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      "Why Are There So Many Different Churches?"

      Friday, March 30, 2007

      One evening, I was standing outside the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Mesa, Arizona. It was during what is called the "Easter Pageant", and during the "Easter Pageant" about 120 to 150 thousand people attend the presentation of the Passion of Christ there on the lawn of the temple.
      For 17 or 18 years now, we've stood out there and shared the gospel with people each night during the pageant, and one night a man came by. I offered him a tract, and he took it and sort of looked at the back. As soon as you hand someone a tract, they do this immediate "wrist twist" thing to see who published the thing on the back. Someday I'm going to put a little thing on the back that says, "Why don't you read me first?" so they can just, you know, read the whole thing. So I saw the man go a little ways, and he sort of looked at it and he saw me see him looking back. He was like, "Am I going to get into this or not going to?", and you could see this fight going on in his mind.

      He finally takes a deep breath and comes back and wants to talk while we're there, and he says, "I... I have a question for you."
      I said, "Ok."
      He says, "Why are there so many different Christian churches?"
      And I said, "Well... there are two reasons I would suggest to you. One is something that is legitimate and one that is not legititmate. What I mean by that is that the first reason is that God didn't make us out of a "cookie-cutter" mold, and I think that there are legitimate differences between certain churches. There are some churches that have one style of worship. Some churches where the pastor is, you know, dresses one way and another dress another. I think there are legitimate differences between some churches, I don't think the church at Rome was identical to the church at Corinth as the church at Thessolinica so that the worship service was identical amongst all of them, but, in reality, the reason that there there are all sorts of different chruches is primarily due to the fact that people will pick and choose what they will or will not believe out of the Bible! That is, men bring their traditions to the text of scripture, their ignorances to the text of scripture, and they have certain things they want to find, and so instead of believing all that the Bible has to say, they'll pick and choose certain sections they like better than others and choose to ignore others and they'll just pick and choose. I think that's why you have the illegitimate differences that there are - simply false teachings that divide people in various churches."

      He sort of thought, "Um... yeah... ok..." He really wasn't overly impressed with that response. So we started talking, and this was a very sharp fellow (as pertaining to Mormon tradition). He was a returned missionary. He had already served his two years, and we were very quickly onto the subject of the gospel. Very quickly he discerned that what I was saying is that God's grace saves. It saves perfectly on the basis of the work of Christ, and he says, "Well, it sounds to me like you're saying that if God's grace saves, then ...God chooses to save certain individuals."
      And I said, "Yes, that's what I'm saying."
      He says, "You don't... you don't believe in predestination, do you?", you know, sort of like saying, "You don't have bad breath, do you?"

      I had a little King James Version of the Bible with me so I unsnapped it, and I opened up to Ephesians chapter 1 verse 11. So I read him Eph. 1:11:
      "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"

      And he looked at me and said, "So you're saying..." I put my hand up and I went, "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"

      And he said, "So you believe..." and I put my hand up and I said,
      "In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"

      And if you can imagine us standing here, he looks over the Bible, he finds verse 11, he points to it, and he says, "That's wrong... and I feel good saying that."

      So I closed my Bible up, snapped it tight, and I said, "Sir, when you first walked up to me, you asked, 'Why are there so many different churches?'. You may recall that I said it is because people pick and choose what they will and will not believe out of the Bible, and sir, nobody has ever given me a better example of that than you just did."

      - Dr. James R. White


      The Comforter.

      Thursday, March 29, 2007

      And oh, how wise a Comforter is the Holy Ghost. Job had comforters, and I think he spoke the truth when he said, "Miserable comforters are ye all." But I dare say they esteemed themselves wise; and when the young man Elihu rose to speak, they thought he had a world of impudence. Were they not "grave and reverend seigniors?" Did not they comprehend his grief and sorrow? If they could not comfort him, who could? But they did not find out the cause. They thought he was not really a child of God, that he was self-righteous, and they gave him the wrong physic. It is a bad case when the doctor mistakes a disease and gives a wrong prescription, and so perhaps kills the patient. Sometimes, when we go and visit people, we mistake their disease; we want to comfort them on this point, whereas they do not require any such comfort at all, and they would be better left alone, than spoiled by such unwise comforters as we are. But oh, how wise the Holy Spirit is! He takes the soul, lays it on the table, and dissects it in a moment; he finds out the root of the matter, he sees where the complaint is, and then he applies the knife where something is required to be taken away, or puts a plaster where the sore is; and he never mistakes. O how wise is the blessed Holy Ghost; from ever comforter I turn, and leave them all, for thou art he who alone givest the wisest consolation.

      Then mark, how safe a Comforter the Holy Ghost is. All comfort is not safe, mark that. There is a young man over there very melancholy. You know how he became so. He stepped into the house of God and heard a powerful preacher, and the word was blessed, and convinced him of sin. When he went home, his father and the rest found there was something different about him, "Oh," they said, "John is mad, he is crazy;" and what said his mother? "Send him into the country for a week; let him go to the ball or the theatre." John, did you find any comfort there? "Ah no; they made me worse, for while I was there I thought hell might open and swallow me up." Did you find any relief in the gayeties of the world? "No," say you, "I thought it was idle waste of time." Alas! this is miserable comfort, but it is the comfort of the worldling; and, when a Christian gets into distress, how many will recommend him this remedy and the other. "Go and hear Mr. So-and-so preach;" "have a few friends at you house;" "Read such-and-such a consoling volume;" and very likely it is the most unsafe advice in the world. The devil will sometimes come to men's souls as a false comforter; and he will say to the soul, "What need is there to make all this ado about repentance? you are no worse than other people;" and he will try to make the soul believe, that what is presumption, is the real assurance of the Holy Ghost; thus he deceives many by false comfort. Ah! there have been many, like infants, destroyed by elixirs, given to lull them to sleep; many have been ruined by the cry of "peace, peace," when there is no peace; hearing gentle things, when they ought to be stirred to the quick. Cleopatra's asp was brought in a basket of flowers; and men's ruin often lurks in fair and sweet speeches. But the Holy Ghost's comfort is safe, and you may rest on it. Let him speak the word, and there is a reality about it; let him give the cup of consolation, and you may drink it to the bottom; for in its depths there are no dregs, nothing to intoxicate or ruin, it is all safe.

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


      Being DEAD in Sin Vs. The Idea of Being HURT in Sin.

      Tuesday, March 27, 2007

      Obviously, there are those who play with a Semi-Palegian idea that we're not really dead in sin, but we're sort of hurt in sin. The old controversy between Augustine and Palageus is still happening today.

      The Palageanist viewpoint is that you've got a pit, man is down in the pit, and he can't necessarily get out by himself, but he's standing there, he's whole, and he has use of his arms and his legs. All he really needs is an example from God on how to get out of the pit, and Jesus provides that example. There's really no need for grace because man has the capacity to get out of the pit himself.

      Augustine taught that here's the pit, the man is laying flat on the bottom, and there's a tulip growing out his chest because he is dead. You can throw all the aids down to him you want, but since he's lying dead in the bottom of the pit, he won't be able to get out of it. You can throw ladders down to him, you can yell at him, you can give him water, you can give him food, but it doesn't matter because he's dead. What happens is that Christ has to come down, resurrect him to life, and take him out.

      The Semi-Palagean view, the one in the middle which is where most people like to be because "nobody likes extremes" you know, is the man is sitting there propped up against the wall. He's got a broken leg and a broken arm. So what has to happen is that God has to throw down the ladder and Jesus Christ has to come down and help the guy, but without the guy's help, without the guy's assistance, Jesus Christ isn't going to be able to get him back up the ladder so it's this "cooperative effort" between the two.

      Those are your three view points. Either it's 1) All of man , 2) All of God , or 3) A mixture of the two, and people like to go, "Well, you know, I really don't like to be extreme either direction, and so I'll be comfortable in the middle."

      - Dr. James R. White


      Unbelief is Sin.

      Monday, March 26, 2007

      …the least unbelief is of the same nature as the greatest. I am astonished, and I am sure you will be, when I tell you that there are some strange people in the world who do not believe that unbelief is a sin. Strange people I must call them, because they are sound in their faith in every other respect; only, to make the articles of their creed consistent, as they imagine, they deny that unbelief is sinful. I remember a young man going into a circle of friends and ministers, who were disputing whether it was a sin in men that they did not believe the gospel. Whilst they were discussing it, he said, “Gentlemen am I in the presence of Christians? Are you believers in the Bible, or are you not?” They said, “We are Christians of course.” ”Then,” said he, “does not the Scripture say, ‘of sin, because they believed not on me?’ And is it not the dawning sin of sinners that they do not believe on Christ?” I could not have thought that persons should be so fool-hardy as to venture to assert that “it is no sin for a sinner not to believe on Christ.” I thought that, however far they might wish to push their sentiments, they would not tell a lie to uphold the truth and, in my opinion, this is what such men are really doing. Truth is a strong tower and never requires to be buttressed with error. God’s Word will stand against all man’s devices. I would never invent a sophism to prove that it is no sin on the part of the ungodly not to believe, for I am sure it is, when I am taught in the Scriptures that, “This is the condemnation, that light is come into the world and men love darkness rather than light,” and when I read, ‘He that believeth not is condemned already, because he believeth not on the Son of God,” I affirm, and the Word declares it, unbelief is a sin. Surely with rational and unprejudiced persons, it cannot require any reasoning to prove it. Is it not a sin for a creature to doubt the word of its Maker? Is it not a crime and an insult to the Divinity, for me, an atom, a particle of dust, to dare to deny his words? Is it not the very summit of arrogance and extremity of pride for a son of Adam to say, even in his heart, as God I doubt thy grace; God I doubt thy love; God I doubt thy power?” Oh! sirs believe me, could ye roll all sins into one mass,-could you take murder, and blasphemy, and lust, adultery, and fornication, and everything that is vile, and unite them all into one vast globe of black corruption, they would not equal even then the sin of unbelief. This is the monarch sin, the quintessence of guilt the mixture of the venom of all crimes; the dregs of the wine of Gomorrah; it is the A 1 sin, the masterpiece of Satan, the chief work of the devil.

      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


      Quit Saying, "I'm Sorry..."

      Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

      - Jesus Christ (Luke 17:3)

      Quit saying, "I'm sorry..." I'm sorry. You're sorry. The fact is that we're all a bunch of sorry, pathetic sinners, and the majority of us like to think or act like we're not. If you look closely, "I'm sorry" can be used as an excuse rather than an apology without conviction and repentance. It's saying, "Well, I know that I stole from you, but, you know, I'm sorry..." Translated it can mean, "Since I am sorry, since I am pathetic, it makes it alright to steal from you because that's just the way I am." A murderer could say, "Well, yeah, I killed that man, but you know, I'm sorry. I'm just sorry and pathetic. ...Oh, well - that's me!"

      Now, while it is proof that there has been a work of humbling of a person for them to say, "I'm sorry" it is not a turning away from the sin that caused there to be a need to realize this truth. Do not get the two confused, because it is very dangerous, and it has caused many people, including myself, to think of ourselves/myself more highly than we ought when we are still dead in trespasses and sins. Instead of saying, "I'm sorry." say "I repent." They have two totally different meanings. They are even used in two totally different texts. "I'm sorry" is a adjective describing yourself. "I repent" is an action you do. Sorry is an adjective, but repent is a verb.

      While the following example may be expicit, it is needed to exlimpify the reason repentance is necessary after godly sorrow. A young man has a child about 1 to 2 years in age. He also has a terrible problem with wrath. One day he comes back from an outing filled with rage. He becomes so filled that he unloads his wrath upon the child. He begins punching him in the face repeatedly... harder and harder and harder. After about 2 minutes, he comes to his senses and feels remorse for what he is doing and for what he has done, but he continues to abuse the child nonetheless. He starts to realize what he has been doing the last few minutes and sees how pathetic of a person he is for doing such a thing, but all the while he continues punching the child in the face with his fist. Does realizing that he did wrong help the situation? Yes, but it did not alleviate it. It was only when he stopped punching the child, stopped hurting the child, and turned away from abusing it the child benefitted from his remorse. The same is true with our souls.

      Do you see the difference? Do you see why repentance is necessary? It's the difference between a Christian and a professing Christian or a worldling. The Christian has the Holy Ghost living inside of them, and at a time, they have come to say and continue to say when they've been convicted, "Lord, I repent." which means they have forsaken their sin. Sin is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and it is the death of a soul when it is finished (James 1:15). A Christian has turned away from sin and turned to the Lord. In turn, the Lord forgives.

      The worlding or professing Christian (Carnal Christian as it is called these days), loves the term, "I'm sorry" but hates the word "repent". They love the excuse they find in realizing they are pathetic, but they stay in their sin and love the darkness and try to justify themselves by looking to it as an excuse. Look at the phrase, "Carnal Christian". Is that not a term that has been made to promote an excuse to begin with?

      Look at how the New Testament scripture records the Lord using the word repent:

      "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."

      - Jesus Christ
      (Revelation 3:19)

      Are you going through a rough time because you have realized your transgression and are mortifying the deeds of your flesh? (Rom. 8:13, Col. 3:5) Be thankful then because the Lord is loving you and He won't stop what He started. He is loving you by bringing you to the realization that you are sorry, He is bringing godly sorrow. Now be zealous, therefore, and repent.


      Self-Denial is Essential.

      Sunday, March 25, 2007

      Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

      - Jesus Christ
      (Mark 8:34)

      by Richard Baxter

      You hear ministers tell you of the odiousness and danger and sad effects of sin; but of all the sins that you ever heard of, there is scarce any more odious and dangerous than selfishness, and yet I doubt there are many that never were much troubled at it, nor sensible of its malignity. My principal request therefore to you is, that as ever you would prove Christians indeed, and be saved from sin and the damnation which follows it, take heed of this deadly sin of selfishness, and be sure you are possessed with true self-denial; and if you have, see that you use and live upon it.

      And for your help herein, I shall tell you how your self-denial must be tried. I shall only tell you in a few words, how the least measure of true self-denial may be known. And in one word that is thus: Wherever the interest of carnal self is stronger and more predominant habitually than the interest of God, of Christ, of everlasting life, there is no true self-denial or saving grace; but where God's interest is strongest, there self-denial is sincere. If you further ask me how this may be known, briefly thus:

      1. What is it that you live for? What is that good which your mind is principally set to obtain? And what is that end which you principally design and endeavor to obtain, and which you set your heart on, and lay out your hopes upon? Is it the pleasing and glorifying of God, and the everlasting fruition of Him? Or is it the pleasing of your fleshly mind in the fruition of any inferior thing? Know this, and you may know whether self or God have the greatest interest in you. For that is your God which you love most, and please best, and would do most for.

      2. Which do you set most by, the means of your salvation and of the glory of God, or the means of providing for self and flesh? Do you set more by Christ and holiness, which are the way to God; or by riches, honor, and pleasures, which gratify the flesh? Know this, and you may know whether you have true self-denial.

      3. If you are truly self-denying, you are ordinarily ruled by God, and His Word and Spirit, and not by the carnal self. Which is the rule and master of your lives? Whose word and will is it ordinarily that prevails? When God draws, and self draws, which do you follow in the tenor of your life? Know this, and you may know whether you have true self-denial.

      4. If you have true self-denial, the drift of your lives is carried on in a successful opposition to your carnal self, so that you not only refuse to be ruled by it, and love it as your god, but you fight against it, and tread it down as your enemy. So that you go armed against self in the course of your lives, and are striving against self in every duty; and as others think, it then goes best with them, when self is highest and pleased best; so you will know that then it goes best with you, when self is lowest, and most effectually subdued.

      5. If you have true self-denial, there is nothing in this world so dear to you, but on deliberation you would leave it for God. He that has anything which he loves so well that he cannot spare it for God, is a selfish and unsanctified wretch. And therefore God has still put men to it, in the trial of their sincerity, to part with that which was dearest to the flesh. Abraham must be tried by parting with his only son. And Christ makes it His standing rule, "He who forsakes not all that he has, cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:33). Yet it is true that flesh and blood may make much resistance in a gracious heart; and many a striving thought there may be, before with Abraham we part with a son, or before we can part with wealth or life; but yet on deliberation, self-denial will prevail, and there is nothing so dear to a gracious soul, which he cannot spare at the will of God, and the hope of everlasting life. If with Peter we would flinch in a temptation--we should return with Peter in weeping bitterly, and give Christ those lives that in a temptation we denied Him.

      6. In a word, true self-denial is procured by the knowledge and love of God, advancing Him in the soul--to debasing of self. The illuminated soul is so much taken with the glory and goodness of the Lord, that it carries him out of himself to God, and as it were estranges him from himself, that he may have communion with God; and this makes him vile in his own eyes, and to abhor himself in dust and ashes; he is lost in himself, and seeking God, he finds himself again in God. It is not a stoical resolution, but the love of God and the hopes of glory, that make him throw away the world, and look contemptuously on all below, so far as they are mere provision for flesh.

      Search now, and try your hearts by these evidences, whether you are possessed of this necessary grace of self-denial. O make not light of the matter! For I must tell you that self is the most treacherous enemy, and the most insinuating deceiver in the world. It will be within you when you are not aware of it and will conquer you when you perceive not yourselves much troubled with it; and of all other vices is both the hardest to find out and the hardest to cure. Be sure therefore in the first place, that you have self-denial; and then be sure you use it and live in the practice of it.


      Advice On Reading.

      Saturday, March 24, 2007

      "Make careful choice of the books which you read: let the holy scriptures ever have the pre-eminence, and, next to them, those solid, lively, heavenly treatises which best expound and apply the scriptures, and next, credible histories, especially of the Church . . . but take heed of false teachers who would corrupt your understandings."

      1. As there is a more excellent appearance of the Spirit of God in the holy scripture, than in any other book whatever, so it has more power and fitness to convey the Spirit, and make us spiritual, by imprinting itself upon our hearts. As there is more of God in it, so it will acquaint us more with God, and bring us nearer Him, and make the reader more reverent, serious and divine. Let scripture be first and most in your hearts and hands and other books be used as subservient to it. The endeavours of the devil and papists to keep it from you, doth shew that it is most necessary and desirable to you.

      2. The writings of divines are nothing else but a preaching of the gospel to the eye, as the voice preaches it to the ear. Vocal preaching has the pre-eminence in moving the affections, and being diversified according to the state of the congregation which attend it: this way the milk comes warmest from the breast. But books have the advantage in many other respects: you may read an able preacher when you have but a average one to hear. Every congregation cannot hear the most judicious or powerful preachers: but every single person may read the books of the most powerful and judicious; preachers may be silenced or banished, when books may be at hand: books may be kept at a smaller charge than preachers: we may choose books which treat of that, very subject which we desire to hear of; but we cannot choose what subject the preacher shall treat of. Books we may have at hand every day. and hour; when we can have sermons but seldom, and at set times. If sermons be forgotten, they are gone; but a book we may read over and over, till we remember it: and if we forget it, may again peruse it at our pleasure, or at our leisure. So that good books are a very great mercy to the world: the Holy Ghost chose the way of writing, to preserve His doctrine and laws to the 'Church, as knowing how easy and sure a way it is of keeping it safe to all generations, in comparison of mere verbal traditions.

      3. You have need of a judicious teacher at hand, to direct you what books to use or to refuse: for among good books there are some very good that are sound and lively; and some good, but mediocre, and weak and somewhat dull; and some are very good in part, but have mixtures of error, or else of incautious, injudicious expressions, fitter to puzzle than edify the weak.

      Baxter's Guide To The Value Of A Book

      While reading ask oneself:

      1. Could I spend this time no better?

      2. Are there better books that would edify me more?

      3. Are the lovers of such a book as this the greatest lovers of the Book of God and of a holy life?

      4. Does this book increase my love to the Word of God, kill my sin, and prepare me for the life to come?

      - Richard Baxter


      Old Paths Magazine.

      Friday, March 23, 2007

      Old Paths Magazine is a free monthly magazine that started as a newsletter for the website SermonIndex.net . It offers faith building testimonies and theology from Christians from the years past. To download a copy, simply drag your mouse over an issue, click it, and download it. All the magazines/newsletters are in PDF format. If you need a PDF viewer, you can get the free Foxit Reader. The site and magazine are composed and maintained by Greg Gordon and a few others. These are posted with permission.


      Aggressive Christianity.

      Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every
      creature. --Mark 16:15

      It seems to me that we come infinitely short of any right and rational idea of the aggressive spirit of the New Testament saints. Satan has got Christians to accept what I may call a namby-pamby, kid-glove kind of system of presenting the Gospel to people. Seek them out; run after them, wherever you can get at them. “Every creature “--wherever you find a creature that has a soul--there go and preach My Gospel to him. If I understand it, that is the meaning and the spirit of the commission.

      Opposition! It is a bad sign for the Christianity of this day that it provokes so little opposition. If there were no other evidence of it being wrong, I should know it from that. When the Church and the world can jog along comfortably together, you may be sure there is something wrong. The world has not altered. Its spirit is exactly the same as it ever was, and if Christians were equally faithful and devoted to the Lord, and separated from the world, living so that their lives were a reproof to all ungodliness, the world would hate them as much as ever it did. It is the Church that has altered, not the world. You say, `We should be getting into endless turmoil.’ Yes; “I came not to bring peace on the earth, but a sword.” There would be uproar. Yes; and the Acts of the Apostles are full of stories of uproars. One uproar was so great that the Chief Captain had to get Paul over the shoulders of the people, lest he should have been torn in pieces. `What a commotion!’ you say. Yes; and, bless God, if we had the like now we should have thousands of sinners saved.

      Oh, precious Saviour! save us from maligning Thy Gospel and Thy name by clothing it with our paltry notions of earthly dignity, and forgetting the dignity which crowned Thy sacred brow as Thou didst hang upon the cross! Like the Apostles, let us be willing to push our limbs into a basket, and so be let down by the wall, if need be, or suffer shipwreck, hunger, peril, nakedness, fire, or sword, or even go to the block itself, if thereby we may extend His kingdom and win souls for whom He shed His blood. The Lord fill us with this love and baptize us with this fire, and then the Gospel will arise and become glorious in the earth, and men will believe in us, and in it. They will feel its power, and they will go down under it by thousands, and, by the grace of God, they SHALL.

      - Catherine Booth

      Taken from Sept. 05 edition of Old Paths Magazine.


      The Ten Marks of a Flesh-Pleaser.

      Thursday, March 22, 2007

      THE SIGNS OF A FLESH-PLEASER or sensualist are these:

      The Service of God

      1. When a man in his desire to please his appetite, does not do it with a view to a higher end, that is to say to the preparing himself for the service of God; but does it only for the delight itself. (Of course no one does every action consciously with a view to the service of God. Nevertheless, the general manner or habit of a life spent in the service of God is absent for the flesh-pleaser.)

      2. When he looks more eagerly and industriously after the prosperity of his body than of his soul.

      3. When he will not refrain from his pleasures, when God forbids them, or when they hurt his soul, or when the necessities of his soul call him away from them, but he must have his delight whatever it costs him, and is so set upon it, that he cannot deny it to himself.

      Exceed his Delights in God

      4. When the pleasures of his flesh exceed his delights in God, and his holy word and ways, and the expectations of endless pleasure. And this not only in the passion, but in the estimation, choice, and action. When he had rather be at a play, or feast, or other entertainment, or getting good bargains or profits in the world, than to live in the life of faith and love, which would be a holy and heavenly way of living.

      5. When men set their minds to scheme and study to make provision for the pleasures of the flesh; and this is first and sweetest in their thoughts.

      6. When they had rather talk, or hear, or read of fleshly pleasures, than of spiritual and heavenly delights.

      7. When they love the company of merry sensualists, better than the communion of saints, in which they may be exercised in the praises of their Maker.

      Help and Provision for the Soul

      8. When they consider that the best place to live and work is where they have the pleasure of the flesh. They would rather be where they have things easy, and lack nothing for the body, rather than where they have far better help and provision for the soul, though the flesh be pinched for it.

      9. When he will be more eager to spend money to please his flesh than to please God.


      10. When he will believe or like no doctrine but "easy-believism," and hate mortification as too strict "legalism."

      By these, and similar signs, sensuality may easily be known; indeed, by the main bent of the life.

      - Richard Baxter


      Taken from March 07 edition of Old Paths Magazine.


      "Trying To Be Holier Than Us?"

      Oh yes, many may want to get filled with the Holy Ghost and get a bank balance, but how many of you are big enough to say, "Lord, in this crucial hour in human history, let me fill up with the sufferings of Christ"?

      Can He share His sorrow with you? Are you prepared to challenge demon power and say, "Listen, I've moved into the place where the Apostle Paul was when he said, I glory in tribulations and necessities and reproaches"?

      Watch out though, because if you're going to get mature in God, all the dwarfs around you will criticize you and sneer at you and say, "Trying to be holier than the rest of us, huh? So you don't have time for basketball or going to see a baseball game?"

      No, maybe you don't, but that's nobody's business but yours and God's.

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      It's Not He That Commends Himself That's Approved...

      For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ: Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly, To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand. But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

      - Paul the Apostle
      (2 Corinthians 10:11-18)


      "Don't Get Too Spiritual!"

      Wednesday, March 21, 2007

      You see, the difficult thing is:

      When you start to move in spirituality, it's very easy to bear the criticism of the world and the roughness of the world, but it's the criticism of "saints" that gets you down.

      Somebody says, "Ohhh, don't do that. You're getting too serious!"

      You know, "our" people will warn you: "Don't get too spiritual." You never hear them say, "Don't get too rich! Don't get too much education!" but rather, "Don't get too spiritual..."

      Do you know why?

      Because they've been dragging their feet for the last ten to twenty years, and they're afraid you'll get ahead of them.

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      The Menace Of The Religious Movie.

      3. The religious movie is a menace to true religion because it embodies acting, a violation of sincerity.

      In order to produce a religious movie someone must, for the time, disguise his individuality and simulate that of another. His actions must be judged fraudulent, and those who watch them with approval share in the fraud. To pretend to pray, to simulate godly sorrow, to play at worship before the camera for effect---how utterly shocking to the reverent heart! How can Christians who approve this gross pretense ever understand the value of sincerity as taught by our Lord? What will be the end of a generation of Christians fed on such a diet of deception disguised as the faith of our fathers?

      The plea that all this must be good because it is done for the glory of God is a gossamer-thin bit of rationalizing which should not fool anyone above the mental age of six. Such an argument parallels the evil rule of expediency which holds the end is everything, and sanctifies the means, however evil, if only the end be commendable. The wise student of history will recognize this immoral doctrine. The Spirit-led Church will have no part of it.

      It is not uncommon to find around the theater human flotsam and jetsam washed up by the years, men and women who have played false parts so long that the power to be sincere has forever gone from them. They are doomed to everlasting duplicity. Every act of their lives is faked, every smile is false, every tone of their voice artificial. The curse does not come causeless. It is not by chance that the actor's profession has been notoriously dissolute. Hollywood and Broadway are two sources of corruption which may yet turn America into a Sodom and lay her glory in the dust.

      The profession of acting did not originate with the Hebrews. It is not a part of the divine pattern. The Bible mentions it, but never approves it. Drama, as it has come down to us, had its rise in Greece. It was originally a part of the worship of the god Dionysus and was carried on with drunken revelry.

      Indeed, history will show that no spiritual advance, no revival, no upsurge of spiritual life has ever been associated with acting in any form. The Holy Spirit never honors pretense.
      Can it be that the historic pattern is being repeated? That the appearance of the religious movie is symptomatic of the low state of spiritual health we are in today? I fear so. Only the absence of the Holy Spirit from the pulpit and lack of true discernment on the part of professing Christians can account for the spread of religious drama among so-called evangelical churches. A Spirit-filled church could not tolerate it.

      - A. W. Tozer

      Entire Sermon.



      Let me say this to any of you who are still trying to add up your human merits:

      "Look away in faith to the Lord of abundant mercy!"

      Fixing yourself over and trying to straighten yourself out will never be sufficient-you must come to Jesus as you are! Our Lord told about two men who went up into the temple to pray. One said, "God, here I am-all fixed up. Every hair is in place!" The other said, "Oh God, I just crawled in off Skid Row. Have mercy on me!" God forgave the Skid Row bum, but sent the other man away, hardened and unrepentant and unforgiven. We come to Him just as we are but in humble repentance. When the human spirit comes to God knowing that anything it receives will be out of God's mercy, then repentance has done its proper work! God promises to forgive and forget and to take that man into His heart and teach him that all of God's kindnesses are due to His mercy. What more can a sinner ask?

      - A. W. Tozer


      Take Heed to Yourselves.

      Sunday, March 18, 2007

      Take heed to yourselves lest you live in those actual sins which you preach against in others, and lest you be guilty of that which you daily condemn. Will you make it your work to magnify God and then when you have finished dishonor Him as much as others do? Will you proclaim Christ's governing power and yet show contempt for it and rebel against it yourselves? Will you preach His laws and then willfully break them?

      If sin is evil, why do you live in it?
      If it is not, why do you disuade men from it?

      If it is dangerous, how dare you venture on it?
      If it is not, why do you tell men it is?

      If God's threatenings are true, why do you not fear them?
      If they are false, why do you trouble men needlessly and put them into such frights without a cause?

      Do you know the judgement of God that they who commit such things are worthy of death and, yet, will you do them? You that teach another, do you not teach yourself? (Romans 1:32)

      You have a heaven to win or lose yourselves and souls that must be happy or miserable forever therefore it concerns you to take heed to yourselves as well as others. Preaching may succeed to the salvation of others without the holiness of your own hearts or lives. It is possible, at least, though not usual, but it is impossible that it should serve to save yourselves. Many shall say in that day, "Lord, Lord have we not prophecied in your name?" They shall be answered with, "I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity."

      Oh, sirs! How many have preached Christ and yet have perished for a lack of a saving interest in Him? How many that are now in hell have told their people of the torments of hell, warning them to avoid it; how many have preached the wrath of God against sinners and are now feeling it? Oh what melancholy case can there be than a man that make it his trade and calling to proclaim salvation and to help others to obtain it, yet for himself to be lost forever!

      Alas for us, that we should have so many books in our libraries that tell us the way to heaven, that we should spend so many years reading those books and studying the doctrine of eternal life and after all this to miss it, that we should study and preach so many sermons on salvation and yet fall short of it, so many sermons on condemnation and fall into it, and all because we preached so many sermons conerning Christ while we were neglecting Him, on the Spirit while we resisted Him, on faith while we did not heartily believe, on repentance and conversion while we continued to be carnal and earthly.

      If we are defined only in tounge and title and not the defined image upon our souls, nor give up ourselves to the divine honor and will, it is no wonder if we are separated from the divine presense and denied the fruition of God forever. Believe it, sirs, God is no respector of persons. He saves men not for their coats or their callings (titles). A holy calling will not save an unholy man.

      - Richard Baxter


      Are You Being Slapped In Your Face or On Your Back?

      Saturday, March 17, 2007

      Such a communion as this will have little place for the old creation. The more we enjoy this communion of the new creation, the less we'll have for the old creation. If the old creation accepts you as one them; pats your back, you're pretty sure, I'm sure you're not in the new creation yet, or you're not all the way in. Those who live in the new creation and those in whom the Spirit of God dwells; they're so different from the old creation that the old creation can't forgive them.

      You know, the church in any given period may be known by whether the world slaps her on the back or slaps her in the face. It depends, you know, upon where you're slapped. If the world slaps you on the back, it's pretty sure that they recognize you as "one of the bunch", but if they strike you in the face as they did Jesus and Paul, then it also may show that you don't belong to them, and it can't overlook you.

      Now, this fellowship is a sacred and a serious fellowship, and it won't have too much interest for worldly mindedness, really. It won't have too much interest for the lovers of money and the lovers of pleasure, and it won't have too much interest in the merely social religion who belong to "church" as they belong to some club; come because they like the hymns; like the fellowship of social things.

      No... we can't expect people to like a church like this, but ohhh how wonderful it is to have the fellowship where Christ is. To close your eyes and know that you don't have to shout, "He's here!" To know that you don't have to look for truth; you have truth. To know that you don't have to talk about true worship because you have truth and life in the presense. And to serve not because you might be saved, but because you are saved.

      Each one of us will have to answer to God in searching judgment how we've helped or hindered the fellowship... the apostolic fellowship.

      - A.W. Tozer


      "I Don't Preach Christianity... I Preach Christ."

      Friday, March 16, 2007

      I posted a note a few days ago from a sermon given by Leonard Ravenhill. I have not been able to stop thinking about how much substance is in the following quote:

      Oh, I've heard people say, "Oh, I've tried Christianity, but it doesn't work."
      Well, I tell them something else: it never will, either.
      "Well, don't you preach it?"
      "No, I don't preach Christianity... I preach Christ."

      Back when Paul and Peter were preaching the gospel, they did not have the letters that Paul, Peter, and the rest of the Apostles wrote because they are the ones who wrote them. If you look at much of the professing Christianity today, much of what is said is, "Oh, I'm a Christian. Well, because I go to such-and-such church." or "Oh, I'm a Christian because I tithe." or "I've been baptized." or "Because I'm a "good" person." Many today preach the Bible, or they preach the church or denomination, but ask yourself this with your conscience: Who is really preaching Jesus Christ risen from the dead?

      I believe the reason that there is so much of a spiritual slacking now is because many have started preaching Christianity... and not Christ. Go read what Jesus has said in the New Testament. I have taken it to professing Christians and found that they don't believe it. In essense, they believe that their Christianity takes the place of believing in Christ. For example, Jesus says to worship the Lord and serve only him. He later goes on to say that no man can serve two masters. You can't serve God and money (wealth). Then he says therefore to take no thought for your life, what you'll drink or what you'll eat neither for your body what you'll put on. Also, take no thought for tomorrow. Well, you tell this to a professing Christian and they go batty! "What do you mean take no thought for the morrow? What about clothes? I've got to wear my new Youth Group T-shirt! What about food? I'm supposed to go meet with some people from my church for BBQ! etc." When Jesus Christ is not in it, it is no different than a cult. Since Jesus is the truth, if people are having trouble with believing what he says, it must mean that there is no truth inside of them otherwise they would be at peace with a commandment from God. This is devastating. What is Christianity without Christ? It is works to make one feel good about themselves and is no different than self-righteousness. Christianity without Christ is just becoming a Pharisee with some memory verses and calling it "New Testament Religion". It is just justification by good works from the get-go with no room left for truth because everyone is too busy keeping up their Christianity and the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen is neglected. If the truth is not preached, everyone stays a slave to sin because there is certainly no repentance when one believes there is no need of any.

      Well, it makes me sick. It is only when Jesus Christ who is come in the flesh is preached and not ourselves, our day to day monotonous lives, and blah, blah, blah... that anyone can grow spiritually. Otherwise, it's all a vain display of self-righteousness. Who cares about what speaker is coming to such-and-such an event? If they're annointed with the Holy Ghost, do you really have to advertise it? If they get up there and talk about themselves all night, I'd be better off being alone somewhere than spend the evening listening to their jest where Jesus Christ isn't even allowed the honor he deserves because there is no room left for Him in the professing of oneself. Why do many consider a missionary to be someone that goes off the coast of Africa to witness to some tribe next to a pack of lions? Paul was a missionary. He preached the gospel wherever he went, but the difference between Paul and professing Christianity is that he preached Christ, not himself. He didn't preach, "Oh, this is totally awesome. All these people got baptized at our church tonight. Can't wait to get back to the house so I can post it in the town's bulletin board about what MY CHURCH has done." or "Oh, my ministry is better than yours, Peter." Even when Peter was trying to force the Gentiles to behave as the Jews, Paul again preached Christ... NOT Chrstianity. He didn't say, "Now, Peter, did you not read your New Testament tonight and have your quiet time? That's not how it's done. Tsk, tsk." No, he rebuked Peter's lack of faith because he HAD Christ and preached that we are no longer under captivitiy to the law because Christ is risen. Ravenhill has said:

      "I don't ask anyone if they're saved anymore: EVERYONE'S SAVED! From the White House to the out house. I say this facetiously, but I ask, "Does Christ live in you?" because if He doesn't, then you're not saved."

      If Christ lives in a person, if the Holy Spirit who leads one into ALL truth lives inside of you, do you really think that you'll have to go up to someone and say, "Hey, are you a Christian? Well, buddy, let me tell you how to be saved." Are you serious? If the Holy Ghost lives inside you, you already know who believes in Jesus Christ risen from the dead and who is professing Christianity for their own self interest. It's only when we get away from professing Christianity and again start preaching Jesus Christ who is come in the flesh, been crucified, and has risen, that anyting will change for the glory of God and not the glory of man because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.



      Look at the corn in the field: it holds its head erect while it is green, but when the ear is filled and matured, it hangs its head in graceful humbleness.

      Look at your fruit trees: how their blooming branches shoot up toward the sky, but when they begin to be loaded with fruit, since the riper the fruit the greater its weight, the branch begins to bow, until it needs oftentimes to be propped up and to be supported, lest it break away from the stem. Weight comes with maturity; lowliness of mind is the inevitable consequence.

      Growing Christians think themselves nothing; full-grown Christians know that they are less than nothing. The nearer we are to heaven in point of holiness, the more we mourn our infirmities, and the humbler is our estimate.

      Lightly-laden vessels float high in the water; heavy cargo sinks the barque to the water's edge. The more grace, the more the need of grace is felt. He may boast of his grace who has none, he may talk much of his grace who has little; but he who is rich in grace cries out for more, and forgets that which is behind.

      When a man's inward life flows like a river, he thinks only of the source, and cries before his God, "All my fresh springs are in Thee!" He who abounds in holiness feels more than ever that in him, that is, in his flesh, there dwelleth no good thing.

      You are not ripened, my brother, while you have a high esteem of yourself. He who glories in himself is but a babe in Christ, if indeed he is in Christ at all.

      When you shall see death written on the creature, and see all your life in Christ; when you shall perceive even the holy things to have iniquity in them, and see all your perfectness in Him who is altogether lovely; when you shall lie prostrate at the foot of the throne, and only rise to sit and reign in Him who is your all--then are you ripening, but not until then.

      - C.H. Spurgeon


      Someone Murdered My Brother.

      Wednesday, March 14, 2007

      Spurgeon said one day, "Some of you love the world so much..."

      He said, "I have a brother. Suppose someone came and killed my brother, stabbed him with a knife, and I was going down the street and somebody said, "You see the man over there? That's the man who killed your brother."
      I then go up to him and say, "Excuse me, are you the man who killed my brother?"
      "Do you have the knife with you?"
      "Yes, it's here."
      He pulls out a huge knife and says, "I killed him. I stabbed him so many times with this."
      If you saw me handling that knife that was bloody, and you knew he had murdered my brother, wouldn't you think that I'm a false man or a wrong man to make friendship with a man who had murdered my brother?"

      Well, the LORD says, "Friendship with the world is enmity against God." (James 4:4)

      You can't be friendly with this world. If the world can accept us, there's something wrong with us, and it's going to get more and more difficult.

      These young fellows (from earlier) are blazing mad. They couldn't go see this lunatic dance and shout and sing, and so they are threatening to kill the pastor. They're threatening to bomb the church. They're threatening to do all kinds of things...

      Well, what do you expect? I've asked you many times: Why do you expect better treatment from the world than what Jesus got?

      Good Lord...

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      Christianity Will Never Work, But He Never Fails.

      Once the Holy Ghost abides in your life, the world has no charm!

      What does the world have? It can only offer me death! It's only temporal pleasure, but, you see, unless there is something about us that is not of this earth...

      People ought to know when they see you or I that there's something eminating from us which is not natural, but it's supernatural! It's not something I've done in my mind. It's not a philosophy I've accepted. It's a PERSON I've accepted.

      Oh, I've heard people say, "Oh, I've tried Christianity, but it doesn't work."
      Well, I tell them something else: it never will, either.
      "Well, don't you preach it?"
      "No, I don't preach Christianity... I preach Christ."
      IT will never work; He never fails.

      But He has to get full control of my life. It's not going to the altar and someone whispering in my ear and saying the "Sinner's Prayer." It's staying there until a MIRACLE happens. How in God's name can somebody come to the altar (and expect that to suffice)?

      I heard of a meeting the other day that had dozens of young people. Children came forward, teenagers came forward, and a few others, and "Oh, it was such a wonderful meeting! Sixty or seventy were saved!" I don't believe it for a minute. I don't believe one percent were saved! If a man realizes that he's broken the heart of God is he just going to whisper something and shed a tear and go away and be no different? A man that passes from death unto life has a new heart, a new spirit, a new mind, and a new interest! "If any man BE IN Christ," Paul says in 2 Corintians 5, "he is a NEW CREATION." God isn't in the business of patching men up; he's in the business of making men new!

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      The LORD Will Add to HIS Church.

      Tuesday, March 13, 2007

      WE SEE A CLEAR PICTURE of the Church in the book of Acts being used and run by God. The phrase “the Lord added to the church.” has spoken volumes to me recently. The church is the Lord’s. He is the head of the Church. Man may usurp the authority of Christ but He still rules over His Church. The Lord is in control of His Church. Church's that are Christ-less are not His Church. The true Church will stand alone in "that day" as a bride adorned for her bridegroom. God's Church is a glorious Church. A Victorious Church. A Holy Church.

      "Let the Church be the Church" has been an anthem in some movements in the past. I believe that is a clarion cry from the heart of God. We need to allow God to be God and the Church be the Church. We need to stop adding the world to the Church and try and change the Church to fit the world. The Church is what people are looking for not for the world mixed with the Church. When Christ is head of the Church it becomes an agent of change in this world. Then the Lord will add to this Church. "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." - Ephesians 5:27.

      - Greg Gordon


      The Offense of Prayer.

      THE CINDERELLA OF THE CHURCH today is the prayer meeting. This handmaid of the Lord is unloved and unwooed because she is not dripping with pearls of intellectualism, nor glamorous with the silks of philosophy, neither is she enchanting with the tiara of psychology. She wears the homespuns of sincerity and humility and so is not afraid to kneel!

      The offense of prayer is that it does not essentially tie in to mental efficiency. That is not to say that prayer is a partner to mental sloth. But in these days, efficiency and smartness are at a premium. Prayer is conditioned to one thing alone, and that is to spirituality. One does not need to be spiritual to preach, that is, to make and deliver sermons of homiletical perfection and exegetical exactitude. By a combination of memory, knowledge, ambition, personality, plus well-lined book shelves, self-confidence and a sense of having arrived - the pulpit is yours almost anywhere these days. Preaching of the type mentioned affects men; prayer affects God. Preaching affects time; prayer affects eternity. The pulpit can be a shop window to display our talents; the closet speaks death to display.

      The tragedy of this last hour is that we have too many dead men in the pulpits giving out too many dead sermons to too many dead people. There is a strange thing that I have seen even in the fundamentalist circles: it is preaching without unction. The ugly fact is that the altar fires are either out or burning very low. The prayer meeting is dead or dying. By our attitude to prayer we tell God that what was begun in the Spirit we can finish in the flesh. What church ever asks its candidating ministers what time they spend in prayer? Ministers who do not spend two hours a day in prayer are not worth a dime a dozen - degrees or no degrees.

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      One of the Greatest Sermons Ever.

      Monday, March 12, 2007

      - Paris Reidhead


      "Have We No Tears For Revival?"

      Sunday, March 11, 2007

      "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." (Ps. 126:5). This is the divine edict. This is more than preaching with zeal. This is more than scholarly exposition. This is more than delivering sermons of exegetical exactitude and homiletical perfection. Such a man, whether preacher or pew dweller, is appalled at the shrinking authority of the Church in the present drama of cruelty in the world. And he cringes with sorrow that men turn a deaf ear to the Gospel and willingly risk eternal hell in the process. Under this complex burden, his heart is crushed to tears.

      The true man of God is heartsick, grieved at the worldliness of the Church, grieved at the blindness of the Church, grieved at the corruption in the Church, grieved at the toleration of sin in the Church, grieved at the prayerlessness in the Church. He is disturbed that the corporate prayer of the Church no longer pulls down the strongholds of the devil. He is embarrassed that the Church folks no longer cry in their despair before a devil-ridden, sin-mad society, "Why could we not cast him out?" (Matt. 17:19).

      Many of us have no heart-sickness for the former glory of the Church because we have never known what true revival is. We stagnate in the status quo and sleep easy at night while our generation moves swiftly to the eternal night of hell. Shame, shame on us! Jesus whipped some money changers out of the temple; but before He whipped them, He wept over them. He knew how near their judgment was The Apostle Paul sent a tear-stained letter to the Philippian saints, writing: "I have told you often and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). Notice that he does not say they are enemies of Christ; they are, rather, the enemies of the cross of Christ. They deny or diminish the redemptive values of the cross. There are many like this today. The church of Rome does not stand as an enemy of Christ; it traces heavily on His holy name. Yet it denies the cross by saying that the Blessed Virgin is co-redemptive. If this is so, why was she not also crucified? The Mormons use the name of Christ, yet they are astray on the atonement. Have we tears for them? Shall we face them without a blush when they accuse us of inertia at the Judgment Seat saying that they were our neighbors and an offense to us, but not a burden because they were lost?

      The Salvationists can scarcely read their flaming evangelical history without tears. Has the glory of the evangelical revival under Wesley ever gripped the hearts of the Methodists of today? Have they read of the fire-baptized men in Wesley's team? Men like John Nelson, Thomas Walsh, and a host of others whose names are written in the Book of Life; men persecuted and kicked in the streets when they held street meetings? Yet as their blood flowed from their wounds, their tears flowed from their eyes. Have the Holiness people set a guard at the door of the beauty parlors lest any sister should enter to get her hair curled, while a block away there is a string of prostitutes trying to sell their sin-wracked bodies with none to tell them of eternal love? Do the Pentecostals look back with shame as they remember when they dwelt across the theological tracks, but with the glory of the Lord in their midst? When they had a normal church life, which meant nights of prayers, followed by signs and wonders, and diverse miracles, and genuine gifts of the Holy Ghost? When they were not clock watchers, and their meetings lasted for hours, saturated with holy power? Have we no tears for these memories, or shame that our children know nothing of such power? Other denominations had their Glory Days of revival. Think of the mighty visitations to the Presbyterians in Korea. Remember the earth-shaking revival in Shantung. Are those days gone forever? Have we no tears for revival?

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      Are You Serving God or Humanism?

      Saturday, March 10, 2007

      - Paris Reidhead



      A Rebuke on the Forumla Driven Emergence.

      - David Wilkerson


      A Rebuke on the Purpose Driven/Seeker Friendly Emergence.

      - David Wilkerson


      "Who Can Lay A Charge Against God's Elect?"

      - Dr. James White


      "Two Views: A God That Saves, And A God That Tries..."

      Thursday, March 8, 2007

      - Dr. James White

      (The set up: Dr. James White is giving his closing remarks in a debate with a devout Roman Catholic named Sungenis about transubstantiation.)


      "Because You Wear a T-Shirt!?"

      Wednesday, March 7, 2007

      A little boy, Andrew Myman, the Muslims shot him five times through the stomach and left him on a sidewalk simply because he cried out, “I AM SO AFRAID, BUT I CANNOT DENY JESUS CHRIST! PLEASE DON'T KILL ME, BUT I WILL NOT DENY HIM!"

      ...he died in a pool of blood...



      I’m talking about HOLINESS! I’m talking about GODLINESS!

      We talk so much about being "Radical Christians"! Radical Christians are NOT people who jump at concerts! Radical Christians are NOT people who wear "Christian" tee shirts! Radical Christians are those who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit! ...This is going to make you mad, and I’m talking to boys and girls: Radical Christians are those who do NOT dress sensually in order to show off their bodies! If your clothing is a frame for your face, God is pleased with your clothing. If your clothing is a frame for your body, it’s sensual and God hates what you’re doing!

      My heart is breaking because you know as well as I do, young people, let’s not be hypocrites about it! Let’s not hide it! There are so many... you know them! You might be one of them, or you at least know that they’re in your youth group! They come to youth group, they do all this stuff, but in their heart, they’re as wicked as wicked can be! There is no difference! There is no light! Everything that the world does, they do, and "it’s appropriate"; "it’s okay". My friend, that’s not Christianity. They’re not in danger of losing their reward... they’re in danger of hell! They know not God!

      I want to tell you something. We’re going to go into Scripture, and I want you to look at it as it really is. It’s not comparing yourself with others who call themselves Christians. Compare yourself to the Scripture. When someone, a young person, comes to a pastor or a youth minister and says, “I’m not sure whether or not I’m saved,” the youth minister will usually throw out a cliché: “Well, was there ever a time in your life when you prayed and asked Jesus to come into your heart?”

      “Well, yes.”

      “Were you sincere?”

      “Well, I don’t know, but I think so.”

      “Well, you need to tell Satan to stop bothering you. Did you write it in the back of your book... the back of your Bible like the evangelist told you when you got saved? (Did you) write down the date so that any time you doubted you could point him to the Bible?”

      What superstition has overcome our denomination?

      Do you know what the Bible tells Christians to do? Examine yourself. Test yourself in light of Scripture to see if you are in the faith. Test yourself to see if you’re a Christian.

      What don’t we teach? When was the last time you heard someone say there’s not only a narrow gate into Heaven but a narrow way? Jesus indicates that one of the principal signs of being a genuine Christian is that you walk in the narrow way. Do you know what the sign for being a genuine Christian in America is? "You prayed a prayer one time." Isn’t that amazing? What are you asked if you doubt your salvation? "Did you pray a prayer one time?"

      What does Scripture teach? Examine yourselves! Test yourselves in the light of Scripture to see if you’re in the path, because a Christian will be different!

      - Paul Washer


      "Counterfeit Believers Are Blind To Their Bondage..."

      Tuesday, March 6, 2007

      "Do you want to know what's real and what's counterfeit? Do you want something to help your discernment? I'm going to help you get your Holy Ghost "antennas" up...

      Counterfeit believers are blind to the bondage and slavery that they're under. They're under bondage and slavery and don't know it, and they get mad if you try to show them."

      - David Wilkerson


      "Let Those Who Preach Unbiblical Doctrines Be the Ones With the Labels."

      The Reformation did not start in 1517 by Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses to the door at Wittenberg. Luther and the other early reformers were not innovators trying to start a new church. Luther would be appalled to hear that there is such a thing as a Lutheran church just because he didn’t want such a thing to happen. He didn’t want a church named after him. Luther and the other early reformers were not trying to start another church. They were calling the church back to what it was under Christ and the Apostles; back to the worship and doctrine of the Holy Bible that glorifies God. Now as a side note, why is it called the Reformation and the Reformed faith? Because it was a reforming; a forming again of the Biblical faith forming the church again back to what it was originally back before it became corrupted by sinful men. The Reformed faith is sometimes called Calvinism, which is named after John Calvin. John Calvin was not an innovator.

      I don’t like labels. I think the Reformed faith should simply be called what it is: (faith in Christ). Let those who preach unbiblical doctrines be the ones with the labels. Everyone from Benny Hinn to Charles Colson to Robert Schuler to David Koresh to Jim Jones, I’m not equating all of them by the way, but I’ve made my point that there is a whole spectrum of people out there who call themselves “Christian”, including us. There’s a just a bunch of people with a whole bunch of different beliefs that call themselves Christian so the word has lost it’s meaning hence we have labels, we have creeds, we have confessions…

      God alone determines what will come to pass. Here’s a quote from J. L. Packer:

      “The idea that glory be to God alone is a motto distinguishing John Calvin and his admirers. That’s no discredit to them, but it’s a damning side-swipe at all other versions of Christianity.”

      I’ll leave it to you to decide if the Lord teaches "versions" of Christianity.

      - W. J. Mencarow


      The Cross is Radical.

      The cross of Christ is the most revolutionary thing ever to appear among men.

      The cross of the Roman times knew no compromise; it never made concessions. It won all its arguments by killing its opponent and silencing him for good. It spared not Christ, by slew Him the same as the rest. He was alive when they hung Him on that cross and completely dead when they took him down six hours later. That was the cross the first time it appeared in Christian history.

      After Christ was risen from the dead the apostles went out to preach His message, and what they preached was the cross. And wherever they went into the wide world they carried the cross, and the same revolutionary power went with them. The radical message of the cross transformed Saul of Tarsus and changed him from a persecutor of Christians to a tender believer and an apostle of the faith. Its power changed bad men into good ones. It shook off the long bondage of paganism and altered completely the whole moral and mental outlook of the Western world.

      All this it did and continued to do as long as it was permitted to remain what it had been originally, a cross. Its power departed when it was changed from a thing of death to a thing of beauty. When men made of it a symbol, hung it around their necks as an ornament or made its outline before their faces as a magic sign to ward off evil, then it became at best a weak emblem, at worst a positive fetish. As such it is revered today by millions who know absolutely nothing about its power.

      The cross effects its ends by destroying one established pattern, the victim's, and creating another pattern, its own. Thus it always has its way. It wins by defeating its opponent and imposing its will upon him. It always dominates. It never compromises, never dickers nor confers, never surrenders a point for the sake of peace. It cares not for peace; it cares only to end its opposition as fast as possible.

      With perfect knowledge of all this Christ said:

      Luke 9:23 (KJV) "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

      So the cross not only brings Christ's life to an end, it ends also the first life, the old life, of every one of His true followers. It destroys the old pattern, the Adam pattern, in the believer's life, and brings it to an end. Then the God who raised Christ from the dead raises the believer and a new life begins.

      This, and nothing less, is true Christianity, though we cannot but recognize the sharp divergence of this conception from that held by the rank and file of evangelicals today. But we dare not qualify our position. The cross stands high above the opinions of men and to that cross all opinions must come at last for judgment. A shallow and worldly leadership would modify the cross to please the entertainment-mad saintlings who will have their fun even within the very sanctuary; but to do so is to court spiritual disaster and risk the anger of the Lamb turned Lion.

      We must do something about the cross, and one of two things only we can do--flee it or die upon it. And if we should be so foolhardy as to flee we shall by that act put away the faith of our fathers and make of Christianity something other than it is. Then we shall have left only the empty language of salvation; the power will depart with our departure from the true cross.

      If we are wise we will do what Jesus did: endure the cross and despise its shame for the joy that is set before us. To do this is to submit the whole pattern of our lives to be destroyed and built again in the power of an endless life. And we shall find that it is more than poetry, more than sweet hymnody and elevated feeling. The cross will cut into where it hurts worst, sparing neither us nor our carefully cultivated reputations. It will defeat us and bring our selfish lives to an end. Only then can we rise in fullness of life to establish a pattern of living wholly new and free and full of good works.

      The changed attitude toward the cross that we see in modern orthodoxy proves not that God has changed, nor that Christ has eased up on His demand that we carry the cross; it means rather that current Christianity has moved away from the standards of the New Testament. So far have we moved indeed that it may take nothing short of a new reformation to restore the cross to its right place in the theology and life of the Church.

      - A. W. Tozer


      "When You Reject the God of the Bible, You'll Believe Anything."

      Sunday, March 4, 2007

      "Whom do ye say that I am?" - Jesus Christ (Luke 9:20)

      (As shown in the polls previously mentioned) A significant number of those who claim membership in evangelical churches, who are taught that they are part of his body, say, "Jesus, you lied about the Holy Spirit. You never sent him because he doesn't exist. You lied about Satan. He's just a symbol. He's not real. At most, you helped in my salvation, but you're not really my savior because I earned my salvation by good works."

      And what is the result of this kind of unbelief? Go visit some of these churches, and you'll see the result:

      Emotionalism in the place of true worship, contempt of doctrine as intellectualism, doing whatever "feels right" in worship, campfire "hoot-an-annie" jingles in place of Psalms, rock bands, Las Vegas acts, the twisting of the scriptures to allow for the ordination of women and homosexuals, signs and wonders, healings, visions, tongues, and more and more New Age infiltration of the church.

      You know, when you reject the God of the Bible, you don't get to the point where you believe nothing... the problem is, you'll believe anything.

      - W. J. Mencarow



      "There Are Not FOUR Gospels!"

      Saturday, March 3, 2007

      (After sharing from John...)

      Now this is a very, very lovely, beautiful thing. I am very fond of the gospel... which is not the gospel of John. People say very often, and say wrongly, but Bible teachers say very often, "We are going to take the gospel of John." THERE IS NOT A FOURTH GOSPEL. THERE IS ONE GOSPEL TOLD BY FOUR DIFFERENT PEOPLE, AND HERE JOHN. THERE ARE NOT FOUR (DIFFERENT) GOSPELS.

      - Leonard Ravenhill


      "How Can We DREAM That There Can Be Another Way?"

      Friday, March 2, 2007

      WE CANNOT TOO OFTEN or too plainly tell the seeking soul that his only hope for salvation lies in the Lord Jesus Christ. It lies in him completely, only, and alone. To save both from the guilt and the power of sin, Jesus is all-sufficient. His name is called Jesus, because "he shall save his people from their sins." "The Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins." He is exalted on high "to give repentance and remission of sins." It pleased God from of old to devise a method of salvation which should be all contained in his only-begotten Son. The Lord Jesus, for the working out of this salvation, became man, and being found in fashion as a man, became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. If another way of deliverance had been possible, the cup of bitterness would have passed from him. It stands to reason that the darling of heaven would not have died to save us if we could have been rescued at less expense. Infinite grace provided the great sacrifice; infinite love submitted to death for our sakes. How can we dream that there can be another way than the way which God has provided at such cost, and set forth in Holy Scripture so simply and so pressingly? Surely it is true that "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

      - C.H. Spurgeon


      Should We Fight For Truth?

      Thursday, March 1, 2007

      Many self-styled evangelicals today are openly questioning whether such a thing as truth even exists. Others suppose that even if truth does exist, we can’t be sure what it is, so it can’t really matter much. This type of thinking is epidemic, even among some of the evangelical movement’s most popular authors and spokespersons. Some flatly refuse to stand for anything because they have decided that even Scripture isn’t really clear enough to argue about.

      Except for the massive scale on which such thinking has attained popularity today, and the way it is seeping into the church, such ideas themselves are really nothing new or particularly shocking. It is exactly the same attitude with which Pilate summarily dismissed Christ: “What is truth?” (John 18:38)

      Certain avant-garde evangelicals sometimes act as if the demise of certainty is a dramatic new intellectual development, rather than seeing it for what it actually is: an echo of the old unbelief. It is unbelief cloaked in a religious disguise and seeking legitimacy as if it were merely a humbler kind of faith. But it’s not faith at all. In reality, the contemporary refusal to regard any truth as sure and certain is the worst kind of infidelity.

      The church’s duty has always been to confront such skepticism and answer it by clearly proclaiming the truth God has revealed in His Word. We have been given a clear message for the purpose of confronting the world’s unbelief. That is what we are called, commanded, and commissioned to do (1 Corinthians 1:17–31). Faithfulness to Christ demands it. The honor of God requires it. We cannot sit by and do nothing while worldly, revisionist, and skeptical attitudes about truth are infiltrating the church. We must not embrace such confusion in the name of charity, collegiality, or unity. We have to stand and fight for the truth—and be prepared to die for it—as faithful Christians always have.

      - John MacArthur


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