March 16, 2008
It is a hard thing to shift from enjoying the prosperity gospel, living it out and feeling that it works because you are well off – to changing your mind about it and discovering what the gospel is truly about. Why is it so difficult to see? Because its connected to a unique world view and an approach to understanding scripture that blocks the prosperity gospel adherent from seeing error.
Perhaps a starting point if you think you might be into prosperity is for you to listen to your favorite preacher and ask yourself the question: “Is this message fundamentally about me or is it about God?” Prosperity teaching will be man centred but biblically faithful preaching will be about God. The bible is God’s revelation about himself to us. Good teaching nd preaching will extend this and help us access biblical truth about God. Sure we learn stuff about ourselves along the way (eg, that we are wretched sinners) or how to walk the Christian walk, but at its essence – what is the preacher about?
October 30, 2007
The love of God and our love for God has been a recurring theme that has occupied my thoughts from time to time this year. Erik @ Irish Calvinist recently posted an article that urged me to think some more about it. I wrote a short comment which I want to repeat on EA because it fits in with some thinking that is taking place here.
Josh heard an excellent sermon about the love of God that we will be uploading here soon. As with everything that goes on this blog, we are concerned about the implications for evangelism. I think its a no-brainer; It gets to the motive of the evangelist and the motive of the person hearing and responding to the gospel. Here is the comment:
I found the sermon I was thinking of. Its the first in a series.
Here are some quick notes :::The love of God, 3 things it does not mean:
1.It does not mean meeting God’s needs. (Acts 17v35) Love for God is very different than love for others.
The ESSENCE of love for God is RECEIVING from God
2. It is not love for His gifts – eg. forgiveness of sin, escape from hell, resurrection from a pain free life.
3. It is not the things that love prompts you to do. The essence of love for God is not in the fruit.
If you LOVE ME you will do this.
Love for God is the heart’s esteem for/delight in God before it produces anything else. It is life that produces love for God. Deeds of love IS NOT love, these deeds can be imitated. Its not DO DO DO DO and God will approve. Instead start with loving.