Great Sermon! I will never forget sitting in the sanctuary of First Pres that Good Friday. Never has it been so undeniable that God had come to speak as it was that afternoon. My need for atonement never pressed in so hard, and the reality of what Jesus has done for me was never so sweet and palpable as during that sermon. After the service, a friend said to me, "I wish I was not already a Christian so that I could come to Christ today."
How do we apply Matthew 18: 15-17 to this approach??? How about 1 Corinthians 5?
We are to love, however, love contains discipline. Does not God chasten those he loves? Do we not chasten our children out of love? And for what purpose? For teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Love is concerned primarily for the salvation of soul, not warm and fuzzy feelings.
Excellent Sermon! Great! Although it is better to see him in person while listening. This is a well rounded sermon spoken by a meek person who really cares about others & their spiritual well being.
"Since the beginning of the Second World War, western society has experienced a complete abandonment of its mores, a complete abandonment of its sense of good and evil. The true crisis of our time has nothing to do with monetary troubles, unemployment or nuclear weapons. The true crisis has to do with the fact that western man has lost his way."¬† -Malcolm Muggeridge (1903¬†‚Äď 1990) English journalist, author, media personality, and satirist.
We believers took the earthquake rather as a warning signal both for the Church and the unconverted. A signal for the Church to wake up and get busy for the Lord; and a signal to unconverted to get right with God and repent. But every sector was hurt in this earthquake. Christians and non-christians alike died. But there are also many miracle stories. God has used different ways to save some people, my family being of those. But I would never think it was because we were better than those who perished. Many God-fearing Christians died.
Haiti is on a major fault line and most of the houses destroyed were poorly built. People just never thought something like that could happened even though it happened over 100 years ago. Even in giving the testimony on how God saved some is delicate for fear of hurting the feelings of other Christians who were hurt. One lady from my church lost her 3 daughters, her son is in a Florida hospital in serious condition. As a pastor, I do not have an explanation for her. I can only pray with her and for her and be careful not to hurt her With the grace that was given to me. and it is the same in preaching.
John UK wrote: It would be no surprise to me, but I would be interested to know if you live on Haiti, as your last sentence intimates. And if so, is there a true church on the island? If so, how does it evaluate this claim of so many converts? Thank you.
The true church does exist inthe country and we know this claim is not true. the sad thing is that many people are believing that just because they participated in this 3-day "fast"they are saved, and it is difficult to teach these people that participation in an event cannot save you, but only faith in Jesus-Christ, repentance from your sin, etc. It is just so sad.
I am sorry to disappoint you people, but this was all an emotional reaction to fear. Why would the people come to Christ when Protestants gathered with voodoo worshipers, freemasons and the likes for a supposedly 3 day of fast that was nothing less than a carnival with Jesus'name. Nobody needed to repent since the message from the leaders was that we are all one no matter who we worship. Haiti might be infamous for being the country where the new world religion starts since these people, protestants (baptist included) and others started a new religion called "The Lord's army" where anyone can come "worship". no need for repentance, just follow the rituals. So Haiti needs prayers more than ever, more than we need the rice and other stuff that are being distributed to us.