The first session of the final day at the Strange Fire conference brought Conrad Mbewe back to the pulpit. Phil Johnson introduced him by sharing how others have called him the Spurgeon of Africa. Today he brought message entitled, “Are We Preachers or Witch Doctors?”
Though an odd question, it is pertinent to him because there has been a clear shift in how “evangelicals” relate to pastoral ministry. Mbewe’s aim is to give a broad sweeping picture of the landscape of African “evangelicalism.” Throughout this message his caveat is to put “evangelicalism” in quote and end-quote, because it does not represent biblical and faithful Christianity. There will be those in Africa who do not fit within the picture Mbewe portrays, but what he shares today is the trend and it is a dismal trend.
I grieve writing this post and it brings me no pleasure.
Yesterday I wrote a post concerning a major bad point of the theology of Kong Hee, a famous prosperity Gospel preacher in Singapore who is now facing legal trouble for inappropriate use of church funds. Today I want to focus my post more on where he spent the stolen church money that reveals more of where he and his wife is at spiritually. According to the UK newspaper Daily Mail, reportedly the Singapore megachurch founder was ‘stealing more than $40million to fund his wife’s American pop star dream’
Kong Hee’s wife is name Sun Ho. What is the fruit of her American pop star dream?
This carnal music video. (WARNING: INAPPROPRIATE)
And videos like it.
I hesitated posting this video, after all I have managed to blog about Miley Cryus without posting any pictures on here. Here we…
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For those who are unable to view the free live stream of the Strange Fire Conference here at Grace Community Church, I thought I would do my best to provide a written summary of the various sessions as they unfold (Session One; Session Two; Session Three; Session Four, Session Five, Session Six, Breakout Session 1, Q&A 1, Session Eight). I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep this up, or if I’ll be able to do other sessions (check out Tim Challies’ blog for his coverage) But I thought a little would be better than nothing. It provides us with a helpful opportunity to interact with what is actually being said at the conference. Having said that, the following was transcribed in haste, and so please forgive any typos. I pray it’s a benefit to you.
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these [things].” (Isaiah 45:7)
“[Thou art] of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:…”(Habakkuk 1:13)
“Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:” (James 1:13)
In above set of Scriptures, we find one of the supposedly contradictory texts of the Scriptures. On one hand, from the lips of the Lord Himself, He clearly states that “I create evil”. Then later in the Scriptures we find Habakkuk, as he speaks concerning the Lord, says “[Thou art] of purer eyes than to…
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- Rescuing the Gospel from evangelical trendiness.
- Here are some links to Fred Butler’s articles on cessationism and continuationism.
- J. Gresham Machen on continuing revelation, or lack thereof.
- The governor of California has signed a transgender student bill “allowing the state’s transgender public school students to choose which bathrooms they use and whether they participate in boy or girl sports.” Oh yeah, I’m sure this will end well.
- This is your weekly dose of adorable.
- There have been arguments over the final cut of Hollywood’s upcoming movie, ‘Noah’. Yeah, I knew you’d want to know. After all, I’m sure this epic will overwhelm its viewers with theological and biblical inaccuracies.
- An interview with the Apostle Paul about God’s wonderful plan for your life.
- The Israeli army has been finding (and destroying) tunnels dug from Gaza.
- Uh. . . Okay, I give. What in the world is Neale Donald Walsch talking about?
- The Cripplegate has been sharing summaries from Strange Fire. I am particularly sad that I missed Phil Johnson’s session, “Is there a Baby in the Bathwater?“
- If you didn’t see or hear Conrad Mbewe’s first session from Strange Fire, it is a must-see
(note: this is not the official video as provided by Grace to You):
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The Holy Spirit is often described as light. He shines into the dark places of the heart and convicts us of sin (John 16:7-11). He is a lamp to illumine God’s word, teaching what is true and showing the truth to be precious (1 Cor. 2:6-16). And the Spirit throws a spotlight on Christ so that we can see his glory and be changed (John 16:14). That’s why 2 Corinthians 3:18 speaks of becoming more like Christ by beholding the glory of Christ. Just as Moses had his face transfigured when he saw the Lord’s glory on Mount Sinai (Ex. 34:29; 2 Cor. 3:7), so will we be transformed when, by the Spirit, we behold God’s glory in the face of Christ.
The Spirit, then, is a light to us in three ways: by exposing our guilt, by illuminating the word of God, and by showing us Christ. Or to put it another way, as Divine Light, the Holy Spirit works to reveal sin, reveal the truth, and reveal glory. When we close our eyes to this light or disparage what we are meant to see by this brightness, we are guilty of resisting the Spirit (Acts 7:51), or quenching (1 Thess. 5:19) or grieving the Spirit (Eph. 4:30). There may be slight nuances among the three terms, but they are all speak of the same basic reality: refusing to see and to savor what the Spirit means to show us.
There are, then, at least three ways to grieve the Holy Spirit—three ways that may be surprising because they correspond to the three ways in which the Spirit acts as light to expose our guilt, illumine the word, and show us Christ.
This film has been made as part of the celebrations surrounding Dr. Al Mohler’s 20th anniversary as President of Southern Seminary. And truly there is so much to thank and praise God for. It is a remarkable story of God’s faithfulness to His church in raising up so many faithful servants to reform and renew His church. As I watched the various interviews, I couldn’t help but praise God for the constellation of outstandingly gifted, gracious, and godly men that He has equipped and sent to serve and support Southern Seminary and it’s worldwide witness to the truth. May He continue to keep these men in His truth and in His love.
For those who are unable to view the free live stream of the Strange Fire Conference here at Grace Community Church, I thought I would do my best to provide a written summary of the various sessions as they unfold (Session One; Session Two; Session Three; Session Four, Session Five). I’m not sure how long I’ll be able to keep this up, or if I’ll be able to other sessions (check out Tim Challies‘ blog for his coverage) But I thought a little would be better than nothing. It provides us with a helpful opportunity to interact with what is actually being said at the conference. Having said that, the following was transcribed in haste, and so please forgive any typos. I pray it’s a benefit to you.