Sunday, April 15, 2012

Print Page Signs That Your Church Is Becoming Liberal

If you have concerns about a direction your church is going, here are some signs that you should keep in mind. Signs that appear first will vary and  the speed that the church goes down this wrong path will vary as well. This list is by no means a complete list but hopefully it will help others to discern the direction their church is going.

1. The introduction of CCM music.

Your church has faithfully used hymns for years but then new songs are introduced. They may be CCM songs with the music rewritten so not to draw attention. Eventually the lyrics and music are used. This may start with the youth group. Eventually a church will have 2 services. One service will use hymns and another will use CCM music. Eventually the hymn only service will go away and you'll be left with only CCM and a hymn every so often if you are lucky.

2. The use of translations other than the KJV.

Your church has been faithfully using the King James Bible from the pulpit and in the class rooms for years. Everyone brings their own Bibles from home to follow along. Eventually the New King James Bible is introduced. They tell you that it just updates all the archaic words which is untrue. Eventually they will start using other translations such as the ESV and NIV.  Sooner or later they'll put all the verses up on a projector and shortly after that people stop bringing their Bible from home where they can gather dust.

3. Books from evangelicals appearing in the bookstore/library.

The books that your church's bookstore/library carries is an important thing to watch. The books will influence those within that church and eventually the leadership and direction of the entire church is affected. Early signs of a liberal direction would be books by authors such as John Piper, John MacArthur and James Dobson. Then further down the liberal road would be books by people such as Rick Warren, Chuck Colson and Billy Graham. Finally, you have gone all the way when you have books by the likes of Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo and Rob Bell in your bookstore.

4. Calvinism is being taught from the pulpit.

Calvinism often leads to compromised fellowship with other Calvinists. People like John Piper can praise the theology of Rick Warren and all the big names in Calvinism don't give a rebuke to Piper. Albert Mohler can yoke himself with Catholics and the only thing that can be heard in Calvinist circles is the chirping of crickets. What is interesting is that these same Calvinists have no problems with rebuking non Calvinists for much smaller theological errors.

5. Door to door evangelism is abandoned.

Closely tied to number 3 is the lack of evangelism. This is especially seen when a church that has been faithful with door to door evangelism on a weekly or monthly basis abandons the practice all together. Instead they promote handing out fliers to friends and family. They also teach friendship evangelism instead of proactively going out and making disciples as the Bible commands.

6. A lack of Biblical separation

Without Biblical separation good theology in a church quickly falls apart. If your members leave the church to spend all week listening to ungodly music and hanging out in ungodly places this will slowly infect them. Once they are infected they will spread this infection to those in their church. Eventually this will also infect the leadership. Another form of separation is the church yoking with other churches that have different beliefs. As first it may seem innocent to yoke with another Baptist church but if that church has CCM music it will eventually find its way into your church. If you yoke with a conservative Presbyterian church that will start to affect the views of Baptism in your church. As things progress soon there will be partnerships with Catholics over things as abortion. Catholics are not even Christian so a church has no business yoking themselves with Catholics. Today it is not unheard of to hear churches mixing Christianity and Islam together. The term they have for it is Chrislam.


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Print Page Did Jesus Die for Everyone?

Does all mean all? Does world mean world? Calvinists would have you believe that they don't. Albert Mohler, John MacArthur and 7 point Calvinist John Piper all deny that Jesus died for every person. They take a clear teaching from a passage like John 3:16 and twist it. Instead they would have you believe a better rendering would be "For God so loved the Elect of the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that when the Elect believe in him they should not perish, but have everlasting life."

2 Peter 3:9 and 1 Timothy 2:4 tells us that God desires that all men would be saved. Ezekiel 33:11 tells us that God has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. If that is the case and what the Calvinists say is true then God is going against his own wishes since he is the one that chooses who spends eternity in Hell and eternity in Heaven. Of course the Calvinists again will twist the plain meaning of scripture to fit their non Biblical theology. They will try to tell us all men doesn't really mean all men. According to Calvinists you can't take the Bible at face value when in says in 1 Timothy 2:6 that Jesus was a ransom for all. Instead it just means all of the elect. Calvinists do what cults such as the Mormons and Jehovah Witnesses do. They approach the Bible with their own philosophies and make the Bible fit according to them instead of letting the Bible form their philosophies.

The god of Calvinists decides that most people should spend eternity in Hell and isn't clear with his words in the Bible. The Biblical God is clear with His Word and desires that no one goes to Hell but gives us free will so that we can truly love him.