“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 prayer and begins a series on antinominism.
The evangelical church at large has forgotten how to pray.
1 John 3:22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
Acts 6:4 But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing,
I commented on prayer earlier. Far from an expert, I defer to those with more experience to explain what a good prayer life looks like, and how that best benefits the body of Christ.
Churches are more dependent on tradition rather than on the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Mark 7:13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.
Acts 16:6 And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia.
Acts 13:2 While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Only one of the verses really applies to the point made in this thesis, but the words belong to Jesus Himself. More examples in the Old Testament also condemn the practice of traditionalism when it interferes with the commands of God.
The church, its structure, organization, etc., provides the biggest example of the concerns of traditionalism. Even if you do not agree with all, nearly every believer I share these points with do agree with at least some, if not a majority. Yet, when asked about why churches continue to push in these wrong directions, the answers vary little. “It has always been this way. We cannot change it.”
How many go to hell each day because we refuse to break the cycle of traditionalism and follow His Holy Word?
It might seem strange to say that ministers of religion are ‘pleading for impurity and sin.’ Yet this is exactly what multitudes of professors preach and teach that you cannot be free from sin. That you must sin!
Romans 16:18 For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites,[a] and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
2 Peter 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
The next 10 (give or take) theses have to do with antinomianism, or the theology that you cannot live your life apart from sin, even as a Christian.
“Gods Laws are Holy and good…. and we are actually unable to keep them” permeates not only the pulpits, but the central theology of many church leaders. Yet, one cannot find this attitude in the New Testament. Certainly, one can find verses such as John 1:8 (“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”) Yet, when read in the wider context of the verses around it, or even the bible as a whole, we find the Bible provides a different perspective, as seen in the verses above.
I believe that this lie, that we simply cannot live without sinning, comes straight from Satan, designed to rob believers of the victory they might have from Sin by the power of His Blood. Lack of faith can destroy any believer. I have heard preachers say we cannot go for even one minute without sinning! This not only contradicts what Paul and Peter command us (by the Holy Spirit), it paints God as a monster! (For He demands that which we cannot do never hope to do.) We must hold true to the promises of Jesus, keep our eyes on the cross, focus on the work He has set before us and push forward. Jesus resurrection not only provided us a way to have future hope, but a way to live life free of sin by the power of His Spirit!