Illegitimate vs. Legitimate Children of God

airō shares an excerpt from a Paul Washer sermon wherein he denounces the false teaching of “Carnal Christianity.” In his message, Washer contrasts legitimate children of God and illegitimate children based on Hebrews 12:3–11. Ultimately, Christians do not continue in a carnal lifestyle of sin because God’s reputation is at stake. He does not save us and leave us in our sin, but He sovereignly saves and changes us through the regeneration and sanctification of the Holy Spirit. He does all of this for His name’s sake and to the praise of His glorious grace. View article →

Biblical Street Preaching vs. Rogue Street Preaching

What is the difference between the stereotypical “shock and awe preacher” many visualize when they think of street preaching and biblical street preaching found in the New Testament and throughout church history? airō brings you the Open-air Preacher Profile of Tony Miano and provides additional information and resources for you to better understand the difference. View article →

Greg Laurie: All Christians Are Not Disciples

Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, is known for his Harvest Crusades and nationally syndicated radio program, A New Beginning. A video posted by the ministry in October 2009 titled, “Are You His Disciple?” shows Greg Laurie making a clear distinction between a disciple of Jesus Christ and a mere believer in Jesus Christ. In fact, Laurie makes the claim in the sermon that

every disciple is a Christian but not every Christian is necessarily a disciple.

Is such teaching found in God’s Word? airō examines the issue and offers some resources for consideration. View article →

Charles Stanley and False Assurance of Salvation

Charles Stanley is beloved by many in the evangelical church. With a global media outreach, Dr. Stanley reaches millions with his Bible teaching. His biography at In Touch Ministries notes,

Dr. Stanley’s messages tackle such issues as parenting, finances, personal crises, emotions, and relationships. Source

But what about Dr. Stanley’s teaching on the professing Christian’s relationship with God? What is Dr. Stanley’s teaching on the assurance of the believer’s relationship with Jesus Christ? What does he teach regarding sanctification in the life of the believer?

Guest blogger Shawn Pander shares his perspective at airō as he compares quotes from Dr. Stanley’s book, Eternal Security, with selected passages from Scripture. View article →

Dear Catholic Friend

Ecumenism is one of the greatest threats the visible church faces today. In the name of “unity” and “tolerance” in doctrinal differences, the Reformation line between Christianity and Roman Catholicism is slowly fading. This is evident in ecumenical organizations like 40 Days for Life, which brings together Christians, Roman Catholics, other apostate traditions, and even Mormons, stating that:

The mission of the campaign it to bring together the body of Christ in a spirit of unity during a focused 40 day campaign of prayer, fasting, and peaceful activism, with the purpose of repentance, to seek God’s favor to turn hearts and minds from a culture of death to a culture of life, thus bringing an end to abortion in America. Online Source

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s article, 40 Days for Life, Catholics, and Christians, CRN contributor Justin Edwards reaches out to Catholics involved in the pro-life community to express his appreciation for them and also to shed light on the eternal differences between biblical Christianity and Roman Catholicism that they might come to saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. View article →

40 Days for Life and Evangelical Compromise

Image: 40 Days for Life

Should Christians participate in pro-life ministry with people from other religions or apostate church traditions? 40 Days for Life is a growing pro-life organization that seeks to build unity for the ‘Body of Christ’ in the fight to end abortion. But are we all part of the true Body? What are the dangers in Christian participation in such ecumenical organizations? CRN contributor Justin Edwards gives his perspective. View article →

Jesus Saved a Wretch

Justin Edwards of airō was a false convert for twenty-two years until the Lord saved him from the depths of his sin three years ago. The last decade before he was born again, he professed Christ as his Lord and Savior but his lifestyle was so worldly one could not distinguish him from those who made no such profession.

Justin loved his sin and took pleasure in unrighteousness. Although he felt guilty of the sins he committed, it was a worldly sorrow that produced no genuine repentance. Despite his trampling on the blood of Jesus as a false convert, God saved him. God saved Justin, not only from His own wrath, but He saved him from the bondage of his sin and made him a new creation. Now Justin knows the joy of the Lord Who has granted him eternal life through repentant faith.

Do you or someone you know have a similar testimony? Or do you know a loved one who is currently living a sinful lifestyle while they profess to be a Christian? As many in the visible church meet their semi-annual quota for church attendance tomorrow, this may be a perfect time to share the following article with them. Perhaps it will encourage them to examine themselves and cause them to begin to truly grasp what took place on Calvary 2,000 years ago in God’s plan of redemption. View article →

Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and Respectable Gossip

Ed Dingess from Reformed Reasons writes:

The incident of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman is indeed a tragedy. One young man lost his life and the other may lose what is left of his freedom. I am going to come at this subject from a purely Christian perspective. This blog is not about what happened that night. It is not about who was right or who was wrong. It is not a cry for justice. Instead, this article is about Christian conduct as it relates to this story and every other story that makes its way into the media. As far as I am concerned, I have no specific opinion about what happened that night or what should happen because of that night. You see, I was not there. I am not an eye witness. I do not know what happened, nor can I. I do not know anything about the witnesses that were there and about those who are passing on their account. I know this: every story that involves the potential for racially-charged emotions always brings out those biases with it. My concern is entirely around Christian conduct. How should a Christian think about this incident? How should they conduct their speech toward the two young men involved? What does Scripture say? After all, it is Scripture that provides the norm for how we should relate to incidents like this one.

This is a must-read article for every Christian familiar with the Trayvon Martin case that is consuming many American Christians – to their spiritual detriment. View article →

Evangelist Reviews of Monumental

The following two reviews of Kirk Cameron’s Monumental came out today, which express disappointment in the movie from an evangelistic perspective. Each article can be read in their entirety at the respective links:

Michael Coughlin writes:

First of all, God is worthy of our praise, worship and OBEDIENCE regardless of whether we think it will achieve for us our desired effect. As well…many of the people who need the gospel will be turned off by this message. They (unregenerate, unrepentant sinners) do not desire the freedom offered by the gospel…they desire their sin. Promising a homosexual or an abortion doctor or a prostitute or a hardened criminal that a return to biblical roots will offer them freedom and help our country is asinine. They do not have any desire for the freedom offered by the gospel.

What they need is to be told of God’s righteous judgment which is imminent, that His wrath is currently abiding on them, and the escape offered by grace through faith alone in the resurrected Son of God, Jesus Christ who became sin on behalf of His people. They need to know that Jesus Christ is their Lord, whether they acknowledge it or not. Attempts to convincing them that biblical basis for laws without a regenerated heart will not only be unfruitful, but somewhat insulting. You may as well tell a leopard to change his spots or an ethiopian to change his skin color…Jeremiah 13:23. You could make the argument that the country could be made better using these principles, even if people don’t believe them. That even false converts and members of apostate christian churches and groups could embrace the morality and promote it, but who cares? I’m not trying to make the world a better place from where people can go to hell. I praise God so many unbelievers still have a conscience, but their end is the same as the most violent criminal apart from faith alone in Christ alone…

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John Chisham writes:

Maybe I had wrong expectations. Maybe I assumed since this movie was marketed in the way that it was that there would be a strong Gospel message to get back to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the teachings in the Bible, to the centrality and need of strong God-honoring marriages and family. You could draw that out, but as evidenced in my conversations with people following the movie, you could draw that out and apply that to the God of their own understanding…

…this is the problem the critics warned us about before the movie. This seems like a revival of the religion of America, manifest destiny, that we are somehow a Christian nation and that God will bless us because we are his chosen ones…

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The Authority of the Gospel

At the following link, CRN Contributor Justin Edwards brings you a sermon excerpt where Dr. Steven Lawson declares,

The authority of the Gospel is found in the Lordship of Jesus Christ, but even more than that, it is the Authority of the Gospel that we must believe. It comes to us with sovereign authority. When the Gospel is preached it is never a mere invitation, that we can just take it or leave it. It comes as a divine imperative. We are commanded to believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded to repent of our sins, and to refuse the Gospel is to live in rebellion against the Authority of heaven and earth. To resist the free offer of the Gospel is to reject God and it is to reject the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Whether you have yet to surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, or you desire a renewed commitment to surrender to Christ’s authority in your life, please take a moment to watch the conclusion of Dr. Lawson’s message.  View article →

Jesus Bought You to Set You Free

CRN contributor Justin Edwards writes:

Say you are a slave and have been since the day you were born, twenty-five years ago. Being a slave is all you have known. You have been controlled by your slave master and have only been able to do that which your master has enabled you. You have no concept of freedom as you’ve never tasted it. While your master may have treated you respectfully sometimes, and allowed for you to have some pleasures and experience some happiness, the outlook of your life is hopeless and meaningless.

Then, one day someone purchases you – someone you don’t even know. What if this person bought you, and in fact bought you for a price that was twice your worth, only to set you free? How would you feel toward this person? What would you owe this person?

To understand the implications of this redemption, View article →

New "Slave" Gospel Tracts

The Bible is clear that whoever sins is a slave to sin. We are, in fact, slaves of disobedience and to the god of this world. However, the Bible also says we can be set free from this slavery through life in Jesus Christ. Because of His death and resurrection, whoever repents and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ will no longer be a slave to sin, but a slave to God. This means one can do what he has never been able to do before – love and obey God by the transforming power of the Gospel!

The first five commenters at the following link will qualify for a special 20% discount on the new “Slave” Gospel tracts from The Speak:Truth Project! View article →

Gutless Gracers' Easy-believism

The visible church today is plagued with the teaching that all one has to do to be saved is “believe” in Jesus Christ and “ask Him into your heart.” Repentance has been redefined as simply changing one’s mind about who Jesus is and who God is, and one certainly does not have to repent from their sins because that would be a work. Moreover, some teach it doesn’t matter if you reject Christ or “walk away from the faith” later in life if you once believed and said the prayer.

CRN contributor Justin Edwards shares contrasting views between a website (or two) he used to follow and Dan Phillips, author of The World-Tilting Gospel. Both teachers cannot be correct in their views, so who has it right?  View article →

The Way(s) of the Master

I had a chance to listen to Jesse Johnson’s message from the 2012 Shepherd’s Conference titled The Way(s) of the Master this morning, and I must say it was challenging and gave me a lot to chew on. Jesse began the lecture by giving an overview of the various methods of evangelism, some effective and some not so effective. Because of its popularity and success among the Church today, the focus of the message was on Ray Comfort’s The Way of the Master. View article →

Waking Up to a New World

It’s 6 a.m. and my alarm goes off with news from NPR that Israeli and American warplanes have successfully taken out two Iranian nuclear facilities. I immediately jump out of bed to turn on the TV and my computer. Both the ABC morning news and Drudge Report are reporting on the global market reaction with oil already spiking to $150 per barrel overnight as Iran promises to immediately close the Straight of Hormuz. War has begun and I have awakened to a new world. What’s next?

Got your attention? View article →

Round-Table Gospel Preaching

On the way to their evangelism outreach last Saturday, The Speak:Truth Project shared the Gospel in a unique and challenging fashion. This proved to be a great teaching tool and edifying for all who participated. Perhaps it’s something you might find beneficial for your group as you proclaim the glorious Gospel of Christ in your community! View article →

 

 

So What About…Calvinism?

Are you a believer who is struggling through what is commonly called “Calvinism” but desires to grow in the knowledge of God’s grace? Maybe you have difficulty with the “problem verses” in Scripture that seem to speak against God’s absolute sovereign election, or perhaps you might be one who admittedly hates Calvinism, but you are curious as to how Calvinists deal with these “problem verses”? Even still, perhaps you already embrace Calvinism and are looking to refine your understanding of God’s sovereign grace? CRN contributor Justin Edwards has just the book for you. View article →

John Piper on Rick Warren's Alleged Chrislam

The internet has been abuzz since Sunday on the news that Rick Warren “has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God” (source).

What might John Piper have to say about Rick Warren’s alleged continued push for Chrislam? CRN contributor Justin Edwards shares a razor-sharp admonishment from John Piper from a 2008 video in response to the 2007 New York Times publishing, A Christian Response to “A Common Word Between Us and You”, a document that Rick Warren signed. If John Piper stands by this 2008 response, it would be helpful for him to reaffirm his position and separate from Rick Warren. View article →

Chameleon Rick Warren

On the Orange County Register report regarding Rick Warren’s bridge building for Chrislam, Tony Miano writes:

I’ve watched interviews of and read works and comments by Rick Warren for two decades. And what I’ve discovered over that course of time is that Rick Warren is a chameleon. And I believe he is one of the most dangerous men in Christendom, today.

Plastic pastors transparent enough to see through, like Joel Osteen, are not as dangerous as Rick Warren. Modalistic moguls of the painfully-obvious-money-hungry prosperity movement, like T.D. Jakes, are not as dangerous as Rick Warren. Self-serving sorcerers of the false signs and wonders movement, like Todd Bentley, are not as dangerous as Rick Warren. No. None of the before-mentioned personalities or groups are all that dangerous because what you see is what you get. They all lack the ability to change their appearance to accommodate a change in environment. They lack the chameleon-like ability, the self-serving ability, to says what needs to be said in order to keep people in every camp liking them.

Rick Warren is a chameleon.

The rest of Tony’s article can be found on his blog. View article →

This news, then, raises the question – will John Piper still consider Rick Warren to be theologically and doctrinally sound? Will Piper stand by his 2010 comment on Rick Warren, where he said:

I do think he’s deeply theological. He’s a brilliant man. He wouldn’t have the church he does or the Peace Plan, or all the influence he does and of course the greatest sentence in the Purpose Driven Life is the first one isn’t it? It’s not about you, it’s about God. The Glory of God. So I don’t think he’s emergent. At root I think he is theological and doctrinal and sound. Source

Time will tell.

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Revival-Southeast Evangelism Camp

The Speak:Truth Project invites you to the Revival-Southeast April Gathering during the Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 20-22. Guest speakers include evangelists Tony Miano, Bill Adams, and Scott Smith. The purpose of the weekend is to bring together brothers and sisters in Christ who desire to grow in a fellowship of evangelism, to hear teaching designed to mature the believer as a minister of the Gospel, and to proclaim the Lord Jesus Christ at a major event in Atlanta.

You are welcome and encouraged to attend regardless of your evangelism experience. Please follow the link for more details. View article →

Does Good Moral Behavior Save?

In an appropriate follow-up to yesterday’s article, CRN contributor Justin Edwards writes:

Changed behavior saves no one. It is only the grace of God, by the new birth, through repentance grounded in godly sorrow and faith alone in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross that leads to our salvation. The result of our justification is consequentially our sanctification – that is, we are made new creations in Christ and will grow in our hatred of sin and the things of this world as we grow in our affections toward God exemplified by our love and obedience to Him.

What does this say about today’s “carnal christian”? View article →

Testimony of Regeneration

American “Christianity” teaches that one can offer up a prayer during an altar call, mentally assent to the facts about Jesus, ask Him to come into your heart, and as a result be “welcomed into the family of God.” But is this the evidence of true conversion? CRN contributor Justin Edwards presents a testimony of regeneration as given by a once-false convert.  View article →