The Greatest Enemies of the Christian Church…

…may surprise you. It’s not coming through attacks from without, but from within. To quote Phil Johnson,

“… hireling pastors in worldly churches that trivialize the Gospel.”

Nothing new here; virtually all of the Apostle Paul’s warnings to the Church focused on this fact:

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ.
–  2 Cor. 11:13

For I have often told you, and now say again with tears, that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction; their god is their stomach; their glory is in their shame. They are focused on earthly things… – Phil. 3:18,19

For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.
 – 1 Tim. 4:3

Paul’s counsel to Titus in the face of these threats speaks to us today:

But you must say the things that are consistent with sound teaching. – Titus 2:1

 

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“Weasel Words” and “Epistemological Humility”

What does this mean? Epistemological Humility (although not that new) is the favorite mind set of the Postmodern proponent. Truth is relative, and if truth exists at all, it probably cannot be known, and it absolutely is NOT universal. “I will never be so dogmatic to say that I have the answer, perhaps any answer!”

Such a world view has created a “new vocabulary” which Phil Johnson has called “weasel words,” words like the following:

It seems to me, Perhaps, Might, I Suppose, Conceivably, Maybe, Possibly, Perchance…

In approaching the Ultimate Truth in Scriptures (Ps. 119:160 speaks of the entirety of God’s word being Truth; Jesus in prayer to the Father noted that His word is truth in John 17:17), there is NO ROOM for these “weasel words.”

To quote the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Tim. 1:12,

“I know Whom I have believed and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”

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The Gaze of God

Would you like to be under the favorable “Gaze of God?” He provides the formula in Isaiah 66:1,2:

“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool: where is the house that ye build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.”

 

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Chesterton on being in the “Wrong Place.”

“The modern philosopher had told me again and again that I was in the right place, and I had still felt depressed even in acquiescence. But I had heard that I was in the WRONG GK Chestertonplace, and my soul sang for joy, like a bird in spring. The knowledge found out and illuminated forgotten chambers in the dark house of infancy. I knew now why grass had always seemed to me as queer as the green beard of a giant, and why I could feel homesick at home.”

~G.K. Chesterton: “Orthodoxy,” Ch. V.

 

…and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. – 1 Peter 1:8,9

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Message from Manna

As they were wandering in the wilderness, the children of Israel seemed to be in a perpetual funk about one thing or another. In Exodus 16:12, God tells Moses that He hasManna heard their grumblings, and will provide them with bread to fill them in the morning, so that they know that He is the Lord their God.

Called manna (from the Hebrew mawn “What is it?!), it arrived in the morning and tasted like wafers with honey.

There are some powerful messages in these tiny little sweet morsels. Allow me to share them with you;

Principle One: Everything comes from God (Ex. 16:15).

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him; And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  – Col. 1:16, 17

Principle Two: We have our part as well (Ex. 16:16).

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. – Phil. 2:12

Principle Three: We get what we need; no more or no less (Ex. 16:18).

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:19

Principle Four: Taking charge of the process won’t work (Ex. 16:20).

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. – Jn. 15:5

 

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Worship

Your worship of God is only as high as your theology is deep!

– Steve Lawson 

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Spurgeon on God’s “Shalls” & “Wills”

“Oh! I love God’s ‘shalls’ and ‘wills.’ There is nothing comparable to them. Let a man say ‘shall,’ what is it good for? ‘I will,’ says man, and he never performs; ‘I shall,’ says he, and he breaks his promise. But it is never so with God’s ‘shalls.’

…I tell you yes, for herein rests the power of the gospel. It does not ask you consent; but it gets it. It does not say, ‘Will you have it?’

But it makes you willing in the day of God’s power. Not against your will, but it makes you willing. It shows you its value, and then you fall in love with it.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon, “Heaven and Hell”

“No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” – John 6:44

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