Sunday, November 17, 2013

Contemporary Church and the Rise of Renewalism

We live in a time where the church is conforming to the culture in contradiction to scripture. We live in a time when the church is taking their eyes off the finished work of Christ and focusing on sensuality and believing this is evidence of the work of the Spirit. The work of the spirit is an overflow of what Christ has done for you. The work of Christ provides salvation to all who accept Him. It is salvation by grace through faith and not by works. What God does in your heart has no part in your salvation since we are saved by His work. Any effort to move forward from the cross is to move away from the gospel. We are justified by faith, so any work the Spirit does in us has No part in our salvation. If you are justified, you will begin to be sanctified. You cannot have sanctification without justification so to focus on the Spirit's work in you is to become unfocused on Christ's work for you. The sensual experiences that contemporary Christian music provides can be seen in music concerts of any kind. There is an energy and enthusiasm held by the crowd. The same can be seen in sports games. Inner peace can be seen in yoga. The Hindu practice of yoga promises inner peace and a transcendental spiritual experience. The real evidence of the work of the Spirit is not an emotional experience but the preaching of the true gospel of the finished work of Christ and Salvation through faith. Also, another evidence is the conformity of the nature (sanctification) Yes sanctification is an evidence but if it becomes the focus, the gospel is lost.

Many areas of biblical church fellowship have been thrown away in favour of a more "relaxed" environment. One of these areas is Church discipline:
(Matthew 18:15-20, Titus 3:9-11, Titus 3:10, 2 Corinthians 2:5-11, 1 Corinthians 5:11, 1 Corinthians 5:5, 2 Thessalonians 3:13-15, 2 Thessalonians 3:6, James 5:19-20, Galatians 1:9, Matthew 5:24-25, 2 John 1:9-10, 2 Timothy 2:16-18, Philippians 3:2)
Without the loving act of church discipline, the church cannot stand.

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