Daily Archives: September 6, 2013

Do Not Be Surprised… This ‘n’ That (06 September 2013)

  • So if I want God to get me a really groovy job within a week, I just need to start tithing? Got it. Thanks, Perry Noble and Robert Morris.
  • Carson and the gift of tongues or something.
  • I admit, I don’t really understand parents who plaster pictures of their children all over social media.
  • Because I know you’ll want to get in on this vote.
  • Once again The Christian Post brings you all the news that doesn’t interest you.
  • Your story is not the gospel. It won’t save anybody. Tell people about Christ.
  • Here’s your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Hm. Well, I guess a virtual scapegoat for Yom Kippur is a clever idea. You know, in gospeless-bizarro-I-think-the-Internet-is-real-life world.
  • Few things irritate me more than people who retweet compliments. It’s usually done by “Christian celebrities” so we can know how incredibly fabulous their latest book is or that they knocked Sunday’s sermon out of the proverbial park.
  • Football season has now officially begun. Here is your schedule of Packers games. Trust me, they’re the only team that matters right now.
  • Is God still revealing truth?

 

Music Video: By Your Side – Tenth Avenue North

Why are you striving these days
Why are you trying to earn grace
Why are you crying
Let me lift up your face
Just don’t turn away

Why are you looking for love
Why are you still searching
As if I’m not enough
To where will you go child
Tell me where will you run
To where will you run

‘Cause I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Look at these hands at my side
They swallowed the grave on that night
When I drank the world’s sin
So I could carry you in
And give you life
I want to give you life

And I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

‘Cause I, I love you
I want you to know
That I, yeah I’ll love you
I’ll never let you go, no, no

And I’ll be by your side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you

Here at my side wherever you fall
In the dead of night whenever you call
And please don’t fight these hands that are holding you
My hands are holding you
Here at my side, my hands are holding you
Ohhh…

A Charismatic Primer #4 – The Outreach Top 50 (#11-15)

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Good day all, time for the next installment in the series!

We’ve looked at the New Apostolic Reformation, the Outreach Top 50 #1-5, as well as the Outreach top 50 #6-10, so now we’re on the next 5 churches on the Outreach Magazine top 50.  For those who may forget, the Outreach Top 50 #1-5 post has a little glossary on it to define the categories that I’m using in this series.  As a reminder, those categories are Prosperity Gospel, Charismatic, Continuationist, Practical Cessationist, Committed Cessationist and Reformed Charismatic.  Let’s look at #11-15:

11.  Gateway Church – Pastored by Robert Morris. Morris is a somewhat tame continuationist (i.e. John Piper, etc. ***read the updates below***), but he’s definitely open about:

11a. Tongues, as in this sermon or this sermon (they generally play up the angle of tongues being a prayer language).

11b. The doctrine of…

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“The Devil’s Lie to Give False Security to Damned People”

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In Part 3 of The Christian’s Incompatibility with Sin, Pastor John MacArthur comments on the popular false gospel, preaching from 1 John 3:9-10:

“A no-repentance gospel, a no-holiness gospel, a no-submission gospel, a no-transformation gospel is the devil’s lie to give false security to damned people. So for the protection of the church from the false teaching agents of Satan, the New Testament is crystal clear on how you can determine whether one is a believer. And that is John’s very specific purpose in writing so there’s no mistaking the fact that true Christians are transformed people and their new life is very different than their former life…

“…True believers have a pattern of righteousness in their life. The pop gospel is void of this truth. It only wants to acknowledge an emotional moment, an event, and affirm people’s salvation on the basis of that event, that prayer, that…

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6 Enemies of Apologetic Engagement by Doug Groothuis

 

Philosopher and apologist Douglas Groothuis presents a great article on Six Enemies Of Apologetic Engagement from the Bethinking.org website.  His  purpose is briefly to lay out six factors that illegitimately inhibit apologetic engagement today. If these barriers are removed, our apologetic witness may grow into what it should be in Christ: 1. Indifference 2. Irrationalism 3. Ignorance 4. Cowardice 5. Arrogance and intellectual vanity 6. Superficial techniques or schlock apologetics
Be sure to read the article in its fullness. PDF also available.
Enjoy.

Special edition: Live Panel – 2013 Great Lakes Prophecy Conference

The bible is one-third prophecy and has a lot to say to us about the conflict in the Middle East, the global geopolitical landscape, the world economy, and the New Spirituality changing the visible church.  Today we are broadcasting live from this year’s Great Lakes Prophecy Conference at Calvary Chapel of Appleton. (The event is full, but you can stream it live this weekend HERE.

Christianity losing its discernment – Exclusive: Jim Fletcher questions evangelical media and more

There is an interesting reality at play in the American church now that  smacks of propaganda.

A … cabal (I don’t hesitate to use a word that is precise) exists whereby  certain conservative voices are shut out of the debate – whatever the debate is  at the moment. 

For now, I’ll focus on a couple areas to illustrate.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/christianity-losing-its-discernment/

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke at Jesus Culture Event: ‘God Will Save America’

When a person believes that they are receiving special, personal revelation from God, no claim is off limits, no matter how absurd or outlandish. How can one argue with ‘thus saith the Lord’? What retort is there to ‘God told me’? One could respond with the simple challenge of ‘Prove it,’ but such curtness likely will elicit the response of, ‘How dare you question my experience!’

The problem with these claims of private revelation and prophecy ought to be obvious to the Christian who is committed to the objective Word of God. The man who seeks to know the truth through this Word has no time to chase after fanciful, manipulated experiences. The man who devours the truth of the Word will be too full to feast on fairy tales of his imagination.

Yet this is a world that thrives on emotions. It desires the subjective, anything that might make the individual feel more important, more spiritual, more fulfilled. This is why the deceptive (and often damning) teachings of the charismatic movement are so often aimed at young people. Fragile, vulnerable, and always seeking more of anything, the youth of this world are perhaps the favorite delicacy sought by the wolves who have infiltrated the church and are devouring its sheep.

This reality is evidenced by the popularity of such groups as Jesus Culture, a music group that was borne out of the youth group of Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church in Redding, California. The group claims that they have been specially commanded by God to ‘mobilize’ a ‘new breed of revivalists’:

Read More Here: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2013/09/evangelist-reinhard-bonnke-at-jesus.html

Questions about God: Why Does God Test Us?

When we ask why God tests us, or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him, as clearly taught in Scripture. Although we are forbidden to test Him (Deuteronomy 6:16; Matthew 4:7), when God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean to prove by trial. Therefore, when God tests His children, the purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things; rather, He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial or test will overcome that faith.

In His Parable of the Sower, Jesus identifies the ones who fall away as those who receive the seed of God’s Word with joy, but as soon as a time of testing comes along, they fall away. James clearly explains that the testing of our faith develops perseverance, which leads to maturity in our walk with God. Perseverance in times of trial and testing will result in our spiritual maturity, our completeness (James 1:3–4). James goes on to say that testing is a blessing, because when the testing is over and we have “stood the test,” we will “receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). Testing and trying come from our heavenly Father who works all things together for good for those who love Him and who are called to be the children of God (Romans 8:28).

The testing or trials we undergo come in various ways. Becoming a Christian will often require us to move out of our comfort zones and into areas we have never encountered before. We’ve perhaps heard the saying ‘No pain—no gain’ when exercising our physical bodies. The same applies to exercising our faith in God. This is why James wrote ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds’ (James 1:2). Testing our faith can be in small things like daily irritations; they may also be severe afflictions (Isaiah 48:10). Whatever the source of the testing from God, it is to our benefit to undergo the trials.

The account of Job is a perfect example of God allowing one of His saints to be tested by the devil. Job bore all his trials patiently and “did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing” (Job 1:22). However, the account of Job’s testing is proof that Satan’s ability to tempt us is limited by God’s sovereign control. No demon can test or afflict us with beyond what God has ordained for His perfect purpose and our benefit.

There are many examples that can be used to illustrate the positive results from our being tested. The Psalmist likens our testing to that of being refined like silver (Psalm 66:10). Elsewhere in Scripture we can read of our trials as that of gold being refined in order to remove all its impurities (1 Peter 1:7). By the testing of our faith, God causes us to grow and mature into strong disciples who truly live by faith in Him, not by what we see (2 Corinthians 5:7).

When testing and trials come our way, we should receive them with joy, because we know that it is God who allows them to strengthen our faith. When we are knocked about in the storms of life, like the tree that digs its roots ever deeper for a greater grip, we must dig our roots deeper into God’s Word so we can withstand whatever comes against us.

Most comforting of all, we know that God will never allow us to be tested beyond what we are able to handle and in all things will provide a way out of the test (1 Corinthians 10:13). This does not mean He will remove the trial from us. Why would He when He says trials are for our benefit? Rather, the “way out” is the way through. the trial, with Him ever faithful by our side, until we come out on the other side of it by His grace and power, stronger and more mature Christians.[1]

 


[1] Got Questions Ministries. (2010). Got Questions? Bible Questions Answered. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.