Thursday, August 15, 2013

Discerning Your Preacher's Sermons

After I posted thoughts yesterday by another blogger on the dangerous ministries of Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, I have had many interesting conversations. One was very encouraging. As we were talking in the office this morning about it, one of our staff said, "But Thad, I should be examining everything anyone says with the Word of God." Yes, that's the point. We are all called to take what anyone says about God and filter that through a grid of God's Word. This reminded me of something I wrote in my book, Helping Johnny Listen
"Do typical church attendees ever think that their churches, their pastors, their teachers can ever teach something that is untrue? Probably most do not, yet they should consider this. Our preachers are only human. That is why we need to make certain we listen alertly" (70).
Do you think your preacher could speak untruth? Do you think your pastor could be wrong? Do you think it could be possible that the person teaching at your church could at some point speak untruth?

My point in this is not to create skeptics. It is not to create a hostility towards preachers. But it is to create a desire to take what is taught and compare it with Scripture. And if something just does not seem right, I would highly encourage you with a spirit of humility, to approach your preacher. The way you approach them will speak volumes about your heart before God. But so will their response. The way your preacher or pastor responds will really tell you how he views the Word of God and truth. And so listen well and approach graciously. 

Let me offer one warning at this point. My experience tells me that most Christians do not listen with a discerning ear until they have some unresolved issue with their pastor. When there is conflict, they are very quick to listen and discern and "look for" something to make an issue with their pastor. Let me warn you to not listen in that way. If there is something between you and your pastor, go talk to them, seeking unity. 

The goal is not for you to find error in your pastor. The goal is God's glory as we seek His truth with each other that impacts the way we respond to each other. Our goal is Christlikeness, not arrogance that we are right and they are wrong. Don't forget that!

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  1. MEN ARE NOT SAVED BECAUSE OF WORKS

    1. Meritorious works cannot save you.
    2. Works of the Law of Moses cannot save you.
    3. Works of righteousness (good deeds) cannot save you.

    Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, (NKJV)

    Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, (NASB)

    Titus 3:5 then he saved us---not because we were good enough to be saved, but because of his kindness and pity--- by washing away our sins and giving us the new joy of the indwelling Holy Spirit(The Living Bible ---Paraphrased)

    Ephesians 2:8-9....you have been saved...9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV)

    Ephesians 2:8-9 ...have been saved...9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (NASB)

    Ephesians 2:8-9 ...you have been saved...9 Salvation is not a reward for the good we have done, so none of us can take credit for it.(The Living Bible---Paraphrased)

    Galatians 2:16 "knowing that a man is not justified by works of the law..... (NKJV)

    Galatians 2:16 and yet we Jewish Christian know very well thatwe cannot become right with God by obeying our Jewish law,...(The Living Bible--Paraphrased)



    WATER BAPTISM IS NOT A WORK.
    1.It is not a work of righteousness.
    2. It is not a good deed.
    3. Men are not baptized because they are good enough.
    4. Water baptism is not administered as a reward for good deeds.
    5. Baptism is not a work of the Law of Moses.

    Water baptism is so men can be saved. (Marl 16:16)
    Water baptism is so men can have their sins forgiven. (Acts 2:38)

    FAITH, REPENTANCE, AND CONFESSION ARE NOT WORKS.
    1. They are not works of righteousness.
    2. They are not good deeds.
    3. Men do not believe, repentant, and confess because they are good enough.
    4. Faith, repentance, and confession are not works of the Law of Moses.

    Faith, repentance, and confession are so men can have their sins forgiven and be saved. (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10)

    SALVATION IS A FREE GIFT FROM GOD. But men have to accept that gift through faith, repentance, confession and water baptism.THERE IS NO WORK REQUIRED.

    Men can be saved in the time it takes to believe, repent, confess, and be immersed in water.

    (Note: Repentance in Acts 2:38 means to change from unbelief and to make the commitment to turn from sin and to turn toward God)



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