A WEDNESDAY ROUND-UP
From the Websites we find of interest (for whatever reason).
Links are given as is, without endorsement, sometimes with comment; sometimes not. Independent thought is usually rewarded, though not always.
June 11, 2014
The Providence of God – Something not taught much these days.
…although the plan of God has been partially revealed to us, in its totality it remains an ultimate mystery. We are not capable of grasping what it ultimately means because God himself is ultimately beyond us ( Job 11:7-9 ; 26:14 ; 36:26 ; Eccl 3:11 ; Eccl 11:5 ; Isa 40:28 ; 55:8 ). This limitation on our part is not designed by God to humiliate us, but to humble us, to help us realize our creaturely status and find our appropriate place in his scheme of things. We are not God. We will never understand the depths of God. This should call us to faith and trust in him and teach us to obey him, whether we discern what God intends or not.
How We Got Here – It didn’t happen overnight
Gay Days at Disney theme parks a surprise for unsuspecting families – Is there anyone who isn’t aware of the cultural poison called “Disney?”
HATH GOD SAID?
THE INSUFFICIENT GOSPEL
“Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”
—1 Corinthians 9:16
This is not discipleship – There is a disturbing trend toward the teaching that “the gospel alone is insufficient.” This very man-centered, backdoor approach downgrades the preaching of the gospel. Christians are being told that “Preaching the gospel doesn’t fulfill the Great Commission.”
Only 2 percent of Christians share their faith, yet Pastor Anton Bosch, the author of this piece, claims that “Preaching the gospel is relatively easy.” He also claims several other things, none of which are particularly biblical.
“So while preaching the Gospel is commanded and is vital, it is NOT discipleship and does not obey the Great Commission.”
Preaching the gospel does not obey the Great Commission?
Only in 21st Century apostate America.
“It is probably for this reason most Christians assume incorrectly that preaching the Gospel fulfills the Matthew 28:18-20, but it does not.”
This piece is setting Matthew 28:19 in direct opposition to Mark 16:15.
This new doctrine of the “insufficient gospel” is another gospel. NOWHERE in Scripture does it say that the Gospel is insufficient. Quite the contrary.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.“
When Jesus commanded the disciples to preach the gospel, nowhere does it say that the gospel is insufficient to make disciples. Quite the contrary.
This is the first step in error. There is NO SCRIPTURE which states that preaching the gospel is wrong or is in any way insufficient OR disobedience to the Great Commission.
To believe that preaching the gospel doesn’t fulfill the Great Commission is essentially saying that Mark 16 is wrong: that the Word of God is wrong.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:“
—2 Timothy 3:16
The word “disciple” in Matthew 28:19 means “to teach.” But not all are called to be teachers.
“Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?“
—1 Corinthians 12:29
James also has words of caution to those who might teach.
“Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.“
According to Bosch, those who take James 3:1 and 1 Corinthians 12:29 seriously while preaching the gospel are guilty of disobedience.
Perhaps he didn’t realize it, but Bosch has constructed a clever attack on the sufficiency of preaching the gospel alone; an attack under the guise of “instructing the Body of Christ to instruct others.” He could have said, “There needs to be more discipleship” or “There needs to be better discipleship.”
There are two responses to rebuking the claims in this article. 1- The author can repent, make amends and go on; or, 2- The author can attempt to dig in and erect a defense based on semantics: a very narrow, close–dare it be said: legalistic–reading of his piece. One prays that that the first approach is taken.
One way readers can tell a Bible verse is being used in error: when a verse is elevated, the context wrenched and then set in opposition to–instead of harmonizing with–other Bible verses.
The most deceptive pieces contain truth and error. The goal of such pieces: error gets a pass because the reader knows that the piece does contain truth. Or, the reader is certain that 5 parts of the piece (the parts that are correct) are truthful; but doesn’t know or is unsure of (or doesn’t recognize) the one error in the piece. The inclination is to assume the error is truth –since the rest of the piece was truthful.
This piece also contains truth (Bosch rightly recognizes “seeker sensitive” stratagems as ineffective deceptions)–which makes it all the more dangerous to those who read it unaware.
“Yea, hath God said?”
At first glance, one might think that Bosch didn’t openly declare “Hath God said?”because of a lack of boldness.
Preaching the gospel alone is disobedience?
On second thought, that is rather bold.
Is this too harsh? Or not harsh enough?
Why the Gospel is not sufficient – At least this guy comes right out with it.
The Church Must Compromise – The voices of apostasy continue to grow louder, more insistent–and more like the world, less like the Lamb.
I find it never ceases to amaze me how few Christians, especially those who have set themselves up in some kind of discernment role in the church, have actually studied church history and Christian theology to any substantial degree. What would seem to be an obvious goldmine of treasures and figuratively an embarrassment of riches contained in the past generations of two thousand years of God’s church is left virtually untapped, or worse, disparaged and denigrated. The great spiritual discernment gifts God gave to scholars and preachers of the Word throughout the church age seem to hold little value to some of the church leaders in what are considered “progressive” ministries today.
Some Like it Hot – Many think the Great Apostasy has already begun. It has not. It is taking form and the preachers of the apostasy are already out and about. But the great apostasy will begin when the whore Church makes its play for world dominion.
At present, there exists within the walls of the church, many, many, many unbelievers. They are there because they are “cultural Christians.” They enjoy some aspect of going to church and it costs them relatively little to do so.
When the costs increase to being a Christian, THEN the apostasy shall begin. When the costs of being an “almost pretend Christian” are nothing and the costs of being a true believer are at a premium, then the falling away will become a tsunami of flesh pressing against the doors of the whore Church.
Then those who have Christ on their lips only will triumph for a season.
Compromise Church – Not what one might think from the title of the piece. A surprise ending!
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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