TOUGH MESSAGE FOR CHRISTIANS

I may lose some followers with this post, but so be it. This post is an edit of Jeffrey Daly’s (National Day of Repentance) letter to Christian Warriors – http://www.repentday.com
When modern day Mega-preachers tell us that you are supposed to “hang out” with sinners, that is false teaching. It results in chaos and disorder. We are to call sinners to repentance, just like Jesus did. If, after we give the message, they don’t want anything to do with repentance, here’s the scripture for that:
 
If anyone will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that place, as a testimony against them.
~ Mark 6:11
 
When we align ourselves with evil-doers, we don’t advance the cause of Christ.  We simply get the world’s muck on us.  Soon we become indistinguishable from the world, “unsalty” salt only good for trampling underfoot. 
 
Even worse, when we “befriend” the world, we actually become ENEMIES OF GOD!
Adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  James 4:4
 
As Paul passed his mantle to Timothy, his words still bless us today with Holy Spirit-filled guidance for addressing sinners:
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 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by Him to do His will.  2 Timothy 2:24-26
So, instead of attempting to make “friends,” let’s… GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS IN CHRIST’S NAME!
Still not convinced, here are some more Scriptures:
1. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion has light with darkness?  2 Corinthians 6:14
2. I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 1 Corinthians 5:9
3. Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.  Ephesians 5:11
4. Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Psalm 1:1
5. I do not sit with deceitful men, nor will I go with pretenders. Psalm 26:4
6. I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. Psalm 26:5
Thus, scripture does NOT teach us that Jesus is a “friend of sinners.” He came to CALL SINNERS TO REPENTANCE!
7. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE LAST DAYS

This video series by Nelson Walters on How to Prepare for the Last Days is much needed by the church so I encourage you to circulate the series widely to friends and families.

Most Christians believe we’re in the end times , but do nothing to prepare. That is why Nelson put together this video, “How to Prepare for the Last Days. It first answers three fundamental questions:

1. Have the end times begun?

2. I’m saved, what else do I need to do?

3. What are God’s purposes for the end times?

Once these questions are answered, everyone will want to see the rest of the video to learn Jesus’s special commands for the last days and the believers’ role in them.

God uses catastrophes for His purposes. The book Mystery of Catastrophes is a great resource to show what God is doing in these last days through catastrophes such as what we are seeing in the Middle East. God plans to bring more catastrophes across our paths to provide us with opportunities to present the love of God and the Gospel to the lost.

I have a power point sermon – The Mystery of Catastrophes (based on Joel and Nathan’s book) up on http://www.powerpointsermons.net for Home Group/Church use.

The following video is video 3 in the 9 part series. The whole series is about 2 hours in duration. I recommend of course that you schedule to watch all 9, but this video is a good starting point.

HOLY SPIRIT LED CHURCH AS GOD INTENDED

As followers of this website know, I support the ministry of Torben Sondergaard and have promoted a number of his videos here. Particularly, those where Torben has been ministering the love and power of God on the streets of major cities of the world and training up disciples.

In these last days, I am aware that God is working in miraculous ways, particularly in those areas of the world where Christians are under intense persecution, but he is also at work, wherever Christians take seriously Jesus commission to take the Gospel to the lost. Bobby Dawkins is an evangelist ministering on the streets in the U.K. He is seeing people miraculously healed, as they were in the early church, as described in the Book of Acts. He’s even prayed the dead back to life. Like Torben, Dawkins teaches everyday believers how to walk in power evangelism, a term he uses to describe evangelism marked by the spiritual gifts of healing, prophecy, deliverance and ministry.

Watch this  video to learn how you can see the Holy Spirit manifest His presence wherever you go.

LOVE 2 LIVE 2 LOVE: REFLECTION ON CHURCH BY MAN OF GOD

In an interview with The Christian Post, the longtime pastor of the multi-campus Harvest Bible Chapel in Illinois, Pastor James MacDonald, candidly shared what he’s learned and continues to learn about the heart of Jesus, and where he sees the Body of Christ going amid profound cultural changes.

With three decades now behind him, MacDonald is already vision casting and planning for the next 30 years, alongside his three children who are also active in ministry. MacDonald founded Harvest Bible Chapel in 1988 with 18 people and today hosts 13,000 at their seven Chicago-area campuses every week.

MacDonald shared that only more substance (Biblical) makes better disciples. And it’s really hard work. Jesus was more gifted than any person on Earth and He spent three-and-a-half full years on 12 people and didn’t get all of them to the finish line. So, it’s really a time consuming, exhausting thing making disciples, and I think I’ve seen the church swing back toward a focus on quality. We’ve said for years in our church “not a quantity of disciples, but quality of discipleship.” And more and more, I hear pastors leaning in that direction.

The primary type of evangelism that we see in the Scriptures is one-on-one. Jesus with Nicodemus, Jesus with the woman at the well, Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. And that does not in any way negate mass evangelism. In Acts Chapter 2 we see a mass evangelism situation with the coming of the Holy Spirit. But was that normative or an exception? I think typically we see one-on-one evangelism and to subjugate the Sunday morning, which is so needed for infusion of spiritual strength through proclamation [of the Word], through worship, through fellowship, from giving and serving is, I think, increasingly seen as  inadequate to sustain in a strong, growing church. All of those things stoke the fire of a Christ follower’s vertical relationship [with God].  That’s the reason why in 2012, I wrote the book Vertical Church. We have to come back to that as our primary focus.

James MacDonald’s response to this question is enlightening. “What do you make of the credible allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse within influential churches and Christian ministries over the past two to three years?”

Scripture says “He who sins in the presence of all, rebuke in the presence of all that others may fear.” And you look in the book of Acts when they lied about their tithe, Ananias and Sapphira were taken, “and great fear came upon the Church.” Also, the only response to public exposure of private failure should be to look in the mirror, even when disaster strikes. In every instance when calamity strikes, when personal failure is exposed, we should be looking in the mirror. We should be saying: “There but for the grace of God go I.” We should be deepening our own reflection and repentance. And most of all, we should not be piling on and shaming others but we should be responding with grace and with genuine reflection upon the needs of our own heart. Because none of us are all that we have articulated to be important. And I’m not saying leaders shouldn’t be an example. Of course, leaders need to be an example, and if they are not an example of the believer, then they should step down.

We’re talking a lot in our church right now about what we call “love 2 live 2 love.” You’re not living until you’re loving God. That’s the first great commandment, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.” And then “live 2 love.” You’re not really loving God unless you’re loving others. And Jesus said the second is like the first. And not like it because they are both great, and not like it because they are both about love. But like it because he was only asked for one and he gave two because they are inseparable.

THIS FALSE BELIEF IS THE ROOT OF THE CHURCH’S PROBLEMS

Francis Chan believes the modern church has an outreach problem. We pray and intercede with fervour for miracles and the supernatural—and yet few of us take that same passion into outreach ministry. Worse yet, he says, we rely on our own power to save people, believing we can do anything to persuade someone more or less to Christ. He diagnoses the problem—and offers a persuasive answer—in this sermon. Pastor’s you need to see this message. It will be 20 minutes invested in eternal life.