Great Sermon! And to the first comment on here with the name 'fran' on it, I know this is Joyce Meyers voice on this recording because I sat under her teaching for a short time until I had learned my lesson and God brought me out of that false teaching and brought me back to the foundation that is only in Jesus Christ which He laid in my life when I first came to the cross, not only that but I recognize her voice and this teaching very well, it is the final one that caused me to run far from her and others teacher's with the same heresy's.
Great Sermon! Jesus clearly says on the Cross, "It is Finished." I thank Jesus for taking our place on the cross, for completing His work on the old rugged cross. He carried that cross for each of us and we now take up our crosses and follow Him. We follow the One and Only True Shepherd, Jesus Christ and know His voice and another we will not follow, we run from false sheep in wolves clothes! There are many scriptures which warn us not to put our trust in man and what we submit ourselves to in the form of teachings should always line up with God's Holy word and if it veers from God's word in translation I don't want it, been there and I know personally the damage that causes. Always search scriptures when you have questions. When I was a young Christian, I would question teachings but instead of following God's word and seeking Him for my answers I was asking the teachers and I was told not to question, to shut up and obey what I heard. It caused many hurts but I praise God for His mercy, grace and healing in me and for the great lesson I learned from it all which was Trust in The Lord and in His Word so please question and seek God with questions and search His scripture. A true obedient teacher that Christ has sent to teach us will not object to questions,just as Christ answered questions.
Great Sermon! Thanks for preaching this message, touched my heart and helped me see beyond my own problems and have compassion towards others going through their troubles. I repent of bitterness and self pity in my life and with the Holy Spirits help I guard my heart from the root of bitterness. Again, thank you!
Great Sermon! Although, I get why it wouldn't be pleasant for a preacher of righteousness to rebuke or reprove a brother or sister in Christ, I am grateful to God for those who love others in such a way to tell the truth as Jesus did for I'd rather be reproved even though it's not pleasant at the time so I can repent and allow the precious Holy Spirit to change me and make me right. With all the confusion going on in churches in which God is not the author of and MANY false teachings here and there, it is refreshing to hear preaching that is straight from God's Holy Word!
Great Sermon! I feel like I have been starving and am now getting meat instead of a watered down gospel that isn't a gospel, my heart breaks because I know I can't be the only one who has been bound by chains and who has been starving for truth, I thank God for setting me free so I can go and tell others and share what He is giving to me. I had no idea of the extent of how deep this dark well goes until the light of the Gospel of Jesus began to shine on it and I am waking up more everyday, Thank You, Jesus!
Unprofitable Servant wrote: First, thanks to Becca from Maryland for the great and insightful comment. Second, let us hear from others on Jim from Lincoln's comment. I will admit most the people in the church I attend would more than likely vote republican. We don't take polls so I cannot guarantee that. However, I don't believe I have met any that are evangelical Republicans first and Christians as an afterthought. Politics doesn't get as much discussion time as sports, work, or family issues. Anybody else notices that those with whom they have fellowship put their conservative politics ahead of their Christianity? or is this just a straw man?
Up here in Maryland, you don't see this too much (you moreso see Word of Faith, an unhealthy emphasis on numerical attendance, and some Purpose Driven occasionally). Glad to hear you're not seeing it too much in your neck of the woods. Brannon Howse is a radio host who lives in Tennessee and he has seen a lot of this just across the board. I think what Jim is talking about is pretty much what Brannon means when he says that some Christians have "put the flag above the cross." Brannon's new book Religious Trojan Horse should address this as he has talked a lot about this issue on his radio show. God bless.
I thought that the author did not define the success of the American church very well. Our success or power is not determined by our political prowess but by how much we depend on God's Spirit to live daily. I also don't think that the churches and people he used as a presence for "evangelicalism" (ie, Rick Warren, Tim Keller) were good examples. I agree that the American church is in decline, but not for the reasons he said in the article. Sure, Christians have made mistakes and have said things in a certain way that although true, were wrong because of their attitude or motive. But our error as Christians, imo, is that we haven't preached the Gospel *enough*, nor have lived it enough, because it hasn't overall meant enough to us. The population decline in the church is not due to our irrelevance but is due to the fact that the Bible said that people would fall away from the faith in latter times and want to hear things that itch their ears. But the spiritual decline of the church is due to both pastors' and professing Christians' hardening of hearts and their acceptance of false doctrine. Perhaps in a way, population decline may be good for us. The church in US has boasted of numerical success for so long, I long for the body of Christ to be a more cohesive body united by trut