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A Worldly Christianity?

Octavious_Winslow“Do not be conformed to this world.” Romans 12:2

Professor of the gospel! guard against the world; it
is your undoing! Watch against conformity to it . . .

in your dress,
in your mode of living,
in the education of your children,
in the principles, motives, and policy that govern you.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by . . .
any known inconsistency of conduct,
any sinful conformity to the world,
any inordinate pursuit of . . .
its wealth,
its honors,
its pleasures,
its friendships, and
its great things.

Pray against the sin of covetousness, that canker worm that feeds at the root of so many souls!

Pray against the love of dress, that sin that diverts the mind of so many professors from the simplicity of Christ, and takes the eye off from the true adornment!

Pray against a thirst for light and trifling reading, that strange and sinful inconsistency of so many, the certain tendency of which is to starve the life of God in the soul, to engender a distaste for spiritual nourishment, for the Word of God, for holy meditation, and for Divine communion and fellowship. Yes, pray against the spirit of worldly, sinful conformity in everything!

worldwebReader! are you a professing Christian? Then guard against a worldly Christianity—a Christianity that wears a fair exterior, so far as it is composed of church attendance, but which excludes from it the cross of the meek and lowly Lamb of God—a Christianity which loves the world and the things of the world, “makes a fair show in the flesh,” speaks well of Christ, and yet betrays Him with a kiss. Oh, awful state! oh, fearful deception! oh, fatal delusion!

The world is the sworn enemy of your Savior; let it not be your friend. No; come out of it, and be separate.

(Octavius Winslow, “Morning Thoughts”) HT: Grace Gems

Bible-WhiteBackground.jpegYou adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Digital Discernment

Narcissism

I recently had a discussion with a friend about Facebook and why I’m not on it. Before I go any further I must admit that I sometimes will go on my wifes page to see what all the fuss is about. I think Facebook and all the other social media can be a great way to connect with relatives out-of-town to catch up with each other or any organization trying to unite people, but still I can’t bring myself to the self-promotion, self-pity and look at what I’m doing today way of life.

I believe if you are a Christian you are doing one of two thing on social media.

  1. Glorifying SELF!
  2. Glorifying God and Jesus Christ as Lord!

The following is from Pulpit Post and John MacArthur

Dr. John MacArthurIf there is one word that perhaps best describes social media it is this: self-promotion… When so much about social media panders to pride and shameless self-exaltation, believers need to think about their motives before they jump on the bandwagon. If the goal is simply popularity or personal promotion, it’s time to do a heart check. Our celebrity-driven culture craves for notoriety. But Christians are called to be different. We have died to ourselves. Thus, our concern should not be, “How many people can I get to follow me?” but rather, “How can I bear witness to the wonder of following Christ?”

[With all its benefits] social networking can also be abused. When it consists of nothing more than random babblings and personal monologues, it can become self-centered, unrestrained and narcissistic. When it consumes our lives, it can be addictive and controlling. Used unwisely, it is filled with potential pitfalls and temptations. For those who follow Christ, we are called to submit every area of our lives to His lordship – including how we use social media.

As believers, the command of Ephesians 5:15-16 is just as binding upon our modern lives as it was in the non-technological world of the first century. “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.” Paul’s exhortation has massive implications for how we interact with social media. One day we will stand before Christ to give an account for how we used His resources (including our time and energy). With that in mind, how much of this life can be justifiably devoted to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the like? Just a few hours each day, over the course of a lifetime, adds up to years of wasted opportunity.

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Thus, our concern should not be,
How many people can I get to follow or friend me?”

BUT,

 “How can I bear witness to
the wonder of following Christ?”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Mary’s Deep Humility

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.”
Luke 1:46-48

babyinthearmsMark Mary’s deep humility. She who was chosen of God to the high honor of being Messiah’s mother, speaks of her own “humble state,” and acknowledges her need of a “Savior.”

She does not let fall a word to show that she regarded herself as a sinless, “immaculate” person. On the contrary, she uses the language of one who has been taught by the grace of God to feel her own sins, and so far from being able to save others, requires a Savior for her own soul. We may safely affirm that none would be more forward to reprove the honor paid by the Romish Church to the Virgin Mary, than the Virgin Mary herself.

Let us copy this holy humility of our Lord’s mother, while we steadfastly refuse to regard her as a mediator, or to pray to her. Like her, let us be lowly in our own eyes, and think little of ourselves.

Humility is the highest grace that can adorn the Christian character. It is a true saying of an old divine, that “a man has just so much Christianity as he has humility.”

200604_120_art_ryleHumility is the grace, which of all is most suited to human nature.

Above all, humility is the grace which is within the reach of every converted person.

All are not rich.

All are not learned.

All are not highly gifted.

All are not preachers.

But all children of God may be clothed with humility.

(J. C. Ryle, “The Gospel of Luke” 1858)

Humility is the highest grace that
can adorn the Christian character

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Love of the World

“These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8

How many, O how many of those who sit  in our chapels amid the people of God are  perishing in their sins with . . .

  • the Bible and hymn-book before their eyes,

  • the sound of the gospel in their ears,

  • the doctrines of grace on their lips,

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  • but the love of the world in their hearts!

“Don’t love the world, neither the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the Father’s love isn’t in him.” 1 John 2:15

(Philpot, “Contemplations & Reflections”) HT: Grace Gems

Draw near to God with all your hearts!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What The Church Needs

“The most critical need of the Church at this moment is men, bold men, free men. The church must seek, in prayer and much humility, the coming again of men made of the stuff of which prophets and martyrs are made.” A. W. Tozer

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Yet, surely, there must be some who will fling aside the (cowardly) love of peace, and speak out for our Lord, and for His truth. A craven spirit is upon man, and their tongues are paralyzed. Oh, for an outburst of true faith and holy zeal. C.H. Spurgeon

In·trep·id adjective \in-ˈtre-pəd\
: feeling no fear : very bold or brave
Who stands up for Truth!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Happy is the family that Worships

John NewtonHappy is that family where the worship of God is constantly and conscientiously maintained. Such houses are temples in which the Lord dwells, and castles garrisoned by a Divine power. I do not say, that, by honoring God in your house, you will wholly escape a share in the trials incident to the present uncertain state of things. A measure of such trials will be necessary for the exercise and manifestation of your graces; to give you a more convincing proof of the truth and sweetness of the promises made to a time of affliction; to mortify the body of sin; and to wean you more effectually from the world.

But this I will confidently say, that the Lord will both honor and comfort those who thus honor Him. Seasons will occur in which you shall know, and probably your neighbors shall be constrained to take notice, that He has not bid you seek Him in vain. If you meet with troubles, they shall be accompanied by supports, and followed by deliverance; and you shall upon many occasions experience, that God is your protector, preserving you and yours from the evils by which you will see others suffering around you. (John Newton John Newton’s Letters, Family Worship.)

Happy is the family that Worships

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Are visits to Heaven for real?

One of the best quotes I have heard about Heaven is for real was from a blogger who said  “Heaven is for real…Well Duh”.

I have read so many reviews and articles from godly men and women who have a big problem with this book and movie.

I couldn’t pass this up, what a great article in Answers Magazine from Answers in Genesis. 

Are visits to Heaven for real?

Heaven_Is_for_Real_(Burpo_book)_coverA pastor’s book recounting his son’s visit to heaven rose to the top of the bestseller list and became a major motion picture. Christians were quick to spread the word, but could such visits be for real?

Colton’s descriptions of heaven are full of fanciful features and peculiar details that bear all the earmarks of a child’s vivid imagination. There’s nothing transcendent or even particularly enlightening about Colton’s heaven. It is completely devoid of the breathtaking glory featured in every biblical description of the heavenly realm.

Stories like Colton’s are as dangerous as they are seductive. Readers not only get a twisted, unbiblical picture of heaven; they also imbibe a subjective, superstitious, shallow brand of spirituality. Studying mystical accounts of supposed journeys into the afterlife yields nothing but confusion, contradiction, false hope, bad doctrine, and a host of similar evils.

Read the rest of the article HERE

Listen folks Proverbs 30:4 says

Who has ascended into heaven and descended?
Who has gathered the wind in His fists?
Who has wrapped the waters in His garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is His name or His son’s name?
Surely you know!

John 3:13 answers “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man.

Heaven is for real… Well Duh!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Happy Resurrection Sunday

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Not a Thing Occurred Except as God had Ordained

The-Cross2“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know— 23 this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. 24 “But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power. Acts 2: 22-24

pink_pic“The supreme example of controlling, directing influence which God exerts upon the wicked is the Cross of Christ with all its attendant circumstances. If ever the superintending providence of God was witnessed, it was there. From all eternity God had predestined every detail of that event of all events. Nothing was left to chance or the caprice of man. God had decreed when and where and how His blessed Son was to die… Not a thing occurred except as God had ordained, and all that He had ordained took place exactly as He purposed.”~ A.W. Pink

Putting an end to the agony of death,
since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Story Book Trips to Heaven

It’s finally here, the movie about the book ( 6 million copies sold) “Heaven is for Real”. I wonder how many Born-Again Bible Believer Christians will waste their money to see this story book trip to heaven?

Then there’s the Bible version, as the real truth about heaven is revealed in the pages of Scripture. Phil Johnson from GTY writes…

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Every week, I answer e-mails and inquiries from evangelicals who are confused by the barrage of afterlife travelogues. Why Christians who profess to believe the Bible would find these stories the least bit compelling is an utter mystery, but it is a sure sign that many in the evangelical movement have abandoned their evangelical convictions. Specifically, they have relinquished the principle of sola Scriptura and lost their confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture. Why else would they turn from clear biblical teaching on heaven and seek an alternative view in mystical experiences that bear no resemblance to what Scripture tells us?”  You can read the entire article HERE

Heaven_Is_for_Real_(Burpo_book)_coverTim Challies writes “Colton Burpo doesn’t know how long he was there, but his travel diary has surpassed 6 million copies sold, with a kids’ edition accounting for another half million. Challies goes on to say “90 Minutes in Heaven and Heaven Is For Real and all the rest are not books that beautify the doctrine of heaven, but books that attack the doctrine of Scripture. The Bible insists that it is enough, that it is sufficient, that we have no need for further special revelation from God; these books insist that it is not.” Read his entire article Here

This From David Platt

The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one, because it is the one that is nearest heaven. And then it is that he begins to strike the keynote of the song which he shall sing to all eternity. C.H. Spurgeon

Learn the Truth About Heaven

John notes in the audio clip below, the real truth about heaven is revealed in the pages of Scripture.

TheGloryofHeaven-NEOne thing is clear: it does not signal any significant upsurge of interest in the biblical perspective on eternity. On the contrary, the data actually seem to indicate that lots of people are simply making up whatever concept of heaven pleases them. We would of course expect New Age practitioners, cranks, and cultists to abandon the Bible in favor of their own dreams and fantasies. But this tendency to invent one’s own personal concept of heaven seems to be an even bigger problem in the evangelical community than it is in the world at large. The heart of our study together in this book will be an in-depth look at what the Bible says about heaven. No matter what one thinks about or wishes to imagine about heaven, the reality is different and better by magnitudes. If the inerrant biblical truth God has given us is the only reliable knowledge about heaven we have access to (and it is), then that is what should grip our hearts and minds. . . . Now let’s see why the Bible’s account of heaven is so much better than the dreams and speculations of the human mind. GTY

You can get the New Edition on Kindle or Hardcopy HERE

If one day you find yourself absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8), I can assure you one thing, you will not want to come back to this world.

The best moment of a Christian’s life is his last one,
because it is the one that is nearest heaven.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
Lenny

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