What should the Church be Concerned About?

The concern of the Church is preaching the gospel not changing political, economic or social structures of this world

Don’t get me wrong; each and every Christian must be concerned with the immorality that underpins the political, economic and social structures of our culture, and so called, way-of-life. The abysmal birth control method of seeking pleasure and then killing the offspring arising from a moment of pleasure must be a concern of every Christian. However, as will be stated here the Church has no ability to stop abortions, per se. It does however have the responsibility and ability of bringing the gospel to each individual.

How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14).

It is the Holy Spirit that frees a person from sin and thus immorality because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  And furthermore, without regeneration – which is re-birth – immorality will reign in our bodies (Romans 5:21) – the consequence being the evil we view each day.

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. (John 8:36)

But now having been set free from sin, and having become servants of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. (Romans 6:22)

In these verses we see the reality of sin – sin bounds us in a manner that prevents morality – abortion is an unavoidable consequence of a people without God – because they are simply in bondage to sin. It is only when the bonds of sin are broken can one contemplate dealing with root cause of say abortion.

The real issue is the failure of the Church to preach the gospel – for without the gospel we cannot expect the consciousness of individuals to be aroused to an extent they seek God, and thus be arouse to oppose the evil of our society. No greater example one can one give than that of William Wilberforce, whose pastor preached the gospel to him week by week, and year by year. Wilberforce was no moralist or social leftist, but rather a man who accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour, and when the Holy Spirit provided a clear consciousness of the righteousness of God in relationship to the abject racism and horror associated with slavery he responded. Here we see the Church carrying out its responsibility of preaching the gospel (and providing moral support to the soul), the Holy Spirit giving new life to Wilberforce, setting him free from sin (Romans 6:22, 8:11), and because Wilberforce believed in Christ Jesus (Romans 3) he became a useful vessel for the work of God (Ephesians 2:10). And in this we see the role that God has entrusted him being carried out. This is should be our example.

The mistake the Church makes today is usurping the plan of God, replacing it with some notion that she should, and indeed is able to, change the social, political and economic structure of our civic societies. This is not her role, but that of individual Christians as useful vessels for God’s work (Ephesians 2:10). Martyn Lloyd-Jones, when preaching from Matthew’s Gospel, which speaks about being the salt of the earth, he made the following remark:

The primary task of the Church is to evangelize and to preach the gospel. Look at it like this. If the Christian Church today spends most of her time in denouncing communism, it seems to me that the main result will be that communists will not be likely to listen to the preaching of the gospel. If the Church is always denouncing one particular section of society, she is shutting the evangelistic door upon that section. If we take the New Testament view of these matters we must believe that the communist has a soul to be saved in exactly the same way as everybody else. It is my business as a preacher of the gospel, and a representative of the Church, to evangelize all kinds and conditions and classes of men and women. The moment the Church begins to intervene in these political, social and economic matters, therefore, she is hampering and hindering herself in her God-appointed task of evangelism. She can no longer say that she "knows no man after the flesh", and thereby she is sinning. Let the individual play his part as a citizen, and belong to any political party that he may choose. That is something for the individual to decide. The Church is not concerned as a Church about these things. Our business is to preach the gospel and to bring this message of salvation to all. And, thank God, communists [or any other evil corrupt society, including western society that worships sex, pleasure and materialism] can be converted and can be saved. The Church is to be concerned about sin in all its manifestations, and sin can be as terrible in a capitalist as in a communist; it can be as terrible in a rich man as in a poor man; it can manifest itself in all classes and in all types and in all groups. (Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1988) Studies in the Sermon on the Mount Chapter 14 The Salt of the Earth, Inter-Varsity Press, England)

In this context we can replace ‘communism’ with every other evil that besets our society – divorce, domestic violence, abortion, same-sex marriage and all other sexual immoral activities men and women practice.  Thus one can see it is the individual whose morality is guided by the Holy Spirit in recognition of the Holiness of God that is the instrument that effects change – the Church is the encourager (Hebrews 10:250, the group, or body (not organisation – see Romans 12:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12-12, Ephesians 5:30 etc.) of praying Christians (Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20) that preaches the gospel upon which the Holy Spirit can provoke the ‘grass-roots’ repentance and thus freeing men and women from sin that leads to violence or abortions etc.

Thus for the individual, it is what we say and do and the way we respond to every event in our life that speaks to society – and furthermore we need to understand our society has always been blind and deaf to the prattle of churches concerned with social issues rather than God’s command of delivering the good news of Jesus Christ dying for our sins.

David L Simon
Updated: 20 May 2018

 

The chief dangers of our ‘civilized’ society

Some thoughts on William Booths prophecy

William Booth gave a sobering prophetic thought more than 100 years ago about the then new 20th century. He said: “The chief danger of the 20th century will be religion without the Holy Spirit, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

How true it is, that the end of our civilized society draws near – and the reasons are embedded in these six characteristics. These characteristics of our modern society championed by the churches have the rendered the voice of our churches bsolutely impotent. The same-sex marriage debacle epitomises this. The result is a ruined failing society with vast number of children uncared for or abused, wives beaten to death, abortions decimating the diversity and strength of our society and more inequitable now than ever in our history.  Satan is working through the destruction of the family for his purposes – for it is the family that provides an avenue to live out the gospel – where the husband loves his wife as Christ loved the Church, where wives submit to their husbands and were children obey their parents – micking the civil society with roles and order and purposes for every single person. Divorce, allowed by the church, enabled the rapid progression of Satan’s plan to destroy the family totally. The notion of same sex marriage is anathema – it speaks to the very core of the sin of this world. Boothby noted six elements that were required to maintain a civil society. The fall of Rome epitomises all of these – Rome turned to sport, sex and pleasure – and consequently fell.

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David L Simon
Updated: 22 Apr 2018

 

The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus

All Christians are agreed that the death of Christ is the basis of all our blessings. Of this there can be no doubt, for "without shedding of blood is no remission." Without the death of Christ we could never be with Him — "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone." He could not then, but in virtue of the death of the cross, have us in glory with Him. But, while all our present and eternal blessings are founded on the death and blood-shedding of Jesus the Son of God, scripture points us again and again to Christ risen and ascended, as the One in whom we stand, and are fully blessed and accepted.

1st, That the resurrection of Christ is the divine demonstration of the person of the Son of Godthe foundation truth of Christianity; for "he was declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by resurrection from the dead." (Romans 1:4.) It also confirmed the truth of His own testimony to His personal glory, when He said, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But he spoke of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them." (John 2:19-22.) The apostle Paul also quoted Psalm 2 to show that it was the person of the Son of God that was raised again from the dead. He said, "God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again, as it is written in Psalm 2, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." (Acts 8:33)

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Henry H Snell The Bible Treasury - Volume 11
Updated: 01 Apr 2018

 

The Erotic Age - Warning

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. (1 Corinthians 5:1)

The period in which we now live may well go down in history as the Erotic Age. Sex love has been elevated into a cult. Eros has more worshipers among civilized men today than any other god. For millions the erotic has completely displaced the spiritual….

Now if this god would let us Christians alone I for one would let his cult alone. The whole spongy, fetid mess will sink some day under its own weight and become excellent fuel for the fires of hell, a just recompense which is meet, and it becomes us to feel compassion for those who have been caught in its tragic collapse. Tears and silence might be better than words if things were slightly otherwise than they are.

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A W Tozer Tozer on Christian Leadership, November 18
Updated: 04 Mar 2018

 

Nearer, my God, to Thee

Nearer, my God, to Thee, nearer to Thee!
E’en though it be a cross that raiseth me,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

Refrain

Nearer, my God, to Thee,
Nearer to Thee!

Though like the wanderer, the sun gone down,
Darkness be over me, my rest a stone.
Yet in my dreams I’d be nearer, my God to Thee.

There let the way appear, steps unto Heav’n;
All that Thou sendest me, in mercy given;
Angels to beckon me nearer, my God, to Thee.

Then, with my waking thoughts bright with Thy praise,
Out of my stony griefs Bethel I’ll raise;
So by my woes to be nearer, my God, to Thee.

Or, if on joyful wing cleaving the sky,
Sun, moon, and stars forgot, upward I’ll fly,
Still all my song shall be, nearer, my God, to Thee.

There in my Father’s home, safe and at rest,
There in my Savior’s love, perfectly blest;
Age after age to be, nearer my God to Thee.

Sarah F Adams
Updated: 04 Mar 2018

 

The Rapture and the Appearing

It is an actual fact that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again! Yet many people, even true believers, seem hardly to believe it. It seems to them a dreamy, visionary, mystical idea, and they cannot help thinking that the enthusiasts who announce it must be mistaking figures of speech for sober facts.

But, after all, why should you be surprised? You believe that He has been here once. Then why not twice?

Consider for a moment what happened when He first came. He was rejected, and His life was cut short. His public mission of three and a half years closed in His sudden death. But being God manifest in flesh, in dying He wrought redemption for His people; He rose again. Is it likely that the story ends there as far as this earth is concerned? Shall the ejection of the Creator from the world by the creature be the last word? By no means. Men despised Him in His humiliation. He will surely return in His glory.

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F B T Hole Outlines of Truth
Updated: 27 Feb 2018

 

Using this website

The weakness of any Christian website is the failure of the author to truly know the mind of God. His weakness due to sin (and there will be weaknesses) can always be revealed if checked against the Bible. Therefore, it is urged that anyone using this website must check the information against the Holy Scriptures - for the test of any such information, by any person, is measruing it against the Canon. For this reason the Canon is called simply that - deriving its name from 'cane' meaning measuring stick. Even the early Christians checked what the Apostle Paul had spoken against Scripture in order to test its veracity. You need to do the same.

Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Acts 17:11

Furthermore, we must test all things:

Test [prove] all things; hold fast what is good. 1 Thessalonians 5:22


Updated: 11 Feb 2017