Archive for July, 2013

22
Jul
13

New stats for the church in Canada show alarming decline

Sad wake-up call for my Canadian brothers and sisters. God forbid that “Ichabod” be applied to this nation as it has most if Europe. I believe there is good evidence that the Spirit of Grace is removing Himself and His blessing from the haughty (have) nations and giving His presence to the humble (poor). We desperately need a John Wesley. Seminaries are producing scholars, not prophets. Where are the Elijah’s of God? Read the article at: http://www.pewforum.org/Geography/Canadas-Changing-Religious-Landscape.aspx

22
Jul
13

Some Mormons search the web and find doubt

If you are under forty you will live to see Mormonism and Darwinism on the defensive. As with Communism in the 1980’s, confidence in both ideologies is failing and the foundations of these dogmas demonstrate serious fissures.

To read the story go to: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/us/some-mormons-search-the-web-and-find-doubt.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

22
Jul
13

NEWS FLASH! Pope offers time off Purgatory

Take thousands of years off of time in the Netherworld. Follow Pope Francis’ “Tweets.” No wonder people believe the Christian faith (Catholicism) is delusion. Get serious. Might I say, much of Evangelicalism is as ridiculous.

Did you ever get one of those emails from Nigeria that promises you millions of dollars from the estate of Aboingo Pakaluba if you will simply start the ball rolling by sending $40,000 to guarantee the transfer of funds? These are both bogus offers which neither the Pope or Aboingo’s widow have the means to deliver. Wise-up! I wish Catholicism would make a vow to go Biblical and straight. It would change the world.

15
Jul
13

What we can learn from the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Muslims…

You already know that I have little respect for any of these religious systems nevertheless they can teach our generation of evangelicals a good lesson. Almost everywhere I go people are lamenting the lack of spiritual power and without Him we are on the same playing field as the cults and religions I have just mentioned and all of the others one can think of.

So, what can we do in the meantime? By “the meantime” I mean until we experience an outpouring of Holy Ghost power? It is my guess that we should at least be doing what the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims are doing. They are not trying to be savvy, cool, relevant and instead they are focused  on clear objectives, dedicated to their cause, undeterred or distracted. They could care less about acceptance or “fitting in.” Part of their MO is not fitting in. They have the right heroes, prerogatives, ideals and measurement for success. Though thoroughly misguided, they are not enthralled or preoccupied by the affections for this present world. 

Recently, a missionary leader complained that young, Americans make lousy missionaries. There is almost a bondage to the American culture. They cannot live unplugged – without sitcoms, internet, and their IPOD’s.

Unlike, the Moravian missionaries who boarded ships with their caskets, contemporary Christians pack it in as soon as they are challenged or dis-privileged in one way or another. They have virtually no tenacity. 

I know prayer is the harbinger of revival. Every major revival movement can be traced back to a movement of repentance and fervent prayer. There is more! We are also able to determine, that before any of this prayer movement began people got sick of the present conditions and abandoned themselves to God. They threw overboard every weight that so easily beset them. “If we want New Testament results, we must do it the New Testament way.”  Attributed to Einstein, this is particularly true for contemporary Christianity, “The evidence of insanity is continuing to do the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Here is the difference between what is  and what could be. J.R. Green in his ” A Short History of the English People,” (1878) wrote the following about the fruit of the Wesley and Whitefield Revivals, “They changed after a time, the whole tone of English society. The church was restored to new life and activity. Religion carried to the heart of people a fresh spirit of moral zeal, while it purified our literature and manners. (I doubt if they would have been reading, “Fifty Shades of Gray”) A new philanthropy reformed our prisons, infused clemency and wisdom into our penal laws, abolished the slave trade, and gave the first impulse to popular education.”

Or what about this report concerning the Cumberland-Kentucky Revivals? Keith Hardman in, “The Spiritual Awakeners from Solomon Stoddard to Dwight L. Moody,” repeats George A. Baxter, then President of Washington College Virginia (1801), “On my way I was informed by the settlers on the road that the character of Kentucky was entirely changed… the most moral place I have ever seen….upon the whole, I think the revival in Kentucky is the most extraordinary that has ever visited the church of Christ… infidelity was triumphant and religion was on the point of expiring. Something extraordinary seemed necessary to arrest the attention of a giddy people who were ready to conclude that Christianity was a fable and a futurity of delusion…The revival has done it. it has confounded infidelity, awed vice into silence, and brought numbers beyond calculation under serious impressions.”

We pretty much get want we expect and deserve.

 

02
Jul
13

Removing our freedoms by stealth….

Yesterday, there was mention of our four freedoms. One of those was “The Freedom of Speech.” Come on now, give me a break. Who believes this anymore. “Oh, that was hateful!” “I was offended by that statement!” Now a person can be destroyed or imprisoned not for what they do but for what they think. The PC thought police have done it. They have socially engineered us into a corner. In Canada it has really degenerated to where, under Human Rights legislation, one can be charged with “Hate Speech.” Christians should take full advantage of this law. If we did, many actors, comedians, newscasters and pundits would be spending a lot of time in court. No one gets beat up more than the evangelical, bible believing Christian. Yet they know they are safe in ripping us to shreds for a laugh. We are compelled to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies. I suggest they try a Muslim in the same way.

02
Jul
13

Dwarfed by Trivia

I have pretty much decided that if it were not for sex ( all kinds of it), vulgar, eighth grade level language, poo-poo humor and bizarre Hollywood antics (most too insane to discuss here), network television have nothing to air. I believe this old adage to be true, “What one attaches themselves to is what they become.” Even better, “Garbage in – garbage out” and “we are what we eat.” Suppose all of us step back, tell ourselves the truth, Consumed by trivia, we have become a nation of imbeciles. Hardly anyone has the capacity for a serious thought. Media and entertainment have turned our collective brains into mush.