A Politically Correct Christmas???
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holiday!
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Eph. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Conclusion: Isn’t it time for the Christian to have a walk with the 7 UP's???
Sermon outline by Pastor Jim Preston
If his findings are right—and I would bet that they are—the church is going to look radically different over the next few decades. And all of us have a responsibility to do something about it. A few reflections on what we can do. First, we must teach our young people a biblical worldview. Those with a biblical worldview do act differently from outsiders and are far more likely to stick with their faith. Second, we need to learn to have genuine conversations with outsiders. This does not mean compromising our principles, but it does mean learning to have genuine give-and-take discussions with people. Just asking people what they think, and truly listening to their thoughts, can often change their perceptions of you and of Christians in general. Humility and respect can go a long way. Third, we need a kinder and gentler faith—one that engages people and culture with deep passion for Jesus and theological commitment, yet dosed with grace and humility. Yes, we are to defend our faith with zeal and earnestness, but we must do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Pet. 3:15-17 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. One of the clear implications of Kinnaman’s research is that the negative perceptions of Christians can largely be overcome, and this often happens through meaningful, genuine relationships.
The full article can be read at http://www.christianworldviewnetwork.com/article.php/2695/Sean_McDowell
I understand that it is through the Gospel that men are saved, but there must follow a teaching of separation to those who have been saved. Jesus said to preach the Gospel to every creature (evangelism), and Paul said to "preach the word (to those who have been evangelized).... reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering." 2 Tim. 4:2
It is not an either/or situation. We are to preach the Gospel and preach the whole counsel of God, which includes reproving, rebuking, and exhorting.
Preaching against sin heightens awareness of right and wrong and re-establishes the standard of absolutes. There is a God and a Devil; a right and a wrong, a Heaven and a Hell, and everyone is going to one or the other. The preaching of standards of right and wrong helps to remind people that there is a standard by which God's children are to live. Specific, pointed preaching is effective.
When we don't preach separation from sin and the world for God's children, it undercuts the preaching of the Gospel and therefore affects the long-term harvest for future generation.
We have a full generation of Christians in places of power today who have not heard the truth about sin; and friend, it's evident in churches, politics, schools, families, and the workplace. May God be merciful to those preachers who are not living up to their calling to preach the Word.
Excerpts of article by Joseph Harris
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