I live in the washingto dc area, and after being saved God has done His work in me through the Spirit. I have been attending a church, i do not want to name it, i would prefer to just desribe it. Let me say that for the first year of my relationship with Christ I was very excited about the church, I listened to 100's of the pastors sermons on a regular basis through an online source in which they are all available, from the first to the latest. I heard a sermon one day which troubled me, the pastor said that a professing Christian, saved by God, could spend a life in adultery, drunkeness, and sin with his eternity in heaven being secured. Basically faith in Christ covers all sins, which is true, but isn't the truth in the bible that faith in Christ frees us from sin? The first thing that popped into my head was, why would a new creature, with the Holy Spirit live a life in such a way, how can one be saved from sin while being enslaved to it?? Well I spoke to some fellow church goers and they stated that given his experience(30 years) and the level of the church with its board of members and elders examing everything(11,000 members), what he said was probably accurate. After spending more time in the scriptures I saw God speaking clearly to me about this matter through some of pauls letters and more specifically 1 John along with the gospels. Then by Gods grace, I was led to by a fellow brother to this website, and I have heard reidhead, ravenhill, wilkerson and others. As time passes on and I heard more of these godly men I have had difficulty attending the church and hearing the sermons, I dont know If i have become puffed up on the truths God has revealed to me or whether I am feeling the genuine anguish God feels about this church and others. No one weeps, no one cries, everyone is smiling all the time, I never hear sermons on conviction repentance and judgement, only a mention of it with constant message of grace. The air in the church is one of a social nature, not one of God fearing Christians, do not know it that makes much sense.Very rarely I hear things on the sinfulness of sin, condemnation, judgement and hell, nothing offensive. Never hear things on false converts, nothing trying to awaken or weed out those dead in the audience, as we all know, there are many in every church. The most sinful of people attend and walk out as they entered, no one trembles, none of the members of the church are called out and challenged with regard to whether or not they are in the faith. The pastor at times tells unbelievers to say a sinners prayer, and he then tells them that if they meant the prayer about Jesus coming into their lives they were now breathing eternally, I dont get this and I am a baby in Christ, a little more than a year in my rebirth. It makes me angry, like I said maybe I am puffed up, but I feel like something is missing, something is wrong. I spoke to this about an older church member and to my surprise, he was like yea so what, repentance and conviction is not needed for grace to come,just believe, a person can live as he chooses under grace,enslaved to sin or free, etc... Do not get me wrong, the sermons are informative and have much truth in them, I enjoy them, but I feel like people who go here have this sort of attitide, which is, say uhuh to various fundamental truths, agree here agree their and you are saved, nothing on brokeness and repentance and conviction and rebirth and the sanctification of the very Spirit of God,(only mentions of it) just say uhuh, uhuh, uhuh, read the bible come to church, be in the fellowship etc... Basically, agree on fundamental biblical truths,be aware of them, study them, live a Christian life etc.. but not much on the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of every man or woman of Christ. Kind of like how Paul stated, holding on to forms of religion, but denying its power. Can anyone relate, is there anywhere to go in this area to feel the Holy Spirit confront and visit you when you are hearing a sermon? or am I taking this too serious.
You, my friend have been awakened!!!!!!!!!!!Have a sitdown with your pastor, maybe your pastor regrets that sermon, over time as we study and serve God we mature and change over time, Hopefully he sees now the error.But if your pastor is teaching bad doctrine, you must exercise Rom 16:17Depart from them.You could look around for another church, pray and see If God reveals something to you.If you have friends at your present church and do fellowship with them, you could make copys of some of the good sermons and pass them around, that is what I did and it helped one friend out of all of them, we both left the church we were at but we both love the old sermons and now we are on fire for God's word and helping others see the truth, you may never get many converts but the few you get will be in good company.Im not from around the D.C. area so Im no help there.
Crossbearer8 said: "I heard a sermon one day which troubled me, the pastor said that a professing Christian, saved by God, could spend a life in adultery, drunkeness, and sin with his eternity in heaven being secured. Basically faith in Christ covers all sins, which is true, but isn't the truth in the bible that faith in Christ frees us from sin? The first thing that popped into my head was, why would a new creature, with the Holy Spirit live a life in such a way, how can one be saved from sin while being enslaved to it??"Praise God that you are listening to the Holy Spirit and not your pastor. You are right that Jesus did not only came to deliver us from the penalty of sin, but He came to set us free from sin. To teach that you can live anyway that you like and make it into heaven is a false teaching. The bible clearly teaches that "the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Crossbearer 8 "I dont get this and I am a baby in Christ, a little more than a year in my rebirth. It makes me angry, like I said maybe I am puffed up, but I feel like something is missing, something is wrong." It is a precious thing to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and be able to discern between truth and error.I would ask the Lord for wisdom, to show you what you need to do. You need good solid teaching of the Word of God so that you may grow. I don't believe that the Lord will leave you in a Church where error is being taught. Continue to listen to men like David Wilkerson and Leonard Ravenhill. Find a Church that teaches the whole council of God. Our flesh loves the outward blessings but despises the discipline of the Lord. In His Love, Mike
PRAISE GOD! Keep listening the the Holy Ghost! He will truly "guide you into all truth" (John 16:13) So many scriptures negate the preaching that you heard at that church. 1 John ch. 3 comes to mind. It makes it very clear who is a child of God and who is a child of the devil. The practice of sin is the test.Another chapter to ponder is Romans 6. Verse 6 states: "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.". It is my understanding that the Greek tense used for "is crucified" is a "done deal" a once and for all finished act! When we whole-heartedly accept with faith that our old man is truly dead, and we continue in that faith, that old man stays dead.When I was a young Christian, someone tried to confuse me with the last few verses of Romans chapter 7: "24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.". He tried to use those verses to support the idea that a Christian continues in a mixture of sin and godliness. When I got home, I read that scripture again . . . and then I kept reading:Romans 8:1 ¶There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.10 ¶And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.Chapter 7 was simply describing the condition of human flesh without the Spirit of God! Within ourselves, we CANNOT "no way, no sir, no how" live a righteous life. There is no righteousness to be found within human beings! But if Jesus lives within us, how can we not be victorious over sin? Did he not conquer our sin on the cross?The Christian life is a life of VICTORY! Victory over sin! It is not a victory that we personally win by any effort of our own. It is a victory that HE wins in and through us. It is His good pleasure to do so. We simply open the door by grace through faith, and let Him do what HE WANTS to do. It is not a victory that makes you escape suffering and hardship on earth, but victory that keeps you holy in the midst of all of the suffering and hardship and temptation that comes with living on this planet.1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.If God would preserve the people of Thessalonica "blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ", would He not be a "respector of persons" to not offer the same life of victory to us?I wish that I could help you with a church in that area, but the Lord WILL lead you.God bless you!
I spent the first part of my christian life going from church to church and just staying in the word, ect... I read David Wilkerson's newsletters constantly and I read alot of Watchman Nee. We didn't have computers or the internet 20 years ago. The Lord is faithful though and knows just what you need when you need it. He'll feed you with the ravens if need be (spiritually speaking here). When your thirsty it's not hard to find water but I know what your saying what we get is not always ideal. Sometimes I feel like it would be great to attend TSC but than do I want to live in NYC, nope!
There is a ministry out of Richmond Virginia called "The Christian Tape Ministry". http://www.christiantapeministry.com/. this ministry is out of Richmond Virginia and there is a fellowship of believers there. I know that this would be a pretty good drive for you, but there is a conferenece that takes place usually the last week of June, called "The Christian Family Conference". This conference has been going on for a number of years and many of the teachers at these conferences actually ministered with T.Austin Sparks. Brother Stephen Kaung ministers a lot at these conferences and he worked with Watchman Nee for many years, and actually translated much of Brother Nee's materials into English. Go to the Christian Tape Ministry website and you can find out more information on this ministry. Mike
Have you ever seen "Choice Book" racks around the city? You may want to contact them and ask them to direct you to a Bible Believing church. It used to be that Simon Schrock, who authored "One Anothering" supervised "Choice Books" in that area. Simon Schrock is a very godly man who loves the LORD. I think he lives at Fairfax; he would be delighted to assist you. BTW, he looks like Abraham Lincoln! and has also been mistaken for Dr. Evertte Koop! Blessings,ginnyrose
hi, we are never going to find the perfect church..i would rather hear grace and love and joy all year because that exemplifies Jesus,who died so that all sin is covered or none. to pilot a ship upriver you do not need to know where the pitfalls(sand bars, bad currents etc.)are;you need to know where the channel is. Jesus' finished work and faith in this alone. pray for your pastor lest you grow hard and phareseeical can't spell...make a difference. jimp
Yea I thought of that, but I can sense that this is not something that he has departed from, he has reafirmed it through other statements less directly. I have tried that already with a few people, interesting you said that, I have been burning copies of various sermons and giving them to a few people, at one point I even considered giving hell best kept secret to the pastor but decided not to. And as far as waiting for God to reveal things, well, for one of faith there is no better path.
Our flesh loves the outward blessings but despises the discipline of the Lord.