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How To Identify The Uncompromised Remnant Church

 RiseUpChurch-EmailIt is my personal conviction that two contrasting groups have been emerging for years and becoming more and more identifiable within the Charismatic-Evangelical church world of our day. They are the corrupted “Wilderness wandering” congregations  and the covenantally faithful “Canaan hearted ” churches. A simple review of biblical history demonstrates that one is visibly cursed and the other is divinely blessed.  

Joseph Mattera has provided us with much-needed assistance in identifying the blessed remnant. I’ve extracted his key points, but the full article is a great read.

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“9 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODERN-DAY REMNANT CHURCH”  

As the persecution of the Bible-believing church becomes more intense, there will be a greater manifestation of what I am referring to in this article as the “remnant church.” By remnant church, I am referring to the surviving vestige of the body of Christ that remains true to biblical principles in spite of cultural opposition.

The following are characteristics of the modern-day remnant church:

1. They will become more entrenched in the word of God the more the world opposes them.

2. They will become the vilified in society.

3. They will preach counter-cultural biblical messages.

4. They will produce the most committed Christians and make disciples.

5. They will experience a greater presence and power of God than other churches.

6. They will become more visible and distinct as the culture becomes more decadent.

7. They will be more excluded and separated from mainstream secular evangelical churches and denominations.

8. The remnant church will change the world.

9. The remnant church will endure while the compromising church will fade away.

May God help us all remain faithful to the end and participate in the remnant church!

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Some Honest Questions for Joseph Prince

Dr Michael Brown is one of the most theologically astute polemicist in the charismatic community. He speaks with clarity and charity when thexposing the “hyper-grace” heresy. In doing so, he fulfills Jesus inspired imperative in the letter of Jude.

 “…contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain ungodly men… have crept into the church, perverting the grace of god by sanctioning unrestrained-unrepentant behavior which flagrantly denies the credibility of one’s confession in the Lordship of Jesus Christ”   [rghanner paraphrase]

Dr Brown is at his anointed best in his recent open letter which poses eleven penetrating questions to Joseph Prince, one of the chief proponents of the “hyper-grace “heresy. I’ve extracted a sampling so as to evoke further reading of the entire article.

>If God has pronounced your future sins forgiven in the same way He has pronounced your past sins forgiven, why do Paul and other New Testament writers address these very sins in their letters, and why does Jesus address them in Revelation 2-3? We know that God doesn’t bring our past sins up to us, since He has forgiven and “forgotten” them. Why then does He bring our present sins up to us in the New Testament, even warning us about the dangers of walking in those sins, if they have also been forgiven and forgotten in advance?

>A leading hyper-grace teacher claims that the doctrine of progressive sanctification is a “spiritually murderous lie.” Does that mean that grace preachers like Charles Spurgeon, who believed in progressive sanctification, taught this alleged lie? And if “progressive sanctification” simply means to walk out our holiness with the help of the Spirit, what is so dangerous about this teaching? Put another way, do you reject the concept that the one who made us holy now calls us to live holy lives in thought, word and deed, thereby “completing our sanctification in the fear of God” (2 Cor 7:1)? Doesn’t Paul say we are called saints (that is who we are) and called to be saints (that is how we live)? (See 1 Cor. 1:2.)

>Since you believe we are not to judge our salvation by our conduct, how can we avoid self-deception? I know that you are against certain types of self-examination lest you become “sin conscious” and take your eyes off the finished work of the cross, but what do you make of verses that state that we know we have passed from death to life only if we live a certain way (like 1 John 3:14)? If I understand you correctly, you would question the salvation of someone who demonstrated no change of life and continued to walk in unrepentant sin. But doesn’t this mean that, on some level, you are looking at your “performance” to verify your salvation?Do you see any possible danger in emphasizing that it is impossible for a believer to lose his or her salvation? Of course, we could debate whether the Bible teaches this at all, but simply as a matter of experience, many of us have encountered very lost people—drunkards, fornicators, without the slightest interest in God (see 1 Cor. 6:9-10)—who have then assured us that they were saved because it was impossible for them to lose their salvation. So on a practical level, do you feel it’s important to add any scriptural caveats to your teaching of eternal security and, if so, how can you do this without putting an emphasis on “performance”?

 

 

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Gateway Church Welcomes Mark Driscoll With Standing Ovation

The reception extended to Mark Driscoll by Pastor Robert Morris is simply awesome and the warm ovation by the congregation is grace filled! What a remarkable gesture that speaks volumes of the leadership and the Church.

 
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Posted by on October 21, 2014 in charismatic, restoration, Video

 

Strange Chaos- John MacArthur Style

john_macarthurI am a firm believer in Al Mohlers Theological Triage. Simply put, there are  three levels of theological urgency.

First level doctrines are absolutes that are non-negotiable such as inspiration of scripture,  virgin birth, deity of Christ,justification by faith alone, the resurrection, and the gospel of Christ. Denial of one or all is clear denial of the Christian faith. This means we should never fellowship with,embrace, or sanction anyone who denies cardinal doctrines of the faith.

Second level beliefs are those that distinguish one church or denomination from another. These involve issues such as frequency of the Lord’s table, mode of baptism, continuationism, cessationistionism, complimentarian, egalitarian. These things may identify and distinguish but must never become grounds for close fellowship and certainly should never become the  “litmus test” for whether one is viewed as being Christian.

Third level doctrines are non-essential beliefs. What time your church service starts, multisite video campuses, eschatological beliefs regarding  pre-mid-post tribulation period, and views about  the millennium.

John MacArthur has  elevated second tier beliefs regarding charismatic gifts to first level essentials for defining who is and is not Christian. To borrow a friends term, that’s just Poppycock!

MacArthur is “off the gospel reservation” and is guilty of causing the very chaos he is supposedly  warning others about. I say this as one who has throughly enjoyed his ministry over the years and have greatly benefited by his commitment to sound exegesis.

The arrogance of MacArthur leveling charges  at all charismatic continuationist today as his  means for rejecting  us as  “christian”,  when the first century Corinthian church was guilty of the same fleshly chaos and even worse culpable behaviors and yet the Apostle Paul called them Redeemed Saints, the Temple of God, and  brothers in Christ.

With that said, here are some of the best responses to the Strange fire conference.

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2013/10/strange-fire-mark-driscoll-open-letter-to-john-macarthur/

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2013/10/strange-fire-john-macarthur-claims-no-good-has-come-out-of-the-charismatic-movement/

http://sbcvoices.com/strange-fire-john-macarthur-is-right-and-very-wrong/?

http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/18919-to-my-fundamentalist-brother-john-macarthur-grace-to-you-too

http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/41499-john-macarthur-cessation-theology-and-trainspotting-for-cave-dwellers

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in charismatic, Conflict, doctrine, GOOOFY, Holy Spirit Baptism

 

“Preachers of L.A.” Reality T.V. Show

Narcissism, divorce, adultery,out-of-wedlock children, carnal covetousness,idolatrous greed and flagrant heresy are wedded together though high-profile Preachers in a reality T.V. show that’s scheduled to air this fall.

Infamous Clarence McClendon, Noel Jones, Wayne Cheney, Ron Gibson, Jay Haizlip and Deitrick Haddon are the stars of “Preachers of L.A.”.

What’s their message? Driving Ferraris, flashy lifestyles, extravagant wealth and livin large is the reward for merchandising the gospel. Double Anathema!!!!

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http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/07/05/preachers-of-l-a-brings-the-prosperity-gospel-to-reality-tv/
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2013/07/preachers-of-l-a-reality-show-brings-flash-controversy/

 

John Piper Affirms Holy Spirit Baptism Experience

John Piper actually has  better clarity  on the work of the Holy Spirit than some within  charismatic circles. Far to many are told  to merely ask for Spirit Baptism and then believe/confess they’ve received. This is far less than what scripture describes and prescribes. Piper gets it right again!

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“Now the positive thing I want to say about the moderate Pentecostal teaching (represented by the Bennets) is that it is right to stress the experiential reality of receiving the Spirit. When you read the New Testament honestly you can’t help but get the impression of a big difference from a lot of contemporary Christian experience. For them the Holy Spirit was a fact of experience. For many Christians today it is a fact of doctrine. Surely the Charismatic renewal has something to teach us here.

In sacramental churches the gift of the Holy Spirit is virtually equated with the event of water baptism. In Protestant evangelicalism it is equated with a subconscious work of God in regeneration which you only know you have because the Bible says you do if you believe. It is easy to imagine a spiritual counselor saying to a new convert today, “Don’t expect to notice any difference: just believe you have received the Spirit.” But that is far from what we see in the New Testament. The Pentecostals are right to stress the experience of being baptized in the Spirit.”

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2005/09/piper-on-baptism-with-holy-spirit/

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2012 in charismatic, Holy Spirit Baptism

 

Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Sovereign Grace Ministries

Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM), still addressing  the aftermath of an internal investigation of founder and president C. J. Mahaney’s leadership, now faces a class action lawsuit accusing the church and leaders of covering up child sexual abuse.

Christianity Today reports that three female plaintiffs “allege a conspiracy spanning more than two decades to conceal sexual abuse committed by church members” throughout the 1980s and 1990s, according to the Associated Press.

The lawsuit “singles out the church’s ‘Home Group’ structure, in which children are provided with day care so that their parents can attend services, as fostering a poorly supervised environment that enabled the abuse to occur,” reported the AP.

Here is an extract of the statement posted by Sovereign Grace Ministries:

“Though not yet served, Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM) leadership has obtained a copy of the civil lawsuit filed last week against SGM and several pastors of its associational churches. This recent complaint makes broad allegations that SGM pastors were negligent in providing spiritual counsel and pastoral care in situations involving persons who had previously suffered child sexual abuse. It is important to note that it does not allege any act of child abuse by a pastor or staff member of SGM or of an associated church. SGM is not in a position to comment on the specific allegations at this time, but we are beginning a careful legal review of each allegation. Upon initial review it appears the complaint contains a number of untrue or misleading allegations, as well as considerable mischaracterizations of intent.

Child sexual abuse is reprehensible in any circumstance, and a violation of fundamental human dignity. We grieve deeply for any child who has been a victim of abuse. We want to minister the love, grace and healing of God to any who have suffered this horrific act…”

http://www.sovereigngraceministries.org/blogs/sgm/post/Updated-Statement-on-Reported-Lawsuit.aspx

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2012/10/cj-mahaney-sovereign-grace-ministries-sued-for-concealing-child-sex-abuse.html

http://www.christianpost.com/news/sovereign-grace-ministries-accused-of-covering-up-child-sexual-assaults

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Accountability, charismatic, lawsuit

 

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