The Dark side.

It seems that this modern age thinks of good and evil as two sides of the same coin. As if one could not exist without the other, ah La Star Wars. This is the ancient greek idea of things. Perhaps in this relativistic age we have gone beyond this. Now my good may be someone elses evil and vice versa. Perhaps we are expected to believe there is neither good or evil.

These ideas have no support from scripture. Satan is a powerful being and the ultimate evil, yet only a creature, subtle and cunning but not wise. For all his’ self exaltation he is on a chain and his’ time is short. Man at his’ best is sinful and selfish. He is alienated from God and setting himself as the be all and end all. Sin and evil as a state of affairs will not continue for ever.

God is the supreme Good. He is the source of all good and blessing. The day will come when sin and evil will be ultimately be dealt with and seen no more. Those who remain in sins  willing slavery and evil’s bondage , will bring themselves to eternal doom.

Please May God save many from this terrible end. May Christ the Saviour be preached to every corner of the earth and multitudes be saved and to His’ name be the Glory!

Virtual Church

Yesterday I was reading an article from “Grace to you”, about “Satellite ” churches. It seems they have a church service where they go through the program as normal and when it is time for the sermon the message is beamed by satelite to the church from the main church wherever it is. Sometimes apparently they even project a hologram of the minister.

The article says that the idea of the minister being a pastor is going out and the idea of a “CEO” is coming in.In my opinion this is abhorrent.

The problems of running a church are manifest. Many churches cannot afford a minister . True one man cannot pastor a so-called mega-church.Despite the difficulties the modern church faces I do not think doing things like this is the answer.

The Apostle Paul never wanted the churches he founded and visited to be tied to his’ apron strings. He went out of his’ way to find suitable leaders, pastors and elders to watch over the churches. This certainly meant that those of the church’s own number were expected to preach the Word and shepherd the flock.

These churches seem to be tied to the one man and he is the driving force behind them. Whether it is the cult of personality I do not know. The Word preached has a universal aspect. It speaks to all and sundry. Yet it also has a local focus and application which speaks to this congregation and these people. This is very hard to do 500 miles away, no matter how brilliant the speaker is.

For my part ,I would rather hear and see, Joe Bloggs with a Bible in his’ hand and the gospel in his’message, in the flesh. At least he took the trouble to come to see me and shake me by the hand.

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“Prophets are almost extinct in the religious world today. The modern church is a ‘non-prophet’ organisation.”

“The most neglected ministry today is that of the New Testament prophet. Pastors, teachers, and evangelists may exercise a prophetic ministry occasionally, but there should be fulltime prophets who speak for God to the nation and the church.” quotes from Vance Havner.

I would add  my opinion that most of the so called prophets of the day seem to be, Fore -tellers more than forth-tellers. Telling the future in stead of proclaiming God’s hatred of sin and the need of repentance.

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Richard Baxter was a puritan minister in Kiddrminster, England and authorm of among other works, The Reformed Pastor and The Saints’ everlasting Rest.

“Richard Baxter lamented a situation in his day that is similar to our own. Many, he said, treat the ministry as “but a trade to live by.” However, there is a key difference between pastoral ministry and every other occupation. Pastors are called to be shepherds of the church of God (Acts 20:28). They are not called to “do a job” or even to carry out “professional responsibilities,” but are summoned into a living, personal relationship with a community of people on behalf of Jesus Christ.” Quoted from The pastor and visitation Richard Baxter’s model by Paul Miller

Despite ill health Baxter was the quintessential Puritan minister. Preaching, catechizing, engaging in visitation form one end of town to the other.As well as exhaustive book writing.

If only we could see more of his’ like today.

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