6.04.2012

What to Do About Defection from the Christian Gospel--A Radical Calling for Radical Times

In light of some very disheartening departures from the gospel of free grace that have recently taken place, one from a friend and colleague in Reformed pulpit ministry, I encourage you to listen to a sermon I delivered last night on 2 Timothy 4:1-5 about how to deal with apostasy.

The reading is from our intern James Roosma, and then follows the sermon. Here is the link. http://www.lyndenurc.org/audio/2_Timothy_4_1-5.mp3

8 comments:

  1. Great message on the Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and life!

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  2. Thanks, Mark. Glad someone listened. :)

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  3. In part of your sermon you state that the reason people think there is nothing wrong with women being ordained is because they have strayed from the word of God. In reading my Bible I see that God has no limits. Isn't saying that women can't be ordained or won't be called to preach be putting limits on God and what he can do?

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  4. It was a wonderful, powerful sermon you preached Sunday night pastor, all by the grace and power of God, worked by the Spirit, through the word! It made me so thankful for a minister who will stand alone on the Word of God, so keep doing that faithfully, in season and out of season!

    I had read Stellman's blog last night and wept. It is becoming more and more of a regular occurrence to see Reformed ministers (and congregants) trading in these doctrines for Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox ideas. As to how a man who was taught at Westminster Seminary and was taught the law/gospel distinctions and where our works fit into the picture, I just... I just don't understand. And I'm also having trouble with his definition of Sola Scriptura. He seems to think that the Reformed believe that the church has no authority in interpretation, but didn't the Reformers oppose the authority of the church "only insofar as this authority usurped the authority of Scripture. They never rejected the value of the churches exegetical tradition when it was used in submission to the Scriptures." That's a quote from Moises Silva's book "Has the Church Misread the Bible".

    So I don't see exactly how Stellman is thinking about this... That authority should be given only to the Catholic Church and the Pope or what? I don't get what implications he wants to draw from rejecting Sola Scriptura.

    Anyways, last year I had begun to read his solidly biblical book "Dual Citizens," which makes these things all the more devastating.

    At the same time, I'm glad he is leaving the PCA in a "peaceful" way instead of fighting to stay there whilst believing these things.

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  5. I should add that I'm also thankful for elders who faithfully watch over the preaching of the Word of God.

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  6. It is noble and holy, and it makes me feel peaceful!

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  7. I want to have a romantic wedding in holy church like this!

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  8. I am enjoy reading your blog, thank you very much! And I will keep reading!

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