Archive for the ‘Evangelicalism’ Category

Christians ‘disagree’ with God’s Word

November 10, 2009

In a recent survey of professing Christians Q14 asked if they agree or disagree with the statement: “There is no one righteous, there is no one who does good, there is no one who seeks God”. Here are the astonishing results:

14. There is no one righteous, there is no one who does good, there is no one who seeks God (Rom. 3:10-12) Agree 31% (15% Strongly agree; 16% somewhat agree) Disagree 67% (22% disagreed; 45% strongly disagreed) Unsure 2%

Facts about the Survey
This multiple choice survey was distributed at a Franklin Graham evangelism and Christian music event in St. Louis, Aug 2nd, 2009. A total of 92 people participated (45% male, 55% female). 57% were teens between 13 and 19, 29% were adults between 20 and 40, and 14% were adults over 40.

http://www.whitehorseinn.org/images/whisurvey2009.pdf

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Evangelicalism needs the gospel

August 19, 2009

One of the most urgent tasks facing Evangelical Christendom today is the recovery of the gospel.

J.I. Packer in introductory essay to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen

Packer goes on to differentiate the old (Biblical) Gospel with the new ‘gospel that:

…fails to make men God-centred in their thoughts and God-fearing in their hearts because this is not primarily what it is trying to do. One way of stating the difference between it and the old gospel is to say that it is too exclusively concerned to be “helpful” to man—to bring peace, comfort, happiness, satisfaction—and too little concerned to glorify God. The old gospel was “helpful,” too—more so, indeed, than is the new—but (so to speak) incidentally, for its first concern was always to give glory to God. It was always and essentially a proclamation of Divine sovereignty in mercy and judgment, a summons to bow down and worship the mighty Lord on whom man depends for all good, both in nature and in grace. Its centre of reference was unambiguously God. But in the new gospel the centre of reference is man. This is just to say that the old gospel was religious in a way that the new gospel is not. Whereas the chief aim of the old was to teach men to worship God, the concern of the new seems limited to making them feel better. The subject of the old gospel was God and His ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him. There is a world of difference. The whole perspective and emphasis of gospel preaching has changed.

Read his essay here

The Gospel Must be Defined

November 23, 2008

Charles H. Spurgeon once said “It is mere cant to cry, ‘We are evangelical; we are all evangelical’ and yet decline to say what evangelical means.” Cited in Iain H. Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (1966) p.25

We Need to Define Our Terms

October 7, 2008

Charles H. Spurgeon once said “It is mere cant to cry, ‘We are evangelical; we are all evangelical’ and yet decline to say what evangelical means.”

Cited in Iain H. Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (1966) p.25