Bad theology destroys and keeps the gospel from people. South Africa, like most of sub-Saharan Africa, is overwhelmingly Christian. The state of the church can seem impressive, but mature Christians in South Africa will tell you a different story. The Dutch Reformed Church is weak and getting weaker, awash in theological liberalism and secular agendas. The black church is beholden to the false gospel of health, wealth, and prosperity and the worst kinds of syncretistic charismania. South Africa is “reached” with the gospel in a technical sense, but the need for good teaching and sound doctrine is tremendous. If you want to serve the Lord in a Bible-starved location in the English speaking world, there are many places in South Africa for you to go.
The Christian Mind, Ligonier’s 2012 National Conference, is available for download in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Also on sale:
- John (St. Andrew’s Expositional Commentary series) by R.C. Sproul (hardcover)
Anne Bradstreet: A Guided Tour of the Life and Thought of a Puritan Poet
by Heidi L. Nichols (paperback)
- Sammy and His Shepherd by Susan Hunt (ePub download)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 Eastern.
Over at the Christian Focus blog, they’re giving away Sam Storms’ latest book, Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative. Here’s a bit of info about the book:
The second coming of Christ is a matter of significant disagreement amongst Christians. Many hold to premillennialism: that Christ’s return will be followed by 1,000 years before the final judgement, a belief popularised in the popular Left Behind novels. However, premillennialism is not the only option for Christians. Sam Storms provides a biblical rationale for amillennialism, the belief that 1,000 years mentioned in the book of Revelation is symbolic with the emphasis being the King and his Kingdom.
For the first 10 years of my Christian life, I was internally pro-life but externally pro-choice. I believed abortion was wrong, I voted like abortion was wrong, but I lived as if it were no big deal. At the heart of my indifference was the idea that combating abortion isn’t a kingdom priority. Abortion is a political issue. It’s not my calling. Why should I waste my time trying to moralize unbelievers?
Dear Church Kid, I’m writing you this because I love you and because I relate deeply to your situation. I have to tell you something awful and wonderful that will likely rock your cozy little world:
You are not doing Jesus any favors by pretending you have it all together. You are failing your brothers and sisters in Christ and worse, those outside of Christ, by being a good person. You are actually a bad person, just like the rest of us (see Romans 3:10-11, 23, & Ephesians 2:3).