I believe the Lord is uniting us, His messengers, on a new front for the spiritual war. The past two weeks I’ve been torn about whether I am being too harsh, pointing out divisions, falling away, the current apostasy within the church, and even going so far as to question the effectiveness of a generic ambiguous movement we call Evangelicalism. You can read those posts here:
I was torn because I knew people would not want to hear it; but the more I read the Bible and listen to God’s voice, the more I realize people need to hear it. You need to be aware of what is going on. Do not simply follow a movement, or church because they hold the Bible in their hand. The apostle Paul tells us to “Test everything. Hold on to the good.” I Thessalonians 5:21-22 In keeping with the posts I’ve made, I wanted to post this audio message from the 2009 Shepherd’s Conference. The topic is in response to the question, “What is an evangelical?” The speaker is Phil Johnson, Executive Director of John MacArthur’s Grace to You
From the society of the stumbling block, comes this great piece of news: a 2006 Colorado high school valedictorian who mentioned Jesus in her graduation speech and shared her faith to the audience inviting them to learn more about Him, was subsequently denied graduation and her diploma. Upon completing her speech, Erica Corder was escorted to the Assistant Principal’s office and told that she would not receive her diploma until she issued a public apology. She did, but was still not allowed to graduate until she included “I realize that, had I asked ahead of time, I would not have been allowed to say what I did.”
A court case was filed on her behalf in 2007 and was later dismissed in July of 2008. Wednesday (March 11, 2009), an attorney of Liberty Counsel, presented arguments on Corder’s behalf before the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Just a quick question or two: This is still the United States right? One nation, Under God, Indivisible? The U.S. Constitution still guarantees our free speech, right? Does our currency still state “In God We Trust”? This is exactly why I quote I Corinthians 1:23 and will continue to do so, “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,”
I wonder if I were to climb the highest mountain, yell the name of Jesus, and declare His Sovereignty, would I be forced to issue an apology for offending nature. I’m just sayin’……..and by the way, you’ll never hear that apology.
Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”
Those are words of Truth. But how often do we think about that? Can we really comprehend what that means? Look at the many different paths that are opening up virtually over night; destructive doctrines, apostasy inside and outside the Church, international persecution of Christians, the list is ever-growing. Consider the following excerpt from John Wesley:
Just as the gate of sin is very wide, so the way of wickedness is very broad. It is not something which the imagination might paint, but that which may be a matter of daily melancholy experience. Nor do you need to go around the earth to find them.
Survey any kingdom, any single country, city, or town. How plenteous is the harvest of wickedness. And it need not be a place that is still overspread with pagan darkness. Look at this one, a country that professes to see the light of the glorious gospel. This has been called a Christian land. But alas! Who will carry the reformation of opinions into our hearts and lives? How innumerable are our sins! Do not the grossest abominations of every kind abound among us from day to day? Do not sins of every sort cover the land as the waters cover the sea? Who can count them? Rather go and count the drops of rain or the sands on the seashore. So wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction! And so many who enter through it!
And how well are we warned to avoid these. For we may otherwise be swept along by the force of so numerous examples conspiring with our own hearts to carry us away. But by the grace of God, we accomplish the difficult and move against the press to enter the narrow way.
How easy it is to follow the crowd along the broad road. The road signs all point to destruction, but we keep going past the exit ramps. Thinking we can go on a little longer before we leave the road. But what we never think about is what happens if we wreck while traveling on that road. What happens if there are no more exit ramps? Now is the time, today is the day, exit the road to destruction and set your path firmly on the narrow road that leads to life.
If you’re ready to take that path, click on the Knowing the Truth page at the top, or click here.
John 14:6 “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'”
Ephesians 4:15 "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"