“The Church of Christ is continually represented under the figure of an army; yet its Captain is the Prince of Peace; its object is the establishment of peace, and its soldiers are men of a peaceful disposition. The spirit of war is at the extremely opposite point to the spirit of the gospel.
Yet nevertheless, the church on earth has, and until the second advent must be, the church militant, the church armed, the church warring, the church conquering. And how is this?
It is the very order of things that so it must be. Truth could not be truth in this world if it were not a warring thing, and we should at once suspect that it were not true if error were friends with it. The jspotless purity of truth must always be at war with the blackness of heresy and lies.”
Here are some topics that I will be writing about:
A review of John MacArthur’s upcoming book The Truth War. I received a copy of Dr. MacArthur’s manuscript of the book and it is awesome.
What is the real meaning behind the concept in churches today of “community”? I hear it a lot, “What we need is more community.” “We need a greater sense of community.”
Why is it inappropriate to address a pastor by his first name, but perfectly acceptable to refer to the Savior of the world by His first name? You can say Jesus and even J.C., but if you refer to a pastor by anything else but Dr. or Brother so-and-so, you are being disrespectful.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Several years ago, I had an “energized” conversation with a pastor friend of mine, after I voiced concerns that his church was heading toward what was then described as being seeker-sensitive. I had shared that we, the church in general, were abandoning the basic tenets of the faith in favor of a more “attractive” gospel. My friend told me, “Corley, you can’t go out there and preach on things like hell and sin and justification and holiness. People won’t listen to that stuff. Its a turn off man. We got to do something to get them in the building, and once we get them here, we’ll start sharing the truth with them.” My response was that if “getting them in the building” was a major concern, that would be easy. I suggested that during that following week, his church should place an ad in the local newspaper, along with setting up a sign on the street in front of the church saying “FREE BEER this Sunday at _______ Church”. I also suggested possibly hiring some dancing girls, giveaway some free money, and I believe I even threw in the idea of a couple of elephants. He told me that was silly. I agreed, but at least the error of all of my silly suggestion were obvious.
Little did I know that most of my suggestions had either already become common place in some churches or soon would be.
Where are we called as Christians to entertain? Where are we called to use our “gift” to thrill people, or to stir emotions, let alone use talents and abilities we claim God has given us, to compete in a contest where the main objective is for someone to like us well enough that we are…the winner.
I just witnessed a sad and selfish display called Gifted, a terribly misdirected attempt to capitalize on the trashy reality show/American idol craze, and put a Christian spin on it. It was all I could do to sit and listen to Matt Crouch and his wife pull scripture out of context to justify what is nothing more than sorry production to glorify the flesh.
Matt Crouch was so happy to outline all the conditions of the competition, including that pastors across American opened their churches to TBN to host auditions. But not only that, the pastor of the winning church, the church that hosted the winning contestant, would receive $10,000.00. Really makes you think about the old game show shout, “Come on down!”
The “contestants” were obviously talented, even the one young man who wore eyeliner and whose hair stood straight up in the air. But I think about a spiritual upbringing some these “kids” have had, that has them convinced that what they are doing on this program somehow glorifies the Lord of Righteousness. What have they gone through or been taught in their lives? That part is heart breaking.
I heard a lot about being a rock star, being a super star, having a good performance, being an artist and hitting it big in the “Christian music world”. I heard nothing about denying self, taking up the cross daily and following Him, Luke 9:23.
What a hideous and shocking display. I think the words of the programs host said a lot about it all, “God bless you and good luck”. Yep, totally oxymoronic.
Dr. Voddie Baucham Jr. told me today on The Mike Corley Program that he will no longer accept invitations for youth ministry events as he cannot justify particIpating in an effort that has no biblical model.
Dr. Baucham, a Southern Baptist pastor, teacher, author and professor has written several articles on his website www.voddiebaucham.org and was gracious enough to come on our radio program to elaborate on his comments.
Listen to the interview here:
Voddie Baucham Interview January 25, 2007
On my radio program today, I commented on Dr. Richard Land’s recent statement that the church was at least somewhat responsible for abortion being legalized.
The Baptist Press story stated,
“That could never have happened without at least the acquiescence of people in our churches — Protestant and Catholic alike,” said Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
Scott Reiber, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, MS emailed the following comment,
Would abortion have been legalized if the Church had stood up? I don’t
think so. Why?
1–Problem was that in the early part of the last century most mainline
churches abandoned the Word of God as being just that, the Word of God.
So there was no moral authority about sexual ethics and the value of human life.
2–Problem was that among Evangelicals the idea was that the world — meaning life — including medicine, law, politics — virtually every area of life — was hoplelessly corrupt and going to become worse and worse. Christians could not dirty their hands by being involved in these areas. Just snatch a few brands from the burning because Christ was coming. In part this was a reaction to the social gospel of the liberals, but in the
end it abandoned virtually every area of human endeavour to the world. And
the results??? Abortion, infanticide, euthanasia – what area do Christians
dominate in our culture?
Source: Audience One Ministries
A earnest plea for a day of prayer and fasting.
No fanfare; no programs; no religious leaders jockeying for media attention; no K-Street spin; no DVD’s or MP3’s to profit from; no books to promote; no CD’s to sell; no contests to judge; and no personality driven agendas to tolerate. But simply God’s people taking leave from the duties of their daily lives to humbly seek the Lord to bring revival, repentance, and reform to His church once again.
We need a new Reformation today beloved; we need another Great Awakening!
“O Christian, never be proud of things that are so transient, injurious, and uncertain as the riches of this evil world! But set your heart on the true and durable riches of grace in Christ Jesus.” -ISAAC AMBROSE
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Upcoming guests on The Mike Corley Program include:
01/24/07- Mike Johnson with the Alliance Defense Fund
01/25/07-Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr.
01/30/07-Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries