One of evangelicalism's poster-child pastors recently proclaimed: "Churches need to be clearing houses for big ideas, and difficult conversations."
My response: You've GOT to be kidding. So now THAT is what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches? Amazing!
For God to inhabit anything, He must be the maker of it. A man must be born of Him, and a church must be built by Him. Otherwise, He's absent.
Another evangelical think tank business is promoting their latest gig by announcing: "Take this course to learn everything you absolutely need to know to plant and multiply." Price: ONLY $400.00
My response: Use the $400 wisely by sharing it with a fellow believer in need; then for "everything you absolutely need to know to plant and multiply," simply humble yourself, read your Bible until you actually believe it. Get on your face before God with others who also believe Him, and wait until God moves."
Typical evangelical dichotomy: FBC Dallas pastor, Dr. Robert Jeffress' favorite TV show is Seinfeld, and favored presidential candidate is Donald Trump.
My response: So says another high achiever in the school of American evangelicalism.
"We are not public relations agents whose purpose is to establish goodwill between Jesus Christ and the world!"
by: one of my daughters
How can cessationists pray for each other with any degree of confidence when by definition of their own identity, and by their own theological intellect have killed off the gifts of the Spirit today?
Jesus said: "A rich man shall hardly enter the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 19:23
Amazing how many evangelical men and women are willing to risk the odds!
God never made a suggestion about how we should live. He simply said: "This is the way. Walk in it." Is. 30:21 Then, He proceeded to show the way for the thousandth time. One Lord. One way. Won, eternal prize!
High-number benchmarks, whether of people or dollars, are not true indicators proving God's involvement. Had that been the case, God would have killed His own OT prophets... and NT apostles too.
Even though the Holy Spirit has been sorely abused, misaligned, and misunderstood by countless believers, at least many believers cried out to God for Him at all, freeing them from the shackles of centuries-long cessationism. Think about it.
If the disciples had not waited on "the promise of the Father," all we would have is modern-day Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and the like! Oh, my!
Bold Truth is appreciated from three resources: The Bible (for obvious reasons), dead men (since living men love to idolize the dead), and finally, by those populists, "Christian leaders" who created and/or exacerbate the very problems they speak to!
I confess. I'm still growing up; but my plain-truth statements are from HIS level, not mine, lest I coddle you like everyone else does.