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Indeed, we can connect with God in a variety of ways. So why have we been commanded over and over in both the Old and New Testaments to sing the praises of God with the people of God? God doesn’t need our songs. If we weren’t to sing to him, he would be no less glorious than he is now. We can neither add to, nor detract from, his magnificent worth with our rhythm and rhyme. So to think that corporate worship in song is simply for the benefit of a God who needs our songs reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of singing within the corporate gathering of church.
It’s so strange not because we are unaccustomed to messages of judgment being mingled with something; we are in fact very accustomed to that. We mingle our own pronouncements of judgment with things all the time, but it’s rarely tears. No – when we judge, our judgment is mingled with self-congratulations, self-justification, and self-advancement. No, certainly not tears, but instead with some element of self interest.
I’m seeing more and more young people follow the path of Knapp and Pearson. It’s becoming quite the broad road. And this broad road isn’t labeled homosexuality. This broad road is labeled “accepting myself”. That is the foundational doctrine of this American heresy. And it is swallowing up more and more of those my age and younger. It’s a doctrine which runs away from the Refiner’s fire.
Shakespeare in the original pronunication
Thus it is vitally important that evangelicals not only know how to make arguments, but how to read situations rhetorically and to make sound judgments on how to respond given their read on the situation. We have to be shrewd in how we handle these kind of situations.
When we got to the house and I started to set up my home office, the book unpacking process began. I kept a lot of books. Right now, I only have two, standard, pretty cheaply-made Target bookshelves. They can probably hold somewhere between 75-100 books a piece, depending on what kind of books they are, obviously. In order to keep all of the books I boxed up and moved to our new house, we would have needed probably two more of these two bookshelves I already have, and that’s when it occurred to me:
I don’t need all of these books. I want all of these books so I look important.
JD Greear (speaking to Southern Baptists primarily, but still helpful for those outside):
We should celebrate growing attendance, new church plants, mission gifts and mission trips, but if these things are not producing new disciples, what good are they? Unless new church plants are reaching unchurched people, all we’re doing is sending out people to gather bored Christians. Shuffling bored Christians around isn’t what Jesus had in mind when he issued the Great Commission. Before we will send out a church planter or missionary from our church, we insist on seeing that they have a track record of successful evangelism and disciple-making here. Why would we invest a bunch of money in sending them some place to not do there what they’re not doing here?