Christian! Dost Thou See Them

Christian! dost thou see them
On the holy ground,
How the troops of Midian
Prowl and prowl around?
Christian! up and smite them,
Counting gain but loss:
Smite them by the merit
Of the Holy Cross!

Christian! dost thou feel them,
How they work within,
Striving, tempting, luring,
Goading into sin?
Christian! never tremble!
Never be down-cast!
Gird thee for the battle,
Watch and pray and fast.

Christian! dost thou hear them
How they speak thee fair?
“Always fast and vigil?
Always watch and prayer?”
Christian! say but boldly:
“While I breathe, I pray:”
Peace shall follow battle,
Night shall end in day.

“Well I know thy trouble,
O my servant true;
Thou art very weary,—
I was weary too:
But that toil shall make thee,
Some day, all Mine own:
And the end of sorrow
Shall be near My Throne.”

– John Mason Neale; Attributed to Andrew of Crete (660-732),
Published in Hymns of the Eastern Church, 1866. Edited.

Not A Charismatic

Nate Busenitz, pastor at Grace Community Church and professor at The Master’s Seminary explains in 100 words why Charismatic teaching is un-Biblical.

http://thecripplegate.com/why-im-not-a-charismatic/

“If someone were to ask me, “Are you a Charismatic/Continuationist?” I would answer, “No.” If I was then asked to explain why, in 100 words or less, my response would look something like the following:

I am convinced that the biblical gift of tongues was the supernatural ability to speak in authentic foreign languages that the speaker had not previously learned; AND that the gift of prophecy was the accurate proclamation of authoritative, inerrant revelation that the prophet received directly from the Holy Spirit; AND that the gift (or gifts) of healing resulted in the immediate, undeniable, and complete recovery of a sick or injured person at the hands of the healer.

I am equally convinced that those things are not currently happening in church history today.

Therefore, I am not a Charismatic.

 

If I were then given an additional 100 words to clarify, I would probably add these subsequent thoughts:

When Charismatics/Continuationists redefine tongues as a “spiritual language” which, in fact, is not an authentic foreign language; OR when they admit that their definition of prophecy allows for numerous errors and inaccuracies; OR when they excuse their inability to heal as a lack of faith on the part of the sick person; OR when they redefine the gift(s) of healing as an extension of James 5:13–18 . . .

I am convinced that, though they are using biblical terminology to describe their experiences, there is no true equivalence between their present practice and the authentic New Testament sign gifts.

My guess is that this would spark a much larger conversation. But I am purposefully aiming at brevity in today’s post.

And, besides, that’s why we have a comments section.”

The Peril of Spiritual Procrastination

…what [you and I] will be, in all probability, depends on what [we] are now, and [we all] seem to forget this.”

“Think not you can, at will, serve lusts and pleasures in your beginning, and then go and serve God with ease at your latter end. Think not you can live with Esau, and then die with Jacob. It is mockery to deal with God and your souls in such a fashion. It is an awful mockery to suppose you can give the flower of your strength to the world and to the devil, and then put off the King of kings with the scraps and leavings of your hearts-the wreck and remnant of your powers. It is a mockery, and you may find to your cost the thing cannot be done.”

“Repentance and faith are the gifts of God, and gifts that He often withholds, when they have been long offered in vain. I grant you true repentance is never too late, but I warn you at the same time, late repentance is seldom true. I grant you, one penitent thief was converted in his last hours, that no man night despair; but I warn you, only one was converted, that no man night presume. I grant you it is written, Jesus is ‘able to save them to the uttermost that come to God through Him.’ (Heb. 7:25) But I warn you, it is also written by the same Spirit, ‘Because I called, and [you] refused..I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your [terror comes].’ (Prov. 1:24,26.)”

-J. C. Ryle, Thoughts for Young Men, 1:3, 1886