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God's Word is Sufficient and Necessary
whether these pages say so or not; whether we believe it or not, shouldn't we learn it to be certain?


Urgent question: 
Leaders and fellow Christians- Why wouldn't you listen?
  • want to end school shootings?
  • want to help fix our economy?
  • want to sleep well at night without locking your doors?
  • want to know that your husband or wife will be there through life, your kids will be safe and raised correctly, and you will have help when you age?
  • want to really impact drug addiction?
  • want to know we have an eternal destiny that will be with the maker of the universe in true peace?
  • want to know we have eternity with Christ and we will see our friends and acquaintances there?

If you really want revival to be given to our people, preach of the fear of God, convict of sin and then tell of His grace and love that saves us.  We must be convinced we are as bad as we are.  You were put there to point that out.   Surprise us with God's deep love that comforts those who fear Him.  It has worked in the past.  God prescribes it in His Word.  Our ideas do not override His way and His direction.  Cheap grace through marketing builds up false, perishing kingdoms.

2Timothy 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth..19 Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: "The Lord knows those who are his," and, "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness." .

1Peter 5:2 Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.

Leaders!!  Preach the Bible.

  • Pray for conviction and a sense of urgency.  People are dying.  Time is short.
  • Preach condemnation and conviction seasoned with love.  Not cheap love.  Love that reflects the depth shown by Christ's sacrifice on the cross.  Love that expects in return, evidence of wanting and acting to please Him.
  • Teach that we are all perishing and need mercy.  Remember Jonathan Edwards and "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" sermon credited for helping begin a great revival.
  • Judgment is here and will become more severe as we choose hardship rather than walking with Christ in order that God will call us to Him.  If we repent, He may answer.   If we don't, He will answer with great judgment and pain.  From His perspective, wanting us to repent and be saved, He would show great love by leveling great judgment upon us- if we don't do it on our own.  Which choice is better?
  • Teach to Fear God.  If we don't fear Him, if the people lack conviction that there is such a thing as sin and they are captive to it, no one will accept the discipline of a Christian lifestyle.  Instead they may assume a shallow knowledge of God is sufficient and may perish because of their failure. 
  • Teach the Bible.  Nothing else is more important or really can add to the value of the Word.  Compel others to read it for themselves and to test every lesson heard with scriptural truth.  Never dismiss our confusion of the Bible as error.  Assume the scripture is true and test the claims with other scriptures.  Then question our understanding by searching the original language and meaning. 
  • Prioritize according to the way the scripture is prioritized.  Warnings of judgment are many.  Why should we think we are different?  We are especially at risk for claiming to be a Christian nation!  
  • Never compromise the Word.  Thus says the LORD.  No apology necessary. 
  • Tie the Old and the New Testaments together.  The scriptures are complementary and great insight on the way God is and the plan of salvation is found throughout the Old Testament.  The scriptures validate themselves.  Prophecy is incredibly accurate, without error and in great detail, hundreds and thousands of years later, again proving the truth of scripture and making more sense of God's plan.
  • Interpret scripture through other scripture.   There is no better commentary of the Bible.
  • Love those perishing.  By pointing out sin, even when it is unpopular, you may save some from Hell.  Reach out to those who are hurting and overwhelm them with God's love.
  • Worship, not for our own personal, emotional benefit (which may occur) but only to glorify Almighty God.

1Peter 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And, "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?"

1Timothy 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious; for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for adulterers and perverts, for slave traders and liars and perjurers--and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

2Timothy 4:2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Matthew 24:50 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. 51 He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 12:54 He said to the crowd: " When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, `It's going to rain,' and it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, `It's going to be hot,' and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?

Luke 12:3 I tell you , no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. 4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish."

You may not fill your pews.  Despite this, you will attract those who take God seriously.  It only takes a few serious Christians to help change the world through the Holy Spirit's intervention.   Our failure at influencing our people is an indictment on the status quo of Christians and their leaders today, basking in comfort at the cost of holiness.  At least when you follow the Bible, you will have nothing to be ashamed of at the judgment seat of Christ.  What is more important?

We are out of time.  Christ said we were in the last days, 2000 years ago!   Let us act like it.  We are long past due for radical Christian faith.  No more touchy-feely stuff.  First things first.  People are perishing, only you are equipped to help save them.  Prioritize God's Word and the priorities laid out in the scripture.  No psychology.             

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