Monday, July 30, 2007
I am constantly getting email from fellow Christians with political overtones trying to get me to sign some petition or a request for me to call my congressman or senator to complain to them about some bill that is on the table that will promote anti-Christian values, and so the main message I see Christians promoting today is for the cultural to be more moral instead of a call to repent and believe the Gospel. Are we really to be involved in such activities as believers in Christ? Is there a biblical example of this for us to follow? Actually there is a New Testament model to follow and its the Pharisees who make people "twice as much a son of hell". Now that's an example that I want to stay away from as much as possible.
John MacArthur has preached a sermon titled "The Deadly Dangers of Moralism" I highly recommend that every Christian read this sermon or download it and listen very closely. Another fine article is by Phil Johnson titled "The Foolishness of Preaching the Gospel". Both of these messages highlight the dangers of trying to force the culture into producing a morality that is not by the Grace of God.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Excerpt taken from the "Treasury of David" Psalm 108 by Charles H. Spurgeon
"Who is this pope of Rome? His Holiness? Call him not so, but call him His Blasphemy! His Profanity! His Impudence! What are he and his cardinals, and his legates, but the image and incarnation of Antichrist, to be in due time cast with the beast and the false prophet into the lake of fire?" - C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
6. Does the music move me? - How me-centered and vain can you get?? So I'm supposed to show up at a church unannounced, expect to be given the VIP treatment and demand that the music move ME. What if I am only "moved" by opera music? Should I let the church know that I won't be back until they change the music to suit my 'moving' needs?" Here's a better question, "Does the music exalt Christ and what He accomplished for us on the cross or does it exalt me?"
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Dr. John MacArthur at The Master's College
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Gray Areas - (Part 1, Part 2)
Worshipping the Master
A Sinless Master
The Sufficiency of Scripture
Welcome to Master’s - (Part1, Part 2)
The Beatitudes - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8)
Day of Prayer and Impact ‘86 Report
Equipping the Saints
What Child Is This?
Who Missed Christmas?
The Bruised Reed
Completing the Masterpiece
The Danger of Spiritual Privilege
The Grace of God by Jack MacArthur
A Living Sacrifice
The Nature of Worship
Pray for the Lost
Prayer - (Part 1, Part 2)
Principles of Evangelism
Q & A
Salt of the Earth
Take Heed Lest You Fall
Worship - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Aids: Panel Discussion
Caring for the Lost Sheep
Knowing the Will of God
Lessons to learn from the fall of Jimmy Swaggart
Recognizing False Leaders
Sin of Homosexuality
These Things I Pray For . . .
Q & A
The Dangers of Spiritual Privilege
Judgment of the Nation
The Last Shall Be First
Master’s Men - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Principles of Giving
Pursuing the Prize - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Spiritual Aides in the Church
The Spiritual Battle
What Is Your Relationship to Christ?
Be Strong In Christ
Filled with the Spirit - (Part 1, Part 2)
My Prayer For You
Praying for the Lost
Spiritual Warfare - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Sufficiency in God’s Grace
Virtue of Manliness
Q & A - (Part 1, Part 2)
Heaven - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
The Lord’s Prayer
Power of Unbelief
The Responsibility of Baptism
Danger in the Church
Discipleship - (Part 1, Part 2)
Jonah: The Worst Missionary
Paul’s Leadership Initiative
Qualities of a Servant
Why a Christian Education
The Will of God
Q & A - (Part 1, Part 2)
Call to Salvation
Commitment to the Lost World
Dealing with Tragedy
The Entanglement of Sin
The Goal of Christlikeness
Spiritual Growth - (Part 1, Part 2)
TMC: Where We Are Going
Whose Fault Is My Sin?
Fellowship - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Lessons from the Quake
The Vanishing Conscience
Knowing the Will of God
Q & A
The Glory of God - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Issues Facing the Church
The Last Will Be First
The Danger of Spiritual Privilege
The Death of Christ - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Lessons to Live
The Love of God
Receiving the Word
Responding to the Word
True Education Wisdom
Truth and Education
A Vision of Christ
The Ambition of Loving God
Eleven Priniciples for Effective Leadership
Loving God with Your Mind - (Part 1, Part 2)
Our Sufficient Christ
The Sufficiency of Scripture - (Part 1, Part 2)
The Benefits of Youth
Heart to Heart
Is Yours A Demon Faith?
Worshiping in Spirit and Truth
All Things Work Together For Good - (Part 1, Part 2)
The Authority of Scripture
The Church In God’s Plan - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Distinctives of the Master’s College
Get to Know the President
God’s Love for His People
Lies of the World vs. The Truth
Q & A
Call to the Marketplace
Knowing the Truth
Laying the Foundations of Eschatology - (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
Our One True Motivation - (Part 1, Part 2)
The Complete and Perfect Word - (Part 1, Part 3)
Thanks to Affectional Wit for posting these links first.
Monday, July 23, 2007
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This quote is taken from a sermon titled "Preaching a Watered-Down Gospel is Sin - Pt.1" preached by Jeff Noblit who is the senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
"What passes for preaching in some churches today is literally no more profound than what preachers in our fathers' generation were teaching in the five-minute children's sermon they gave before dismissing the kids. That's no exaggeration. It is often that simplistic, if not utterly inane. There is nothing deep about it. Such an approach makes it impossible for true worship to take place, because worship is a transcendent experience. Worship should take us above the mundane and simplistic. So the only way true worship can occur is if we first come to grips with the depth of spiritual truth. Our people can only rise high in worship in the same proportion to which we have taken them deep into the profound truths of the Word. There is no way they can have lofty thoughts of God unless we have plunged them into the depths of God's self-revelation. But preaching today is neither profound nor transcendent. It doesn't go down and it doesn't go up. It merely aims to entertain." - John MacArthur
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Are you a Reformed Evangelical? Below are the results of my reformed quiz, did you have any doubt?
You scored as Reformed Evangelical, You are a Reformed Evangelical. You take the Bible very seriously because it is God's Word. You most likely hold to TULIP and are sceptical about the possibilities of universal atonement or resistible grace. The most important thing the Church can do is make sure people hear how they can go to heaven when they die.
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"We must have no truce, no treaty with Rome. War! war to the knife with her! Peace there cannot be. She cannot have peace with us—we cannot have peace with her. She hates the true Church, and we can only say that the hatred is reciprocated. We would not lay a hand upon her priests; we would not touch a hair of their heads. Let them be free; but their doctrine we would destroy from the face of the earth as the doctrine of devils. So let it perish, O God, and let that evil thing become as the fat of lambs. Into smoke let it consume: yea into smoke let it consume away." - C. H. SpurgeonDownload Part 1
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Saturday, July 14, 2007
"We live in a day characterized by the multiplication of man's machinery and the decrease of God's power. The great cry of our day is work, new organizations, new methods, new machinery. The great need of our day is prayer. It was a master stroke of Satan when he got the Church to so generally lay aside this mighty weapon of prayer. Satan is perfectly willing that the Church multiply its organizations and contrive machinery for the conquest of the world for Christ if it will only give up praying." - R. A. Torrey (1856-1928)
Thursday, July 12, 2007
"It seems particularly unfortunate that there would be such an affinity for subjective "revelations" in an era when the average "born-again Christian" is so ignorant of the objective revelation God has given us in the Bible. When knowledge of Scripture is at such an ebb, this is the worst possible time for believers to be seeking divine truth in dreams, visions, and subjective impressions." - John MacArthurExcerpt taken from "Reckless Faith: When the Church Loses Its Will To Discern" Copyright 1994 by John F. MacArthur, Jr. , pg.180-181
Monday, July 09, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
You know, the Bible predicts in Revelations 17 that there will be a one-world church (in the last days). I used to wonder how in the world that would ever happen, when everybody’s got their own theology. But there’s something happening today that for the first time in history is just tearing across all the denominational lines. 30,000 Catholics are now at least involved in the inner workings of the charismatic movement. Eight to 14 million people are involved in this right here.Pentecostalism was estimated to number around 115 million followers worldwide in 2000; lower estimates place the figure near to 22 million (eg. Cambridge Encyclopedia), while the highest estimates apparently place the figure between 400 and 600 million. According to a Spring 1998 article in Christian History, there are about 11,000 different Pentecostal or charismatic denominations worldwide.
It’s crossing all the denominational lines. People are getting together sans doctrine, you know. It doesn’t matter what your doctrine is as long as you have this. It could well be that this could be that which could be the catalyst to bring the ecumenical movement that results in the false church in Revelations.
Excerpt taken from a sermon titled "Miracles, Healings, and Tongues" preached by Pastor John MacArthur. You can read the entire article here.
Friday, July 06, 2007
The Call Nashville, is taking place tomorrow at LP Stadium in Nashville, TN you know where the Tennessee Titans play. It is being organized by Pentecostal preacher Lou Engle, and the idea is for young people to pray and fast for revival in America, sounds great right? Well...
"Wrapped in prophetic language, Engle paints us a picture of a powerless god who has to make up for letting a culture slide. Engle’s god has to renew his vows to his children and needs them to fast and pray SO THAT he will move! He even (although perhaps inadvertently) says that it was Elijah and not God who broke Jezebel’s “spell.” Engle’s picture of God is weak and unable to give blessings that he intends for his children UNLESS they engage in a 40-day fast. Unbelievable.Excerpt by Drew of Sign of Jonah web blog be sure and to read the comments at this post!!!
If we are to take Engle’s words as the words of the one true God, then the result of The Call should be a marked change in the immorality that has defined (and I’d be prepared to argue THAT WILL CONTINUE to define) America. Don’t get me wrong, I hope America turns around, but it won’t be because of our efforts to coerce our Creator thru some “holy fast” contrived in the hearts of men.
It is also things like this that constantly hype up young Charismatics and drop them down after nothing significant happens or after the feelings wear off. This pattern is the path of burnout, disillusionment and possible departure from the faith entirely. May God open our eyes to the truths of his infallible word, for they always satisfy."
"Always be suspicious of church's that proudly flaunt how different they are from what has gone before." - D. A. Carson