Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I Want a GCR

Come June in Orlando, the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will be voting on some important matters. The way this is being talked up on the internet -- on blogs and on Twitter - and the way that the GCRTF is going all over the USA promoting their plan in "panel discussions" -- the average messenger is bound to think, "Man, this is BIG." And perhaps it is.

I have followed some of the writings concerning the GCRTF recommendations, and I have looked over the report that has been publically submitted. I have listened to a little of the not-so-positive feedback as well. At this point I don't know how I will vote in Orlando. I must pray and seek the Lord's guidance, and I must read up some more on the subject.

However, what I do know is that I do not see a Great Commission Resurgence mentioned in the New Testament, and believe it or not I don't see the Southern Baptist Convention mentioned in the NT. What I do see, however, is obedient followers of the Lord Jesus Christ - with no internet, no money, no printing press, no "bloated beuracracies", -- empowered by the Holy Spirit of God going "everywhere preaching the Word." (Acts 8:4)

We don't need to fiddle with man's programs to achieve a Great Commission Resurgence, we need faithful, holy, obedient men of God who will unashamedly stand (wherever God puts them) and preach the Word.

We don't need to be enamored with culture and try to fit in and be hip and cool and be all friendly with the world -- see James 4. No, the "plan" called forth in Scripture was given to Timothy in that rotten city of Ephesus. Paul didn't say "Timothy, go do a study, find out what the people want, try to appeal to them on their level, incorporate the world (music, entertainment) into your services there." No, the instruction was simply -- "Timothy, preach the Word!" (See 2 Timothy 4)

Perhaps if more men stood and proclaimed the Word of God -- line-by-line and precept-upon-precept -- the sheep would be more healthy, and healthy sheep reproduce, and healthy sheep go forth into the highways and hedges -- because they love Jesus and want to be obedient.

We don't need better, re-designed programs. We need holy men of God set on fire and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

When we get our eyes off of ourselves, and back on Jesus; instead of lifting up our programs and our denomination and our ideas and lift high the blood-stained banner;
when we repent of our worldliness, and come out from among them and live seperated lives of holiness -- we might indeed see a Great Commission Resurgence and people coming to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ the Lord.

I want to see a GCR; I just want to see it God's way.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

A Real Converted Muslim

Check out the website of Timothy Abraham.

Monday, May 03, 2010

It's True

Romans 3:10 & ff. is true.

"There is none righteous, no, not one;
There is none who understands;
There is none who seeks after God.
They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one."
"Their throat is an open tomb;
With their tongues they have practiced deceit."
"The poison of asps is under their lips";
"Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
"Their feet are swift to shed blood;
Destruction and misery are in their ways;
And the way of peace they have not known."
"There is no fear of God before their eyes."

Thankfully, Romans 6:23 is true too.

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Today I am praying for the salvation of lost people.