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Problem with Preacher-Centered Evangelism

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In my first year of full-time preaching, I was told by a leader of the congregation, “I don’t have to visit. That’s what we pay you for.”

This statement encapsulates the problem with the form of evangelism practiced in far too many congregations.

Preacher-centered evangelism is where the preacher is the sum total of the evangelistic efforts of the congregation. It falls on him to find all the prospects, teach them, immerse them and foster their spiritual growth.

If this growth fails to materialize, then he is replaced by another man and the cycle begins anew. Read more…

God Simplifies, Man Complicates

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The relationship between God and man in spiritual matters can be summarized as, God simplifies and man complicates. Satan always conspires against God (John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8; Matthew 4:1-11) and man is an able accomplice (Romans 3:23).

When we run ahead of God, we’re on our own. In Christianity, this divide is magnified and advancing technologies make it worse. When we go where God doesn’t authorize, we’ve left his protection (Colossians 3:17). Read more…

Nostalgia will not get us into Heaven

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Few things are more heartwarming than pleasant memories of home and loved ones. Nostalgia crystalizes the past until only joy remains.

During those idealized years we become a Christian like so many in our family before us (Acts 2:38; 22:16). They carry us on a wave of faithfulness. Read more…

God’s Patience Has Limits

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While the longsuffering of God is beyond our human comprehension (Romans 9:22), we can’t take His goodness for granted (Ezekiel 18:20). There will always be a reckoning (Revelation 21:8).

God did everything He could for Israel, but his patience ended when the Jewish system met a horrifying end in A.D. 70 at the hands of the Romans. However, Zechariah warned Israel in advance. Read more…

“Christians” and Racism

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In 1816, George Bourne, a Presbyterian minister in Virginia, wrote a pamphlet entitled, “The Horrors of Slavery.”

He wrote:

“Every man who holds Slaves and who pretends to be a Christian is either an incurable Idiot who cannot distinguish good from evil, or an obdurate sinner who resolutely defies every social, moral, and divine requisition.”

For his honesty, Bourne was defrocked and chased out of Virginia. Read more…

Series on Liberalism

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Those who are concerned with the damage being done to the Lord’s Church would do well to pay attention to the reasons behind the threats. Dismissing liberals before we seek to understand their beliefs would be foolhardy and dangerous. Liberals don’t hate the Church or the Lord. They just have very different perspectives and worldviews. Information is a tool to help win the battles ahead.

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Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Implications of Liberalism, Part Five

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Part Four

Liberal Guilt

It’s easier to complain about brethren who want to change the church instead of doing the work to figure out how they arrived at their conclusions. Liberals are sincere and love the Lord. However, their worldview differs greatly from conservatives.

In fact, if we accepted their presuppositions and worldview, we would see their conclusions as axiomatic. They aren’t out to intentionally destroy the Church, just change her to meet their view of how things should be.

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Implications of Liberalism, Part Four

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Relativism

Allan Bloom writes:

“There is one thing that a professor can be absolutely certain of: almost every student entering the university believes, or says he believes, that truth is relative.” [1]

Progressivism seeks to move past Scripture and to be free to find truth in a variety of methods and resources. Relativism is a “philosophical theory asserting that there is no absolute truth, only truth relative to the individual, or to a particular time or culture, or both. To put it another way, relativism may be defined as the radical denial of objectivity.” [2] Read more…

Implications of Liberalism, Part Three

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The Progressive Agenda

The progressive agenda will require a focused plan of attack. In order for progressives to convert the majority of minds, they will have to alter the presuppositions of Americans so they will begin viewing the world as progressives do. It will require an intellectual sleight of hand in order to lure people to accept these ideas.

The cultural effort to accomplish this goal has been ongoing for decades through universities and the mass media. The groundwork to change the philosophical makeup of the nation has been very successful as it worked behind the scenes. Incrementally, people have accepted progressive doctrines without even realizing they have done so. Read more…

Implications of Liberalism, Part Two

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“The idea of a progressive gospel seems to have fascinated many. To us that notion is a sort of cross-breed between nonsense and blasphemy” (Charles Spurgeon).

“A thousand times over, the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed, the inscription cut on the tombstone, and committal read. But somehow the corpse never stays put” (Bernard Ramm).

Labels can be divisive. Their inexact nature can obscure the truth of the doctrines of men. Doctrines require healthy examination if they will lead to the salvation of souls. God’s truths are the only firm ground that exists (Psalm 119).

Everything has a name, despite the imperfections of language. Our experiences, prejudices and worldviews, whether for good or ill, make us who we are. These combine to create the perspective through which we view the world.

The labels “liberal” and “conservative” are usually inadequate descriptors. Often in our language, misuse ruins words or their meanings have changed. Read more…

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