‘the church in America is living on beachfront properties’

1433R-944130

In the 20th chapter of the Book of the Acts, we find the final exhortation of of the Spirit of God by the Apostle Paul before leaving Ephesus was for the leadership (elders) of the church to “feed the flock of God over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers”. [cf; Acts 20:28-32]

Now I realize as a pastor myself, that there are many functions that the church is involved in, and for the most part they have absolutely no biblical foundation. Now before you email me and bust my chops for this statement please allow me to say that just because they do not have a biblical foundation does not make them necessarily wrong. But if the church is not careful, these extra curricular activities will take precedence over the primary responsibility of the church and that is to edify the body of Christ… “to feed the flock”.

“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesian 4:11-14 

__________________________________________________

Rick Warren has taken some heat from Tom McMahon, president of The Berean Call ministry, concerning pastor Rick Warren’s belief that the church must take the lead in solving the world’s problems of poverty, disease, and war, which cannot be reconciled with the scriptures. [OneNewsNow: Is Rick Warren ignoring sin in search for ‘peace’?]

Warren’s global P.E.A.C.E. plan is an effort to mobilize churches around the world to combat what he calls the five “global giants” of spiritual emptiness, corrupt leadership, poverty, disease and illiteracy.

 

California mega-church pastor Rick Warren says Christians should not be reticent to work with Mormons, Muslims, Buddhists, and even atheists to cure societal problems. Interfaith ‘cooperation’ at Saddleback

If you had no other questions about Warren’s agenda you should question, how are you going to combat ‘spiritual emptiness’ with the Muslims and Buddhists? What spirit are you want to fill the world with? 

One other thought worthy of consideration would be, how does Warren think that the answer to society’s ill is something that can be resolved without the Jesus Christ… does he think the Muslims and the Buddhists are going to buy in to this Jesus thing? Or maybe he thinks that if anything can do it, it will be religion, yeah… right.

 

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27

Now what Rick Warren and his smorgasbord of religion is doing is not a bad thing. If they can go in and reform corrupt leadership all over the world, eliminate poverty, disease and illiteracy, we will all agree that the world will be a better place to live. But what will we have? A world void of poverty, disease and illiteracy run by a bunch of honest folk… what shall a man give in exchange for his soul”?

But imagine this, if you take the gospel of Jesus Christ to a world filled with corrupt leaders, and those living in poverty and illiteracy, and even if they are racked with a devastating disease, then what have we left them with?… “no cloke for their sin”, but a Savior who can atone for that sin”. Now this has ramifications not only in this life, but the one to come….eternity.

malachi

Advertisements

Leave a comment

No comments yet.

Comments RSS TrackBack Identifier URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s