Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The “organic church” is a concept promoted by Frank Viola and his associates. Part of the larger house church movement, it has been called “church with little organization, little structure, and loose doctrine,” which is true and would be dangerous enough in itself; but there is far more to the organic church than that, and the “far more” is insidious....
I want to hasten to say, though, that the organic church is not intended to be a challenge and help to a “traditional” Bible-believing church in any sense. Its object is not to help revive churches but toreplace them. The organic church’s criticism of Bible-believing churches is not intended to be constructive. John Beardsley rightly observes that the organic church’s criticism of churches is “propaganda to mislead the reader for another agenda” (“Doctrines of Devils and Men,” Aug. 30, 2011).
In fact, the organic church is a vicious attack upon every Bible-believing church. It is an attack upon the office of pastor/elder, an attack upon owning a building, an attack upon having a church larger than 20 or 30, an attack upon preaching, an attack upon having the Lord’s Supper less often than weekly and as a “ritual” as opposed to a full-blown meal, an attack upon restricting the woman’s ministry, and many other things.
Frank Viola makes no secret of the fact that he wants to encourage people to leave “traditional” Bible churches.
Consider some statements from his writings.....
~Entire article Way of Life here
Frank Viola has other serious doctrinal issues.
to amend its doings,
to correct its mistakes,
to blot out its sins,
to undo the things we ought not to have done,
to do the things we ought to have done, but left undone,
to unsay the words we ought not to have said,
to speak the words we ought to have spoken.
The day is gone from us--and is with You. We leave it in Your hands. Whatever we have done that was not according to Your will--may You graciously forgive. The things that pleased You--may You bless.
Our disappointments, we accept as Your appointments for us--better than our own way would have been. Teach us the lessons You would have us learn from the day's experiences. May we be wiser for having lived through these experiences. May . . .
our faith be stronger,
our love be deeper,
our earnestness be more intense,
and our zeal be more intense.
(J.R. Miller, "Family Prayers")
Bullied again by the Left.
Where's the tolerance?
Not for professing Christians who take a biblical stand. But they will defend the "rights" of Muslims and the Muslim religion.
Let me tell you something. Once the mosques are built and the 5 calls to prayer each day ring in these Leftists' ears continuously, and once the Muslims start demanding the local restaurants and banks and whatever else, to comply with Sharia law or else, there won't be any bullying on their part.
Because Muslims are bigger bullies than the Liberals. They, at least, are willing to die for their cause (wrong as it is). Liberals just stomp around, whine, cry, and sue.
But Islam's got deeper pockets and they are smarter; they've been increasingly using our laws against us Americans and in their favor to get Sharia laws enacted.
Christians, true Christians, don't fight by the sword or threaten with physical harm.
That is the difference.
Betty Crock comes out swinging against its traditional customers.
Pushing what is unholy and unnatural in order to try to make sodomy "normal" will never ever make sodomy normal. Its a perversion that God has condemned in all ages because it goes against His established order of things. As Creator, He defines what is right and what is wrong.
Interesting how the homosexual activists use those "nasty" big corporations, you know, the "1% ers" these Leftists love to hate,for their own agendas.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
It appears that Christians may forget Christ! There would be no need for this loving exhortation--if there were not a fearful possibility that our memories might prove treacherous. Nor is this an empty notion. It is, sadly, too well confirmed in our experience; not as a possibility--but as a lamentable fact!
It appears almost impossible that those who have been redeemed by the blood of the dying Lamb, and loved with an everlasting love by the eternal Son of God--could forget their gracious Savior! But if startling to the ear, sadly, it is too apparent to the eye to allow us to deny the crime.
Can we forget Him--who never forgot us!
Can we forget Him--who poured His blood out for our sins!
Can we forget Him--who loved us even to death!
Can it be possible?
Yes, it is not only possible--but conscience confesses that is is too sadly a fault with all of us. Instead of Him being a permanent resident in our memories--we treat Him as a visitor. The cross--where one would expect that memory would linger--is desecrated by the feet of forgetfulness.
Doesn't your conscience say that this is true? Don't you find yourselves forgetful of Jesus? Some other love steals away your heart--and you are unmindful of Him upon whom your chief affection ought to be set. Some earthly business engrosses your attention--when you ought to be fixed steadily upon the cross. It is the incessant turmoil of the world, the constant attraction of earthly things--which takes the soul away from Christ! While memory works to preserve a poisonous weed--it allows the rose of Sharon to wither!
Let us charge ourselves to tie a heavenly forget-me-not around our hearts for Jesus our Beloved, and whatever else we let slip, let us hold tight to Him!
Saturday, July 27, 2013
And what am I--that I should be distinguished from them! What was there in me--that a difference should be made between us! Lord, you know that there was nothing. It is all of your rich, free, and sovereign grace--that there is the least difference between me, and the vilest wretch in Hell!
"But by the grace of God, I am what I am!" 1 Corinthians 15:10
"Hold me up, and I shall be safe!" Psalm 119:117
Friday, July 26, 2013
It epitomizes irony, really, to watch the reaction of those who cry, "Tolerance! Peace! Love! Unity!" when they are faced with the truth about sin, condemnation and the wrath of a holy God. The response is stunningly unsurprising, but should not go unnoticed by Christians....
Pastor Slyman's article was a response to the mayor of Gloucester raising the rainbow flag to fly under the American flag in the city square, an act that was meant to enhance the city's "welcoming gateway." Wrote Slyman:
The rainbow was given by God as a sign of His mercy upon sinful man. It signified a divine promise that “all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there be again a flood to destroy the earth” (Genesis 9:11). The rainbow signifies the grace and mercy of a holy God.Even though Slyman beautifully shared the truth of the Gospel in his article, his words were not welcomed by some citizens of this city—a city that boasts of its supposedly warm, "welcoming gateway." Numerous letters-to-the-editor have been written and published by The Gloucester Times and, quite predictably, most of them were not written in support of Pastor Slyman.
Yet, in light of God’s mercy and grace, one must not forget that God is holy and hates sin with a passion. He abhors sin. In fact, it was because of sin that God destroyed the human race (save Noah and his family) with the flood in the first place. His holy anger is stated by God Himself in these words, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the earth” (Genesis 6:7). Why? Because “The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Wickedness is what fills the heart of man—wickedness that has infected all parts of our being, continually—the very wickedness that God hates.
Fast forward to June 1, 2013 when Gloucester Mayor Carolyn Kirk raised the very symbol of holy God’s mercy and grace at the Gloucester rotary—a symbol that has been altered from its original meaning to one that exalts the very thing that God hates: sin (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; Jude 1:7).
It is frightening to think, but on June 1 Mayor Kirk (representing the town of Gloucester) actually shook her fist in the face of God—supposing that God’s hatred of sin has dissipated, presuming that God’s grace will always be upon this town, thinking that God’s hatred against sin has changed. In effect, it was a mocking of the holiness of God—taking the very symbol of His grace and flying it proudly in the exaltation of sin—the very reason why God judged the earth previously.
End quote. Full article here where she also reports about the Gloucester Times editor, who ran the article, and his explanation for printing it, as well as the reaction of religious leaders in his community.
Praise God for a strong brother who didn't cave! God has His remnant and He will always have the last word!
This is an issue I've addressed repeatedly for years now and am growing quite weary with it and it is this: it is becoming impossible for "solid men" to outrightly reject an entire man, ministry, book, organization, movement, or church any more.
They won't have it. They won't dare to do it. They see no need for it.
2John 9-11 doesn't exist in most Bibles it seems. Or at least, its not applicable to those who seem to have some things "right", especially those who are in "their" circle (academics, theology, whatever); you know, those who "otherwise" "seem solid".
It appears on the surface to be "balanced" or "measured" or "reasonable" or "logical" by finding and "appreciating" the "good" of a teacher who is unfaithful to the Scriptures, instead of "rashly" or "unreasonably" rejecting him or her.
Typically the complaint against my challenge is "well who's perfect" or "who has perfect doctrine"?
Scripture does. And Scripture always will. Scripture is knowable through the Holy Spirit's work in us. Truth is knowable. And God expects us to know His Word. That's why growth is part of the true Christian's life:
2Pe 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness, 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
We are grateful to the editor of Word and Work for speaking out so plainly. He says:—
"In The Sword and the Trowel for the present month Mr. Spurgeon gives no uncertain sound concerning departures from the faith. His exposure of the dishonesty which, under the cover of orthodoxy, assails the very foundations of faith is opportune in the interests of truth. No doubt, like a faithful prophet in like evil times, he will be called a 'troubler of Israel,' and already we have noticed he has been spoken of as a pessimist; but any such attempts to lessen the weight of his testimony are only certain to make it more effective. When a strong sense of duty prompts public speech it will be no easy task to silence it.
"The preachers of false doctrine dislike nothing more than the premature detection of their doings. Only give them time enough to prepare men's minds for the reception of their 'new views,' and they are confident of success. They have had too much time already, and any who refuse to speak out now must be held to be 'partakers of their evil deeds.' As Mr. Spurgeon says, 'A little plain-speaking would do a world of good just now. These gentlemen desire to be let alone. They want no noise raised. Of course thieves hate watch-dogs, and love darkness. It is time that somebody should spring his rattle, and call attention to the way in which God is being robbed of his glory and man of his hope.'
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Would you know where I am? I am at home in my Father's house--in the mansion Jesus prepared for me there. I am where I want to be--where I have long and often desired to be. I am no longer on a stormy sea--but in a safe and quiet harbor. My working time is done--I am resting! My sowing time is done--I am reaping! My joy is as the joy of harvest!
Would you know how it is with me? I am perfect in holiness; grace is swallowed up in glory!
Would you know what I am doing? I see God; I see Him as He is; not as through a glass darkly, but face to face. The sight is transforming, it makes me like Him! I am in the sweet enjoyment of my blessed Redeemer, whom my soul loved, and for whose sake I was willing to part with all. I am here bathing myself at the spring-head of heavenly pleasures and unutterable joys; and, therefore, weep not for me. I am here singing hallelujahs incessantly to Him who sits upon the throne, and rest not day or night from praising Him!
Would you know what company I have? Blessed company--better than the best on earth; here are holy angels, and the spirits of just men made perfect. I am here with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of God; with blessed Paul, and Peter, and James, and John, and all the saints. And here I meet with many old acquaintances that I fasted and prayed with, who came here before me.
And, lastly, would you consider how long this is to continue? It is a garland that never withers; a crown of glory that never fades away; after millions of millions of ages, it will be as fresh as it is now; and, therefore, weep not for me!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
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