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-From A Dad: Teach n Preach the Word!

Posted by Scott on October 30, 2007

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I heard a great quote the other day…”We spend more time and effort trying to achieve  behavioral modification than preaching the true gospel.”  I think this unknown persons quote is dead center to most church programs today.  Our kids programs, youth programs and adult programs are mostly geared toward changing a persons behavior rather than letting God’s word make the changes in that persons life as He wants.  Remember He is the potter not us. 

“Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same mass (lump) one vessel for beauty and distinction and honorable use, and another for menial or ignoble and dishonorable use?”   -Romans 9:21 AMP

An observation from the sidelines on different children and youth ministries I have witnessed over the years in different churches is they are trying to feminize the boys by attempting to change their God given behaviors into that of a more feminine behavior, encourage the girls independence to be liberated with no real need for a man in their lives, and focusing on behavioral issues with less focus on the God’s words and direction.  God can instruct any age if we will simply teach it and preach it.  God wants His people to use the authority of His scripture to teach/preach rather than philosophies of the world dressed up like it is from God. 

” And the Levites, too, quieted the people, telling them, “Hush! Don’t weep! For this is a sacred day.”  So the people went away to eat and drink at a festive meal, to share gifts of food, and to celebrate with great joy because they had heard God’s words and understood them.”  –Nehemiah 8:11-13 NLT

Can we truly expect kids, youth or unchurched adults to change their behavior without giving them the foundations God’s word provides?  The Israelites weeped and celebrated when they heard the word of God spoken to them.  It is not up to the church to change the behavior of anyone….this is the work of the Holy Spirit alone.  I believe many of the problems the church has today stems from this prospective.  I would challenge any children’s, youth or adult program that is not deeply entrenched in teaching God’s word in its entirety to move in that direction.  Give it 6 months to a year to see how the lives of those taught in this manner are changed.  You will have some that feel it boring and not effective….those are simply not interested in knowing God more divinely.  However, as the Holy Spirit is able to take the word of God deep into the craniums of His people you will see dramatic changes as that moves into their hearts.  The devotion to Christ will not remain on the surface, but will be intentional and fervent in their desire for a closer relationship with God.  God’s tells us that His word will not return void.  Who can resist the grace and mercy of a sovereign God…not one that He calls out personally can resist.

The plight of the Christian church today has moved dramatically in a heresy direction.  The music no longer draws people to Christ, but actually drives people deeper into an emotional roller coaster in their spiritual lives with little to no theology in the words of the music at all.  The preaching is no longer from the entire word of God, but only the positive parts that give you the warm fuzzies and preach that we are all to be prosperous.  Scripture is quoted minimally throughout these messages if at all or as it fits the speakers need.  The feel good messages with no substance will drive those seeking a deep relationship with God to continue their search…these churches will be filled with those that want to be spiritual, but must come back each week to get their constantly empty tanks filled with the toxic milky oratations spewed by preachers and teachers that call themselves an authority in God’s word without speaking God’s word.  They will not find it in most mega-churches today.  I say most, because I cannot put them all into that catagory.  I attend a large church that is firmly based a on the word of God and the music is glorifying to God full of the theology of God’s word.  This brings us to the children and youth programs that have been hijacked by behavioral modification programs with little to no bible time at all.  These kids and youth will be the ones to lead the church in the future.  This will be an absolute train wreck in about 10 years unless there is a shift in our churches lack of theology and doctrine belief.  God’s truth found in His word is the sole foundation for any church to teach and preach upon…love, positiveness, war, death, sin, martyrs, heaven, and hell are all a part of the Bible.

In conclusion, I can see a tremendous shift back to the Calvinistic way of believing God’s word which is the uninhibited truth of God’s word.  We must take all things pertaining to the work of the authentic church out of mans hands and place it back into the awesome hand of our sovereign God. 

Fact:  God does not need us, but He chooses to use us for His greater purposes. 

Fact:  God wills to save whom He chooses. 

Fact:  God is a providential God.

Fact:  God will grow His church His way not according to mans dreams, programs, and thinking. 

Fact:  God has a divine plan for all of His chosen people. 

Fact:  That plan of God is our predestination. 

Fact:  No one can resist the sovereign will of God.

Fact:  God sets Kings, Presidents, and Rulers in their places for His purposes…politics has absolutely no baring upon God’s great plan.

God tells Pharoah, “But for this very purpose I have let you live, that I might show you My power and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.”  -Exodus 9:16

He placed Pharoah on the throne and allowed him to live long enough to fulfill God’s purpose of might and power in the salvation of His people.

Folks, bring the church back to the truth of God’s word.  Preach it in its entirety.  Don’t pick through the Bible those sections which you think people need to hear and skip over the sections which you think might affend.  His word will be offensive if preached in it entirety, however, the Holy Spirit can use that offense to draw His people into the family of God.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

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