Daily Archives: November 12, 2014

Southern Baptist president calls 46,000 churches to “extraordinary prayer” for Great Awakening. Issues must-read (and free) E-book, “Pleading With Southern Baptists.”

Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog

Book-PleadingWithSouthernBaptistsBOOK-pleading-pageThere is something very exciting happening in the leadership of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) I want to bring to your attention.

You may recall that last June I wrote that Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Churchin northwest Arkansas, had just been elected to be President of the Southern Baptist Convention, and that he was making prayer for a Third Great Awakening a top priority inside one of the world’s largest evangelical Christian denominations.

True to his word, Pastor Floyd has been traveling to all over the country, preaching on the need for deep repentance and revival inside the SBC.

Now, he has just released a free 16-page e-book titled, Pleading With Southern Baptists And Beyond(to humbly come together before God in Clear Agreement and in Extraordinary Prayer for the Next Great Awakening and for the World to be Reached for Christ).

I just finished it and it is…

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As record cold and snow hits US, Obama set to solve global warming by executive action

WINTERY KNIGHT

First, it looks like the Midwest is going to be hit with unexpectedly large amounts of snow and record cold.

Fox News reports.

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Residents across the Rockies and Upper Midwest dug out from under a foot or more of snow on Tuesday, after waking up to frigid temperatures that plunged as much as 50 degrees overnight. The rest of the Midwest and the East are expecting a dose of the icy weather later this week thanks to a powerful storm that hit Alaska with hurricane-force winds over the weekend.

[…]Michigan’s Upper Peninsula was buried under more than 14 inches of snow — with at least another foot expected before the storm moves out Wednesday. As much as 13 inches of snow fell in northern Wisconsin, while some Minnesotans awoke to 15 inches of fresh powder, with more snow expected.

The weather prompted school closures across the region, including at Northern…

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News: National Cathedral to Host First Muslim Prayer

Washington National Cathedral will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday

“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2 Thessalonians 2:12

There is a rapidly-growing movement within the professing Christian denominations to blend Islam with Christianity, we call this bastard hybrid Chrislam. Some of the most well-known figures in religious circles are behind it. People like Pope Francis, Rick Warren, Hillsong United, Kenneth Copeland and scores of others. It is evil.

Let no one deceive you, biblical Christianity has nothing in common with Islam, and never will. If your church begins to incorporate any aspect of Islam into it’s physical building or worship service, run away as fast as you can.

The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said Monday that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship.

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We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” said Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the prominent ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va., one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service. “Let this be a lesson to the world.”

This is what needs to happen on Friday:

The service, which will begin around 12:20 and is for invited guests only, developed out of a relationship between the cathedral’s director of liturgy, the Rev. Gina Campbell, and the South African ambassador to the United States, Ebrahim Rasool, who is Muslim. The two worked together on a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Jaka said.

This is a dramatic moment in the world and in Muslim-Christian relations,” Rasool said in a prepared statement. “This needs to be a world in which all are free to believe and practice and in which we avoid bigotry, Islamaphobia, racism, anti-Semitism, and anti-Christianity and to embrace our humanity and to embrace faith.”

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Washington National Cathedral is hosting a Muslim prayer service for the first time on Friday. Planners say they hope Friday’s service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.

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Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday.

The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said Monday that they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders come and hold their midday service in such a visible Christian house of worship. Read more

News: 24 Reasons Why Millennials Are Screaming Mad About Our Unfair Economy

Do you want to know why Millennials seem so angry? We promised them that if they worked hard, stayed out of trouble and got good grades that they would be able to achieve the “American Dream”. We told them not to worry about accumulating very high levels of student loan debt because there would be good jobs waiting for them at the end of the rainbow once they graduated. Well, it turns out that we lied to them. Nearly half of all Millennials are spending at least half of their paychecks to pay off debt, more than 30 percent of them are living with their parents because they can’t find decent jobs, and this year the homeownership rate for Millennials sunk to a brand new all-time low. When you break U.S. adults down by age, our long-term economic decline has hit the Millennials the hardest by far. And yet somehow we expect them to bear the burden of providing Medicare, Social Security and other social welfare benefits to the rest of us as we get older. No wonder there is so much anger and frustration among our young people. The following are 24 reasons why Millennials are screaming mad about our unfair economy… (Read More….)

WVW-TV Presents: How America’s Textbooks Teach Children to Hate Israel

by Worldview Weekend News Team [1]

November 12, 2014

How America’s Textbooks Teach Children to Hate Israel

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News: Palestinian leader Arafat may have become a Christian before he died, claims evangelical friend

In an interview with Premier Christianity magazine, Dr Kendall, a prominent Christian writer and speaker, said Mr Arafat had wept while watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, which depicts the crucifixion, and that they had spoken about how to become a Christian. Read more

CultureWatch: Truth-Telling and Homosexuality

by Bill Muehlenberg

Truth always hurts – especially to those who hate the truth. And one of the main groups which hates truth, distorts truth, and runs from truth, is the militant homosexual lobby. Indeed, the entire homosexualist movement is based on a mountain of lies: I was born that way, change is not possible, my lifestyle will not impact anyone else, etc.

When truth is revealed here, the militants get enraged. When a person leaves the homosexual lifestyle for example the homosexual lobby froths at the mouth and launches a savage attack on such people. They know that an ex-homosexual gives lie to their false agenda and deceptive ideology.

So they sure won’t like the testimony of former lesbian Robin Beck. She has been there and done that, and her story sends the militant homosexual lobby ballistic. But truth matters, so I for one will proudly share her story. It opens this way:

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Opinion: Specific Strategies For Defeating The Deceitfulness of Sin

So here’s how we defeat this tactic: when it comes to sin, don’t deal in generalities. Pursue godliness and obedience at the specific, concrete level. Don’t ask, Do I love my spouse? Instead ask, Was that response loving or unloving? Don’t ask, Am I a defensive person? Instead ask, Did I just respond with pride or humility? Sin can’t be beaten at the level of abstractions. Victory happens in the trenches, on the streets, moment-by-moment.

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Opinion: When Your Faith Seems Weak

Because in this life I will face trials, circumstances, and mountains that are too high for me to climb. I will have fears, doubts, and worries. I will feel weak in faith. Like the Israelites, I may see God’s wonders in my life one day but the very next day doubt he can provide my daily bread. But I must keep my eyes focused not on my circumstances or on how strong I feel but on the object of my faith, Jesus Christ. His blood is sufficient; his grace is more than abundant to cover my weakness. No matter how weak, small, and imperfect my faith, I need to come to God in prayer saying, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

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CultureWatch: Hating Sin, Loving Holiness

by Bill Muehlenberg

There are millions of Christians today who read Scriptures many times over, but live just like atheists. They read the Word of God but they don’t believe, they don’t live it. To read the Word daily yet ignore its clear demands and teachings means we are simply ‘Christian’ atheists.

Consider just one passage of Holy Scripture: Hebrews 12:14b which says this: “without holiness no one will see the Lord”. How many millions of Christians have read this countless times. But who actually believes it? Who takes a passage such as this seriously?

Without holiness we will not see the Lord. End of the story. No getting around it. Now of course New Testament Christianity is clear in teaching that the initial step in getting right with God (righteousness), and the ongoing step (sanctification) are a package deal We cannot have one without the other.

By grace through faith we are declared righteous and holy by the finished work of Christ. But that is only the beginning. The next step is to live like what we have been declared to be. Living a holy live experientially is also of grace through faith, but we must take the necessary steps to achieve this. We must be obedient. The gospel really is, as David Pawson reminds us, quite simple:

“It is not, ‘you must now be holy’. It is not, ‘you needn’t be holy – you’re still going to heaven’. It is, rather, ‘you can be holy’. Holiness is on offer as well as forgiveness. Both are by faith from beginning to end. It is not only to be covered by his righteousness, but to have his righteousness created within me.”

We are to be holy not just in our standing, but in our state. We are pronounced holy and righteous because of what Jesus did for us, but now we are to appropriate that, experience it, and slowly but surely live it out in our lives. It does no good to raise your hand as an emotional response to some gospel pitch years ago, but to keep on living like the devil.

A real Christian – over time at least – learns to hate sin – beginning with his own – and to love righteousness and holiness. But the reason so few Christians are moving down this path is because we have proclaimed a false gospel to people. We have emphasised the love of God but totally ignored the holiness and righteousness of God.

Thus our gospel is truncated and incomplete. We tell people that God loves them unconditionally and accepts them just as they are, and all they have to do is give a mental assent to all this. We no longer preach the horribleness of sin, the utter need of repentance, and a willingness to renounce self and take up our cross daily.

So we have plenty of Christians who have sung ten choruses of “Just As I Am” who leave a gospel meeting just as they were. They have never been regenerated because they have never repented. And they have never repented because they have never been told there is need to. Just accept God’s love – end of story. As Pawson says:

The idea that God loves everybody unconditionally, wants them all to come to him just as they are, and everyone can then be happy – that is not the gospel, or the God that we are to present to the world. It implies when we emphasise to unbelievers that God is love that we are lovable. Because we measure His love by ours…. God had to tell the Jews, ‘I don’t love you because you are special; you are special because I love you’. And that is the biblical emphasis. God doesn’t love us because we are lovable, but because He is love. That’s a very different thing. And so we have had an overemphasis on a God of Love in our preaching to unbelievers – something that the New Testament apostles never did.

He is quite right. I will give you a hundred dollars for every time you can find for me the love of God being mentioned in the book of Acts. Surely if we want to know what biblical evangelism is all about, we will find it here. But in Acts we find a gospel of repentance, and a God of righteousness and holiness being proclaimed.

We need to get back to New Testament evangelism. We need to get back to the gospel message of the New Testament. It is never about ‘you best life now’ or how to be happy and prosperous and feel good about yourself. It is about: Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.

All the great preachers and evangelists knows these truth, which is why they had such a powerful impact, and why their converts remained – they preached sin and repentance, and they preached holiness. And that is what we must once again do as well if we want to have a real impact, and if we want to make real disciples of Jesus Christ.

Let me close with some of these great men of God, and their great words on sin, repentance, and holiness. Let their words soak in deeply and with great Holy Ghost conviction:

“You know, we live in a day when we are more afraid of holiness than we are of sinfulness.” Leonard Ravenhill

“It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors.” A. W. Pink

“Listen, I’m against sin. I’ll kick it as long as I’ve got a foot, I’ll fight it as long as I’ve got a fist, I’ll butt it as long as I’ve got a head, and I’ll bite it as long as I’ve got a tooth. And when I’m old, fistless, footless, and toothless, I’ll gum it till I go home to glory and it goes home to perdition.” Billy Sunday

“There must be a divorce between you and sin, or there can be no marriage between you and Christ.” Charles Spurgeon

“Sin is the greatest power in the world, with one exception, and this is the power of God.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“True repentance begins with KNOWLEDGE of sin. It goes on to work SORROW for sin. It leads to CONFESSION of sin before God. It shows itself before a person by a thorough BREAKING OFF from sin. It results in producing a DEEP HATRED for all sin.” J.C. Ryle

“The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.” A.W. Tozer

“If the man does not live differently from what he did before, both at home and abroad, his repentance needs to be repented of, and his conversion is a fiction.” C.H. Spurgeon

“Before I preach love, mercy, and grace, I must preach sin, law, and judgement.” John Wesley

“True repentance will entirely change you; the bias of your souls will be changed, then you will delight in God, in Christ, in His Law, and in His people.” George Whitefield

“The holiest person is one who is most conscious of what sin is.” Oswald Chambers

I believe the holier a man becomes, the more he mourns over the unholiness which remains in him. Charles Spurgeon

“People may refuse to see the truth of our arguments, but they cannot evade the evidence of a holy life.” J.C. Ryle

“The failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God.” R.C. Sproul

“As we grow in holiness, we grow in hatred of sin; and God, being infinitely holy, has an infinite hatred of sin.”
Jerry Bridges

“It is not surprising that the cross has been discounted by modern theologians; it is because they have started with the love of God without His holiness.” Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Every man is as holy as he really wants to be.” A. W. Tozer

The holy man is not one who cannot sin. A holy man is one who will not sin. A. W. Tozer

“The greatest miracle that God can do today is to take an unholy man out of an unholy world, and make that man holy and put him back into that unholy world and keep him holy in it.” Leonard Ravenhill

“Without holiness, no one shall see the Lord. Jesus didn’t die to save us from hell. That’s a fringe benefit! He died to get total occupation of us. To be holy in speech… in actions… in everything.” Leonard Ravenhill

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Opinion: Pastors, Let Us Be Terrified of Pride

Numeric growth is much more fun than numeric decline. I know. I’ve experienced both. But let us never confuse numeric growth with health. Certainly there are times when the growth of a church indicates health. But there are plenty of false teachers who preside over massive churches. There are also pastors who love and lead God’s people faithfully who will never headline a conference because their church isn’t big enough.

“You didn’t build that.”

Those rather infamous words, some of you will remember, were spoken by our President to business owners about their businesses. And while those words are terribly misguided when applied to business owners they need to ring in the ears of every pastor who has ever experienced anything that could be construed as success.

Numeric growth is much more fun than numeric decline. I know. I’ve experienced both. But let us never confuse numeric growth with health. Certainly there are times when the growth of a church indicates health. But there are plenty of false teachers who preside over massive churches. There are also pastors who love and lead God’s people faithfully who will never headline a conference because their church isn’t big enough.

Pastors have been taught by the Evangelical Industrial Complex that big equals healthy. And these outward trappings of success become kindling for the pastors’ pride.

Exhibit A
Once you wade through all the posturing and boasting coming from MacDonald and Driscoll (Man, I admire Mark Dever’s patience!) you can’t miss the conclusion that what animates these men is the size of their churches. “All challenges are laid waste in the stunning light of my church’s attendance!” Of course the facts have a way of debunking the hype. In mere weeks after Driscoll’s resignation from Mars Hill the whole thing imploded. Remember this pastor: if the church you serve is, practically speaking, “your church” then it will fold when you are gone.

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Opinion: Why Mark Driscoll’s Fall and Mars Hill’s Breakup Issues a Warning for Megastar Pastors

For many megachurches, a pastor can become larger than the church itself — particularly for multisite churches where the pastor’s sermon is the only thing binding disparate congregations connected by little more than a satellite feed. Before his resignation, the name “Mark Driscoll” was more widely known than “Mars Hill.” The dueling brands sometimes clashed along the way; some say Driscoll once told staff “I am the brand.”

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News: Obama urges net neutrality; Cruz calls it ‘Obamacare for the Internet’

President Obama has called on federal regulators to toughen proposed net-neutrality rules for Internet traffic, including taking the controversial step of changing the way the law treats broadband providers so they are subject to stricter utility-like regulation.

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How sharp is your sword my brethren?

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be…

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