“I have been writing this volume while residing in Germany for a teaching trip. I am humbled by penning these 95 theses in the same country as Martin Luther did many years ago. I submit these to the evangelical church of our day and pray that God would allow anything of truth in these pages to bend and change men’s hearts back to God.” – Greg Gordon –
It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival. – A.W. Tozer
I am currently reviewing and commenting on 95 theses to the modern evangelical church “revised” by Greg Gordon. The following discusses church, pastors and sermons.
Run from those who preach division between races and cultures.
James 2:4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…
Now, most of you might think, “What kind of leader, outside of the KKK, would do such a think in the 21st century?” The answer might surprise you.
Way back, some pastors taught that certain races held a higher spot in God’s eyes caused racial division and tension. However, before that, we had many teachers causing division over theology. Items such as pre-trib vs. post trib, Calvinism vs. Arminianism, and the such became platforms to divide believers over. Nothing new, we see plenty of evidence this went on even back in Paul’s day.
Some of the best leaders I listen to often do not address the ‘hard hitting’ subjects that tend to cause division. Ultimately, it matters little how you believe in these finer theological points. The devil rejoices as pastors take up podiums, wasting precious time discussing and debating these points while the lost go unfed.
Run from ungodly, spasmodic movements and endless empty prophesying.
Jeremiah 5:13 The prophets will become wind; the word is not in them. Thus shall it be done to them!’”
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints,
1 John 2:16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.
I see this in some regions of the country, where ‘prophets and prophetesses’ lure people in with promises of revivals, healings and prophesies. The services, characterized by music and loud speeches, move people through their emotions, more than the spirit.
I certainly do believe that God can speak through someone, even prophesy. Yet, at the same time, the Bible gives us many warnings of false shephards. Many falsh relgions (Some of them VERY big), were started by those claiming to hear directly from God.
The Bible states that we should test what they say against the Word of God (Bible) and test their prophesies, for God would never have someone prophesy something that would not come to pass. If you follow these simple guidelines, you will find that the vast majority of these outspoken people do not truly lead others to God, but to a false god of sensationalism.
Run from preachers who tell only stories and jokes.
Ephesians 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Titus 1:8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
Titus 2:12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,
Wow. Ok…I know of few pastors who “only” tell stories and jokes, but if you broaden this a tiny bit to include pastors who spend “most” of their time telling stories and jokes, your will include the vast majority of pastors today. The typical sermon includes about 2 minutes of scripture reading, 10 minutes or so of discussing the direction implications of the text, and 30 or so minutes of stories and jokes.
I will need to take some time to listen to some sermons from modern pastors, and affirm this, but after listening to hundreds, I would say the above is pretty accurate. Thankfully, with resources such as SermonIndex.net, you can search through various pastors and find those who stick more to discussing God’s Word directly.