Monday, July 06, 2009

Why Did Christians Expect A Dead Man To Proclaim The Gospel To Muslims?

Regarding two stories of Ricky Warren applauding and helping the Muslims find their purpose, here and here, as well as Jan Markel's open letter to Warren here, I have only one thing to ask of professing Christians:

Why in the world are you disappointed or surprised that Ricky Warren did not share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his Muslim audience?

He doesn't even share it with his own church!

Folks, wake up and realize, one must KNOW the Gospel in order to proclaim it and Ricky hasn't got it. He's a wolf who has removed his sheep's clothing. He isn't hiding anymore. Why should he? Because most Christians had expected spiritual things from a man who is dead, and gave him a free pass all the way up to now. I wonder if Al Mohler finally sees this huskster for who he really is? Or does he still think Warren is a Christian, much less an Evangelical? Can he still say with a straight face, "Representation is undoubtedly symbolic, but Rick Warren and Gene Robinson [COE and homosexual] represent radically divergent worldviews and incommensurate goals. They are not two very different representatives of one religion. They are instead two very symbolic representatives of two very different religions."?

He hasn't, nor will he, proclaim the Christ Jesus of Scripture. He is a disciple of Robert Schuller who did this YEARS ago. He's all about selling his books and PEACE plan, holding hands with the enemies of the cross, because he is like-minded with them.

Instead of pleading or rebuking Warren for not proclaiming the gospel, he himself needs to hear the Gospel. Sadly, he is deaf, blind, and dead and unless God opens his heart and ears, Warren will not hear and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Resurrected Lord.

Rom. 16: 17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

2Ti 3:4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Is. 8 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.

Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Mat 7:17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.


1Co 2:1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.
1Co 2:2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
1Co 2:3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,
1Co 2:4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
1Co 2:5 that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

4 comments:

Thomas said...

Judging salvation is God's business. We can judge works.

Tom Hunter

Denise said...

Thomas,

On the contrary, Christians are to judge whether a person is from God or not.

Did you not bother to read the verses I gave that demands we do this?

2Ti 3:4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits .

Here are more:

Joh 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment ."

Is. 8 20 To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn .

Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice TO DISTINGUISH good from evil .

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God ,, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God : every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

2Jo 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God . Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

We are commanded to know who is and is not of God. Why? So that we do not listen to, follow, nor associate with a false Christian. Its for the purity of our spiritual lives, for the name of Christ, and the purity of the Gospel.

There are many more verses but I think you see that God says we are to know Scripture so that we can discern if someone is from God or not. We aren't to follow a stranger or wolf, but The Great Shepherd. Those who are His hear HIS voice and "do not follow another" (John 10:5).

There is NO option with this.

Bevy said...

We are fruit inspectors - for sure!
And that one in Galatians 1: I wish that they would cut themselves off (mutilate themselves) WOW! pretty harsh!
If we DON'T inspect the lives of one and KNOW whether they are following God we WILL be led astray as we are more sheep than serpent.
God bless!

Denise said...

Yes Bevy, we are absolutely commanded to inspect their fruit. That means poking around, prodding, not just looking at it from a glance. ;)

Just listened to this sermon by John MacArthur and you might enjoy it as well:

http://www.biblebb.com/files/mac/2254.htm

The audio is here: http://www.gty.org/Shop/Audio+Lessons/2254 and if you just click "download" it is totally free.