Monday, May 27, 2013

The Doctrines of Evangelism - Content Complete!

Between my business and work with the new City Evangelism Ministries(CEM) I have been authoring a massive document entitled "The Doctrines of Evangelism." That's why it has been SOOOOOOO slow around here.

Just now I reached a massive milestone! The document is now "Content Complete", which is to say that all the doctrines required for biblically consistent evangelism are explained and demonstrated from the Scriptures. Now the work on making it somewhat readable begins.

This document will explain primary doctrinal foundation of CEM and will be used to keep the the ministry on track for a long as the Lord may tarry. Here's the table of contents of this document which is currently 13 pages long. Once it is completed I am reasonably sure I will be able to share it here in it's entirety.

*Sorry for the wonky formatting. I don't know how to fix it.

The Doctrines of Evangelism
1.    The Purpose of this Document
2.    The General Principle of Our Work
3.    Restrictions on the Content of our Message and Preaching
4.    The Godhead
5.    The Person of Christ
A.    The Identity of Christ
B.    The Impeccability of Christ
C.    The Work of Christ
6.    The Gospel
7.    The State and Position of Natural Man
A.  An overview
B.  Repentance
C. The Believer’s Faith
D. Faith and Repentance Manifested
E. The New Birth
9.    Creation in Six 24-Hour Days
10. Immediate Judgment and Eternal Wrath
11. Immediate and Permanent Reconciliation at Belief
12. Lawful Usage of Mosaic Law
13.  Through the Foolishness of Preaching
14.  Exhortation to Believers to Preach the Gospel
15 Approval and Changes to this Document 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Quick Thought - How did the Apostles know if someone was saved or not?

Over the years I have been deeply frustrated by the practice of Lordship Salvation proponents in that they create various "tests" for their followers to see if they are "really" saved or not. If they are a "true convert" or a "false convert."

In the past I have examined the "test" that Dr. John MacArthur offers in my series Testing the Test. At another time I did a deeply personal series that examined the teaching of a man pastoring my dear best friend who helped to lead my beloved friend astray into dangerous false doctrine in my series 'BUT' Theology.

Of course these "tests" fail any biblical examination. Yet, they hold millions in bondage. In my book Fail-Safe for Fallacy I briefly examined the text often used to justify the practice of developing and administering "tests of salvation" which is 2Cor 13:5. I found that the practice is not justified by the Text at all.

This practice has bothered me for as long as I've been saved. BUT, you know what? When Saul was saved the 12 Apostles didn't just believe it. Barnabas had to convince them that he was. How did he do it? Did he talk about how he had forsaken sin? That he was submitted to the Lordship of Christ? That Christ was Master of his life? That he obeyed the commands of Christ? That he regretted all of his sin? That he didn't continue in sin?


Acts 9:26-30
26 And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. 28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 29 And he spoke boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus and disputed against the Hellenists, but they attempted to kill him. 30 When the brethren found out, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him out to Tarsus.