Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Shack Protest

Cover of "The Shack"

Cover of The Shack

This Saturday past a local church invited William P. Young to speak about his book The Shack. For those that don’t know The Shack has created allot of stir amongst the church. There are camps that love the book and those that vehemently appose the book. I fell somewhere in the middle of those extremes before Saturday.

Jason K. thought it would be a good idea to go down to this church and warn those who fall in the first camp of the heresies that are written in this book. Jason sent an email to the pastor warning him of the dangers of having this book promoted in his church and that we would be there to protest. The pastor responded saying that he would continue forward with his plans.

So early Saturday morning we headed down to this church to pass out “lies in the Shack” tracts and Open air preach. As we were doing so a few men from the church came out to bring us bottled water. One of these men turns out to be William P. Young himself! So we start asking about the lies in the book. We used Michael Youssefs basic outline of the 13 lies in the book as our questions (this is what we printed on the tract) but Mr. Young denied each point asking us to prove it from his book. Now I admit this is a fair thing to require but unfortunately we didn't have the book nor the quotes from the book to support our arguments. It was definitely a mistake on our part. We were not prepared to debate the author himself.

What bugs me is that he probably used us in his Saturday morning presentation as an example of the people who object to his book. That they [We] haven't read the book or don't have proof of these so called heresies.

When I got home I reviewed the tape and did my research. What I discovered is that William P. Young is a LIAR! Everything that he denied as being in the book is indeed IN THE BOOK! You can get the page numbers and quotes from the book here

I will post the video as soon as I can get my video editor to work!

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Swine Flu

The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu. We wanted to share some information that the media is not informing you about.

What is swine flu?

“Like people, pigs can get influenza (flu), but swine flu viruses aren't the same as human flu viruses. Swine flu doesn't often infect people, and the rare human cases that have occurred in the past have mainly affected people who had direct contact with pigs. But the current swine flu outbreak is different. It's caused by a new swine flu virus that has spread from person to person -- and it's happening among people who haven't had any contact with pigs. 

What are swine flu symptoms?

Symptoms of swine flu are like regular flu symptoms and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.”(I) As of this writing there have been 149 deaths and 1,995 people have been hospitalized with serious cases of pneumonia since the first case of swine flu was reported on April 13.

It’s Deadly History?

“The "Spanish" influenza pandemic of 1918–1919 infected one third of the world's population (or ≈500 million persons at that time) and caused ≈50 million deaths.”(II) The government estimates that a pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu would sicken 90 million Americans, or about 30 percent of the population. Of those, nearly 10 million would have to be admitted to a hospital, and nearly 1.5 million would need intensive care. About 750,000 would need the help of mechanical ventilators to keep breathing! Did you know that There is a greater chance you will catch this flu then the chance of you winning the lottery!

The next question is…

Are you ready to die? Do you know where you will spend eternity if and when you die?  Lets see, have you ever told a lie, stolen anything, or used God's name in vain? Jesus said, "Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Have you looked with lust? If you have done those things, God sees you as a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart. The Bible warns that if you are guilty you will end up in Hell. That's not God's will. So, In accordance with the Father’s good pleasure, the eternal Son, who is equal with the Father and the exact representation of His nature, willingly left the glory of heaven, was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of a virgin, and was born the God-Man - Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, He walked on this earth in perfect obedience to the Law of God. In the fullness of time, He was rejected by men and crucified. On the cross, He bore man’s sin, suffered God’s wrath, and died in man’s place. On the third day, He was raised from the dead. This resurrection is the divine declaration that the Father has accepted His Son’s death as a sacrifice for sin, that the penalty for man’s disobedience has been paid, the demands of justice satisfied, and the wrath of God appeased. Forty days after the resurrection, the Son of God ascended into the heavens, sat down at the right hand of the Father, and was given glory, honor, and dominion over all. There in the presence of God, He represents His people and makes requests to God on their behalf. All who acknowledge their sinful, helpless estate, and throw themselves upon Christ will be fully pardoned, declared righteous, and reconciled to God. This is the Gospel of God and of Jesus Christ His Son.

 

  • I WebMd
  • II Wikipedia
  • Yahoo News, Associated Press
  • Paul Washer

Monday, April 27, 2009

Servant evangelism?

There is something on my mind.

The other day I was in Publix with a friend to buy stuff for a Bar-B-Q. After getting all the stuff for burgers I wanted to get a can of Glory brand Collard Greens. When we finally found the isle a lady over heard me ranting about how great these canned collards are. The lady asked, "canned collard greens? are those really any good, because I'm from Atlanta and I like to make them from scratch." I informed her that while they may not be as good as her homed cooked greens they are the best I've ever tasted anywhere." So she asked us to grab her a can and throw it into her cart. She said thanks and we parted ways.

There are many people in the Church today who purposely do things like this, be it giving out bottles of water, free food, ect. and call it "evangelism." But was it evangelism when I convinced a lady to get some collards? A good work yes, evangelism NO! This lady was convinced to buy collard greens but not of her need of salvation through Christ!

Just something I wanted to get off my chest before bed!

Oh, by the way, I sent my buddy to find her while I cashed out to give her a gospel tract!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Tea Party Preaching

I am not to sure what a “tea party” is exactly. I do know it has something to do with stopping taxes and is a modern day version of the Boston Tea Party (without actual tea) that occurred in 1773. Anyway with out trying to get to technical. Me and fellow Bring The Noiz team member Jason Karroll set off on a day long adventure to preach at a few of these rallies.

Our first stop was in Deltona Florida where Jason boldly walked into the center of the event, set down his speaker, and began to preach the gospel.

Our next stop was a rally in Daytona. We arrived an hour early so we hit the beach to preach on the sand. The Police shut us down during the Law.

The rally in Daytona was a lot more organized than the one in Deltona. This rally had a makeshift stage, signs, and a bunch more people. Somehow Jason made contact with one of the rally organizers who agreed to let him read a speech he wrote entitled “America is to young to die” he finished up with the Law and The Gospel!

Then Robert was asked to read a sermon by (?) and finished up with a call to evangelism.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Murdered By Charles Spurgeon

 

EYESSSS

There was a day, as I took my walks abroad,
when I came by a spot forever engraved upon
my memory, for there I saw this Friend,
my best, my only Friend... MURDERED!
I stooped down in sad affright, and looked at Him.
I saw that His hands had been pierced with rough iron nails,
and His feet had been torn in the same way.
There was misery in His dead countenance so terrible
that I scarcely dared to look upon it.
His body was emaciated with hunger, His back was red with
bloody scourges, and His brow had a circle of wounds about it:
clearly could one see that these had been pierced by thorns.
I shuddered, for I had known this Friend full well.
He never had a fault; He was the purest of the pure,
the holiest of the holy.
Who could have injured Him?
For He never injured any man: all His life long He "went about
doing good." He had healed the sick, He had fed the hungry, He
had raised the dead: for which of these works did they kill Him?
He had never breathed out anything else but love - and as I
looked into the poor sorrowful face, so full of agony, and yet
so full of love, I wondered who could have been a wretch so
vile as to pierce hands like His.
I said within myself, "Where can these traitors live?
Who are these that could have smitten such an One as this?"
Had they murdered an oppressor, we might have forgiven them;
had they slain one who had indulged in vice or villainy,
it might have been his desert; had it been a murderer and a rebel,
or one who had committed sedition, we would have said,
"Bury his corpse: justice has at last given him his due."
But when You were slain, my best, my only-beloved,
where did the traitors hide?
Let me seize them, and they shall be put to death!
If there be torments that I can devise, surely they shall
endure them all. Oh! what jealousy; what revenge I felt!
If I might but find these murderers, what I would do to them!
And as I looked upon that corpse, I heard a footstep,
and wondered where it was.
I listened, and I clearly perceived that the murderer was
close at hand! It was dark, and I groped about to find him.
I found that, somehow or other, wherever I put out my hand,
I could not meet with him, for he was NEARER to me than my
hand would go.
At last I put my hand upon MY BREAST. "I have you now"
said I - for lo! he was IN MY OWN HEART - the murderer
was hiding within my own bosom, dwelling in the recesses
of my INMOST SOUL.
Ah! then I wept indeed, that I, in the very presence of my
murdered Master, should be harboring the murderer - and I
felt myself most guilty while I bowed over His corpse, and sang
that plaintive hymn...
"Twas you, MY SINS, my cruel sins,
His chief tormentors were;
Each of my crimes became a nail,
and unbelief the spear."
Amid the rabble which hounded the Redeemer to His doom,
there were some gracious souls whose bitter anguish sought vent in
wailing and lamentations- fit music to accompany that march of woe.
When my soul can, in imagination, see the Saviour bearing
His cross to Calvary, she joins the godly women, and weeps
with them; for, indeed, there is true cause for grief, cause
lying deeper than those mourning women thought.
They bewailed innocence maltreated, goodness persecuted,
love bleeding, meekness about to die - but my heart has
a deeper and more bitter cause to mourn.
MY SINS were the scourges which lacerated those blessed
shoulders, and crowned with thorns those bleeding brows;
my sins cried -
"Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" and laid the cross upon His gracious shoulders.
His being led forth to die is sorrow enough for one eternity;
but MY having been His murderer, is more, infinitely more
grief than one poor fountain of tears can express.
If Christ has died for me, ungodly as I am, without strength
as I am, then I cannot live in sin any longer, but must arouse
myself to love and serve Him who has redeemed me.
I cannot trifle with the evil which slew my best Friend.
I must be holy for His sake.
HOW CAN I LIVE IN SIN WHEN HE HAS
DIED TO SAVE ME FROM IT?

(From Spurgeon's autobiography)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter

NEAR CROSS

This is the book I am reading this Easter and each chapter has kept me focused on the Cross. It is an easy read and I Highly recommend this book! Here is what the product description says,

“This collection of readings, drawn from the writings and sermons of 25 classic and contemporary theologians and Bible teachers, focuses on the wonder of Christ’s sacrifice.

In a culture where crosses have become little more than decorative accessories and jewelry, how easy it is for even the most well-intended Christian to rush from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday without thoughtfully contemplating the cross and all that it means. Yet we miss out on spiritual riches when we do.

So that we all may linger at the cross during the Lenten season—and stay near it the whole year through—editor Nancy Guthrie has compiled this special anthology. It draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as Luther, Edwards, Spurgeon, Ryle, and Augustine, and from leading contemporary communicators such as John Piper, R. C. Sproul, Francis Schaeffer, John MacArthur, Skip Ryan, and Joni Eareckson Tada to help readers enter into an experience of Christ’s passion and anchor their hope in the power of his resurrection.

Each essay in this collection holds to a high view of Scripture and expounds on a particular aspect of the Easter story using the appropriate Scripture passage from the ESV Bible. These readings are sure to prepare people’s hearts for a fresh experience of the cross each and every Easter season.”

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Prayer List

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I have decided to start keeping a list of the people that we have one-2-one evangelism encounters with. The list is going to be a mostly combined list of the Bring The Noiz team. I will not indicate who the evangelist to whom the conversation belongs to avoid any pride issues. I will add to it from time to time at least monthly.

 

4/15-19/09

+Luis and Wife (Gave them the gospel on the Job and they were really receptive. Answered a ton of “seeker” type questions and left them with a bible and some literature.)
+“Captain” (Really receptive during an Open air encounter)
+“The Murderer” (Sorry I don’t have his name. This guy didn't think he could be forgiven by God because he had murdered someone. Gave gospel and received he it)
+Officer Riddle (Talk with him about civil rights and left him with a gospel tract)
+Jimmy – One of 8 EMT’s and An old friend who received a tract from me while I was talking to the officer above)
+Ishmael (has heard me open air at 2 different locations)
+Boogie (Heard the gospel open air and had a few questions. Gave bible)
+Magnum (Receptive during one-2-one, then ran into him in the store)
+John (Older man in wheel chair (4 strokes) who was going through hard times financially)
+Abbey (Young girl who trusted in own goodness to get to heaven. Helped her understand gospel more clearly)
+Jose (Handed tract then walked over to talk with us, Shared gospel seemed receptive)
+ Mike (One-2-one)
+Jerry (One-2-one)
+ Quinton (One-2-One)
+Frank (Homeless Christian struggling with sin)
+3 Iranian exchange students (Had a ton of questions wanted a bible and good chapters to read on the passion of Christ)

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