Saved or Self Deceived?

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From the original broadcast in March, 2008, How can so many who claim to be Christians, not have a proper, scriptural understanding of salvation? As Dr. John MacArthur states in the teaching series Salvation Survey: Saved or Self Deceived?, “I am convinced that in the name of Christianity there are many places that call themselves churches and they’re not churches. And they have men leading them who call themselves pastors and they’re not pastors.” On this program, Mike asks the question are many saved or deceived?

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Warren, the weird and the wild…

God have mercy on the American church.


Mike comments on the Ric Warren message at DGNC; the suicide of an Ohio teen after being bullied by fellow students and the weird and the strange in American “churchianity”, such as “doggie praise”, clips of a Hannah Montana song as worship and a clip of a video from a faithful church in Texas devoting all to the Lord.

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You, Me, I…..

The caption says Saddleback Church, but you couldn’t tell it’s a “church” from the building, emotions of the people/performers, and most definitely not from the lyrics of the Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana song. It resembles any run-of-the-mill recording session at most studios. This reminds me of a church service I was at once where a visitor was asked to come to the platform and sing that great hymn of the faith Love Can Build a Bridge by The Judds. There were many eyes closed and swaying hands that morning I guarantee you.

This video is sad, upsetting and far too typical in a lot of American churches today. Some will say I’m, too harsh, but I would describe this as selfish garbage.

Thanks to Apprising Ministries for posting this.

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The result of an man-centered gospel? Easy in…Easy Out..

CHRISTIANPOST.COM-About one out of every eight adults is an “ex-Christian,” a new survey reveals.

These include those who left the Protestant or Catholic tradition that they were a part of as a child and who now report being atheist, agnostic or some other faith, according to the Barna Group.

Meanwhile, those who switched from a non-Christian faith or non-belief (from their childhood) to Christianity as an adult represent three percent of the American population.

Findings are based on telephone interviews derived from a random sample of 2,004 adults in the U.S. The interviews were conducted in the fall of 2008 and summer of 2009. Participants were asked to identify their childhood faith and their current faith allegiance.

A second survey asked respondents if they had ever “changed to a different faith or significantly changed their faith views” or if they were “the same faith today as they were as a child.”

According to the Christian research group, the most common reasons for leaving Christianity included life experiences, such as gaining new knowledge or education; feeling disillusioned with church and religion; feeling the church is hypocritical; having negative experiences in churches; being in disagreement with Christianity about specific issues such as homosexuality, abortion or birth control; feeling the church is too authoritarian; wanting to express their faith outside of church; and searching for a new faith or wanting to experience other religions.

The top motivations for becoming a Christian, meanwhile, were going through difficult life events; getting older and seeing life differently; wanting to connect with a church and grow spiritually; discovering Christ; or wanting to know what was in the Bible.

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My Response to Noble’s 3 Arguments that Sound Spiritual but Are Actually Stupid

On Christian Post.com recently, Perry Nobles, pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C, wrote a column entitled 3 Arguments that Sound Spiritual but Are Actually Stupid. I offer my response below.

#1 – “The Church Is Not A Business But Rather A Hospital For Sinners.”

Uh…OK, the problem with this argument is…a hospital IS a business…and if it is not ran properly then it will have to close its doors, thus losing its effectiveness in helping those it has been called to reach. Like it or not in church world today leadership matters. God made sure we knew that leadership IS a spiritual gift and the reason it has been given was to help the church be more and more effective. I personally believe the church should be the best ran organization on the planet because God has gifted and called leaders to lead AND filled them with HIS Holy Spirit so that they can do so.

MIKE:First of all, the church is not a hospital. A hospital deals with sick people. The lost, the sinner isn’t sick, HE IS DEAD! Secondly, the church is not a business like a tire dealer is a business, and God does not intend for it to be operated like a business. It is the Church of Jesus Christ and He is the head of it, He empowers it and it should be that He directs it. Sure, He appoints men to lead, but that’s only because He chooses to do that, not because the man decided one day he wants to be a pastor and “run” a church. The Church will thrive based on our dependence and obedience to Christ and His commands, not on our ability, skills, talents or resources, and therein lies the problem; mortal men thinking they are more sovereign than the Eternal God.

#2 – “Too Many Churches Are Just Chasing Cool and Relevant.”

Uh…so what’s the opposite, chasing uncool, boring, predictable and meaningless? Sure, churches can go off the deep end and worship creativity rather than the Creator. But to say that a church should not embrace creativity and innovation and leverage them for the use of the Gospel is insane. Church should not be a place where people come and see what life was like on this planet during the 1960’s and 70’s…but rather a place where people encounter Jesus Christ and the preaching of HIS Word in an environment in which they understand. (One does NOT have to be sacrificed for the other!) We are created in God’s image and called to be like Him…which means that we ARE creative beings. Somehow I believe that the church is supposed to be reaching kids WAY better than Disney…they have a mouse…we have the MESSIAH who gave His life and rose from the dead. Our message is SO much greater and should be told in the most effective way possible.

MIKE:I agree with Noble statement regarding the church “a place where people encounter Jesus Christ and the preaching of HIS Word in an environment in which they understand.” However it must be noted that if an erroneous Gospel is being preached or a “half gospel”, it doesn’t matter how creative the production is, it is just a messed-up message wrapped up in a slick presentation. His opening statement “Uh…so what’s the opposite, chasing uncool, boring, predictable and meaningless?” lends me to believe that he truly does overly focus on what’s “cool and relevant”. Again, the Gospel is the Lord’s. It is HIS Gospel, not ours. He is the sovereign Lord of all and did not need our help to His plan for salvation, and does not need our help to see it through in the lives of people. We are blessed and privileged to have ANY part in proclaiming His Word. Does Noble and others of like mind believe that God is God, that He is able….or don’t they?

#3 – “Too Many Pastors Today Are Obsessed With Dressing Cool And Shopping At Buckle.”

This one always cracks me up because, well, I happen to like shopping at Buckle (they actually have jeans that fit me!) I am not so sure about the dressing cool part…but I really do like their clothes. Honestly, I was not aware that surrendering to ministry meant that I also had to surrender to the pleated/cuffed khaki, sweater vest, comb over club! (We could really go back and forth all day on this.) Bottom line…there is a WAR going on for the battle of the souls of men and women…and fighting over clothing styles should not be a fight we dive into! Dress how you like to dress…and if others want to obsess about it you should feel sorry for them and not fight with them.

MIKE:I for one do not fight over the style of dress or even the style of music so much. I do fight over the content and commitment to the Gospel and God’s Word. I live a western/cowboy type lifestyle, but I don’t attend a cowboy church; not because that in and of itself is bad, but because most of the cowboy churches I have attended make hats, boots and hay bales a major theme. We are in a war and its mean, ugly and bloody at times….but here is the thing….we are mere soldiers in this fight with no authority or ability except that which is granted to us by the Supreme Commander, the Lord God. The cause is His, the battle plan is His, the weapons are His, and the resources are His. We either submit and obey His commands or we, individually fail. Noble, Warren and the like do not acknowledge or even imply that apart from the grace and mercy of God, we have not desire or ability to seek or please Him. It’s not about our living to succeed; it’s about our dyeing to live in Him. Don’t hint at it gentlemen, say, show it, live it, preach it!

What is the standard for Christian faith?

What is the standard for your faith as a Christian?


Shouldn’t the Word of God be the standard for all life and godliness ( 1 Peter 1:3) In this program, Mike examines how Christians must judge all things through the lens, the standard , of Scripture. Also, a follow-up on the previous program on election, including listener emails.

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