I have to agree with everything you've said. My son a Christian used to go to AA meetings. He refused to say at the beginning up every meeting. Hello my name is Todd and I'm an alcoholic. He would also refer to his higher power as Jesus. This didn't make him very popular. I for a time attended Alanon. I would think boy if the Christian churc was a devoted to church as these folks are that woud be awesome. Loved your article.
In a letter to his brother Charles in June 1766, the Arminian evangelist John Wesley, now in his sixties, wrote, "I do not love God. I never did. Therefore I never believed, in the Christian sense of the word. ... I never had any other evidence of the eternal or invisible world than I have now; and that is none at all, unless such as faintly shines from reasonâ€™s glimmering ray. I have no direct witness (I do not say, that I am a child of God, but) of anything invisible or eternal." See the SWRB blog on SermonAudio at http://ow.ly/kk2wt or http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=13559 for more context for the quote above, as well more information on other surprising and disturbing beliefs held by John Wesley. For example, you will see that "Wesley taught that unconverted Muslims and other heathen will be accepted by God on the basis of their good works" and also wrote, "Prayer for the dead, the faithful departed, in the advocacy of which I conceive myself clearly justified."
Hey Hilary looks like you're the only one here posting on this. So I thought I'd intrude just to say "Oh dear! Oh dear!" Where d'ya get that Whitefield was more entertaining and popular or that Wesley produced more genuine converts?
D'ya read much? Please supply chapter and verse from your authorities. Thanks.
Its unfortunate people are very biased towards a minister who preaches a type of doctrine they support.
George Whitefield was indeed an entertaining and great minister of the Word who preached to many people but being popular does not mean being the most effective. John Wesley - love him or hate him - was a great minister of the Word who won more souls for Jesus Christ than Whitefield.
Wesley had a more effective way of producing genuine converts than Whitefield mainly because of his Christian perfectionism doctrine (Matthew 5:48; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
The greatest evangelist in history is obviously D.L. Moody, followed by John Wesley, then others
God is love, His offer for salvation is open to every soul in the world. If anyone repents of their sin and believes in Jesus they shall be saved.
The issue is that people are desperately wicked; they love darkness. God knew all along who would repent & accept this offer of salvation and who would reject it so He wrote it in the Lamb's Book of life (Rev 13:8) before the beginning.
Thank you, Don and Michelle Miller, for having Julie Anne Smith into your home, and for sitting by her on your couch supporting her during one of her multiple interviews where she is slandering and lying about my husband. Something you both were very busy doing the entire time you were at our church. Your public union with Julie Anne has been useful many times in explaining to others the kind of divisive behavior you so often displayed,and will continue to be in the future.
See blog: Julie Anne Smith Lied to the Press http://wp.me/p2YEp0-F
Good Morning, Thank you Pastor Mercer for this mornings message. I was having difficulty getting through until I tried "Alternate Streaming" This was unusual but I was so grateful it worked. I felt very convicted toward the end of the sermon as I had begun to let my mind wander off from the message. Thank you for bringing me back with your clear conscience convicting urging. Martha Hayden
Per Wikipedia: â€śCyberbullying may include public actions such as repeated threats, sexual remarks, pejorative labels, or defamatory false accusations, ganging up on a victim by making the person the subject of ridicule in online forumsâ€ť. Iâ€™ve followed this womanâ€™s public blogging and in my opinion she used sexual remarks against you and your church, pejorative labels, defamatory false accusations and then ganged up on you by making you the subject of ridicule in her online forum devoted to your churches destruction, ALL a textbook case of cyberbullying. This blog recording her church-hating antics will be invaluable to future victims. Although we Christians forgive, we must love others in action and truth as they face persecution. Iâ€™m sure Pastor Challies appreciates this blog as well as that poor man and his wife who are the focus of the â€śJESUSSUEâ€ť blog. Demanding people â€śget their rage upâ€ť on a couple and then to â€śact upon itâ€ť is brutal, unthinking cyberbullying. Iâ€™ll be praying for their safety.
Our congregation is so blessed to have the PSC that we do. You all truly do represent us.
Brothers and sisters we have seen in difficult times of not having a pastor how He has so blessed us in many ways and continues to sustain us. For example, in our pulpit supply, in additional help from our teaching elders and our ruling elders, in our diaconate to our congregation members! I can only imagine when the man God has called comes along, how truly awesome that will be.
PSC keep encouraged, the church continues to pray and we all know His timing is perfect!
What do we do with people who are at different levels of sanctification? We preach the Word to them like Jesus. That Word includes strong, repeated, NEW TESTAMENT, instruction about sins of all types. Some of these sins are mentioned more than others due to their destructive nature. Sexual sin is one of them. And yes, people are fallen and struggle with temptations of all kinds. But a failure to preach the Word clearly, concisely, thoroughly will result in people who â€śjust arenâ€™t bothered by that particular sinâ€ť, even those God mentions over and over (sexual sins). Repentant people when tempted wrestle privately due to their new shame God has given them about their sin. Unrepentant people donâ€™t have that gift from God yet and need to hear the Word about that sin. Bold, comfortable sinning should prompt the minister to reevaluate his preaching, not reevaluate the Holy Spirit. To then say the Holy Spirit has changed and clearly FORBIDDEN BY GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, life-destroying sins are now akin to Israelâ€™s shellfish restrictions is bizarre.
Since we know faith comes by HEARING the Word of God (Romans 10:17) and we know the Holy Spirit will convict the conscience of sin after this hearing (John 16:8), rather than lecturing the Church these men should take a moment and look at their ministering skills. Have they delivered the Word on these topics? Are the unrepentant people unrepentant because of the silence of these â€śpastorsâ€ť? Or worse, is sin being â€ścelebratedâ€ť? If I had a church full of prostitutes, I would be rejoicing that they came to hear the Word, but they would hear what the Word says about being identified by the glaring sin that enslaves them. If they were still unmoved, they would be earnestly WARNED of their eternallity in that place of torment. Their complacency and comfort in their glaring sin would be a sign of my failure as a minister of the Word. To make a bizarre comparison of Israelâ€™s Old Testament dietary law to CLEAR, often repeated New Testament commands regarding sexuality, is almost laughable. But penning a blog demanding that Godâ€™s clear, concise Word and His Holy Spirit be â€śreimaginedâ€ť to compensate for their ministerial failures is a sad sign of the times.
I just got into a discussion with a young man on FB over this very issue. He claims to be â€śwell-versed in the Bibleâ€ť and used the shellfish argument with me as well. Sadly though, this young man does not by his own admission believe in the inerrancy of the Holy Scripture. He said it was â€śWRITTEN BY MAN IMPERFECTLY TRANSLATING THE WORD OF GOD.â€ť And therefore cannot be trusted. He also sited the story of Sodom and Gomorrah as a parable, not an actual event. He said, â€śUnless you can find me the scripture that explicitly defines marriage as one man and one woman you will continue to be a bigot who uses religion incorrectly to justify their intolerance.â€ť Interestingly I have heard these same arguments from my Atheist nephew.
I agree with you, Pastor Chuck that 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 is clear about what it is teaching. Why would anyone, especially a pastor, want to exclude gay people from that list, to repent of their sin? Because it is unpopular or they are afraid of being called a bigot, when an eternal soul is at stake? That is not loving or even sensible in light of 1 Corinthians 1:18â€¦ how can we who know the truth keep silent?
I see what you are saying, but Jeff Cook isnâ€™t merely talking about an ongoing Sanctification process that we might debate over. He goes on to suggest that we abandon the concept that homosexuals and lesbians need to repent at all. He suggests that we should view homosexuality and lesbianism like OT dietary restrictions for shell fish that simply didnâ€™t apply to the new Gentile believers in the early church. He is clearly encouraging us to entertain homosexuals and lesbians coming as they are and staying as they are, as being the new wave of the new work of the Holy Spirit that overrides what Godâ€™s Word so clearly says (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
Just yesterday I was scanning the sanctuary looking for new faces and I was reminded what makes Pinelands such a great place to worship. It's our cultural diversity. I was thinking that we should make more of it...let our neighbors know. We should have a flag for every country that is represented by our congregation. These flags should be in plain view of the community. The flags could be donated by a member of the congregation who is from another country (besides the U.S.). Anyone have any ideas on where and how to display them or is this another one of my lame brain ideas?