Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fight For the Faith.


There is the Jesus of the cultural Christian and then the Jesus of the Bible. There is the Jesus of the modern, progressive liberal church and there is the Jesus of the Scriptures.

The postmodern church culture has placed doctrine and theology on the shelf to collect dust, while they hold up relationship and community as the all-in-all of Christianity.

The push of the postmodern church is to be less preachy, less sure of your own convictions, less sure of any absolute truth. Doctrine and theology is anathema and is to be avoided at all costs. Those in the new church place an inordinate emphasis on always being agreeable.

While Christians are certainly to avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, we should never avoid speaking truth and defending the truth of God.

We are called to fight the good fight...we are called to earnestly contend for the faith...we are called to proclaim the truth of the gospel to all people at all times.

What we are left with in these so called new churches is nothing but fluff and feathers. They have their community, but they have not the truth of the Scriptures as the glue to hold them together. They have their meetings, but they do not have the presence of the Holy Spirit to anoint and bless their gatherings.

In the end, they are no different than any secular, social gathering. They may have some Christian speak, but that's all it is, it is having a form of Godliness but not the power of God.

Here's how one great theologian of the past felt about God's truth:


A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin.

And another:

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. Martin Luther.

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. Martin Luther
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 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. Jude 3.
A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
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A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
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A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
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I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. Martin Luther
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A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
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A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. John Calvin
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Fear of the Lord.




What does the Bible say about the "fear of the Lord?" The fear of the Lord is found throughout both the Old Testament and the New testaments.

One text  that I have often used with my grandson is Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge. I would explain to Caleb, when we fear God it brings us real, life giving knowledge.

How about Psalm 112:1- Praise the LORD! How blessed is the man who fears the LORD - We see that the man who fears the Lord is a blessed man or a happy man. The fear of the LORD prolongs life

And then Proverbs 10:27- The fear of the LORD prolongs life - Here we see that the one who walks in the fear of the Lord will live a long life. Think about this in practical terms. Think of all those who have died due to willful and immoral lifestyles: The man who abuses drugs and alcohol...the one who lives a sexual immoral life style...the man who lives in fear and anxiety because he has no fear or trust of God in his life.

There are hundreds of text that point to the evidence of fear as being a hallmark of the man who walks with God. The fear of God in one's life is a certain evidence that God has given that man the "new life."

Here's a thought from an old timer- Charles Inglis (1734 – 24 February 1816) who was an Irish clergyman...he said this about the fear of the Lord:

TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures.
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"To fear God, is one of the greatest duties of his rational creatures."

Walk today in the fear of the Lord my brothers and sisters in the Lord.
TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures. Charles Inglis
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TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures. Charles Inglis
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TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures.
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TO fear God, is one of the first and greatest Duties of his rational Creatures. Charles Inglis
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