Perhaps God is working to draw him toward Christ, but it doesn't seem he's there yet. While no one starts out with full maturity, we must start out with CHRIST. If anyone believes we can have the peace of God without Christ they are woefully decieved. I pray this man will know thw peace of God in Christ.
Looks like this little euphemism this pastor uses can be more accurately applied to his own church.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 2Ti 3:8-9 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
Great Sermon! Billy Graham has has a plank comprised of decades of [selling out the gospel type] compromise to pull out of his eye before he can be taken seriously when he calls any nation to repentance.
Some time ago, Daniel Fuller (who was the guru of John Piper)introduced a doctrine of biblical inerrancy that declared the Bible to be inerrant only in areas of spiritual information and not in science, history or the origin of the universe. This doctrine became orthodoxy at Fuller and ultimately undermined the authority of the Bible at Fuller. From there on in it was downhill for that seminary. Apostasy does not stand still, it has motion. So it should not be surprising to see such a departure from sound doctrine and practice and more departures to come in the future from this institution.
Articles in Christianity Today should be taken with the same grain of salt that you would take from reading the New York Times. Just like there will be a slant towards socialism, sodomites and Obama in the New York Times, there will be a more liberalized slant in Christianity Today regarding issues in the church. This has always been the case since its founding and continues to be so.
Thank You Billy Graham sold out the Gospel in order to preach the Gospel, by bringing together the holy and the profane, eventually even proclaiming that a man can be saved without ever having heard of Christ or the Bible. (I guess we can call all our missionaries home now)Popularity does not make a preacher a true man of God. But calling the enemies of Christ servants of Christ will definitely make him popular (as Graham has done). Franklin is just following in his father's footsteps. Instead of getting our feathers ruffled whenever an individual like Billy Graham is exposed, why don't we pray that God would revive His church? I guess that'sa asking too much.
Mike wrote: Sorry for butting in...oh well, not really. Wouldn't it be more edifying if Steve and Observer could back off the name calling? No matter how solid you think you may be, it isn't about you. And if you actually care about the truth, it isn't personal, so give the personal attacks a rest.
Great Sermon! Yet another step in the downgrade of Dr. John Stephen Piper. According to Dr. Piper, the doctrine of imputation is no longer essential to the heart of the Gospel.
Ah, but he has a most formidable opponent in the apostle Paul. "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." - 2Co 5:21
My sins imputed to Him, His righteousness imputed to me. The great exchange, Hallelujah! The heart of the Gospel!
How about the dying words of Dr. J. Gresham Machen - "I am so thankful for the active obedience of Christ on my behalf, no hope without it." That's right Dr Machen, NO hope without it.
John Piper has however, palliated the heresy of the exclusion of imputation in the Gospel down to a mere error which we can tolerate.
I used to believe some well-meaning ministers were overstating it in saying that we are living in the apostasy spoken of by the apostle Paul in 2 Theess. 2, I'm now beginning to believe that they were right.
A comment by Maurice Roberts is in order here. "Let it be stated emphatically however, that the worst course of actions possible among Christians would be to sink all our differences under a misguided belief that unity is the most important thing of all. Unity without truth is a unity under the headship of Satan, not of Christ.....Truth is sacred. It is more precious than life. Its claims are greater than all other claims. A man must die, if necessary, in defense of the truth. But it would hardly be his duty to die for unity." Amen, Dr. Roberts!! Overemphasis on unity is becoming an infectious disease in the reform camp. And it apparently it is spreading. I strongly believe that revival will be the remedy to stop this disease in its tracks. May we be found worthy to bring such a large petition before Him, for the sake of His beloved church. Thank you Pastor Hamilton for your faithfulness.
I don't know if mentioning this minister's name will keep this comment from being posted, but no matter. I find the fact that this minister would hold to this position of Jesus being an "ecumenical separatist" soul plumetting. I learned much regarding study and preaching from the very series that he has posted on SermonAudio. As was well stated by Rev. Hamilton, Jesus did not work alongside the unconverted that He ate and drank with or the Pharisees whom he constantly contended with. Christ's use of their synagogues does in no way constitute or imply any form of ecumenism. Unscriptural ecumenism within evangelicalism (reformed and non-reformed) has made me sad in that it has unnecessarily stirred up a hornet's nest and has badly divided the Lord's people over the past eighty years or so. It is very disappionting to see him legitimize this kind of an ecumenism by giving it a roll in the church. In case he hasn't noticed, true separatists do get out in the open and preach the Gospel. It seems now that the priority has become unity at a pastoral level, and not faithfulness to truth.
Christopher000 wrote: Boy, oh boy....I've said it before but I hope to God that a poster here doesn't really have a real world following. I hope to God that this person doesn't Pastor a church or witness to anyone on the street...ever. I knew someone like this in Vegas...very intelligent but very, very wrong, and "off". I used to listen to Christian rock and eoll as an alternative to my favorites like Judas Priest, Ozzy, Iron Maiden, etc but stopped when I was told that the music, performances, and personal lives of the bands really weren't anything Godly.
I care not to have a following. I care to have revival in the church. And if and when it comes, it will bring with it a serious disinterest in so-called "Christian rock." I wasted away six years of my life playing in a rock and roll band and am familiar enough with its inner workings to know that I don't want it in my church, with or without "Christian" lyrics.