Removing the Offense of the Cross

…the ineffectualness of candy coated partial romantic gospel appeals

by Steve Camp A1M Ministries

“If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows the Lord’s will but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved. Do not suppose that the Gospel is magnified or God glorified by going to the worldlings and telling them that they may be saved at this moment by simply accepting Christ as their Savior, while they are wedded to their idols, and their hearts are still in love with sin. If I do so I tell them a lie, pervert the Gospel , insult Christ, and turn the grace of God into lasciviousness.” -C.H. SPURGEON

Those kinds of words fall on deaf ears today.
They are not cool, contemporary, relatable, winsome, attractive. They sound too harsh, too judgmental, too defining, too narrow, and… too biblical. Compare the above with the following attempts in addressing a lost world. Read More »

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Mohler and Kennedy continue to recover

Dr. Albert Mohler is at home today after being released from the hospital. Meanwhile Dr. D. James Kennedy has been moved from ICU to a private room.

Dr. Kennedy has now been transferred from ICU to a private hospital room. He is alert and receiving physical therapy. We are enormously grateful for the many expressions of concern that have been made on his behalf.

As has been reported earlier, Dr. Kennedy suffered heart arrhythmia leading to cardiac arrest on Thursday, December 28. He was given CPR and admitted to the hospital. He has since improved. On Wednesday, January 3 he underwent a procedure to implant a pacemaker/defibrillator and continues to make progress.

Dr. Mohler was discharged this morning from Louisville’s Baptist Hospital East. After a two week hospitalization that included extensive abdominal surgery and a four day stay in the Intensive Care Unit due to pulmonary emboli in the lungs, he and the family are overjoyed to be back home.

 

Dr. Mohler looks forward to resuming his presidential and ministerial duties, but his activities will be limited for some time as he continues his recuperation at home.

 

The Mohlers are deeply grateful for the many prayers offered and expressions of concern shown over the past couple of weeks.

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Paul Proctor:What Saves?-The Power of God or the Sensitive Way?

Source:NewswithViews.com

Christian Post reporter, Lillian Kwon, poses a dialectic question for our consideration in her January 4th article, “Is Christianity Insensitive to Other Religions?”

Now I ask you – Does the question sound like something that advances a biblical principle or a U.N initiative? Unfortunately, this is the direction of the dialectic church and many of its missionaries today – steering Christians and their proselytes toward that one-world religion of tolerance, diversity and unity you’ve read so much about in this column.

A dialectic question, usually offered by change agents and facilitators in a group setting, is designed to present a false and distracting premise in order to encourage dialog between opposing positions with a predetermined outcome in mind – which, more often than not, involves the compromise of absolutes and the advancing of an alternative agenda. Whether or not Christianity is insensitive to other religions is beside the point – and frankly, it is an absurd and dangerously deceitful question that puts the bold and courageous presentation of the Gospel under a dark cloud of doubt – suggesting Christians should be more broadminded and less critical of that which contradicts the Word of God.

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Southern Baptists rest easy…Jimmy and Willie to the rescue

Source: The Christian Post 

Two former presidents who claim to be Southern Baptists, say they want to change the image of the SBC. Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton say they “want to be part of an initiative to create a new Baptist voice and improve the negative image of Baptists in North America.”

From the story posted today on The Christian Post, Carter and Clinton are part of a meeting of the liberal North American Baptist Fellowship meeting today at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. It was announced during the meeting that a special “convocation” with be held in 2008 as part of Carter’s new “Baptist voice initiative”.

According to the story, the purpose of the convocation will be to 

“counter the negative and judgmental image of Baptists”, according to the Associated Baptist Press. According to Carter, the most common opinion about Baptists is that they cannot get along. Carter alluded to the schism the Southern Baptist Convention experienced two decades ago.In a former interview with Mother Jones, Carter said there has been an evolution within the SBC, the largest Protestant denomination in the states, “toward a more and more rigid and strict creed that embodies the fundamentalist principles” that he mentioned in his book Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis.

The “schism” Carter spoke of was not a clash of personality or style, it was a fight for the soul of the SBC, a fight whether the denomination would remain true to God’s Word or not. Praise God the right way prevailed. Sadly, the denomination is sliding back into  liberalism under the guise of purpose driven and the emergent.

The story did not state whether or not Carter, Clinton or any of the other “progressive Baptists” who will be particpating in the convocation will actually affirm and obey the Holy Scriptures. It is my guess that they will not, since affirming the inerrancy and infallability of the Bible would have a “negative” effect on their party.

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What Doctrines Are Fundamental? (Part 1)

(By John MacArthur) 

source:Pulpit Magazine

How can a Christian determine which doctrines are essential and which are not?

The Right FoundationTo begin with, the strongest words of condemnation in all the New Testament are aimed at false teachers who corrupt the Gospel. Therefore the Gospel message itself must be acknowledged as a primary point of fundamental doctrine.

But what message will determine the content of our gospel testimony? Let’s turn to Scripture itself and attempt to lay out some biblical principles for determining which articles of faith are truly essential to authentic Christianity.  Read More »

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A Wonderful Website that will bless you

I have been searching for websites that support traditional hymns of the church, that explain the background of each piece and offer faithful presentations of the music. I have found one which I recommend to you.

 Center for Church Music-Songs and Hymns is a ministry that, believes

‘..singing’s role in church music is vital to the health of the church. (See Ephesians 3:18, 19; Colossians 3:16) What we sing is important! Through an attractive and winsome presentation, we believe that hymns (and Psalms) can again become a centerpiece of a stategy to empower and encourage Christians. “

Song and Hymns allows you to browse through their list of great hymns of the faith, learn more about each one and their composers as well as listen to some fantastic audio of each piece.  

In addition they also produce a radio broadcast which yolu can listen to online and I hope to air on our radio station.

Visit their website today at www.songsandhymns.org.

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Daily Bread:How much more….

Hebrews 9 

12Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

 13For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

 14How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

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He Must Increase; I Must Decrease

by Steve Camp, A1M Ministries 

I was speaking with a dear friend of mine last evening who asked an intriguing question: “why is it that it seems that all famous pastors of large churches tend to have an unbelievable ego about them?” Generalizations aside, there is some real truth to that in that question. I think the answer is simple: we have made personalities of them and given them power, admiration, and authority that is very difficult to handle.

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