I started out trying to write something positive and this pesky blogger (Roy Ingle) wrote an article “Tired of Fighting the Flesh?” Roy authors an awesome blog called Arminian Today and is filled with conviction and power from God. My goal of writing something positive was shot down when I read the article. Roy seems to be all fired up right now, possibly over the death of David Wilkerson; when we survey the American churches how many Wilkerson’s, Ravenhill’s, Spurgeon’s, Wesley’s, Sunday’s, Whitefield’s, Edward’s do we see? Sure we have a few preacher’s that tell the truth, a few that are not scared of being rejected or called legalists for their true belief in Scripture.
The philosophies sweeping many of the churches are not from the few who hold to true and sound Biblical doctrines, but from the many who tickle ears. Paul warns us of these times 2 Timothy 4:3, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.” I thank God that He has proved Himself faithful time and time again, that true Christianity survived the RCC dilemma and will survive the Emergent dilemma as well (if Jesus tarries). The re-emerging of the true Church did not come easy, and nor will it be easy in today’s post-modern philosophies of relative truth. Today, not only does the Church have to battle the watered down doctrines of McLaren, Bell, Hipps, Ed Young, Jr, Jay Bakker, etc, etc, etc… We also have to battle the plethora of Agnostics, Atheists, Universalists, misc. heretics, and all sorts of spreaders of false Doctrines.
Roy is not a pesky blogger, I love Roy and he inspires me often. I am glad that he is faithful to God and His Word, so let’s look at the fore mentioned article and expand on some points that struck me. If you did not get a chance to read the article please read it: http://networkedblogs.com/hipz3
Roy asks several very pertinent questions: Where are those who are dying to self? Where are those who will seek God while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6) and cry out to Him (Luke 18:1)? Where are those who live with an eye on eternity and not on the flesh (2 Corinthians 4:14-16)? Oh where are the true people of God? I am not about to go and answer these questions just say, few and far between. If you are able to find a church that offers these qualities grab a hold of that Pastor and congregation with a bull dog’s tenacity! Do not let go, a church that really is seeking God is a hard church to attend, that congregation will be filled by and led by wild men pursuing a most Holy and magnificent God that works the miraculous through His children. I am lucky to be a part of a congregation that is putting God and His Will first, a visionary congregation willing to put their faith in God’s leading (walk by faith and not by sight), a Pastor who is not afraid to say that this life is not meant to be easy.
Roy also quoted a ton of Scripture, my heart broke with contrition. I felt as if I was going to explode as I read the Scriptures and was encouraged!
When we were still unrighteous and dead in our trespasses against God, the Holy Spirit convicts us concerning our sins against God’s law. Our evangelism cannot be devoid of this truth, that dead sinners who will be punished for their breaking of the laws of God have hope. When converted, Christians are to take up there cross daily and deny their own wants, desires, and needs to the glory of God! Considering ourselves dead to sin but alive to Christ we are “instructed to deny ungodliness and worldly desires, living sensibly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” During this process, the Holy Spirit’s role of convicting continues like guard rails on the “narrow path.”(1 Timothy 1:8-11; John 16:8-11; Luke 9:23-25; Romans 6:11; and Titus 2:12)
A truth that must never be denied is the complete death of humanity and total depravity, the picture of us all utterly depraved and devoid of anything good is essential. We cannot do anything to go to Heaven, and there is only one other alternative- Hell. What a hopeless and pitiful state of affairs we find ourselves in, but there is nobody to blame but ourselves, for we are the law-breakers. Out of an extreme love that we cannot ever understand, the Father sent His own son to be sacrificed and punished for our sin, he drank our Hell- bore our sins. Anyone that believes in Him will be saved but anybody that does not believe is judged already! Now to leave you hear would be doing you a great injustice, we must examine our own fruits and know that faith without works is dead. If we do not do the Will of God, Jesus will say, “I never knew you; DEPART FORM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.” True conversion is real regeneration and will be followed by the Fruits of the Spirit and all their implications. There is nothing pleasant to the flesh in crucifixion, imagine giving the Apostle Paul Joel Osteen’s book Your Best Life Now? I think Paul would tear it to shreds; I don’t pray for my best life now, I pray for my crucified life now, that I can have my best eternity tomorrow!
So I guess there is something positive here, the most positive thing we could ever hear- The Gospel! There is hope, there is joy, and there is an answer to all life’s problems, it is the Gospel.