Thursday, June 26, 2008

Yet Another Warning . . .

Read this story from Mission Network News. Evangelist Sammy Tippit adds fuel to the fire by sounding a warning. Christians are moving away from God's Word and embracing "experience."

I think this goes quite well with what I posted last evening.


saunch said...

If, as these polls seem to indicate, almost 60% of those in evangelical churches believe there are more ways than one to get to heaven, that means that at least 60% of the people are tares rather than wheat. That's not surprising. And, of those who may be true believers, the majority of them are almost biblically illiterate and completely undiscerning.

Last year in my church, I did about a 14 week study of spiritual discernment in our adult Sunday School class and was amazed how people who sit in a church for 40 years can have no idea how to tell what's true and what isn't. I talked about false gospels and mentioned one preacher (who I won't name) who teaches the greatest sin is anything that would hurt someone's self-esteem. Some of the people in the class were more shocked and angry that I would say anything about what someone else teaches rather than the fact that what he teaches is false and is the opposite of what the bible teaches. Who am I to judge? Well, we're all to be discerning but most are too intellectually lazy or truly unconverted and refuse to study God's Word for themselves.

It can seem discouraging unless you truly believe in the sovereignty of God, as I do. If you're a preacher, keep preaching. If you're a teacher, keep teaching. Our success is not in numbers but in faithfulness to teach God's Word, leaving the results to Him.

Solameanie said...

Hmm. That wouldn't have been Pastor Robert Schuller, would it? Or perhaps one of his acolytes?

Oops. There I go again naming names. The Sunday school reaction doesn't surprise me. I've gotten it too. And when I get reactions like that, I quote Scripture and then say, "your problem and argument is with God, not me."

They really get upset then.

lee n. field said...

So, have you read David Wells' _Courage to Be Protestant_ yet?

I'm 3/4 through it, and this is a lot of what he talks about. "Spirituality" from below, from our own efforts, from our own minds and souls, vs. "from above".

Solameanie said...

Hi, Lee..

No, I haven't read it yet but intend to. I've been swamped of late..and have an out of town speaking engagement this weekend.

I suspect Wells is spot on as usual.