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      The Deep Pride That Comes From Preoccupation With Worldly Affairs.

      Tuesday, August 28, 2007

      I was listening to an audiobook about St. Augustine of Hippo, and in the introduction, this was said of him pertaining to the time before his conversion which includes stealing for solely the love of evil and a contempt for the Bible. It really brings reality home:



      "...and his deep pride that came from his preoccupation with wordly affairs."



      The wisdom that can be derived from the last half of this one statement can alone write many books. It cuts me to the quick. The way in which I have served and worshipped the creature rather than the Creator (Rom. 1:25) in times past (and still am convicted of doing so in ways I am not even aware of) is detestable. The more God convinces me of my folly, the more I am made aware of the folly in general. It seems that what professes to be Christendom has mistaken loving Jesus Christ by keeping his commandments with the dellusion that if they concern themselves with things that call itself "Christian", they will be pleasing to God. The problem is that what professes to be Christendom is largely nothing more than a preoccupation with worldy affairs along with the sometimes repetitive, sometimes seldom mentioned name of Jesus Christ. What confuses itself with loving Jesus Christ, in many circles, is nothing more than an empty pride that comes from trying to gain the status of "Christian". Oh, that this would stop, and people would feel their deep need of someone to save them from God's wrath. Isaiah's statement would finally make sense to those that do: "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." (Isa. 64:6) Once that is realized, the Apostle Paul's statement of whose righteousness he esteems to be worthwhile will ring in the souls of those blessed creatures: "...And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith..." (Php. 3:9)




      Link: Conversion of Saint Augustine narrated by Max McClean

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      Respect is the Last Thing that Empty Flattery Curries.

      Monday, August 27, 2007





      "If a truth isn't inside of us but outside of us, it's something that we can't make up. If your weather reporter in Chicago tells the audience everyday during winter that it's going to be a beautiful, sunny day, just perfect for sailing or beach combing at Lake Michigan then he'll be fired by early January.


      Christians, too, are reporters and announcers whose commission is to "tell it like it is", not to make it up. In Jeremiah, God attacks the false prophets for "dressing the wound of my people as if it were not serious. Peace, peace, they say, where there is no peace." (Jer. 6:14; 8:11)


      Really what God was accusing them of is Spin. Similarly today, the "church" seems all too prone to spin the truth rather than face it and proclaim it. Like many politicians, "preachers" seem to think that they have to hide their convictions in order to "get re-elected".


      (This leads one to believe that) "God's holiness is not all that terrifying or strange. It's more like friendliness. God's justice doesn't require satisfaction, and as for God's wrath!? When's the last time that was part of the conversation? In any event, whatever God's scariest traits, love will always win out. The wages of sin is not death ...but unhappiness and lack of fulfillment! Jesus Christ is not a substitutionary sacrifice for our sin but an example who helps us live above it! We're not the ungodly who can only be justified by an imputed righteousness but the righteous who need encouragement and a good life coach! We're just consumers who need to see the relevance of Jesus not sinners who need to repent of our having ever thought for one moment that we ever knew what was relevant in the first place."


      The "church" craves the world's approval. We call it evangelism, mission, and outreach, but what we really want is the world's approval. We're like the unpopular kids in school who are always too willing to do the bidding of the jocks on campus in the hope of a little respect... but respect is the last thing that empty flattery curries. Whether the world likes us or not, those who become believers will thank us for telling the truth, and those who don't will, at least, be taken back by a Church that finally knows its place and its message."


      - Michael Horton

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      Pyromaniacs: More on the Dearth of Conviction in the Emerging Church Movement.

      Wednesday, August 22, 2007



      Link:
      Pyromaniacs: More on the dearth of conviction in the ECM.





      Extra video: Truth vs. Emergent Epistomology

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      "Now You Understand Why I Preach In Alot Of Places Only Once."

      Friday, August 17, 2007



      And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white clothing, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will eat with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.

      (Revelation 3:14-22)





      "The Church is the bride of Christ. (Jesus) gave His own blood for her. He loves her, and He's working to cleanse her. Do you honestly think that He's going to "vomit" His bride "out of His mouth"?

      No. Then what's going on? Here's what I want you to understand:

      We hear, today, all the time this:

      'There's just as many liars inside of the Church as outside of the Church. There's just as many sinners inside the Church as outside the Church. There's just as much adultery and immorality inside the Church as outside. The Church is just as ugly as the world. What's the difference?'

      That is a lie, and I'm going to show you how.

      Let me tell you about the Church in the United States of America. She is beautiful, she is broken, and, although stubmling and sometimes taking three steps back and two steps forward, she is following her Lord and growing in beauty. Here's the problem:

      What you're calling the Church ...is not the Church.

      Because the Southern Baptist Church has left off completely the idea of compassionate Church discipline, our Churches are filled up with lost people, and the people Jesus is going to vomit out of His mouth in the congregation are not that small group that is truly saved and truly loving Him and following Him. He's going to "vomit out of His mouth" the people who've been in His Church, but they've been carnal, wicked, and never been converted. He's going to cleanse His church.

      You see, my dear friend, when we water-down the Gospel so we can tell people, "It will just take five minutes of your time. Pray this prayer.", we're allowing lost people to be identified with the Church. Then when we have people who are members, and they can openly be involved in every sort of public sin and we do nothing about it because we claim to be "so loving", we're not being loving... we're condemning them... instead of practicing the very things that could save their soul.

      The church is filled up with lost people who on Saturday night are living like hellians and on Sunday come to church, and the whole community identifies the Church with those people. (Then) the prophecy is fulfilled: "The name of God is blasphemed among the unbelievers because of the way the supposed people of God are acting." (Rom. 2:13-24; Isaiah 52:5; Eze. 36:20)


      ...Now you understand why I preach in alot of places only once."




      untitled.bmp Paul Washer







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      Allow Me to Reintroduce the Christ.

      Saturday, August 11, 2007



      "For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take heed: behold, I have foretold you all things."

      - Jesus Christ
      (Mark 13:22-23)

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