WAKE UP CHURCHES!

KEY POINTS :

  • There is a great awakening going on in this country and not only in this country and Europe where I have been and in South America and many other places, I see young men going back to the rock from which we were cut. They are reading Spurgeon and Whitefield. They are still listening to Ravenhill and Martin Lloyd-Jones and Tozer and Wesley and it is a great, incredible movement. Just because popular media and Christianity today hasn’t discovered what is going on, I want you to know that I would have never dreamed 15 years ago that I would see the awakening I am seeing, not through my ministry, but as I go to different places and see what God is doing without any of our ministries.
  • The first indictment: a practical denial of the sufficiency of Scripture,
  • All the activity in our church must be based upon the Word of God, all the activity in missions upon the Word of God.Our missionary activity, our church activity, everything we do ought to flow from the theologian and the exegete, the man who opens up his Bible and only has one question. What is thy will, oh God?
  • A church ought to be seeker friendly, but the church ought to recognize there is only one seeker. His name is God and if you want to be friendly to someone, if you want to accommodate someone, accommodate HIM and HIS glory whether it is rejected by everyone else. We are not called to build empires. We are not called to be accepted. We are called to glorify God.
  • The second indictment: An ignorance of God.
  • Do you know why all your Christian bookstores are filled up with self help books and five ways to do that and six ways to be godly and 10 ways not to fall? Because people don’t know God. And so they have to be given all sorts of trivial little devices of the flesh to keep them walking as sheep ought to walk.
  • The third indictment: A failure to address man’s malady.
  • because men must be brought to a knowledge of self before they surrender self over to God. Men are made in such a fallen manner now that you must cut away from them absolutely every hope in the flesh before they may be brought to God.
  • When a man says he has no ministry dealing with the sin of men, the Holy Spirit does. It is a primary ministry of the Holy Spirit to come and convict the world of sin. And so know this. When you do not deal specifically, passionately, lovingly with men and their depraved condition, the Holy Spirit is nowhere around you.
  • our country and this world is overrun with this disgusting malady of self esteem. Our greatest problem is that we esteem self more than we esteem God.
  • Our fourth indictment: An ignorance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • The ” world” is  gospel ignorant because most of its preachers are. And let me repeat this. The malady in this country is not liberal politicians, the root of socialism, Hollywood or anything else. It is the so called evangelical pastor of our day and preacher of our day and evangelist of our day. That is where the malady is to be found. We do not know the gospel. We have taken the glorious gospel of our blessed God and reduced it down to four spiritual laws and five things God wants you to know with a little superstitious prayer at the end and if someone repeats it after us with enough sincerity we popishly declare them to be born again
  • We have traded regeneration for decisionism.
  • The fourth indictment: An ignorance of the doctrine of regeneration
  • There is a greater manifestation of the power of God in the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit than in the creation of the world, of the universe, because he created the world ex nihilo out of nothing. But he recreates a man out of a corrupt mass.
  • Yes, in the same way that infant baptism, in my opinion, was the golden calf of the Reformation, for the Baptists and the Evangelicals and everyone else who has followed them today, I will tell you, that sinners’ prayer has sent more people to hell than anything on the face of the earth.The Scripture does not say that Jesus Christ came to the nation of Israel and said that “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, now who would like to ask me into their hearts? I see that hand.”That is not what it says. He said, “Repent and believe the gospel.
  • Decisionism, the idolatry of decisionism. Men think they are going to heaven because they have judged the sincerity of their own decision.
  • Test yourselves, examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith.”Because I want you to know, my friends, salvation is by faith alone. It is a work of God. It is a grace upon grace upon grace. But the evidence of conversion is not just your examination of your sincerity at the moment of your conversion. It is the on going fruit in your life. It is the ongoing fruit in your life.
  • Fifth indictment: An unbiblical gospel invitation.
  • We do not begin with, “God loves you and has a wonderful plan.” We begin with a discourse of the full counsel of who God is. And we tell him from the start it may cost him his life.Evangelism begins with the nature of God. Who is God? Can a man recognize anything about his sin if he hath not a standard with which to compare himself?
  • The doctrine of the carnal Christian has destroyed more lives and sent more people to hell.Do Christians struggle with sin? Yes. Can a Christian fall into sin? Absolutely. Can a Christian live in a continuous state of carnality all the days of his life not bearing fruit and truly be Christian? Absolutely not or every promise in the Old Testament regarding the New Testament covenant has failed and everything God said about discipline in Hebrews is a lie.
  • Sixth indictment: Ignorance regarding the nature of the Church.


TO BE CONTINUED……….

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4 comments

  1. internet elias

    Amen to the first 4 indictments….kind of equal to having left the ‘first love.’

    good post.

    Carolyn

  2. WoW! I LOVE this:
    “A church ought to be seeker friendly, but the church ought to recognize there is only one seeker. His name is God and if you want to be friendly to someone, if you want to accommodate someone, accommodate HIM and HIS glory whether it is rejected by everyone else. We are not called to build empires. We are not called to be accepted. We are called to glorify God.”

    May I reblog it?

  3. Pingback: God Seeks for Worshipers! | Growing in Jesus

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