Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Around the Blogosphere

Welcome to this weeks "Around the Blogoshere". We pray that you will be encouraged and enlightened by the following articles.

1.) We start off with an article by Jim Eliff titled, "35 Reasons not to Sin." Just to give you an example of a few of the points, 1. Because a little sin leads to more sin., 19. Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin., 33. Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe. You can read all 35 reasons here.

2.) Phil Johnson, over at Pyromaniacs, has posted an article titled, "Does Scripture Permit Us to Regard any Truth as "Secondary"? Johnson gives some compelling insight into how we regard the different truths in scripture. Here is a little sample of what he says, " Others—equally extreme—argue, in effect, that "truth" isn't primary at all; relationships are, and therefore no proposition or point of truth is ever worth arguing about with another professing Christian. The latter position is gaining adherents at a frightening pace". You can read the whole article here.

3.) John MacArthur has an article over at GTY titled, "Making the most of Your Church, Part 1". In the article MacArthur says, "What Christ said to the church at Pergamum illustrates the danger of a co-mingling of believers and unbelievers in the church: "I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit acts of immorality" (Rev. 2:14). Christ accused that church of compromise". You can read the article in it entirety here.

4.) Over at the Contending, Defending blog, is a critique of Mark Driscoll's message that was preached at The Chrystal Cathedral. In the article the author states, "
Recently, one man was given that opportunity to give a clear explanation of the gospel and the consequences of not believing the truth as proclaimed in the Word of God. That man was Mark Driscoll AND HE FAILED MISERABLY!" As our founding Pastor Mark Swan used to say (Pat's paraphrase), "I would go to preach the real gospel anywhere I was invited, once. The true test of whether or not I preached the real gospel or not would be, would they invite me back". Not that we go and preach trying to offend, but the real gospel is always offensive anywhere that the majority of the people are lost. After what I heard Driscoll "preach", I think he will be invited back and that is very sad. You can decide for yourself and read it here.

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