Schmoosing Sheep

 

Nowhere does the Word of God teach believers to Christianise, moralise, legalise, treatise, compromise, fraternise, fantasise, or idolise with a fallen world. Neither does it teach believers to transform, reform, impact, take by storm, shake, rattle and roll, razzle-dazzle nor schmoose this fallen world either by force or feather. The Great Commission is simple and straight forward: Preach the Gospel and make disciples (disciplined followers) of those who believe - no falderal, no smoke, no mirrors, no sleight of hand, no pageantry, cotton candy or bacchanal - just the plain, simple, straight up ‘like it or not’ truth. Yet despite this, thousands of ‘ministries’ are gaining much popularity and yes, cash, in doing not only what the bible does NOT instruct, but that which it actually forbids. I suspect the motivating spirit behind these ‘ministries’ is cowardice! Afraid to preach the true Gospel for fear of offending the lost, fear of being unpopular or vilified amongst peers, and fear of taking up the cross preferring instead the protected, padded pew.

 

Again I issue the same challenge I have been posing for years to the so-called leaders of today’s ‘church’, - show me a Scriptural justification for what you are doing. Where does Scripture dictate ‘impacting’ society for God? What Scripture reference may be found which demands of believers the ‘luring’ of the lost into ‘church’ using gimmicks, tricks, self improvement seminars, idols, rock concerts, fashion parades or fireworks? Where in the Word of God are believers instructed to ‘transform’ anyone or anything? Do you not see that such a pursuit is an endorsement of one’s own self perceived deity?

 

Reality check folks …. 

 

The prophet Jeremiah posed a sobering question to those who would seek to be ‘relevant’ and ‘popular’ with the lost, he correctly identified it as idolatry…

 

Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways. Jeremiah 2:33

 

Jeremiah was referring to the great pains taken by the Jews to learn the idolatries of foreign nations. Can you also hear him speaking to the idolatrous church today? If you can’t you’re not listening. The word translated ‘trimmest’ is the word, יטב   yâṭab - pronounced: yaw-tab' and it means, ‘to make to sound beautiful, happy, acceptable – to trim as in to compromise in order to accommodate’.

 

The Complete Apostle’s Bible translates the verse this way: “What fair device will you yet employ in your ways, so as to seek love? It shall not be so; moreover you have done wickedly in corrupting your ways; and in your hands have been found the blood of innocent souls; I have not found them in holes, but on every oak. CABV

 

Matthew Henry’s Commentary states of Jeremiah 2:33:

‘… There is an allusion here to the practice of lewd women who strive to recommend themselves by their ogling looks and gay dress, as Jezebel, who painted her face and tired her head. Thus had they courted their neighbours into sinful confederacies with them and communion in their idolatries, and had taught the wicked ones their ways, their ways of mixing God’s institutions with their idolatrous customs and usages, which was a great profanation of that which was sacred and made the ways of their idolatry worse than that of others. Those have a great deal to answer for who, by their fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, make wicked ones more wicked than otherwise they would be.’

 

Barnes states the end of the verse can be otherwise translated: “therefore thou hast taught” thy ways wickednesses.”

 

Furthermore, Paul warned Timothy ….

 

For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20: 29-30

 

Notice the nature of the wolves to whom Paul referred: ‘Grievous’. According to Albert Barnes Notes on the Bible the word translated ‘grievous’ means: Heavy βαρεῖς bareis, strong, mighty, dangerous wolves - so strong that the feeble flock would not be able to resist them. The term “wolves” is used to denote “the enemies of the flock - false, hypocritical, and dangerous teachers.” 

 

Notice also the message of these false teachers would be ‘perverse’. Again Barnes defines such as: Crooked, perverted, distracting doctrines διεστραμμένα diestrammena. They would proclaim doctrines tending to distract and divide the church. The most dangerous enemies which the church has had have been nurtured in its own bosom, and have consisted of those who have perverted the true doctrines of the gospel.

 

As the following article by watchman Paul Proctor clearly points out there is no support whatsoever in the Word of God for the kind of ‘evangelistic’ antics we see being performed in the ‘popular’ professing church today. The doctrine of ‘anything goes’ serves nothing other than to expose the fruits of the prophets of the church apostate. The relentless and unrepentant appealing to the flesh and justifying this SIN calling it instead, ‘being relevant to the culture in order to reach the lost’ is self deception, a doctrine of demons and fatal to true evangelism and the souls of the lost.

 

The Apostle Paul’s warning to young pastor Timothy is as true for the church today as it was in the first century. We urge you to consider the following studiously and prayerfully and encourage you to challenge those who have strayed from the true path into error, leading others astray with them.

 

In His Everlasting Embrace

Tony Dean

Moriah Ministries Australia

© 2007

 

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DECEIVING AND BEING DECEIVED

 

  

By Paul Proctor

July 18, 2007

NewsWithViews.com

 

Lane Palmer, Youth Ministries Specialist for Dare 2 Share Ministries in Arvada, Colorado, recently wrote a guest column for The Christian Post titled "I Want To Be A Transformer!" Using the much-hyped new movie, Transformers as both an attention getter and springboard to the "higher spiritual truth" he wished to convey, Mr. Palmer passed along a rather common and dangerous misconception about the Christian life and the role of believers.

After gushing over the new film for three full paragraphs, he wrote that he was "guilty of glaring geek-ness," I suppose as a humorous attempt to relate to the young techie crowd he was reaching out to in order to win their confidence and more effectively segue them toward his main point which he finally got around to in the fifth paragraph, saying:

You know what else? I'm also guilty of not being a Transformer myself.

Going on to explain, he added:

God calls each and every one of us to be transformers. Check out what I mean:

Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

Instead of titling his article "I Want To Be A Transformer!" he should have titled it, "I Want To Be Transformed" because, you see, that's what the verse of scripture he quoted was really about - being transformed by God, not transforming others.

One demonstrates helplessness and humility - the other, an egocentric and humanistic haughtiness.

As if that wasn't enough, Mr. Palmer closed his article with a rather dominionist-like exhortation to "Let God transform your mind so you can go transform your world!"

So, I sent him the following email message:

Lane,

You wrote: "God calls each and every one of us to be transformers" and then quoted a verse in your article where scripture encourages us to "let God transform you" or as the KJV says: "be ye transformed." Furthermore, you close your article with the following statement: "Let God transform your mind so you can go transform your world!"

What you are teaching and what scripture teaches are two entirely different things.

You and I cannot "transform" anyone anymore that we can heal anyone. The Apostles did not heal and transform the sick and lost - The Lord did the healing and transforming; and they would be the first to tell you that.

To "transform," like to heal, is for Him alone to do; so for you to teach that WE are to transform others is to arrogantly suggest that WE are both Divine and omnipotent.

The only reference I can find in scripture of self-transformation is in 2nd Corinthians 11:13, which reads: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ."

In addition, I can find no scripture commanding us to "transform your world" but rather, "preach the Word in season and out..." and "proclaim the good news" whether the world hears us and responds favorably or not.

Please show me scripture references where you and I are instructed to "transform the world."

If you cannot, I believe a correction would be in order.

Well, a couple of weeks have passed and I have yet to see a correction published at The Christian Post, which is unfortunate because he has essentially forwarded false teachings that who knows how many thousands of young readers will now in turn, pass along to others.

As is so common these days, thanks to the church growth movement and the perverted pragmatism of the "new spirituality," secular tools were once again used to construct a secular lie disguised as a spiritual truth.

"But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." - 2nd Timothy 3:13

 

© 2007 Paul Proctor - All Rights Reserved

 

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