Posted by: reignlight | April 16, 2007

Like Sands Through Time…

Once again, we’re reminded at how fragile life actually is. First the Twin Towers collapsing on 9/11 and earlier today we have a school shooting of unprecedented magnitude in the US. Without a moments notice, helpless life vanishes from the planet. Surely such things happen frequently in other societies yet we are none the wiser since our American culture tends to focus only on what impacts us or what we might care about, selfishly. We’re not about to bombard our senses with images of starving children in the African Continent or suicide bombings in Israel. If this were to dare happen, our consciences might feel pricked or the liberal media would not be able to enforce their agenda (ex: forcing Muslim teachings into our educational system, while screaming separation of church/state anytime something remotely Christian surfaces).

For once, we need to peer through the haze to look deep inside ourselves. How are we living this life that’s been given to us? Are we using the limited time we have on ourselves or for the Glory of God? For those who choose not to acknowledge God in their minds, how then are we treating those around us, people we care and love the most? We are surrounded with so many distractions, the internet being one of them, that we run the deadly risk of letting our love grow cold.

Just the other night, my wives’ 15 year old cousin got kicked out of her house for becoming pregnant with her boyfriend who is 16. Her parents seriously lack in the determination and fortitude for taking care of their daughter that she had nowhere else to run but into the arms of someone else who cared for her. Her step-father (first sign) treats her like trash, giving her the worst kind of verbal abuse imaginable, calling her names fit for no one I can think of. She is worthless in his eyes, apparently. He would rather fill his time playing computer games than to lift a finger to model what a mature caring father figure should be, let alone model what a mature adult even looks like. *sorry I’m fuming, here* At least this boy cares enough to give her some quality time of his, perhaps not beneficial in the long run, but nonetheless. Now she’s been kicked out of the house, to likely live with her grandmother or her aunt.

How should these parents react? They should model and reflect the love of Christ that offers grace and forgiveness to those who make mistakes. This could have come first by offering her an environment at home that’s safe for a child that can foster open lines of communication between parent and child. Clearly they failed in this area, so they helped to reap the results. The mother could have started by standing up for her child in some fashion by getting rid of her new husband that apparently means more to her than the well being of her child. (ack, I don’t advocate divorce but they should separate until he can learn to properly parent) My wife and I plan on having her over at our house occasionally, if not to receive a peers perspective on what lies ahead of her.

Where are we headed next as a nation, as a society, and a world community? I predict we’ll see less freedom as individuals. illogical forms of legislation will continue to pass in our nation causing our apathy to only grow stronger. This can be clearly seen in our mid-term elections. In the State of Oregon, where I live, the people easily re-elected Ted Kulongoski back into office when the most liberal Newspaper in the State, ‘The Oregonian’ stood in defiance of one of their own. All it takes is a few slick ads on TV toward the end of an election and thousands of voters falling asleep at the wheel. This is a perfect example of how we’ve let the few elite in our nation decide what’s best for the rest of us in the country. Look at Bush’s re-election figures, only the biggest most metropolitan places in the country voted for John Kerry while the small town folk in tightly knit communities voted primarily for Bush. In other words, those who live in heavily populated areas fall more susceptible to persuasion than others while when given the chance to use discernment and those with genuine Godly conviction voted with their heart and conscience. We’ve left the 10 Commandments at the door perhaps just these past 30 years, yet we’ve reaped the whirlwind for our consequences. To think that these are merely the beginning of our troubles that we face ahead in our nation. No wonder countries in Europe laugh at us, for we cannot even stand on our own two feet to fight for something that we believe in strongly. Part of this problem is apathy again, we feel that we’ll have no effect. Take New Jersey for example: select judicial figures allowed same sex unions in their state against the will and knowledge of the people. They had to do this due to the fact that 85-90% of the population is fully against passing any such laws favoring rights to homosexuals. Why we would consider giving rights to people who exercise their choice of preference is beyond me, yet instead their try to classify such abhorrent choices as racial or hate-based discrimination so the undiscerning public would fall for such laws. This happens time and time again in our country, yet many are duped because we choose to let others think on our behalf.

To those who trust the media to tell us the truth need to think again and look behind the scenes at the bigger picture. What is our nation telling us??? The war in Iraq…. The newscasters say: it’s wrong, let’s pull out the troops… Gun Control?? Get rid of them, guns kill too many people. The Illegal Immigration Problem??? Let’s give them amnesty and working privileges… we’ll tell them we’re tightening the borders when in actuality we have no plans to do so. Health Care?? Let’s centralize it and give free care to the poor and destitute in society, by taxing the people (see Canada for the fall-out) Let’s give benefits to same sex couples and let them share our bathrooms and take jobs in religious places of employment (Senate Bill 2 & House Bill 2007). Yes to criminalize the rights and beliefs of people of faith, particularly Christians, because this side of heaven they can generally get away with it. Any other faith and people would be in an uproar ( such as Muslims over the cartoon scandal & comments make by the new pope) , yet we remain passive and allow our national freedoms to be taken from us, piece by piece ever so slowly until we wake up one day and realize we are no longer in America. Let’s not be ignorant to think our rights aren’t being taken from us against our will, it’s happening NOW as we SPEAK. Real ID Act?? In the name of security against terrorism? How naive are we to think we can ever be protected against an enemy we cannot see? We will one day live in a world dependent upon our government for what we have, and that will be to live in a lifeless prison we call Earth.

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Posted by: reignlight | March 27, 2007

Modern Christian Liberalism Defined

I just read a terrific article tonight posted at galatiansc4v16 regarding liberalism in our churches today. For those of you who need a wonderful way to explain this prevalent mindset to others, feel free to share the link. The article was originally found on The Christian Research Institute website and is now off line for some reason or another, otherwise I’d credit the source directly.

What’s Wrong With Christian Liberalism?

They’re in our schools and in our churches! People who profess to be
Christian, yet deny the authority of Scripture, and compromise
essential doctrines. What is Christian liberalism?

Christian liberalism blossomed in the 19th century. In order to
adapt to modern trends, certain scholars began to apply
anti-supernatural ideas and Darwinian evolution to Scripture. The
miracles of the Bible were now considered myths. The deity of Christ
was replaced by a Jesus who was martyred for his humanitarian efforts,
and who did not literally rise from the dead.

In fact, Liberals have an extremely optimistic view of man. Mankind
is evolving religiously. World peace is man’s ultimate goal in which
the “Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man” reigns supreme.
Salvation is for the society rather than individuals.

However, evolutionism and the denial of miracles are diametrically
opposed to what the Scriptures teach. Although Christians can adopt
modern thinking, they should not let the “spirit of the age” become
their ultimate authority, especially when these thoughts contradict the
Bible.

Man was created by God, not by accident, as evolutionists teach (Gen.
1,2). And if we deny miracles, we must also deny Christ’s physical
resurrection. But Scripture says, “If Christ has not been raised, your
faith is futile; you are still in your sins” (1 Cor. 15:17). Without a
literal resurrection, there can be no salvation.

Liberal scholars, like the Jesus Seminar committee, eliminate many
of the words of Jesus to mere legends. But in doing so, they’ve reduced
Him to a non-controversial figure instead of the unique Son of God. Why
was He crucified if He didn’t offend anyone? If His disciples were the
ones who created many of the famous sayings of Jesus, liberals ought to
worship them instead of Christ!

Ultimately, liberalism builds its house upon the shifting sands of
sinful men, but Christianity is built upon the rock of God’s Word.

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Posted by: reignlight | September 15, 2006

Blah… ;Þ

These past couple of days I have not been able to fall asleep at night. This is quite abnormal for me, despite my prior entry titled ‘restless sleep’. I’m about to go on a Men’s Retreat with our church (coined “Men’s Advance” so as to not imply weakness, ….since when have we tried so hard to appease the seeker crowd?) and I’m taking a few sermons from Paul Washer with me titled ‘Examine Yourself‘, where he expounds out the book of 1 John in great detail, along with his Shocking Youth Message. I managed to include Ray Comfort’s ‘Hell’s Best Kept Secret‘ with ‘True & False Conversion‘ also. They’re stored on my W600i for playback so I can share them with a crowd as long as someone brings a stereo with A/V hookups. Please pray for me as I plan to confront the men from our church with the truth of the gospel as it ought to be spoken. I’ll do what I can to fill in the details when I’m back on Sunday.

Posted by: reignlight | August 31, 2006

…Pray without ceasing

Yesterday, I felt the urge to pray on behalf on those who are being persecuted for standing for the truth of the Gospel, as is no longer common here in the States. Slice of Laodicea asked for believers to intercede on behalf of people who speak out in particular, against the Emergent Church but also to the Purpose-Driven paradigm and any other false teaching that’s infiltrated the church. To my surprise, Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries chose to share my prayer on the site for others to be encouraged. You can view the post here … or for those less inclined you may also view it below ( but I strongly recommend viewing their site on a daily basis for general info of what to expect in our churches today).

Lord God, I thank You for making all that exists in creation. Yes, this is for Your good pleasure. Thank You for birthing me in a time and place that is not like Noah in his day, one full of complete depravity and great wickedness. One day this Earth of Yours will be reshaped to remove the stain of sin us evil men have brought upon this place. You are so Holy, so righteous, all knowing and all powerful. I can never truly grasp Your greatness and I’m thankful for that.

Lord, forgive me for not granting You the time and honor You deserve. Bring to me a complete understanding of Your will for my life. You know my struggles Lord, and I ask You to help me with these things so that I can be a true and faithful servant to You. Help me to keep a reverent fear of You in my mind and heart so that I do not turn away from You.

Now I ask that You be with Your church as we struggle to find our place in this world. Lord You know what lies ahead for each and every one of us. May we honor and glorify You completely with our lives, as only You are worthy. God I pray that you will raise up pastors, ministers, evangelists and others who are fearless in taking Your message of salvation to the lost. We ask that thousands of people will be reached for Your sake and Your name. May we be willing to face the fiercest of persecution to reach others on Your behalf.

We pray for divine protection on ministries such as Slice and Apprising, as well as others like Lighthouse Trails and Olive Tree Ministries. God cover them with Your mighty hand and use them for all You are capable of. Multiply the numbers of souls that come to them for answers, and may they only direct those into Your presence. Grant them courage and strength as they stand boldly to defend Your Holy Name. May Your Spirit rebuke and exhort the body to examine itself so they walk in Your truth. May Your Word be to us as a shield and a sword to strike down the works of the enemy.

Let signs and wonders be shown among Your people to magnify Your Glory. Give us places of worship so that we can congregate for true fellowship and to feed the body. Strike down the idols we have placed in our lives that keep us from seeking Your face. May our works be as a sweet aroma at Your throne. Let our lives shine to reflect You so that people will come to us for answers and that we may lead them to You. May we stand only on Your Word in these days we face ahead.

Posted by: reignlight | August 29, 2006

Restless Sleep…

While talking to God before bed the other night, I was struck with a sobering thought. I pictured millions of professing Christians being sent to Hell on account of how they lived their lives. With this in mind, I prayed that I would not be found as someone who would bury my coin in the ground and be found as a lazy and worthless servant (Matt. 25:14- 28). This gave me renewed insight to what this parable truly spoke about. We are called to be fruitful and multiply, not just as humans filling the earth but as people of God bringing others into His Kingdom. It frightened me to think of all the unsuspecting ‘christians’ who are completely unaware of our mandate to reach the lost to bring them into a true understanding of who Jesus is and why we desperately need Him. Once people are told of Christ and His offer of salvation while revealing their sinful state & destiny apart from Him, we are cleared of our responsibility as believers (Eze. 3:16- 21; Rev. 2:18- 28) Then the Holy Spirit will either convict or condemn the hearer, as only God can draw us to Himself. (John 16:7- 11) The fact is that this is not a request on Christ’s behalf, but is commanded of us and we will go to Hell if we are not faithful in this area. Surely there are different parts we perform within the body but we must all care to reach the lost on some level, and this level should be made evident by how we carry about our lives. By no means are we saved by works but our works are a reflection of our love and obedience to the Lord. Are we not cut off if we do not produce good fruit and then cast into the fire (Matt. 7:15- 20)? This begs the question of how are we spending the time we are given, since none of us are guaranteed another moment in time. We could die before this very day is complete and then live an eternity filled with torment and regret. Do we truly care to make every moment of our lives count, or do we only want to live for ourselves?

I believe the problem lies in two places. First, the concept we hold of sin is completely distorted, which stems partly from our ministers being unwilling to enlighten us to its full depths. I think this could be due to the fact that their deeds are dark and they will not come into the light lest their deeds be exposed (John 3:20). In contrast, Christ showed us the Law in truth while the Pharisses and lawyers were reprimanded for not doing so (Luke 11:37- 52). On the other hand, we too have become complacent in our reading of the Scriptures. It’s as though we believe that it’s enough to receive our fill on Sundays then we would rather spend our time fulfilling our own lustful desires throughout the rest of the week. Since we are degenerate and choose not to learn about the things of God, our view becomes greatly distorted, and as a result we lose our respect for Him and His Word.

What would we think of a man who marries his wife out of love, then he goes from his honeymoon to living a lifestyle that’s very self- centered. He becomes a lazy couch potato and does nothing to help his wife around the home. Eventually he loses his job and files for unemployment. Several months go by as he still has not chosen to get a job, even though numerous resonable positions become available to him. He is content to support his family from his unemployment, which is simply government assistance taken from the taxable income of others in the workforce. In addition, the man does not show his appreciation towards his wife and never lifts a finger to help his wife as she maintains their needs around the house.

Now for a moment, picture a man who asks Jesus Christ into his heart and who attends church on a regular basis. He reads his Bible when the minister preaches on Sunday but otherwise doesn’t care to turn a single page throughout the week. His free time is constantly filled with a variety of activities so that he never takes time to pray outside of saying grace before meals. Regardless of this, he still sings songs of praise during worship services and does what he can to help out people who he sees in need. His friends are those who attend bars regularly and speak with all manners of vulgarity. He eventually finds himself slipping into old sinful habits which he swore he would never fall back into. He also finds himself joking occasionally among his co-workers so much so that others cannot tell he claims the name of Christ. Deep down he considers those who hold up Jesus in the public square as social rejects and he would feel uncomfortable ever pushing his faith on someone else. All the while he claims the name of Jesus to those who ask him and would never think of himself as anything but a genuine Christian, especially since everyone else at his church lives just like he does.

Both people here are clearly not loving who they claim to love, and in the same fashion millions of professing believers will one day wake up to the reality that Christ requires much of us as Christians. We can’t expect Him to be our Savior without Him first being the Lord of our life. If we do not bow down to His authority every single day then we will slowly accept the sin we profess to hate, unless that same ‘christian’ never departed from his sin in the first place when He accepted Jesus ‘into his heart’.

The second problem involves how we view the nature of God as revealed in Scripture. One has to totally ignore the Gospels to miss the black & white stance Jesus takes on critical issues of sin. We fall for the lie that God is wrath in the Old Testament while Jesus shows love in the New Testament. God shows Himself to be gracious and patient many times over dealing with Israel and their rebellion, while Christ as God incarnate was one who rebuked men as devils and called others children of Satan (John 8:31- 47). God never changes and is the same yesterday, today and forevermore.

The Words of Jesus – (Isa. 29:13; also in Mark 7:1-13; & Matt. 15:8-9) ‘This people honor me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men’

“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” – Luke 13:1-6

“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven”. – Matthew 5:20

“Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked”. – 1 John 2:1-6

“Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us”. – 1 John 2:18-19

“For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead”. – 1 Peter 4:3-5

Posted by: reignlight | August 28, 2006

What day is it??

As I well know, there are many popular blogs online that are updated on a daily basis. Mine however is one that receives posts only when I take the time to do so. Sadly, this was never my intent for this site or for anything I do online. When I take the effort to do anything online, it is usually done with passion at least if anything to keep myself informed on current happenings in the church. Right now, I still do not have web access from home so until my wife and I have kids and she’s able to work from home then my posts will generally be journal entries from my personal time with the Lord. Yes, it’s been nearly a month since my last entry and hopefully, God willing, this will not be the usual pattern.

These past few weeks I’ve greatly enjoyed the fellowship of two men from the Congo who decided to make our church their home. They are both very zealous for the Lord and his body. They are not tainted with our materialistic ways in the US, and they will not compromise their message to please the ears of men. When we sit around and discuss God and the church, they practically burst inside and cannot contain their passion and holy anger against the sinfulness they see. They do nothing but encourage me to live the life Jesus has called me to live as one of His children. Even in describing this, I am stunned to think that we have not yet deviated into silly interests or distractions of the world. Our talks are filled with thoughts of God from beginning to end, which I believe is very rare to find these days. Right now they are like kindred spirits to my own and I would rather do NOTHING else than to be with them and to minister to one another. Apart from my wife, they are who I want to spend my time with most. They are like myself in many ways, except they’ve preached in front of congregations and have an amazing prayer life. Sooo, how are they anything like me? Well, we enjoy discussing the ills and pitfalls in our modern churches and will do what it takes to speak out against such trash that has overtaken our congregations. Far too many individuals have fallen for the trap of claiming the name of Christ without listening to what He says must be done on His behalf if we are to be found as true christians when He returns to Earth. we are as wheat amidst a field of tares or as live fish caught up in the net along with decaying fish. With this tide surrounding us, will we end up like salt tossed aside as not good for seasoning? Will Jesus truly find faith on the Earth at His return? We can no longer straddle the top of the fence expecting to live a Christian life. By doing this, we are merely lukewarm and will be spit out of the body of Christ by the Lord Himself. We must stand up and fight for what we have left, lest our lampstand be removed from its place. We must turn from our sins and cling to Jesus with all that we have within us if we expect to stand in the darkness which is quickly settling in around us. Do we truly expect that God will keep this people from being refined in the fire for purification? Our testing is to make ouselves pure in His presence, and to prove our faithfulness before Him. Not just this but it will rid the body of dissention, grumbling and idleness and all things that offend.

Posted by: reignlight | July 28, 2006

Itching ears…

The other day while driving home from work, I felt the need to listen to this song on my iPod. To me it perfectly symbolizes the horrid state of the church in America. It describes the unfortunate state of a church fallen by the wayside where the pastors seem more concerned about church size and less about doctrinal substance. The congregants are unaware of what’s going on around them as they’re being blindly led through a broad gate and down a broad path which leads to destruction.

Most of our worship focuses much on what we can gain from the experience and not on giving glory to God Himself. We’ll concentrate heavily on using skilled musicians to lead worship when God looks through the facade straight to our heart. Nowadays we would rather use the chorus of a song to build an emotional experience and then when people raise their hands we’re falsely lead to believe that perhaps this is a movement of God? Little do we know that our gatherings are a stench to Him unless we bear a lifestyle that honors Him on a daily basis We have become thankless and selfish on our quest to elevate ourselves to Heaven, while sitting in our padded pews watching the millions of lost people around us crying for our help without lifting a finger. You can only wonder how much longer Christ will graciously give us the time to repent before He comes back to Earth!

Big Top: By Johnny Q Public

Painted expressions filling the stands
are the best at twisting animal balloons
and it’s so funny watching the magician
pulling big green rabbits out of little leather pouches

Under the Big Top there’s a tickle in my ear
It’s creepy, crawly, scary
I don’t feel fear

-CHORUS-
Under the Big Top
you’ve got a home
If they can fill the seats
and pay the loan

There went a donkey and an elephant
telling everyone about what is to come
and when the birdies sing, I am reminded
not everyone who cries “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom

Under the Big Top there’s a tickle in my ear
It’s creepy, crawly, scary
I don’t feel fear

(repeat CHORUS)
Under the Big Top there’s a tickle in my ear
It’s creepy, crawly, scary
I don’t feel fear

blank expressions filling the pews
are the best at twisted animal views
and it’s so funny watching the minister
pulling big green rabbits out of little leather purses

______________________________________

*** 2 Tim. 4:2-4 [NKJ]

2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

Matthew 7:21-23 [NKJ]

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Posted by: reignlight | July 27, 2006

Reaching out…

Recently I’ve wondered what would be the best way to confront a friend or family member regarding their belief in a false doctrine or line of Chrsitian thought such as being involved in the word of faith or purpose-driven movements. Sometimes lovingly bringing up issues like these can be difficult to address if you don’t approch it in the correct manner. I for one am often too proud to admit a mistake I make. It’s more natural to pawn off an error on another individual or to cast blame on my upbringing if I were to falter in some way. How much harder is it to admit that you’ve been duped into believing something that’s completely false? However, this kind of confrontation is necessary if we truly wish to see our loved ones who are deceived enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

I think a great way to do this is to admit our own failings before dealing with those of another person. This helps to neutralize any barriers that someone might put up when they’re given such a bitter pill to swallow. I could say something like, ” You know ___ , a while ago I was reading ‘The Bible Code’ and I saw how these hidden messages were being revealed in scripture. It even showed how 9-11 was prophesied way ahead of its time when deciphered in a biblical passage. For a while, I actually believed this to be true and even felt that the world would come to an end as spoken of in this book. What I learned, however, was that these kind of messages could also be discovered in other books such as ‘Moby Dick’ when applied through this same deciphering process. You know what? Something else is happening in the church right now and its taking place in many churches, even your own.”

As you can see from this example, a conversation like this can easily open up an environment to where both parties can discuss the issue without feeling as though they were personally being attacked. You may have to continue by addressing your point from the first person perspective on occasion but I feel that this approach would be pretty successful iwhen you or I need to bring up this matter. We also may need to give a few examples of this taking place and bring up how particular teachers stray away from the truths of the Gospel message.

Posted by: reignlight | July 24, 2006

Clouded thoughts…

Lately I’ve been busy spending time researching online various aspects of the modern church movement in America. With this in mind, I felt the need to restart the blog I left behind these past few months. Overall I wasn’t satisfied with the general options given to me while using Blogger so I chose to begin afresh here on WordPress. This seems to allow a much greater level of flexability and it also presents a fresher look altogether.

While doing research on ‘seeker sensitive’ leaders, I discovered a few sites that offered a limitless wealth of information to anyone who might be curious as to what trends are sweeping though the modern churches of today. Most of my free times has been spent listening to podcasts of christian radio programs as well as reading numerous articles on the seeker movement along with discovering the Emergent [emerging] church and what it entails.

The scary fact is how deeply these deceptive teachings have seeped into our churches today. This is not just taking place in the US, but has successfully found its footing in churches worldwide. I can think of many people who would not be able to point out these doctrines as false, due to their subtle nature of either adding to or distorting scriptural truths within their adopted teachings. They will, however, claim to stand for the fundamental doctrines we hold to as Christians. We must do our part to expose their heretical philosophies to hold true to the faith that was once for all delivered to us by God in His Word. If we merely dismiss this wave coming into our churches then we will eventually fall prey to its grip, if we have not unwittingly done so already.

Posted by: reignlight | April 8, 2006

Thoughts on WOTM Radio

To continue from yesterday, I think that Todd and his guests on Way of the Master Radio use effective illustrations when witnessing to unbelievers. Parabolic stories can really assist in helping people see their need for Christ as their Savior and Lord. I think we do need to be careful to explain the meaning of an illustration to most hearers however, and also be wary not to water down our message in fear of doing more harm than good when talking with someone.

Our churches today harden the hearts of their listeners all too often, likely without their knowledge in doing so. There was a comment during a radio break on the show a few days ago that mentioned how most of us Christians have already latched onto some form of false new age teaching without realizing it ourselves. The man then went on to say that those of us who deny falling into false teaching often use the defense of not knowing what the new age is all about. This in itself shows our ignorance on the matter and how much we need to be on guard against such things.

Before I continue, let me first say that I’m not out to bash anyone personally in what they believe but I’m looking out for the best interest of the true Church as a whole. In the New testament we find many examples of certain individuals being stated by name as being false teachers. This was for the physical and spiritual protection of the Church, which I feel is a Godly example to follow. A few days ago, on the WOTM Radio, a certain man discussed many false teachings of the american church today. He described how churches who follow modern growth methods are caught up in using basic business principles to establish the size and economic prosperity of these churches. Robert Schuller was mentioned as the primary founder of this movement, and now many modern day pastors of our day have adopted his techniques. The scary fact is that he mentioned how many congregations actually pressure their leaders to adopt this successful method of growth. Basically, statistics are gathered from the surrounded community where these churches are based. Apparently this is drawn from the affluent cross section of these cities [hard to know the truth of that statement]. Anyhow, those questioned generally are unbelievers who have not attended church throughout their lives. They are asked what they like and dislike about most churches, and then their paticular church is then built around their responses, thus catering to the needs of sinful men and women and not on what God requires of us. Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and Joel Osteen were all mentioned as pastors who follow this methodology created by Robert Schuller. If you’re questioning this info yourself, do a Google search on any of these pastors and type in the word dangers or something similar along with their names and read what you find. It will shock you to find that this appears to be the truth. I personally believe that these ministers preach a great deal of truth, but the problem lies primarily in what they don’t say. You’ll be hard pressed to find their messages containing the righteous nature and justice of God. They don’t preach of Hell or Judgment Day, nor of personal sin. Sin, if anything is marginalized at best. Repentance must be insisted upon when accepting Christ, because without it we cannot be saved. You’ll also hear of Jesus being presented as a solution to our problems of life here on Earth. Surely this is nearly justified since people who accept Christ in such a manner won’t take Him seriously, will then pay him mere lip service and will never get persecution which takes place only walking in the Holy Spirit. Whether they or others do this deliberately or not is not my place to judge, but we would all be wise to use discernment and follow what scripture says on the matter.

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