Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tozer: The Dangers of Seeking Academic Acceptance

For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing. (Acts 17:21)

The temptation to forget the few spiritual essentials and to go wandering off after unimportant things is very strong, especially to Christians of a certain curious type of mind. Such persons find the great majors of the faith of our fathers altogether too tame for them. Their souls loathe that light bread; their appetites crave the gamy tang of fresh-killed meat. They take great pride in their reputation as being mighty hunters before the Lord, and any time we look out we may see them returning from the chase with some new mystery hanging limply over their shoulder.

Usually the game they bring down is something on which there is a biblical closed season. Some vague hint in the Scriptures, some obscure verse about which the translators disagree, some marginal note for which there is not much scholarly authority: these are their favorite meat. They are especially skillful at propounding notions which have never been a part of the Christian heritage of truth. Their enthusiasm mounts with the uncertainty of their position, and their dogmatism grows firmer in proportion to the mystery which surrounds their subject. NCA012-013.

"Lord, keep me faithful to Your Word, give me understanding of the unfathomable truths contained therein, but deliver me from that danger of seeking some new insight to enhance my reputation as some kind of brilliant scholar. Amen."

(A.W. Tozer, Tozer on Christian Leadership, March 27)


Where Are the Christian Pastors Who Will Stand Up to Jeremiah Wright?

As Senator Obama's pastor, Jeremiah Wright, is exposed for spouting blasphemous things over and over again, where are the Christian pastors who are willing to speak out against him and for the true faith?

Here is one pastor who is speaking out. May his tribe increase:

"For example, when [Wright] says God d**** America ... people have used the prophets to justify that. The prophets never cursed Israel. They called Israel to account for sin, but they never cursed Israel . . . Either Jeremiah Wright is very deeply and profoundly spiritually confused; or frankly, the man just does not know Christ. He's a professional pulpiteer, not a true Christian spiritual leader."

Monday, March 24, 2008

"There Ought to Be Enough Gospel in Every Sermon to Save a Soul"

Thus spoke Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon --

"There ought to be enough of the gospel in every sermon to save a soul. Take care that it is so when you are called to preach before Her Majesty the Queen, and if you have to preach to charwomen or chairmen, still always take care that there is the real gospel in every sermon."

C.H. Spurgeon, The Soul Winner

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sweet Truth About Divine Meditation

A golden drop of truth from the pen of that great Puritan, Thomas Brooks:

"Remember that it is not hasty reading—but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey—but her abiding for a time on the flower which draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most—who will prove to be the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian."

Monday, March 17, 2008

How Can A Man Be Right With God?

Paul Washer asks and answers the most important question any person can ever ask:

At this Easter season, what a reminder that this question -- and where we find the answer to it -- are the two most important things in the world.

God's word in Romans chapter 3 answers this question:

"all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.
For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Martin Luther Recants

Whatever else you can say about Martin Luther, he did not beat around the bush.

"Previously I said the Pope was the vicar of Christ.
I recant. Now I say the Pope is the adversary of Christ and the apostle of the Devil."

Would that we had more saints who would "recant" like this today.

(Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: The Life of Martin Luther, p. 139)

HT: Berean Call