It’s easy for crunchy Reformed Presbyterians to be at peace with evangelical super-pastors in their areas. We are happy for the local mega-church to do the initial evangelistic heavy-lifting, using those muscles we have let weaken with little use. Every unchurched person, we tacitly assume, needs an entry-level church in which to meet Jesus. That’s been the utility of Bill Hybel’s and Perry Noble’s and Stephen Furtick’s ministries—they did the evangelism that Reformed churches were not capable of and got many saved. Now that the evangelism is done, we can draw those young believers away by telling them they need something more than milk. On a grand scale, the body and it’s many parts are working wonderfully well together, right? Perry planted, R.C. watered, and God gave the growth…
Such a process would be possible if at the initial stage those who were practicing “evangelism” were actually practicing evangelism, rather than peddling false assurance to those who aren’t saved. Decisional regeneration is the name of the game, and it is wicked.
For someone who has sucked from the breast of the modern evangelical mega-church, there must be a wholesale repudiation of their first church before they are likely find a home in a healthy, God-fearing church.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure — pressed down, shaken together, and running over… (Luke 6:38)
Last week, Dr. Kent Brantly—the medical missionary who contracted Ebola virus in Liberia—was released from an Atlanta hospital with a clean bill of health. Here is a portion of his remarks at the press conference held just before his departure from the hospital:
I am forever thankful to God for sparing my life and am glad for any attention my sickness has attracted for the plight of West Africa in the midst of this epidemic. Please continue to pray for Liberia and the people of West Africa, and encourage those in positions of leadership and influence to do everything possible to bring this Ebola outbreak to an end.
If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world.
First of all, I’m somewhat sympathetic to Coulter’s argument. There is a romanticism in missions that causes many people to be vigilant about the plight of African children in orphanages even while they remain willfully ignorant of the millions of children being slaughtered in America through abortion. And, also, there certainly is an increasing need for domestic courage in our missionary work as the nation declines into further God-hating secularism.
But, it is ridiculous to heap scorn on a man who risked his own life for the sake of the gospel… Continue reading →
I have very little doubt that my brothers in the Presbyterian Church in America would state privately that abortion is a modern genocide. Yet when it comes to prophetic ministry to state that truth publicly, there is more silence than talk. Will our Lord judge us well for such inconsistency?
Along with a number of people from Trinity, I drive for over thirty minutes to stand at the gates of hell, telling the residents of Greenville that children are being murdered within her gates, that she has a death-camp in her midst. I do so one day of the six days a week the abortuary is open. I invite my brothers and pastors from the PCA to put some flesh on those theological bones by practicing true religion outside the Greenville Women’s Clinic.
A map showing PCA churches near the place in Greenville where babies are murdered.
Would you consider being there one of those six days? Will you join us?
Let the contemplations of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (as told by Eric Metaxas) inspire you…
The Scriptures said that faith without works is dead, that faith “is the evidence of things not seen.” Bonhoeffer knew that one could see some things only with the eyes of faith, but they were no less real and true than the things one saw with one’s physical eyes. But the eyes of faith had a moral component. To see that it was against God’s will to persecute Jews, one must choose to open one’s eyes. And then one would face another uncomfortable choice: whether to act as God required.
Bonhoeffer strove to see what God wanted to show and then to do what God asked in response. That was the obedient Christian life, the call of the disciple. And it came with a cost, which explained why so many were afraid to open their eyes in the first place. It was the antithesis of the “cheap grace” that required nothing more than an easy mental assent, which he wrote about in Discipleship (Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, 278-279).
It was another intense day of spiritual warfare at the gates of hell. Children were killed, the Word of God was preached, idolatry was on display, prayers were made to God, blasphemies were shouted…
Please pray for a women (I don’t know here name) who told me I was going to hell because I didn’t reverence Mary. She was concerned that I didn’t pray to her or believe she didn’t die. I told her repent of her idolatry and believe in Jesus Christ, the one mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5).
This time I’m posting before we make the 40-minute drive over to the Greenville abortuary [It turned out to be a little longer than normal because of a flat tire on I-85.]. Every day this week my younger children, ages 3 and 5, have been praying that the place would close down. Perhaps we’ll arrive this morning and the two hit-men who are protected by the unjust laws of this land will have closed up shop and settled in Florida (that’s where hit-men retire, right?). As I gear myself up for calling people to repent and believe in Jesus Christ, many other women are preparing themselves to arrive at the abortuary for a vastly different purpose. They’ve collected the $500 needed to pay for either type of abortion; they’ve arranged for someone to take them there and then home; they’ve silenced consciences screaming at them that this is a child in the womb. Each of these women will see us as they enter the parking lot. They will hear one last warning—God’s Word says do not murder—before they choose either to be a mother or a murderer.
Father, give these women, created in Your image, ears to hear. Give them love for their children. Allow them by Your Sovereign hand to take upon themselves the yoke of Jesus before they take upon themselves the heavy, destructive, hellish yoke of child-sacrifice. Allow us to see repentance and tears. Protect the orphans within their mothers’ wombs. Use us. In Jesus Name. Amen.
2 Cor. 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.
Did you know that your difficulties and the comforts that followed from them may be for the purpose of witnessing to others, showing others the comfort to be found in Jesus Christ? We don’t reject suffering as being of the devil. We accept it as being from God and useful as an opportunity to witness to others about what we live for. Continue reading →