“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 continues discussion on antinominism.
A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day.
1 Timothy 6:3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound[a] words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness,
2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits[a] to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyle.” – Brennan Manning
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5.16
The above covers my thoughts on this. If you use the life of “believers” as a measuring stick of their faith, many people who profess Christ simply have no faith at all. In my opinion, this gives more reason for people not to place their faith in God. It breaks my heart, and something I pray God continue to work on in my life.
Most in the Church are utterly confused about the practical godliness obedience and good works which the Scriptures readily mentions.
Titus 3:8 The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.
John 10:32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?”
Revelation 3:15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!
I have brothers in faith who I know love God. Yet, they will readily defend that they ‘must’ sin. Just yesterday, one said, “When someone cuts me off in traffic, I cannot help but get angry.”
I had to explain to him, first, that an emotional reaction, in and of itself, is not a sin. However, what you do with that emotion can certainly lead to sin quickly. Jesus said if you call your fellow man a bad word, you have committed murder in your heart. However, if you immediately pray and ask God to help you deal with the emotion, and the temptation it presents (to swear) then you clearly have not sinned. You have turned that over to God.
Our forefathers understood this as basic theology. Yet, today, even our leaders walk around in confusion, preaching that we cannot help but sin at every turn.
Little or no emphasis is put in evangelical churches on the plan of God to make us like Jesus Christ conforming us to His image.
1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
1 John 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1 Peter 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh,[a] arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
Since many believe we cannot go even one minute without sinning, we cannot fathom the idea of God molding us into the image of His Son.