“Don’t let the voice of the darkness, tell you that you are not worth that God would not speak to you. Don’t let him tell you, you don’t matter. God spoke to you.” ~ Louie Giglio
The experience has been like finding an oasis in a desert. It has been like discovering a GPS after meandering blindly through an unknown country.
“Most “evangelicals” today can’t tell you the evangel and there’s no consensus on what the Christian life looks like. Asking evangelicals to do evangelism and discipleship is like asking a hospice patient to lift weights. It’s not only fruitless it’s cruel.” ~ R. Scott Clark
So too, today, churches are now like shopping malls. And the smaller, more traditional churches that can’t afford the lights, cameras and action watch their congregations run off to the biggest, latest mall that’s just been built on the outskirts of town. The problem is, you can see a mall that was built just a decade ago and it’s already out-of-fashion. Its shops are closing one by one because the consumers have now moved over to the latest megamall.
“They weren’t satisfied with the sufficiency of God’s Holy Word, the Holy sacraments as instituted by Christ, and the decent and orderly piety as instituted by the apostles… The modern renewal of the early Anabaptists, the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements, seek to reproduce apostolic phenomena.” ~ R. Scott Clark
“Whenever Yahweh appears in storm theophany in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word kol is properly and logically translated ‘thunder,’ ‘thunderous voice,’ or the like.” ~ Jeffrey Niehaus, Professor of Old Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
UPDATE November 6, 2013: In his Strange Fire Conference, John MacArthur claimed that 90 percent of all Pentecostals-Charismatics are followers of the health and
So if you’re one of those “young evangelicals” whose minds have been emptied out by the mindless cacophony of your “Willow Creek” church, don’t swim back to the Tiber. You have another option, a great one: swim to “Lake Geneva” where your minds will be fed with “true, deep, intellectually robust spirituality” of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.
“When we invoke the whole phrase — “the church Reformed and always being reformed according to the Word of God” — we confess that we belong to the church and not simply to ourselves and that this church is always created and renewed by the Word of God rather than by the spirit of the age.”
“Christianity is a personal relationship, not a religion.” One of those cliches—old, false, and without introspection.