Describing the True Mission of the Church

1 John 4:5-6

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They are from the world; therefore they speak as from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.


Pastor Bob DeWaay paints a true portrait of how things are in many evangelical churches, showing how they are no longer Biblical and Gospel centered. Thank you, Sherry!

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Biblical evangelism – Mike Gendron and Bob DeWaay


Acts 20:17-36

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The Ephesian Elders Exhorted

17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 18 And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; 20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

25 “And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more. 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men. 27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. 29 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. 31 Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

32 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or apparel. 34 Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. 35 I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

36 And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.


Dec. 27, 2017.“This presentation given by Mike Gendron thoroughly describes the key issues about the gospel and how God uses it to save sinners. Much of what has been popular in churches changes or excludes important gospel issues. Gendron does a masterful job of correcting misunderstandings and giving biblically sound and practical means of glorifying God by presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ. The presentation is based on Paul’s address as recorded in Acts 20:17-36. This includes repentance, faith, the person and work of Christ, grace, the whole purpose of God, sanctification, and glorification. Many today do not mention God’s wrath against sin and that Christ’s substitutionary death was sufficient to avert God’s wrath against sin for all who believe. Evangelist Mike Gendron also explains many practical ideas about how we can all share the gospel. Throughout the video he mentions many false ideas such as the idea that we need ‘decisions’ or that people are saved by repeating a prayer. I highly recommend Mike’s ministry and this video.”

– Bob DeWaay



 

Exposing the Common Errors in Biblical Interpretation

Critical Issues Commentary provides some of the clearest and most helpful teaching on how to interpret the Bible that I’ve seen. Thank you, Sherry, for bringing it to us!

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An important teaching for every Christian:

Many teachers will twist scriptures because they use faulty interpretation methods. This is how many are fooled into believing they can celebrate X Mass and Easter, or that Christians can be homosexuals.

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Poster Girls for this world – Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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President Reagan presents Mother Teresa with the Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony, 20 June 1985. (Wiki)

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There are many places you can go to learn the facts of Teresa’s extraordinary life, from very different points of view. (Take the links below to recommended articles.) I’d like to use the time I have with you to share thoughts and feelings about her.

Teresa is a poster girl for the human ideals of humanitarianism and universalism. These are ‘isms’ that our world in its self-righteousness promotes and rewards. All kinds of people admire her and, because of her canonization on September 4, many Catholics can now feel justified in offering her a kind of worship by praying to her to intercede for them.

But while they may think that her comments about the Lord welcoming everyone – no matter what they believe – reflect the view of a loving and tolerant soul, her attitude and actions were sinful.  The order of sisters which she founded don’t attempt to convert those in their care but direct them to seek their own gods, whichever gods they are. To withhold the knowledge of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ from anyone, especially the ill and dying, is very wrong. Obviously they don’t know Him or they couldn’t do this. But that was Teresa’s deliberate way. 

Her life is sad – she endured a lot of suffering because of her delusions. Like many mystics, she experienced a “dark night of the soul” – a sense of total abandonment by the Lord. I deeply pity her. 

“The experience of this dark night has been referenced by Christian mystics. Catholic mystic Saint John of the Cross is often cited as the source of this idea. Roman Catholics consider this a crisis on a journey toward union with God. One source says that Mother Teresa’s entire life was a such a ‘dark night.’ A Catholic web site describes her life as such.” 

Oswald Chambers: Personal Piety Combined With Flawed Theology

Bob DeWaay

A Pulitzer Prize, a Medal of Freedom, and canonization, bring temporary glory that can condemn.

Though my life is hidden – insignificant to the world, I wouldn’t change places with her because that would mean I couldn’t know the Saviour. To not know Jesus is unutterable loss.

Teresa believed we go to Jesus through His mother – the godly Jewish woman whom He saved from sin, a woman who spoke of His salvation which she gloried in. The Lord will not share His glory with anyone else, for who is worthy of the glory that belongs to Him?

She adored the consecrated bread, the host – this was her Jesus.

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Matthew 16

26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Romans 1

25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

 1 John 2

21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

Isaiah 48

10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it;
For how should My name be profaned?
And I will not give My glory to another.
12 “Listen to Me, O Jacob,
And Israel, My called:
I am He, I am the First,
I am also the Last.

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Resources – updated

The Vatican prepares to declare Mother Teresa a “saint” – Tom, excatholic4christ

The Myth Of Mother Teresa – Tim Challies

Some hard truths about Mother Teresa – Elizabeth Prata

Mother Teresa—A Lost Soul? – Richard Bennett

 

Modern Church History – important documents, Cambridge Declaration

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Jeremiah 6:16

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16 Thus says the Lord:

“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.

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Cambridge Declaration

“The gospel declares what God has done for us in Christ. It is not about what we can do to reach him.”


Under “Creeds and Confessions” at Theopedia.com, I found the Cambridge Declaration in a very readable format. Theopedia.com introduces the Declaration in this way:

“Formulated April 20, 1996, by a group of conservative evangelical theologians and pastors, The Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is a call to recover the historic Christian faith. The Five Solas of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation form the outline of the declaration.”.


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Cambridge Declaration of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

“Evangelical churches today are increasingly dominated by the spirit of this age rather than by the Spirit of Christ. As evangelicals, we call ourselves to repent of this sin and to recover the historic Christian faith…”

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For Study:

(This isn’t necessarily an endorsement of all the views of these authors or organizations.)

Reformation Essentials – Five Pillars of the Reformation by Michael Horton

Recovering Reformation Theology: Rejecting Synergism and Returning to Monergism by Bob DeWaay

The Five Solas of the Reformation: A Brief Statement by Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D.

Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals’ posting of the Declaration

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Four minutes of your time:

James Montgomery Boice: “Here we stand”