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Stay Away From The Ministers Of Satan!

The latest video from our brothers Mark & Rich over at ProclaimHisWord:

Jude 1:11-13 (New American Standard Bible)

11Woe to them! For they have gone (A)the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into (B)the error of Balaam, and (C)perished in the rebellion of Korah.

 12These are the men who are hidden reefs (D)in your love feasts when they feast with you (E)without fear, caring for themselves; (F)clouds without water, (G)carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, (H)uprooted;

 13(I)wild waves of the sea, casting up (J)their own shame like foam; wandering stars, (K)for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (New American Standard Bible)

13For such men are (A)false apostles, (B)deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

 14No wonder, for even (C)Satan disguises himself as an (D)angel of light.

 15Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, (E)whose end will be according to their deeds.

 Yup, that about sums it all up…

 

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Do You REALLY Believe What You Said?

One of the fundamental problems with the seeker sensitive/emergent church movement (and the Osteen/Warren user friendly church model) is the removal of the burden of the cross of Christ.

When you’re convinced that you can “become a better you” by simply “adjusting” your lifestyle, or subscribing to “7 habits”, then you are on a slippery theological slope. Add to the confusion the route by which you accepted Christ “as your personal Savior” (a/k/a “the sinners prayer”, in most churches), then we can see why many who claim the Name of the Lord live as though they’ve never heard the Gospel proclaimed.

Take a look at the way Joel Osteen evangelizes the Gospel message:

I don’t know what Osteen said prior to that prayer, I’d be hard pressed to believe that he gave a sound expository on salvation through Jesus Christ or the Doctrines of Grace (based on his lightweight approach to “preaching” history).

The fact of the matter is that most people say the sinners prayer in order to obtain “fire insurance” – a “get out (or stay out) of hell free card” that will ensure that they spend eternity with the Father. Sadly, many never learn of the process of regeneration.

In his book “Concise Theology: A Guide To Historic Christian Beliefs”, J.I. Packer states that “regeneration” is:

a transition from spiritual death to spiritual life, and conscious, intentional, active faith in Christ is its immediate fruit, not its immediate cause.

If you come to God through Christ after having acknowledged that (1) you are a sinner and deserving of eternal damnation apart from Him (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23), (2) the sinless Christ (1 Peter 2:22) paid your sin-debt in full (2 Corinthians 5:21) as a demonstration of God’s love for you (Romans 5:8), and (3)you sincerely believe in your heart about the death, burial, Resurrection, and reign of Christ (Romans 10:9), then you are saved.

The fruit of your salvation (or as the Apostle Peter called it a “living hope” in 1 Peter 1:3) is a “regenerated” life – as referenced by J.I. Packer in the quote above. In other words, if you “prayed the sinners prayer” yet you still live the “unrepentant sinner’s life”, then one must ask if you really believe what you said in the first place.

If you truly understand that your salvation was paid for by the precious Blood of the Savior, then you’ll not only accept His free gift (after you acknowledge your sin and repent – or “turn away” from those things that displease Him), then you’ll do everything you can to stay on that “narrow path”.

Many claim to be “former Christians” – people who have purposely turned away from the faith because of their bad experiences with pulpit pimps, cults, and false gospels. I thinks it’s fair to question if they really understood the burden they were taking on when they accepted Christ and His cross in the first place:

As my brother Independent Conservative put it:

Some claim they used to be a Christian. Fact is, they used to THINK they were Christians and later only proved they never were. Christians endure till the end, because real Christians are drawn and kept by God.

The bottom line is this – when we evangelize to the unsaved, we must be sure not to lull them into “saying the sinners prayer” as a way to protect them from eternal hellfire.

We must help them understand their state without Christ, their potential eternal punishment, and the full weight of the cross that they must carry as His disciple.

If they really understand and believe their Living Hope, then they will contend for the TRUE faith and defend it against any and all false teachers (Jude 1:2-4)

Biblical Teaching Vs. Motivational Speaking

Many of the saints are deceived by charismatic and theatrical preaching because it tickles the ear and satisfies our desire to be entertained.

I’m of the firm belief that many folks enjoy watching their pastor hoop, sing a bible verse, prance back and forth across the stage, and lay hands on people on Sunday mornings or Wednesday evenings.

“My pastor sure can preach” or “Bishop Jones is a bible teacher!”, they’ll say to their friends and coworkers while encouraging them to visit their church.

In reality, if your pastor relies on theatrics, philosophical illustrations, or the “Holy Spirit” to “fall” during service so that he “can’t even preach because the glory is so heavy” – then he neither teaches OR preaches…he entertains.

Many people are even deceived by the “easy going” and “welcoming demeanor” or Rick Warren and Joel Osteen. These guys barely ruffle a feather when they preach, but they sure do reel you in by “motivating” you to live your “best life now” or be driven by your “purpose”.

The tragedy is that the sheep have been entertained & “motivated” for so long (many for most of their lives), that they would consider expository preaching to be “too boring”.

Here’s an accurate description of expository preaching from Wikipedia:

Expository preaching differs from topical preaching in that the former concentrates on a specific text and discusses topics covered therein, whereas the latter concentrates on a specific topic and references texts covering the topic.

In other words, many pastors eisegete the Word of God instead of properly exegeting it.

The video below does a great job of explaining the basis of sound bible teaching, and how far the pimps have strayed (and stayed) away from it by only quoting a scripture to use it as a basis to preach their personal philosophy:

Some of the voices you hear in the audio portion of the video are (surprise) Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and Fred Price.

Yet another reason to study the Word of God for yourself and avoid wolves, pimps, and hustlers who attempt to misuse His Holy Word to fleece you.

***hat tip to Real Christianity for the video***

The Purpose Driven Lie

I’ve expressed my personal displeasure with the “seeker sensitive”/emergent movement in the past, primarily because the Gospel of Jesus Christ is rendered impotent – instead of being an antidote to eternal damnation, the message of remission and repentance of sin becomes a “God loves you despite…” message.

God DOES love us, but He HATES our sin, and if we don’t repent of it and accept His Son as the propitiation for our sin-debt, then we can’t even be called His children (1 John 3:7-10).

In this video, John MacArthur explains the lie of Rick Warren’s book “The Purpose Driven Life”:

This book has been required reading for many churches around the country. It’s been a best selling book, so it’s done a good job of creating “marketing plans” for churches in order to attract clientsworshippers. It’s also done a great job of dumming down the Gospel message.

If you attend a church that calls itself a “purpose driven church”, read 1 Peter 2:21-25 to know your REAL purpose (my emphasis in bold):

21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;

23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

Next, throw the book away and find a church that is built on the foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ – and isn’t afraid to evangelize salvation through Christ alone after repentance of sin.


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