Archive for April, 2008

Don’t Be Fooled!

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I have received communication from at least two individuals who sincerely wondered whether Oprah’s latest web seminar was Christian or not. It isn’t!!!!!!! It is New AGE to the core and reminds me of the things Irenaeus dealt with at time of the early church.

Though the Bible is occasionally referenced, Oprah’s New Earth is all about putting man at the center of the universe and self help. You may think you are getting help by what is shared, but true victory always comes from Jesus.

The following web link has an excellent study on the subject!

http://www.probe.org/cults-and-world-religions/oprahs-spirituality-exploring-a-new-earth.html

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Do You Pray?

Friday, April 4th, 2008

Do you pray? “Of course I do,” you respond! “I’m a Christian. All Christians pray.”

Let me ask again, do you pray?

I ask because there is much prayer exercised that is nothing more than form and obligation–the appeasement of conscience, as highlighted in the paragraphs from Charles Finney.

I have just put three of his 1847 sermons on prevailing prayer at path2prayer.com. I hope you will carefully read them, relative to your evaluating whether you REALLY pray.

From Charles Finney:

“Much that is called prayer is not answered in any sense whatever, and is not real prayer. Much that goes under the name of prayer is offered merely for the form of it, with neither care nor expectation to be answered. Those who pray thus will not watch to see whether their prayers are answered in any sense whatever.

“For example, there are some who pray as a matter of cold duty—only because they must, and not because they feel their need of some specific blessing. Hence their prayer is nothing but a form. Their heart is not set upon any particular object. They only care to do what they call a duty; they do not care with anxious heart for any object they may specify in their prayers. Hence the thing they really care for, is not the thing they pray for. In words they pray for this thing; in heart for quite another thing. And the evidence of this is in the fact that they never look after the thing they pray for in words. If they prayed in heart for any thing, they would certainly look to see whether the blessing asked for is given.

“Suppose a man had petitioned for some appointment to office, and had sent on his application to the President or to the appointing power. Probably his heart is greatly set on attaining it. If so you will see him watching the mail for the reply to his communication. Every day you may see him at the office ready to seize his letter at the earliest possible moment. But if on the other hand, he applied only for form’s sake; and cares nothing about the office, or does not at all expect it, you will see him about other business or pleasure, which he does care for.

“The latter case rarely occurs in human affairs, but in religious things nothing is more common. Multitudes are engaged from time to time in what they call praying; their object being often only to appease their consciences—not to obtain any desired blessing. Of course the quiet of their conscience is the only thing they really seek by prayer, and it would be absurd in them to look after any other answer than this. They are not wont to be guilty of this absurdity.

“Of course those who pray thus are not disappointed if they are not heard. It would be so in case of petitions addressed to men; it is so naturally when petitions are addressed to God.

Do you agree with Charles Finney?

Do you pray? I hope so.

Read the three sermons he preached on prevailing in prayer in 1847. You learn more about praying and experiencing a happy, more abundant, Christian life at path2prayer.com.

An Important Reminder

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

“Ye are the light of the world. A city tht is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

I came across the following in my reading this morning. We all know this, but it is a good thing to remember.

I believe that far more is done for Christ’s kingdom by the holy living of believers than we are at all aware of. There is a reality about such living which makes men feel, and obliges them to think. It carries a weight and influence with it which nothing else can give. It makes religion beautiful, and draws men to consider it, like a lighthouse seen afar off. The day of judgment will prove that many besides husbands have been won “without the word” by a holy life, (1 Pet. iii. 1.) You may talk to persons about the doctrines of the Gospels, and few will listen, and still fewer understand. But your life is an argument that none can escape. There is a meaning about holiness which not even the most unlearned can help taking in. They may not understand justification, but they can understand charity.

I believe there is far more harm done by unholy and inconsistent Christians than we are aware of. Such men are among Satan’s best allies. They pull down by their lives what ministers build with their lips. They cause the chariot wheels of the Gospel to drive heavily. They supply the children of this world with a never ending excuse for remaining as they are.—”I cannot see the use of so much religion,” said an irreligious tradesman not long ago; “I observe that some of my customers are always talking about the Gospel, and faith, and election, and the blessed promises, and so forth; and yet these very people think nothing of cheating me of pence and half-pence, when they have an opportunity. Now, if religious persons can do such things, I do not see what good there is in religion.”—I grieve to be obliged to write such things, but I fear that Christ’s name is too often blasphemed because of the lives of Christians. Let us take heed lest the blood of souls should be required at our hands.” J. C. Ryle, Holiness, p. 42,43

I hope you will join me in desiring and asking God to bring about complete transformation so that there will be a constant witnessing of the most positive and community-impacting way.

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