Friday, March 30, 2007
The basic tenant of the gospel message is that a person must first understand that they are a sinner and in need of God's forgiveness. The Holy spirit first convinces men of sin and righteousness and judgement to come. He quickens them dead in trespasses and sin and then draws them by faith through grace to the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the exact opposite and diametrically opposed to the seeker sensitive model of doing church. Man says your a diamond in the ruff, God says your dead in trespasses and sins. Man says your basically a good person, God says there's none good no not one. Man says well you have a good heart, God says the heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Man says well you just need to find God's purpose for your life, Jesus said except a man be born again he'll not even see the Kingdom of God. The message of the contemporary church is a false message."
Excerpt taken from a message preached on July 25th, 2004 at Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TN by Pastor Jonathan Sims titled "The Total Depravity of Man"
God, in the Gospel of His Son,
Makes His eternal counsels known;
Where love in all its glory shines,
And truth is drawn in fairest lines.
Here sinners of a humble frame
May taste His grace, and learn His Name;
May read, in characters of blood,
The wisdom, power, and grace of God.
The prisoner here may break his chains;
The weary rest from all his pains;
The captive feel his bondage cease;
The mourner find the way of peace.
Here faith reveals to mortal eyes
A brighter world beyond the skies;
Here shines the light which guides our way
From earth to realms of endless day.
O grant us grace, Almighty Lord,
To read and mark Thy holy Word;
Its truths with meekness to receive,
And by Its holy precepts live.
Words: Verses 1 & 2, Benjamin Beddome, 1787, alt.; verses 3-5, Thomas Cotterill, 1819
Saturday, March 24, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Every word of God is as perfect as it is pure (Psa 19:7; 12:6). Let us read and re-read the Scriptures, meditating on them day and night. They never grow old, they never lose their sap, they never run dry. Though it is right and profitable, as I have said, to read other books, if they are true and good, yet beware of reading too many. Do not let man's book thrust God's book into a corner. Do not let commentaries smother the text; nor let the true and the good shut out the truer and the better.
Excerpt taken from "Follow the Lamb" by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
Update: Dr. Al Mohler has also tackled the topic of this book of lies in a recent radio broadcast titled "Have You Heard The Secret?" you can download the entire radio program here. Also here is a great review of The Secret by Don Whitney.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
This is such a profound verse in scripture and is a great comfort in the security of the believer, if you struggle with the assurance of your salvation I highly recommend downloading this sermon by Pastor Jonathan Sims of Shelbyville Mills Baptist Church, in Shelbyville, Tennessee; he really confronts the false doctrine of a believer's ability to loose their salvation that is so rampant in today's church's. If you find yourself buying into that false works base system then this is a must hear sermon for you. Oh the joy to know that you are saved today and forever without a doubt!
Saturday, March 10, 2007
If ever you truly come to Christ, you must see that there is enough in him for your pardon, though you be no better than you are. If you see not the sufficiency of Christ to pardon you, without any righteousness of your own to recommend you, you never will come so as to be accepted of him. The way to be accepted is to come not on any such encouragement, that now you have made yourselves better, and more worthy, or not so unworthy but on the mere encouragement of Christ's worthiness, and God's mercy.
Excerpt taken from a sermon by Johathan Edwards titled "Pardon for the Greatest Sinners" from the book Sermons of Johathan Edwards © 2005 Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
But much of the Christian movement today has become a desolation of disobedience and disunity and dishonor to the name of Christ. So the way Daniel prays for the desolation of his people is a pointer for how we can pray for the desolation of ours. Let me mention three aspects of the desolation of God's people in this text to see if you won't agree that it sounds like much of the Christian movement today.
1. The people are captive to godless forces.
Two times, verses 11 and 13, Daniel says that this calamity of Babylonian captivity was warned against in the law of Moses. For example, in Deuteronomy 28:36 Moses says that if the people forsake God, "The Lord will bring you . . . to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known; and there you shall serve other gods." Now that had come true in Babylon.
In 1520, Martin Luther wrote an essay which he called "The Babylonian Captivity of the Church." What he meant was that forces and powers that were foreign to Christ and to his word had captured the mind and heart of the church. She was in bondage to godless forces. That is the situation in much of the church today. Millions of church-goers today think the way the world thinks. The simple assumptions that govern behavior and choices come more from what is absorbed from our culture than from the word of God. The church shares the love affair of the world with prosperity and ease and self. Many groups of Christians are just not that different from the spirit of Babylon, even though the Lord says that we are aliens and exiles and that we are not to be conformed to this age. So, like Israel of old, much of God's church today is captive to godless forces.
2. The people are guilty and ashamed.
Daniel spends most of his prayer confessing the sin of the people. For example, verse 5: "We have sinned and done wrong and acted wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments." In other words, we have great guilt before God. And because of this real guilt there is real shame. This is mentioned in verses 7 and 8. The RSV has the phrase "confusion of face"--"To us belongs confusion of face." Literally it means, "To us belongs shame of face". What we have done is so terrible and so known that our face turns red and we want to cover it and run away. That is the way Daniel felt about the people of God. Their guilt and their shame were great.
Today in the church there is an uneasy conscience. There is the deep sense that we are to be radically different, living on the brink of eternity with counter-cultural values and behaviors of love and justice and risk-taking service that show our citizenship is in heaven. But then, we look in the mirror and we see that the church does not look that way. And the result is a sense of shame based on the real guilt of unbelief and disobedience. So we slink through our days with faces covered, and scarcely anyone knows we are disciples of Jesus.
3. Finally, the people were a byword among the nations.
Verse 16b: "Jerusalem and thy people have become a byword among all who are round about us." "Byword" (in the RSV) means reproach, or object of scorn. It means that the nations look at the defeated and scattered Israelites and they laugh. They mock Israel's God. That is the way it is with the Christian church in many places. She has made the name of Jesus an object of scorn by her duplicity--trying to go by the name Christian and yet marching to the drum of the world. So the world sees the name "Christian" as nothing radically different--perhaps a nice way to add a little component of spirituality to the other parts of life that basically stay the same.
So when Daniel prays for the desolations of the people of Israel, I hear a prayer for the desolations of the Christian church--captive to godless forces, guilty and ashamed, and a byword among the nations.
This excerpt was preached By John Piper. © Desiring God. Website: http://www.desiringgod.org/. Email: mail@desiringGod.org. Toll Free: 1.888.346.4700, in a sermon titled "How to Pray for a Desolate Church" you can download this sermon here, or read the entire sermon here.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Excerpt taken from a sermon preached by John MacArthur titled "Peter’s Sermon: Explaining Pentecost". You can download this sermon at www.gty.org message 1705
Today we have this great emphasis on a whole gob of little group Bible studies and home interaction things and in their place they’re all very good. But seminaries and colleges that are supposed to be producing men for the ministry today are teaching psychology and counseling techniques and they’re producing reams of material on psychotherapy, group counseling, sensitivity training with certain deletions so it becomes palatable to Christianity.
You can go to Acts Chapter 13, 14, 17, 20, and right on out to the end of the book of Acts and you’ll find that the priority in the church was the preaching of the word. Now it’s important to have Bible studies. It’s important to have Sunday School. It’s important to have home action groups. It’s important to have a lot of things. Nothing supplants the preaching of the word. Preaching is characteristic of Christianity. Broadus in his classic volume on preaching says, “No other religion has ever made the regular and frequent assembling of the masses of men to hear religious instruction and exhortation, an integral part of divine worship except Christianity. It’s the genius of Christianity as so designed by the Holy Spirit. Others have copied it because of it’s power.”
There’s nothing sacred my friends about small groups. People say to me, well, isn’t your church getting too big? I mean, if you get too many people there, what happens to your small groups? And my answer is, if God wants to build a church where the word of God is preached, I don’t care if He brings 50,000 people if that’s His desire. I believe in the word of God as preached. And we need some men today like that. We need some faithful, some bold, some powerful men, some holy preachers who make no compromise with the world, no compromise with the flesh, no compromise with the devil, and stand true to the word of God and declare with fire and power.