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Beer, Bible, & Bohemianism


Open yur bye…b…b…(hiccup)… yur bye… open God’s word.

Do you have a beer-swilling pastor who is inspired by Roman Catholic monastic mystics? No? Well just wait a few years. Do some research about the young people coming up through the college frathouse style of seminary. Many call themselves Young, Restless, & Reformed. Beware. Danger Ahead. Oil Slick in Road. Watch Carefully.

Romans 12:1-3 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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Emergent Radio Replacing Christian Radio?


I wrote several articles a while back about a radio station in the Miami area that bills itself as Christian but the content of the DJ discussion could best be labeled as culturally tolerant and traditional Christianity intolerant. As a brief reminder of previous content I have heard from this station over the years, once the morning DJ said he doubted the existence of eternal hell and encouraged a guy who claimed to believe in soul extinguishing (a Buddhist teaching), many times the morning team has staged skits and call-in contests with careless and disrespectful references to Jesus, and several instances where the morning crew totally mislead callers with answers to  questions that are much more new age than Christian in content.

Yesterday, I heard the morning guy tell a caller that he did not care for going to church! He said he preferred a more interactive experience where there was no “preacher yelling at me about how bad I am” but where someone would encourage and affirm him. Now I agree that yelling is not necessary but that is as far as I can agree with the morning DJ dude. People who are lost do not need to be affirmed and encouraged to remain lost. Immature Christians need to grow in conforming to the image of Christ and not to be affirmed and encouraged to remain novices. Nothing good can be accomplished with an “Anything goes, dude” mentality. Read 1 Corinthians if you do not believe me.

How immature and self-indulgent can you be?! I only want to hear good things about myself and I want someone blowing smoke into my ear about how great I am… Give me a break! The danger in this immature and culturally tolerant stuff lives in the fact that people on the radio claiming to be Christian carry some credibility. Others listen to the radio assuming they can trust what they hear to be true and beneficial to them. When Emergent garbage is spewed from people who are too immature themselves to be in Christian leadership, the result is confusion and even deception.

Look at the book of Acts. God’s people met together. The total truth about God’s grace through Jesus and why people need it was clearly discussed. When Peter, Paul, and others preached in the open square or in the synagogues, they confronted people about their sin and their need of the Savior. How else can lost people hear? God’s plan is for His people to take His message to the world. God never asked for anyone to encourage and affirm the lost or spiritually immature Christian to remain in their current state.

“Emergent Radio” is another example of what happens when all solid, doctrinal teaching gets removed from life. People become worldly in their thinking. To be Christian is not to simply ” be nice ” within your own self-defined concept of niceness. To be Christian is not to drift around on every wind of false doctrine that replaces truth from the Bible because it is more palatable to the flesh of the worldly.

Every town in America probably does not have an Emergent Radio like this one. However, I can guarantee you that every Christian radio station in America is under pressure to broaden their appeal and gain more monetary support.   The pressure comes from without even if it does not come from within. Increasingly, more stations are scuttling teaching programs in favor of continuous music. Also increasing is the extent to which the music being played on Christian radio merges with the current worldly culture. Much music remains solidly appropriate for honoring Christ but too much of it has shifted to a style-driven sound with lyrics that are indecipherable. Does sound alone honor God? Maybe or maybe not. It is above my paygrade to make that determination. Does recording otherwise worldly music and throwing in a casual reference to God or Jesus once in a while honor God? You be the judge based upon what scripture teaches about the glory of God and His Son who sits at His right hand in splendor. 

To downgrade or not to downgrade… that is the question facing America. How will she respond?

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Free Bird (Satire)


I’ll bet you that church across the street is playing Free Bird as the invitational hymn again…their service should have let out 15 minutes ago.

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Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Frontier Struggles (Satire)


Walter: ” Dean, what happened to you?”

Dean: ” They roughed me up over at that church down the street.”

John: ” What did you do, take money from the plate?”

Dean: ” No, I just suggested they sing a hymn instead of another one of those praise choruses…”

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 10:24-48 part 1


Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 10:24-48

Last time, we saw the messengers of Cornelius arrive in Joppa to find Peter. Cornelius had seen a vision where an angel told him to send for Peter and where to find him. Much is happening here. A Roman Centurion and a gentile is being saved. This is huge! God is saving a man who is functioning inside a corrupt political/military government and a pagan gentile culture. And not only that, God is teaching Jewish Christians an unbelievable truth about God’s plan: Gentiles will be saved and will be equal to Jews in God’s kingdom! Unheard of and unbelievable!

I am using John MacArthur’s commentary on Acts for guidance in this study. MacArthur notes that a milestone in the Church’s history is reached when the two worlds collide. Peter and six of his fellow Jewish believers are going to see the unseeable, learn the unknowable and experience the unbelievable.

Cornelius had not been sitting around buffing his nails while his servants were gone to fetch Peter. He had prepared a gathering of  friends and relatives. Why? To hear what Peter would tell them.

Cornelius obviously valued what Peter would tell him and his relatives upon arrival. After all, Peter was the leader of the Church. He was the top guy in God’s blossoming group of believers in Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself had announced to Peter his responsibility for leadership of the group. And this guy was coming to see Cornelius!

This was not a political power display however. Cornelius was not trying to impress his friends. He had called everyone together because he expected Peter to tell them something important from God. Afterall, an angel had told him to send for Peter. Cornelius wanted his family and friends to benefit from knowing God. Anyone who knows God should have the desire for others to know as well.  Cornelius was in the process of moving from death to life. His concern for others is a proof of this occurence.

God was doing the work of transformation in Cornelius. This conversion would likely cost Cornelius his life as the Romans were not charitable toward the Jews and certainly not toward the Christians. Roman soldiers were killed if they ever got out of line with the rules and regs of military operation. Cornelius would either have to leave the Roman territory or die. However, this is apparently not a concern for him. It is not even mentioned in the text! The important thing to keep in mind is that God is saving his soul! This is far more important than preserving his temporary condition.

This truth must have entered his mind prior to inviting his friends and relatives over to hear Peter speak. He was caught in a paradox that many would experience and still face today. He chose to expose the others to eternal salvation even though it could cost them their lives. Cornelius had everything in proper perspective.

In Mark 8, Jesus addresses this very issue. He compares to outcomes of preserving one’s life now versus giving one’s life away for the sake of Christ and the Gospel. Cornelius made the correct choice. What choice will you make?  

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Posted by on March 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Decisionalism vs. Regeneration What does your church teach?


It is a modern-day epidemic. You will hear a preacher say something like,  “If you want to know you can have Heaven as your home, then ask Jesus into your heart” or “Raise your hand if you have made a decision to allow Jesus to be Lord of your life” or something similar but is this true? Sometimes, you will not even hear mention of the need for salvation. Instead you will hear a preacher say something like, ” We would love to have you as a part of our loving and thriving congregation, please sign the tear-out in your welcome kit and become a member today” or ” Your wonderful life could be made much more fulfilling by having Jesus in it; send a text to 2125LOVE and you will be assured of eternity in Heaven” but is this true?

In the clip of the Paul Washer sermon, you will hear Paul challenge some of the inaccurate and eternally damning assumptions made by too many people. Paul shares with us what the Bible really teaches about regeneration.

Who is a Christian? The one who confidently proclaims Christ but lives like the world or the one whose life changes 180 degrees for a Godly instead of worldly existence? God is the judge. Make sure on which side of the aisle you are standing.         (Thanks to www.illbehonest.com

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Posted by on March 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Daily Truth Bible Study Acts 9:22-43 part 1


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Daily Truth Bible Study  Acts 9:22-43   Let us continue to follow what God is doing in the Church during its formation. How does this compare with what is happening in the “church” today?

Verse 22 tells us that Saul/Paul confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus proving that Jesus is the Christ. Now we know that it was not the lesser of the Jews he was confounding because, in every other situation we have seen, the leadership of the Jews is always out in front of the confrontation. It was true in the very beginning. The Jews who were leading the battle against Jesus were the leadership and that continued. So do not think that Saul/Paul was sneaking around and talking to the lowest level of Jew only. He was confounding the leadership and proving that Jesus was indeed who He had said He was.

How did Saul/Paul do this? I would say that he did it the same way he continued to do it throughout his ministry. He taught that Jesus is the Son of God who died, rose, and ascended to be with the Father. He taught that there is salvation in no other name except Jesus. This is the same message Paul taught throughout his ministry. The power of God was also involved without question. God’s power was at work to accomplish His purpose. Saul/Paul was only as able as God made him to be.

Now, I would like to combat the thought popular today that “since modern people do not want to hear about doctrine, we need to be relevant to them and meet them where they live”. This type of thinking is bankrupt. It implies that God and His word is not relevant unless man gives it the right to be. This is an abomination! God is Holy, Holy, Holy. He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-encompassing. He determines what is relevant.

The “relevance to the world” crowd are working from the belief that man is sovereign in determining whether or not he will accept God. They may not admit it but it is true. Why else would a person think it necessary to the relevant to a group in order to tell the group what it needs to hear? They are trying to get the group’s approval or buy-in.

We have already covered the fact that God is sovereign and determines those who will be saved and is justified in doing so. God predetermines and calls those who will be saved unto Himself. This is why God is always relevant. People need to hear the truth so the elect will come to God in repentance (which is a sign they are the elect). 

Saul/Paul could talk the talk and reason with the educated. He was a well-educated pharisee before his conversion. If he had wanted, he could have argued Jewish beliefs all day long. As an educated man, he could have also argued Roman politics and world events. He did not do this however. He preached Christ alone as the savior of the world.

Next, look at verse 23. After many days, the Jews plotted to kill him. Here we go again. Not much has changed. The Jews realized they were in trouble of loosing their hold over the people. Saul/Paul’s message threatened to undo their religious system. Their hardened hearts were not capable of repenting (apparently) and thus they planned to kill the messenger so as to remove the problem.

Wow, what a religion! They could not win the argument with facts and they did not apparently have a great deal of faith in their religion so they plotted to kill Saul/Paul to quiet him.

What does this tell you about Saul/Paul and his message. There was real power there. If not, would the Jews desire to kill? Maybe. Saul/Paul’s message was considered blasphemous to them. However, watch how they planned to kill him. They were not planning to walk up to him and kill him publicly. They waited at the gates to catch him. This may suggest the Jews were not acting with the popular opinion of the population of the area.

Regardless of the exact reason for their plans, Saul/Paul was not to be stopped. God made a way for his escape. Saul/Paul was a force to be feared by the Jews. He carried the message of redemption to his part of the world.  

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Posted by on December 18, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Relevance: Is Your Church Relevant in Today’s Culture ?


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Relevance: Is Your Church Relevant in Today’s Culture ?   Is this even the correct question?

With many (and maybe most) churches chasing after style in order to be ‘relevant’ to today’s culture, where will the church eventually find itself?

Are we supposed to be relevant to the current culture? I suppose this depends upon how we define ‘relevant’. Let me begin by asking a simple question…did God ever seek to be relevant to the current culture in the Bible? This sounds like a simple question but people are sharply divided on it.

I have searched scripture trying to keep everything in proper context. Here is what I have noticed…

God never changed in order to accomodate man. Please follow along before attempting to rebut. God reached out to man in a way that man could understand. That is definite. Is that relevance in action? Well, maybe. But let’s look some more.

The whole concept of relevance is based upon what the recipient can and will understand. When we focus upon what the hearer WANTS TO HEAR, we are moving away from relevance and toward preference.

Dictionary.com defines relevance as “connected to or bearing upon the matter at hand”. Now, I would say that since God created everything and since He is the one to be feared because He cannot only destroy life but also damn it to hell (Matt 10:28), that God is the matter at hand. He determines and embodies all that is relevant because it is what He likes or dislikes that matters most of all.

Since this is the case, what is relevant? Only that which is approved by God. Does God approve of the church becoming like the world in order to be accepted by it? Not hardly. Nowhere can such an example be found in scripture. As a matter of fact, Paul addressed the church in Corinth about this exact problem of the church being no different than the world. Also, there are seven letters to churches in Revelation that addresses this problem as well.

God does not need to be overhauled and repackaged in order to be received by man. Man is not sovereign in the matter of salvation and discipleship. God is sovereign. Paul said he did not seek to speak eloquently but spoke only of Christ and Christ crucified (1Cor 2:2). 

I see the question of relevance to be more about our being relevant in God’s eyes as opposed to the church being relevant in the world’s eyes. Jesus was never relevant to the pharisees and other power players of His day. Why? Because He represented  a path different from the desires of man’s will.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that anyone who is in Christ is a NEW creature with the old stuff having passed away and everything having been made new. How on earth could the way of Christ ever be relevant to a corrupt and lost world?

Christ is the cornestone rejected by the builders of the world power base (Matt 21:42-45). The only people who embraced Jesus in scripture permanently are those who were saved and became the new creatures spoken of in 2Cor 5:17. 

Beware of the relevance-driven movement. No one is relevant who is separated from God. God has placed power for converting the soul in His word (Psalm 19:7-14, Rom 1:16, Rom 10:17).

We should seek to be found faithful to God. God can do any amount of great and powerful things. We do not drive the bus. God is in control. This was true yesterday, is true today, and will be true tomorrow.  Opine, if you please…

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Posted by on October 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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