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A quote from Arthur Pink (1886–1952). If the time had arrived in his day... I wonder what we could say about the mess we see in churches today?

2 Timothy 4:1-4I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

That time has arrived! Church-goers today will not endure "sound doctrine." Those . . .

  • who preach the total depravity of man, 
  • who insist upon the imperative necessity of the new birth, 
  • who set forth the inflexible righteousness and holiness of God, and 
  • who warn against the eternal and conscious torment awaiting every rejecter of Christ,

find it almost impossible to obtain a hearing! Such preachers are regarded as puritanic pessimists, and are not wanted

In these degenerate times, the masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins--and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road which leads to eternal destruction! The multitude is affected with "itching ears" which crave novelty and that which will amuse them.

Not only are many of our Seminaries cesspools of spiritual corruption... 

Not only are hundreds of our pulpits now filled by traitors to the cause they profess to champion... 

Not only is every cardinal doctrine of the faith attacked and denied by the very ones paid to defend them... 

But the evil effects of such teaching from our religious leaders have influenced multitudes of souls committed to their care. 

The man in the pew, following the lead of his teachers, has lost faith in the Bible as a Divine revelation, and in consequence, no longer submits to its authority. 

Categoría: Apostasy

If I hear this one more time, I think I'm gonna scream. So, please hear me out... If there ever were a day and age when we really needed to learn that heterodoxy will lead (and very quickly!) to heteropraxy, it's today! And, obviously, orthodoxy will lead us to orthopraxy

The doctrine of the rapture of the Church at the end of the dispensation of grace is not “the great escape”!

It's not the great doctrine of, “Just hold out and it will all be over soon!” That is the heteropraxy that comes from the heterodoxy that teaches the rapture is your “get-out-of-the-mess-you-made free” ticket. 

The imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for His Church is commonly called the "rapture" (based on the Latin word rapiemur [first-person plural future passive indicative of rapiō], meaning to snatch and carry off suddenly) and is referred to in 1Thessalonians 4.17, where Paul said Christians would be “caught up” to meet the Lord and be with Him forever. 

Can that event be a comfort to us? Sure! 1Thessalonians 4.18 says it can be. No one is saying it couldn't be or shouldn't be a comfort. 

What I'm saying here is that the rapture of the Church at the end of our Age is much more than that and it needs to be taught in its full context so we don't get this “bunker mentality” of “just hold out!” How wrong could you be! Just look at the Commission given the disciples! Ours is not a bunker mentality! It never was and never will be! 

We are called and commissioned be and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

That's our stewardship and responsibility during our dispensation. The Church, as a whole, has failed (2Tim 4.3-4; just like every other steward in every other dispensation) and the Lord will return to remove the unfaithful steward (the Church), and take that steward to judgment (the Judgment Seat of Christ). That event is called the rapture: the Church is snatched out of her stewardship and carted off the Judgment Seat of Christ where each and every one of us will give an account for all our works, whether they be good or bad. 

Romans 14.10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
1Corinthians 3.13-15Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
2Corinthians 5.10-11For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord [orthodoxy], we persuade men [orthopraxy]; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

If you are living right (being and making disciples, like Paul and the Thessalonian church; 1Thes 1.5-10), then the rapture will be a comfort to you because you know (!) you will glorify Christ with the works you put before Him (you will put on display His grace manifest through your willing, submissive, obedient service in the mission). 

If you're not living right (if you, like most church goers today, could not care less about intentionally, aggressively, and sacrificially being a disciple and making disciples)... well... best o' luck to you.

Luke 19.13-24And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: for I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury? And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.

Folks, the rapture is simply the Lord Jesus Christ coming back to remove an unfaithful steward from her stewarship and take her to judgement. That's the orthodoxy. The orthopraxy is this...

That ought to motivate you to be faithful in BEING a disciple! For example...

  • To be a good spouse in your marriage (Eph 5.21-33)
  • To be a good employee at your job (Col 3.22-25)
  • To be a good parent or a good child (Eph 6.1-4)
  • To dress right (1Tim 2.9-10)
  • To not have sex before marriage (1Thes 4.3-5)
  • To have sex when you're married (1Cor 7.1-5)
  • To be financially responsible (2Cor 8-9)
  • To be right with the government (Rom 13.1-5)
  • To learn and apply the Scripture (2Tim 3.15-17)!

The orthodoxy of the rapture (your ticket to the Judgment Seat of Christ) ought to also motivate you to stop dinkin' around in your social club of a church and get busy in the mission God gave us! We are to MAKE disciples intentionally, aggressively, sacrificially! 

  • We are expected to evangelize the lost (2Cor 5.18-21; all of us!).
  • We are expected to edify the saints (Eph 4.11-16; all of us!). 

We are not called to some bunker, to hunker down and just hold on until Jesus comes to pull us out of this mess! That's crap! (Oh, sorry... that was a modern, contextualized translation of the word “heterodoxy”...) 

God gave you a stewardship (a responsibility): BE AND MAKE DISCIPLES! You don't live out that stewardship faithfully in a bunker. There's more to Christianity than hiding.

1 John 2:28And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Doctrine matters!

Heterodoxy (bad doctrine) leads to heteropraxy (bad living).

Orthodoxy (good doctrine) leads to orthopraxy (good living)

Categoría: Apostasy
J. Sidlow Baxter (1903-1999)

What is our right approach to [the Gospel according to Matthew]? Ought we first to browse over the latest discussions on its authorship, or gather the available data concerning Matthew himself?

No; the first thing, as with all the other New Testament oracles, is to read it just as it lies before us, and read it until we are thoroughly familiar with its contents. Even at first reading, especially if read right through at one sitting, it will yield much; but if we read it three or four, or seven or eight, or a dozen times, it becomes more revealing and rewarding each time.

So is it with all parts of the Holy Writ, for behind the human penmen is the directive activity of the Divine Spirit.

After reading so many books and articles written by unbelieving “Christian” scholars, it's refreshing to go back to a solid, classic: J. Sidlow Baxter's Explore the Book.

The Christian who wants a solid grasp on the content of the Bible would do well to buy a good, wide-margin Bible, a set of good pens, and Baxter's Explore the Book.

  • Work through Baxter's book while following his teaching and doing the “homework.”
  • Transfer everything into the margins of your Bible.

I guarantee you'll learn more Bible from him than you ever would in seminary (and I've been to seminary). 

Categoría: Edification
A.W. Pink (1886-1952)

The vast majority of the churches are in a sorry state! Those that are out-and-out worldly are at their wits end to invent new devices for drawing a crowd. Others which still preserve an outward form of godliness often provide nothing substantial for the soul; there is little ministering of Christ to the heart, and little preaching of sound doctrine, without which souls cannot be built up and established in the faith.

The great majority of the pastors summon to their aid some professional speaker, who puts on a high-pressure campaign and secures sufficient new "converts" to take the place of those who have "lapsed" since he was last with them.

What a farce it all is!

I wonder what A.W. would say about churches today...

Categoría: Apostasy

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