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I recently had a conversation with an individual who is a member of a mainline denomination (Baptist). This person informed me that their offerings are now being received by young men wearing shorts and flip flops. It is a fact that our salvation does not depend on what we wear or don't wear. BUT(!), are we as Christians showing respect to our Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ when we dress and act like the world in a place where we are to be especially reverent and respectful? Come on!

SAD(!) that our churches have become nothing more than a "social gathering place" for people who want to gather together and play games. Then we wring our hands and ask: "how did our country get in such a mess?"

W
e Christians have become so scared of hurting someone's feelings that we are afraid to take a Godly stand for anything. Instead of being on fire for the Lord, many churches are on fire for the devil. God help us!

"As goes the church (and home) so goes the country." Maybe that's the reason Obama is President and could very likely be President for another four years. VOTE OBAMA OUT! VOTE THE DEVIL OUT OF OUR CHURCHES!

Lewis

Now: The Difference Between LIBERALISM (MODERNISM) AND TRUE CHRISTIANITY

 

Liberalism (Modernism)

True Christianity

"they have REJECTED

the Word of the LORD


and

what WISDOM is in them?"

(Jeremiah 8:9; Proverbs 1:7)

They have RECEIVED the Bible

not as the word of men but as it is in truth,

the Word of God

(1 Thess. 2:13; John 17:17)

and

they possess the WISDOM OF GOD

(1 Cor. 2:13-14; Eph. 1:17; Prov. 1:7)

*The Bible CONTAINS the Word of God. We can subjectively pick and choose what parts of the Bible are true.

The Bible IS the Word of God. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16 and compare 2 Peter 1:20-21)

*Jesus Christ was a GOOD MAN, probably the BEST MAN that has ever lived.

Jesus Christ is the GOD-MAN, the CREATOR, the blessed Son of Man, the eternal Son of God (John 1:1,2,3,14,etc.).

*The birth of Jesus Christ was NATURAL (see Isaiah 7:14 in the Revised Standard Version)

The birth of Jesus Christ was SUPERNATURAL (Matthew 1:20-23 and Luke 1:37).

*Jesus Christ died as our EXAMPLE

Jesus Christ died as our SUBSTITUTE (Isaiah 53:6 and 2 Corinthians 5:21).

God is the FATHER OF ALL MEN (the universal Fatherhood of God)

GOD'S CHILDREN are only those who have put their faith in Christ (John 1:12). Many people have the devil as their father (John 8:44).

All men are BROTHERS (the universal brotherhood of man)

Not everyone belongs to the same family. There are TWO FAMILIES (1 John 3:10).

*Man is the product of EVOLUTION

Man was CREATED directly by God (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7 and Matthew 19:4).

*Man is the unfortunate VICTIM of heredity and environment, but through self-culture and self effort, he can save himself.

Man is a SINNER, fallen from original innocency, and unless he receives the Lord Jesus Christ, he is eternally lost (John 3:16-21; Rom. 3:23-24).

*Man is justified by WORKS in following Christ's example. The result: natural development from WITHIN

Man is justified by FAITH in the atoning blood of Christ. The result: supernatural regeneration from ABOVE (John 3:3; Rom. 5:1,9;
Tit. 3:4-6).

There are MANY ROADS that lead to Heaven

Jesus Christ is the ONLY WAY (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

ALL MEN WILL EVENTUALLY BE SAVED (UNIVERSALISM)

ONLY A FEW WILL FINALLY BE SAVED (Matthew 7:13-14), although God's salvation is freely offered to all (Rev. 22:17).


*Those sections marked with an asterisk (*) are taken from or adapted from the excellent tract by Franklin G. Huling entitled Fundamentalism vs. Modernism--What is the Difference?


Liberalism (Modernism)

True Christianity

Concerning HELL: A loving God would never condemn anyone to hell.

Those who reject Jesus Christ are condemned already (John 3:18). HELL is very real.

The LOVE OF GOD is over-emphasized and the judgment and wrath of God is rarely mentioned.

The judgment and wrath of God is carefully taught (Rom. 1:18,32; 2:3,5,16; etc.) and the love of God is presented in full view of Calvary's cross (Rom. 5:8; John 3:16; etc.).

NO WARNING is given about false doctrine, false teachers, etc.

Warning is a key part of a faithful ministry (Acts 20:28-31).

The liberals recognize and tolerate "MANY FAITHS" and "many faith expressions"

Bible believers recognize that there is only ONE TRUE FAITH (Jude 3 and
Eph. 4:5,13).

ECUMENICAL--they seek the compromising UNION of all churches and all faiths

SEPARATIST--they separate from those churches and individuals who deny the "doctrine of Christ" (2 John 9-11;
Rom. 16:17-18; etc.).

SOCIAL GOSPEL and social action

CHRIST-CENTERED GOSPEL
and
missionary zeal

Seek to meet man's PHYSICAL NEEDS (food, clothing, medicine, etc.).

Seek to meet man's SPIRITUAL NEEDS (salvation from sin) first and foremost

Concerning the RESURRECTION: "the influence and example of Jesus lives on"

The Lord Jesus ROSE AGAIN BODILY from the grave and is exalted at the right hand of God (1 Corinthians 15; Eph. 1:20-23)

There is an avoidance of and a disregard for PROPHETIC TEACHING especially concerning the second coming of Christ

The prophetic statements of Scripture are accepted at face value and the Bible has much to say about the blessed hope that Jesus is coming again (John 14:3; Titus 2:13)

Key Message: "LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR" "Do unto others" "Obey the Golden Rule" etc. (MAN-CENTERED)

Key Message: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved (Acts 16:31; and see 1 Cor. 2:2 and 1 Cor. 15:1-4)

(CHRIST-CENTERED)

Emphasis: The emphasis is placed on the Gospels--the earthly life and ministry of Christ (Jesus as a FELLOW HUMAN).

Emphasis: The emphasis is placed on the crucified, risen, exalted, heavenly Lord who is coming again! (Jesus as GOD WITH US and GOD FOR US!)

Note: In Acts through Revelation there are 183 verses on the death of Christ; 97 on the resurrection; 162 on the heavenly life and ministry of Christ; 203 on the second coming and only 8 verses on the earthly life and ministry of Christ (Acts 20:35; Acts 2:22; Acts 10:38; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 Timothy 6:13; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 5:7 and 2 Peter 1:15-18)!



PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT

Let me remind you that, as Christians, you and I have a responsibility to pray for the safety of President Obama. We also have the responsibility to pray for him to make right decisions. Also, we need to pray for his salvation, if he is not saved (whether he is saved or not is between him and the Lord). (See Romans 13:1-7)




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