is it? 'The form of doctrine delivered them' was the full doctrine that Paul had been elaborating on throughout this Epistle to the Romans - nothing less. The message of evangelism is a message that starts with . . . ... [Read More!]

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!]

22 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Wrong Evangelism Fails To Start With Doctrine   Martyn Lloyd-Jones

The trouble with all false evangelism is that it does not start with doctrine, it does not start by realizing man's condition. All fleshly, carnal, man-made evangelism is the result of inadequate understanding of what the apostle teaches us in the first ten verses of this second chapter of Ephesians. If you and I but realized that every man who is yet a sinner is absolutely dominated by 'the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience', if we only understood that he is really a child of wrath and dead in trespasses and sins, we would realize that only one power can deal with such an individual, and that is the power of God, the power of the Holy Ghost. And so we would put our confidence, not in man-made organizations, but in the power of God, in the prayer that holds on to God and asks for revival and a descent of the Spirit. We would realize that nothing else can do it. ... [Read More!]

2 July, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Real Revivals, Accompanied By Conviction of Sin   Joel Beeke

If we consider those periods from the apostolic age onwards when the Gospel was advanced with the greatest success in the world and conversions have been multiplied, then ask what element was evident at those times that is lacking today, the absence of conviction of sin must be noted first of all. Martyn Lloyd-Jones rightly pointed out that the greatest problem of the present day church is that she is far too "healthy". The church shows little consciousness of spiritual need or distress. ... [Read More!]

22 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

God's Holiness is Key to Understanding Man's Self   William Gurnall

The holiest man in the world, once he sees God's infinite holiness, knows himself as he really is and is humbled. Isaiah's vision revealed God sitting on His throne surrounded by heavenly ministers covering their faces and crying, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts". But the heavenly scene also opened up to the prophet his own vileness; when he heard the seraphim crying "holy" before God, he cried out "unclean" regarding his own spirituality (Isaiah 6:3,5). Job was another man who realized the impurity of his soul when he glimpsed God's holiness. "Now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent"... [Read More!]

12 June, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Today's Missions Decline Due To Narcissism   Philip Graham Ryken

It is hard to find Christians who are willing to pay full price for discipleship. In these self-absorbed, truth resistant times, many people make decisions for Christ without ever intending to offer their entire lives for His service. This unwillingness to make sacrifices is harmful to the church in many ways, but it is especially injurious to the cause of world missions. Missionary recruiters find it increasingly difficult to identify people who are willing to devote themselves to a lifetime of Christian ministry, especially if it promises to be difficult or dangerous. Despite the popularity of short-term missions trips, the number of career Missionaries is down, and some experts fear a critical shortage in the coming decades. This is a sign that something is seriously wrong. A genuine passion for God's glory inevitably leads to firm commitment to reach the lost... [Read More!]

25 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

"Trust Your Heart and Good Intentions", Right?   William Gurnall

If the message of a man's own good works compares favorably to everyone else's-- i.e., if they are not noticeably meaner or viler than his neighbor's--he thinks he can pass God's inspection. Before the Holy Spirit can convict such a person of his need of Christ, he must agree with God that all his righteousness is but filthy rags. It may help him understand his own wickedness if he sees how utterly polluted the spring is that incessantly feeds it. Can you somehow get a mental picture of the monstrous intensity of Satan's wickedness? Then you have an idea of every man's potential for evil. ... [Read More!]

5 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Four Ways The Gospel is Spoiled   JC Ryle

But we do say confidently, that there are many ways in which the faith of Christ may be marred and spoiled, without being positively denied. And here we venture to think is the very reason that so much religion called Christian, is not truly Evangelical. The Gospel in fact is a most curiously and delicately compounded medicine, and a medicine that is very easily spoiled. Here are four ways to spoil the Gospel. ... [Read More!]

4 May, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Our 'Abundant Life' Should Impact Evangelism   William Gurnall

"A feast is made for laughter," Solomon wrote (Ecclesiastes 10:19). I am sure God intended His children to be joyful in the feast of Christ's Gospel. In the Old Testament, mourners were not allowed to sit at God's table. Since a saint's gloom reflects unkindness on God Himself, how can we recommend His satisfying love if it does not satisfy us? The world thinks the Christian life is depressing anyway, a dry meal where very little wine of joy is tasted. Why will you confirm their deception, Christian? ... [Read More!]

25 April, 2007   comments: (0) Today's Evangelism  

Savior But Not Lord? - An Evangelistic Monstrosity   AW Pink

The of way salvation is falsely defined. In most instances the modern "evangelist" assures his congregation that all any sinner has to do in order to escape hell and make sure of heaven is to "receive Christ as his personal Savior." But such teaching is utterly misleading. No one can receive Christ as his Savior while he rejects Him as Lord! It is true, the preacher adds, that the one who accepts Christ should also surrender to Him as Lord, but he at once spoils it by asserting that though the convert fails to do so, nevertheless heaven is sure to him. ... [Read More!]



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