Practical Holiness is Growth in the Christian Life.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:11-13

Saving grace is teaching grace.

The grace of God teaches us how to live in this present world.

The New Testament is full of admonitions to be holy, to live holy.

The Word of God tells us…

To not walk like the world.

To not love what the world loves.

To put off our former conversation or lifestyle.

To mortify this flesh.

To not be conformed to this world.

To put off the old man.

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

{Colossians 3:5-10}

A child of God used to “walk” or live that way.

If holiness were something that happened “automatically” when we trusted Christ there would be no need in the Bible for all this teaching and instructing on the way and necessity of holiness. – Brother Shawn

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Sanctification.

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  Titus 2:11-12

Sometimes there is confusion over the doctrine of sanctification. Some folks have went into the ditches on this doctrine.

There are usually ditches on both sides of Biblical truth.

I believe there are three types of sanctification mentioned in the Word of God.

Positional sanctification, Progressive  sanctification, and Final sanctification.

Jesus Christ came into to the world to save us from our sins.

He came to save us from the penalty of sin, the power of sin and one day the presence of sin.

  1. Hebrews 10:10 says “…we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Those who are saved are “positionally” holy before God because they have been justified. That is positional sanctification.

  1. Romans 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Those who are saved are to conformed to the image of Christ. That is progressive sanctification.

We are a work in progress.

The Christian is not to be conformed to this world but transformed by the renewing of our minds.

  1. Romans 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 

Those who are saved are to be glorified.

One day He is going to change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body…”

That is final sanctification.

In this word “sanctification” there are three great truths.

And as far as our God is concerned they are all as good as completed, and have been before the foundation of the world.

Our justification is unchangeable. {once justified, always justified}

And His work in us is continuous

And our glorification is inevitable. “whom he justified, them He also glorified. 

But while we live the Christian life, our walk, in this body, in this world…our sanctification is practical and progressive.

Justification is perfect the moment it is received, but sanctification is a matter of growth… To make us holy is a life-work, and for it we should seek the divine operation every hour” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Christianity and LGBTQ ?

The Bible is very clear concerning the homosexual {sodomite} lifestyle.

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament have passages condemning the sin of homosexuality.

Until recently nearly all Christians were in agreement that the sin of the Sodomites was an extremely grievous and damning sin.

It must also be affirmed that according to the Word of God, it is impossible to be LGBTQ and be a Christian.

That would be akin to saying that someone is a Christian fornicator or a Christian thief or a Christian drunkard etc.

Creeping into “Christendom” at a rapid pace is the opinion that the sodomite lifestyle is to be accepted and even celebrated. This is totally contrary to the teaching of the Bible.

Society and our government may condone sin but making something legal does not make it Biblically or morally right.

One of the most precious freedoms we enjoy as Americans is the freedom of speech. The freedom to express our beliefs regardless of how repugnant or even offensive some may find them.

Someone has well said; “The First Amendment was designed to protect offensive and unpopular speech.”

Christians are not called to “fit in”.

Today’s Christian should realize that being unpopular or even being hated is not only a possibility, it is what we should expect.

Jesus said; If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:18-19

The LGBTQ movement “brooks no quarter” for anyone or any organization that will not go along and “celebrate” what the Bible calls a vile and unnatural lifestyle.

Please consider the following from Gods Word…

Homosexuality is a sin worthy of Gods Vengeance.

“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”  Jude vs.7

Homosexuality is against nature

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 

And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient…”  Romans 1:26-28

Those Living a LGBTQ lifestyle are not going to Heaven.

 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”  I Corinthians 6:9-10

There is hope for the LGBTQ.

“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”         I Corinthians 6:11

Christians are to love and pray for sinners.

We are to have “compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 1:23

Brother Shawn

 

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What Does It Mean To Be a Disciple?

John 8:30-32 “As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Disciple.

This is a word that is not used today all that often in modern Christianity. We normally do not go around saying that someone is a disciple of Jesus Christ.

But the word is found at least 255 times in the New Testament.

A disciple is “a learner or pupil”

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary gives the following definition, “A follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another. Hence the constant attendants of Christ were called his disciples; and hence all Christians are called his disciples, as they profess to learn and receive his doctrines and precepts.”

Unfortunately today people equate being a disciple with being something more than a “regular” Christian.

The theology of the last 150 years or so has confused the plain teaching of the Word of God.

It has implied and sometimes taught outright that a person can be a Christian and yet not be a disciple.

This teaching is unscriptural.

This deceitful teaching has taught numerous generations of church people that a person can be saved and their lives not be transformed.

This teaching was designed as a smokescreen for the shoddy results of our evangelism of the past 160 years.

In modern evangelism people come forward, raise their hand or repeat a prayer but their lives are not changed.

Many Christians believe that raising your hand, repeating certain words or kneeling at the front of a church is something almost magical, like repeating a spell or a saying some kind of “magic words”

It is more or less implied if you say these certain words… then you are a Christian. If you go through these certain rituals then you are saved forever.

I wonder…if it is not asking too much…

Could someone tell me where that is in the Word of God?

But the Bible does teach this, if a person is saved, they are saved by the grace of God through faith.

If you are saved today it is because you had “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

“Our Lord teaches the great principle, that steady continuance is the only real and safe proof of discipleship. No perseverance, no grace! No continuance in the word, no real faith and conversion! This is one of the meeting-points between Calvinist and Arminian. He that has true grace will not fall away. He that falls away has no true grace, and must not flatter himself he is a disciple.”J.C. Ryle

Look again at what our Lord said in verse 31.

Jesus said; “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed…” 

{indeed –  In truth or in reality}

Let me ask you…

How does fit into your theology?

Brother Shawn

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Hog Pen Christianity

Colossians 1:12-14

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins…” 

One contemporary song says, “I have felt Him loose the chains of sin and set my spirit free, For I know what Jesus did for me” {Squire Parsons}

But we live in a day when many Christians have no idea what it means to be free from the chains of sin. People behave like the world even though they claim to be saved by Gods grace. If it wasn’t for their Christian tattoo {sic} you would never know that they were “saved”.

They talk, and live, just like the unsaved world around them. They love exactly what the world loves and if you mention holiness to them, you are undoubtedly a Pharisee. Many modern-day preachers tell people {in so many words} if you came forward or you raised your hand or repeated a prayer, you are saved. No matter how you live. No matter how sinful you are. No matter that you have no desire for holiness whatever. You have repeated the “magic” words, so you are okay. I warn every preacher, every Christian and every parent, you are not doing anyone any favors by giving people assurance while they are living in sin. By the way, it is not our job to give people assurance. If God hasn’t changed the “bent” or the direction of your life you have no reason to believe you are a Christian. It is true that Christians will sin but the true child of God is not content to stay in sin. If God delivers you out of the hog-pen, you’ll have no desire to live there again.

I am afraid that we have produced a lot of “hog-pen Christians” in our day. The late A.W. Tozer said, “then they build a little tabernacle and call it the First Tabernacle of the Converted Swineherds.”.

Tozer went on to say; Somebody suggested that the cross of Christ should not inconvenience people. Well, it is the most inconvenient thing in the world, this cross of Christ! It took a man by the name of Jesus in the height of his healthy human life and took Him out on a hillside and killed Him there – now, that’s an inconvenient thing for Him! And any cross is inconvenient; it’s a most inconvenient thing, this accepting Christ, if we know what we mean by it. BUT THE ACCEPTING CHRIST OF POPULAR THEOLOGY HAS NO INCONVENIENCE ATTACHED TO IT.

I spoke with a man not long ago who had spent most of his adult life in prison. He was a drug dealer and user. I had known him when he was a little boy. His parents and sister went to the same church as I did as a teenager. He told me he was saved when he was a child. While we were conversing on the phone he was cursing and drinking alcohol. He had served time in prison for committing several violent crimes and was still addicted to drugs. There was nothing in his life that indicated he was a Christian. Yet he said he had been “saved” as a child. He went on tell me that several Baptist preachers in my area had assured him that he was saved. I told him that by the authority of Gods Word and every evidence in his life, he assuredly had no reason whatever to think he was saved. We spoke for over an hour. I gave him scripture and implored him to turn from his sin and turn to Christ. As far as I know he did not. But before he hung up he thanked me. He said to me. “You are the only preacher that I have talked to who was honest enough to tell me the truth.”

If Christ didn’t change your life, you are not saved!

If our religion does not make us moral, it is a millstone about our necks to destroy us! …The best morality in the world will not prove a man to be a Christian! But if a man has not morality, it proves that he is not a child of God.C.H. Spurgeon

The question IS NOT…

Did you raise your hand? or

Did you come to the altar? or

Did you repeat this prayer? Or

Did you get baptized?

THE question is…DID JESUS CHRIST CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

If not, you have absolutely no reason to think you are a Christian.

NONE.

Are you still in the hog pen?

Only Jesus Christ can loose the chains of sin.

I unapologetically stake everything I believe, teach and preach on these facts.

Brother Shawn

 

 

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God Bless Us Everyone!

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The older I get the more I enjoy the tradition of Christmas. Up until a few years ago I thought every Christian celebrated Christmas. But as of late, I have learned of all kinds of new Christian “hang ups”, Christmas included. I doubt at this stage in life I will bother to learn all these new {to me} shibboleths. Anyhow, here is some good advice from the “Prince of Preachers” concerning the Christmas Holiday. And… “God bless us everyone.” Merry Christmas – Brother Shawn

C.H. Spurgeon said these words December 2oth, 1857.

“Let each one of us go from this place determined, that if we are angry all the year round, this next week shall be an exception; that if we have snarled at everybody last year, this Christmas time we will strive to be kindly affectionate to others; and if we have lived all this year at enmity with God, I pray that by his Spirit he may this week give us peace with him; and then, indeed, my brother, it will be the merriest Christmas we ever had in all our lives. You are going home to your father and mother, young men; many of you are going from your shops to your homes. You remember what I preached on last Christmas time. Go home to thy friends, and tell them what the Lord hath done for thy soul, and that will make a blessed round of stories at the Christmas fire. If you will each of you tell your parents how the Lord met with you in the house of prayer; how, when you left home, you were a gay, wild blade, but have now come back to love your mother’s God, and read your father’s Bible. Oh, what a happy Christmas that will make! What more shall I say? May God give you peace with yourselves; may he give you good will towards all your friends, your enemies, and your neighbors; and may he give you grace to give glory to God in the highest. I will say no more, except at the close of this sermon to wish every one of you, when the day shall come, the happiest Christmas you ever had in your lives.”

A Sermon Delivered On Sunday Morning, December 20, 1857, By Pastor C. H. Spurgeon, At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens.

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The “No Rules” Church

I recently read the statistic that 59% of millennials that were raised in church have dropped out.

I would imagine that to be an accurate statistic.

We have, for the most part, lost a generation or two of young people in many of our churches.

It has been reported that the average human attention span has fallen to about eight seconds. {I think it would be hard to preach an 8 second sermon!}

This calls for more and more unorthodox ways to try to keep the younger peoples attention

Also, in order to try to gain some of the millennials “back into the fold” there is a new type of “church” emerging.

A church that is “amoral” or as the Bible says, lascivious.

A lot of folks are looking for a church with “no rules”

I am of the opinion that many if not most of those millennials dropped out because they have never been born again.

Many of these young people have raised their hand, come to an altar or repeated a prayer but they have never experienced the life changing power of the gospel. Some have no testimony of salvation whatever.

They do not have an appetite for spiritual things.

One modern pastor liked to say his church is “theologically conservative and culturally liberal”.

In other words “our theology is conservative but we live like the rest of the world”.

I personally believe no matter how you label your theology if it doesn’t change your life, it’s not Biblical.

By the way, this is not some “new idea”

“there is no new thing under the sun.”

This “no rule” heresy has cropped up time and again in Christianity.

It even has a theological name, antinomianism.

“Theologically, antinomianism is the belief that there are no moral laws God expects Christians to obey.”

Today, we have Christians who cuss like sailors.

Christians who drink alcohol.

Christians who watch nudity {pornography} on television and on the internet.

Christians who gamble.

Christians who use drugs.

There are some folks who say they are Christians, who believe they can live almost any way they want except for being intolerant or judgmental.

The Bible describes these people as; “wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” 

The Apostle Peter goes on to compare them to a dog that returns to his vomit or a hog that had been washed returning to its filth and mire. {see also the Epistle of Jude}

All of this really boils down to the philosophy of moral relativism. {The belief that concepts such as right and wrong, goodness and badness, or truth and falsehood are not absolute but change from culture to culture and situation to situation. – Encarta Dictionary}

In other words, knowing the difference  between right or wrong is a matter of personal experience or opinion.

Or “my way to God is as good as your way”

The Word of God has been thrown overboard by over half the population.

This calls for the pragmatists to come up with some new methods…some new techniques.

This new type of church and pastor will no doubt attract people who are tired of acting one way on Saturday night and another way on Sunday morning.

I think it will be “a breath of fresh air” for a lot of people. Away with the “pharisees”!

No more pretending.

Now they will be able to behave in church like they behave the rest of the week.

And they will find a pastor who lives just like they do.

I am of the opinion that a true blue, Heaven sent awakening is our only hope. – Brother Shawn

 

 

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