If we are in Christ, the truth has set us free, and we are, thus, called to discern truth from error and truth from half-truth. Although it’s not always easy to stand for truth amid the darkness of this world, we are aided by the Holy Spirit to distinguish light from darkness as we walk in the light of His Word. The difficulty comes when we try to discern truth from error in the church of Christ. Moreover, when we believe that we have discerned truth from error in the church, how do we go about exposing the error and proclaiming the truth within the body of Christ? This is particularly challenging considering that God calls us on the one hand to “contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3), and He calls us on the other hand to strive eagerly “to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).
So then, how do we contend for the one, true faith while striving for peace and unity in the church?
It has been nearly five hundred years since Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation, that pivotal movement that brought about God-exalting change in the church. A half millennium removed, the church today finds itself at a similar critical juncture. The darkness of this age calls for a new reformation.
If such a spiritual awakening is to come, there must be a new generation of heralds, men like Martin Luther, who are bold and biblical in their pulpit proclamation. They must have a high view of Scripture, a high view of God, and a high view of the pulpit. Each of these fundamental commitments is indispensable.
I remember sitting in the auditorium at the 2009 Gospel Coalition National Conference in Chicago. A session had just finished; we had been shown the glories of Jesus and how he is the only hope and foundation for our ministry. My heart was full, and I was glad that God had called me to minister to students. The two guys who came with me to the conference digested the content as they considered how to apply it not only to our own lives, but also to the students we served back home at church.
In the middle of our conversation another youth pastor came up to us and jumped into the conversation. I don’t know who he was or where he was from. All I know is that his statements totally caught me off guard. “This stuff is really good,” he said matter-of-factly. “Not much is applicable for youth ministry though. Glad we don’t have to worry about using all of this with students.”
The hardcover edition of The Mighty Weakness of John Knox by Douglas Bond is featured in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Also on sale:
- Sammy and his Shepherd by Susan Hunt (audio CD)
- Luther and the Reformation teaching series by R.C. Sproul (download)
- Feed My Sheep (various authors) (hardcover)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 Eastern.
An interesting piece by Stephen Altrogge:
And Satan, seeing the horde before him, went down into the parched valley. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
Blessed are the kick-butt, independent, self-sufficient, “I’m strong enough on my own,” people, for theirs is the kingdom of hell.
Blessed are those who feel no sorrow over their sin, and who only express shallow, worldly repentance because of the consequences of their sin, because their hearts shall be hardened.