Parachurch social gospel. Parachurch ministries are not, and never were, authorized by Scripture. Parachurch ministries are propagators of the social gospel. The social gospel, being a false gospel, infers salvation through works.
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Thank you for posting this as it was very helpful. This is one of those verses I've thought of so often, that you forget how important it is. Every thing that points me away from the world and back to His Word is a good thing.
Great Sermon! Rev. Sawtelle,
I really enjoy year messages and have particularly enjoyed the series on infant baptism and the Westminster Divines.
Please keep up the good work of God and may I request more Reformation history.
Kevin Alawine - deacon Bailey PCA, Bailey, Mississippi
Great Sermon! Being raised Catholic images were everywhere, and present in the Baptist churches on a smaller scale. They were creeping into the PCA church I was at as well, though many didn't agree. Thankful God has brought me along to realize the error of images. Thank you for sharing.
Great Sermon! I am one of those guys you were talking about...newly Reformed. I also happen to be on the pastoral staff at a Calvary Chapel. Thankfully, the other pastors are "almost" Reformed...they lean that way.
Thank you for the message!!
You are right on there BWS!! Psalm singing here in Scotland has declined alongside doctrine and subsequently the church. The simple fact is that hymn singing is to replace Scripture with human effort and human entertainment, - works based worship?
Correspondingly we have watched the society decline into liberalism, during this same period, in so many other ways. For example justice and punishment has declined in the UK to "Justice and appease criminality." Which also relates to the negative and conciliatory style of todays preaching on sin. UnBiblical decline into worldliness.
Many of todays churches are entertainment venues using human style singing of human song - all to the rejection of the Word of God. Thus does the Lord not bless modern churches.
Very helpful and enlightening post! Most do not even consider how church practice has differed from the past and consider it unimportant. But this demonstrates a pattern that will worship in singing leads to apostasy.
My grandfather was a pastor of a German Reformed Church (who studied under Warfield at Princeton) and their denomination during the end of his life turned to apostasy and liberalism (which is the pattern of all churches that decline into will worship) and his entire extended family seceded from it and from all reformed churches and fled for refuge to (get this) fundamentalist (but Arminian and creedless) churches typical of the 20th century. Now the fundamentalist churches have declined into pop culture and have no firm doctrines (except the incomplete listed fundamental ones). The point is that the leaving of exclusive Psalm singing leads to decline in Doctrine and Practice and total apostasy from the Word of God. It replaces God's justice with a false universal love and sentimentalism which is superstitious will-worship of a very different God than what the Bible teaches, and a different gospel (with a false universal love) which opposes God's Justice.
Great Sermon! Enjoyed your message very much - it makes so many relevant points about being Reformed. Just a little sad that you seem to tolerate modern versions when God has preserved His word through the received text best represented in the KJ Authorised Version.
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