30 November 2007

Are the Heathen Lost?

Do You Care About the Lost?
By Mike Andrews

Every time I think about the events that took place when Noah was commanded to build the ark, this event really grieves my spirit. Why? Because God poured His wrath on the whole world due to their wickedness, and ignorance of His holiness and grace. The Bible says " And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth..." (Gen 6:6). Sorry! What a sad statement by a holy and perfect God to say that He was sorry for creating human life. How tragic to have to make the statement "The world is so wicked and terrible I must destroy it". Imagine the screaming of voices and the clawing of the people as they tried to get in to the ark. That must have been an unimaginably horrible event in history. Sadly, He is going to do that again. There is going to come a day when God is going to pour His wrath on sinful man once again, but in the meantime He sent His Son to fulfill His wrath by putting Him on the cross to please Yahweh (Isa 53:10) for the sin of mankind. He has given us His son so that we can receive salvation through His shedding blood on the cross and He has written a book so that we can share it with a world that is going to face this wrath one day.
The LORD has called His Christian to go and proclaim to others the wonderful gift of salvation before He comes to judge the earth again. The question we need to ask ourselves is: Do we care about the lost? Most people ask the question: How will they know if they are not told? This is a question that is on the mind of most professing believers. What happens to those who have not heard the word of God? What happens to the unsaved world? We live a world that is full of evil, hatred, murder, and total wickedness due to sin (Rom 3:9-18). All have sinned against a holy God. What will happen to those who have not heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ? God has given each and every person a conscience to understand there is a God, but believing that there is "a god" does not get you redeemed or saved in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Many people today are going to Hell where they will spend a Christ-less eternity. We are just as the people in Noah’s day, ignorant to the Gospel of Christ, a nation of unbelief in the one true God. This is something that should grieve each and every Christian. Many Christians assume that’s all people need; God has given them a conscience and they will find God on their own. That's a false understanding of the Gospel. The Bible says "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom 10:17). The people in Noah’s time had a conscience and they chose to disobey a holy and sovereign God. Salvation and faith in the Lord only comes by hearing the Word of God, the Gospel. Paul’s main point of the Gospel message is the revealed Word of God, salvation comes to those who hear and believe the facts of the gospel.
The people in our world are dying in their sins. It doesn’t matter whether you are black, white, purple, or green; whether you are Canadian or Japanese, or a person from some remote unreached tribe. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He has given us a message and it is a message of eternal life. The only way for a person to attain salvation is through His Word. There is no other name in which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). There are no mistakes with God. If a person denies Christ and His message they will not be saved but spend eternity separated from His holy presence. If a person has not heard the Gospel, God in His omniscience and loving grace will know and He will send someone to share His message. Has He sent you yet? Will they hear before He once again says I’m SORRY.....!

Rob Bell needs to read the Bible

Rob Bell and the “Bullwhip Guy”
Published November 30th, 2007 by Editor in Emerging Church, Rob Bell, Seeker Sensitive, New Evangelicalism

This post over at Pyromaniacs
features Todd Friel’s video clip responses to Rob Bell’s "Bulhorn" and also includes this dead on target parody below:


23 November 2007

Rob Bell needs to get SAVED

Rob Bell: The gods Should Be AngryPublished November 23rd, 2007
by Ken Silva in Emerging Church, False Teachers, Rob Bell, Apostasy, Liberalism
Over at GalatiansC4V16, concerning Rob Bell, Christian Research Net contributor Tony Rose writes:
One of the contributors of pulpit.com (Pulpit Magazine), attended Rob Bell’s The Gods are Not Angry tour stop in Hollywood. His review is pretty interesting. Here are some excerpts:
"I am convinced that the emerging church is largely early 20th century liberalism, with cooler hair…The entire night was an illustration of style-over substance… But Bell went from there into what can only be described as careful and planned ambiguity. It was obvious that he is a smart person…"
"So when he ended the night without explaining why the sacrifice of Christ appeased God’s anger, without explaining atonement, without even touching substitution, I can’t help but note the effort that took. He spoke for over 90 minutes on the sacrifice of Christ without explaining sin, or the resurrection—which is the same as not speaking about the sacrifice of Christ…"
"[Bell] did not tell them ‘Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.’ Instead he said, ‘The gods are not angry anymore.’”
"And this is the fundamental problem with Bell’s message. The Bible says that the wrath of God is continually being revealed against ungodliness. In other words, God is still angry. And Bell did an enormous disservice because the people did not hear the gospel, and they were not told to flee the wrath to come."
See also: Rob Bell: Sounding More and More Like “Progressive” Christian Marcus Borg Who Denies the Deity of Jesus Christ and His Bodily Ressurection
Rob Bell In A Nutshell: The Bible
Rob Bell: “Trampolinianity” and the Virgin Birth

Rick needs to read his Bible

**Rick Warren, Evangelicals, Invite Muslims to Love God Together**

Published November 23rd, 2007 by Editor in Rick Warren, Emerging Church, General News, Ecumenism, A Slice of Laodicea, New Evangelicalism
Ingrid Schlueter writes at Slice of Laodicea:

A Slice alert today as the Christian Post reports this morning that Rick Warren, Leith Anderson, the head of the National Association of Evangelicals, Bill Hybels and other evangelicals have signed a document urging Muslims to “love God” together with them and to find peace between the two religions. This is where it has all been heading, folks. You’ve been warned for a long time now that this new spirituality is coming.


15 November 2007

Rick need some Theology Lessons

Rick Warren’s Denial of Sola Fide

Published November 14th, 2007 by Editor in Rick Warren, Bible Study
Pay close attention. This video shows Rick Warren denying the doctrines of Sola Fide, Solo Christo & Sola Deo Gloria.

If you’re not sure what that all means, here is a link to a lecture given by Chris Rosebrough of Extreme Theology that Biblically refutes Warren’s teaching. Click Here to Listen You can view the powerpoint slides for this lecture by clicking here.

I Must Have. NOT!

The Gay & Lesbian Bible?

Published November 15th, 2007 by Editor in Abominations
A Little Leaven is reporting on a new Bible written for gays and lesbians that completely removes all references to homosexuality as being a sin. We’re taking bets that this new translation will become the Bible of choice for Brian McLaren and the Emergent Church.

Heresy of Campolo

Colleges, Contemplative and Campolo
Published November 14th, 2007 by Editor in Emerging Church, General News, Catholicism, Ecumenism, New Age, Buddhism, New Evangelicalism

Watcher’s Lamp takes a look at the growing contemplative movement on college campuses such as Emory (Methodist) and Georgetown (Catholic).
The movement grows with the help of advocates such as the Dalai Lama and Tony Campolo.
In the video below, Tony Campolo ( of Eastern University) explains how St. Ignatius coined the term "centering prayer". Campolo describes how he practices centering prayer…" push everything out of your mind …allow Christ to invade you". Campolo gets "full of the Holy Spirit that way"…
Listen to Campolo describe how the Holy Spirit "is in you before you became a Christian" (unlike being dead in your trespasses) and "Christ indwells all, saved and unsaved."


10 November 2007

Nice to see the Love of Christ Everywhere

China Bans Bibles for Olympic Athletes 10 comments Permalink

The New York Sun reports that "The organizers of the 2008 Olympic Games in China have put the Bible on the list of items that athletes are banned from bringing with them to Beijing. . . ."(HT: STR)Update: Tim Ellsworth writes:"Apparently there are some conflicting reports out there. The information I found indicates that Bibles are not banned entirely, but that visitors to Beijing are being told to bring only one Bible.

Here's a story I wrote for Baptist Press about it. Here's a link to the official policy."

Why Leaders are Important in the Church

Each of Us have a Different Job to Do
By Mike Andrews

When it comes to leadership and responsibility in Christianity, many think of how ‘strong’ a person is: how much money you have, your level of education, your speaking abilities, or even your marketing knowledge. These may seem to be good qualities for leadership but these are not true biblical qualities for leadership. Ezra and Nehemiah were men chosen by God to do a certain task by getting Jerusalem restored to their former days. They were men who had love and compassion for those around them. John Stott says "Indignation and compassion form a powerful combination. They are indispensable to vision, and therefore to leadership."
Ezra was a preacher who had a concern for the people of Israel. He was a man who prepared his heart by studying, practising and teaching God’s Word (Ezra 7:6-10) to the nation of Israel. He was a man who committed his life to do what the Lord called him to do. Because of their immoral behaviour, God used Ezra to ignite a great revival among the Israelites. (Ezra 10:11-12) "Now therefore, make confession to the LORD God of your fathers, and do His will; separate yourselves from the peoples of the land, and from the pagan wives." Then all the assembly answered and said with a loud voice, "Yes! As you have said, so we must do." The nation of Israel was restored through the repentance for their crime against a Holy God. Ezra was used to restore the souls of the Israelites. As the chief spiritual leader, and having been given divine authority, Ezra had a great responsibility. He lived up to his responsibility and also had a deep desire to please a holy God.
Nehemiah was a man of natural-born leadership qualities, who wanted the nation to get busy and rebuild the walls that had been destroyed. He was a man of integrity who wanted to accomplish a common goal. Nehemiah also had a concern for the nation, and desired that everyone do their part and help in the reconstruction. Amazingly, Nehemiah first went to the Lord in prayer "remember, I pray the word that You commanded Your servant Moses..(Neh 1:8-11). Nehemiah had a huge task at hand, organizing and delegating to others their part in this long and hard task. His responsibility had great resistance and he faced great criticism. They questioned his authority (Neh 2:19), they challenged his ability (Neh 4:3), and they challenged his character or authenticity. But again, he was a strong-willed leader who had one vision to rebuild the wall and praise the Lord through it all.
Every one of God’s people have a different job to do. Some are pastors, some are evangelists, some are missionaries; but He has called all of us to do service unto Him. Ezra and Nehemiah are men of great importance, one restored the people through the word of God. The other saw a concern for the nation and found a way through prayer to get the nation to work together and do what was required of each and every person as children of the Living God. Paul couldn’t have said it any clearer to the believers at Colosse "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; (Col 3:23).

Parents must Read

Explaining the Gospel to a Child
November 6th, 2007

How can parents explain the gospel to their children without toning down the commands of Scripture?
Certainly children are limited in their ability to understand spiritual truth, but so are adults. Very few people intellectually understand all the gospel truth at the moment of salvation. Fortunately, the essential truths are basic enough that even a child can understand. Jesus Himself characterized saving faith as childlikeness (Mark 10:15). True belief is not a function of advanced intellect, sophisticated theological understanding, or complex doctrinal knowledge.
Children old enough to be saved can grasp the concept of coming to Christ with an obedient heart, and letting Him be the Lord of their lives.
When sharing the gospel with a child, keep these points in mind:
1. Remember that repetition and restatement are especially helpful. Give the gospel simply and briefly, but don’t assume the first positive response means they got all the truth they need to know. Continue explaining and expanding your explanations. Too many ministries to children equate every positive response with a real conversion.
2. Use Scripture and explain it clearly. Even with children, God’s Word is the seed that produces life (1 Peter 1:23). Don’t use approaches that give gospel outlines with no Scripture. Only the Bible can speak with authority to the human heart—including a child’s heart.
3. Understand the inherent danger in any outline or prefabricated presentation: they tend to follow a predetermined agenda that may bypass the child’s real needs or fail to answer his or her most important questions.
4. Finally, remember that the issues in salvation are the same for a child as for an adult. The gospel is the same message for every age group. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote,
We must be careful that we do not modify the gospel to suit various age groups. There is no such thing as a special gospel for the young, a special gospel for the middle-aged, and a special gospel for the aged. There is only one gospel, and we must always be careful not to tamper and tinker with the gospel as a result of recognizing these age distinctions. At the same time, there is a difference in applying this one and only gospel to the different age groups; but it is a difference which has reference only to method and procedure. (Knowing the Times [Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1989], 2.)
Children must be able to understand that sin is an offense to God’s holiness and that they are personally guilty (though because of their limited experiences, most kids obviously won’t have as deep a sense of personal guilt as adults). There’s nothing wrong with telling children about hell and God’s wrath. Children do not have a difficult time grasping such concepts. They understand punishment for wrongdoing and are capable of understanding that Jesus died to take the punishment for the sins of others. They need to be told that Jesus expects to be obeyed, and they will understand even better than some adults that trusting Jesus means obeying Him. The importance of obedience needs to be emphasized repeatedly, even after the child makes a profession of faith.
(Today’s post was adapted from a GTY Issues & Answers article.)

05 November 2007

Heresy of Osteen

Paul Washer on Osteen, the Purpose Driven Movement

The Blood Tipped Ears blog has posted video of Paul Washer on Joel Osteen’s prosperity gospel and the Purpose Driven movement. I am delighted to tell you that Paul Washer is scheduled to speak at the February 9th, VCY America Rally at the Waukesha Exposition Center. The emphasis will be youth and purity, and the message will underscore the importance of truly knowing Christ.

Posted on November 2007 by Ingrid