Is the Church Changing the World or Is the World Changing the Church?

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How can it be that so many believers attend church services without being changed? How is it that for one whole generation, the world has been changing the American church rather than the church changing the world?

 

Hour 1:

 

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: We are standing on the sidelines waiting for something to happen when it will be our time to take a stand. That time has long since passed. It is past time for us to stand but the door is still open. The Lord says to each of us, “Arise and shine! It is time for your light to impact the darkness!”

Hour 2:

 

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: I’ll say it yet again, don’t get upset with the darkness for being dark. Instead turn the light on brightly and clearly. Let it shine without shame, contradiction, or compromise and you will make a difference in the darkness.

 

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6 Comments
  1. Line of Fire Community,

    I just listened to Dr. Brown’s sermon titled ‘Does the World Hate You’. This sermon is powerful & relevant to today’s topic.

    –Materialism (multiple distractions- HaSatan disguised as an angel of light) to us in the States, is as Communism was in Romania, the same evil is behind it–

    Why are we so quick to forget? Take care lest you forget the Lord.

    http://fire-church.org/content/does-world-hate-you

    Deuteronomy 8:

    11 “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12 lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13 and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14 then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15 who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.

    17 Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

    19 And if you forget the LORD your God and go after other gods and serve them and worship them, I solemnly warn you today that you shall surely perish.

    20 Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish, because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.

    Kadosh (Holy), called to be set apart for Mashiach (Christ)!

    Trezeguet

  2. Hello,I am only an unregenerate Gentile who has some familiarity with Holy Scripture ; I am also familiar with some matters (and wineskins) that (intentionally or more likely,unintentionally) serve to desalinate and disempower (and leave unprepared) the British and American contingent of the Bride,but,check out this comment by David Pawson.

    As an into to one of David Pawson’s recent books ‘Remarriage is Adultery,Unless ‘ he said ‘….the church should be leading the world uphill rather than following the world downhill.

    (Problem is,OSAS reshackles believers.)

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Remarriage-is-Adultery-Unless-ebook/dp/B00564TNV2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326960334&sr=8-1

  3. The comment by Michael about a finding of George Barna,regarding the lack of impact teaching in congregations has on the lives of those in the pews,is no surprise.

    The elders in Britain and America are not serving up the same recipe Jesus gave ; furthermore,instead of the PURE MILK of the Word,folk in the pews are getting the PASTORIZED milk of the wineskin (so to speak).The warnings of Jesus have been skimmed off !

    This problem of lack of impact has been noted in Augustinian Protestant settings for around 500 years – see Leonard Verduin’s chapter on CONDUCTUAL-AVERAGISM in his book The Reformers and Their Stepchildren.

    http://www.amazon.com/Reformers-Their-Stepchildren-Dissent-Nonconformity/dp/1579789358/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1326979218&sr=1-1

  4. I know I’m going on a bit,but i wanted to put a fuller piece about this matter here :

    Hello,I am only an unregenerate Gentile who has some familiarity with Holy Scripture ; I am also familiar with some matters (and wineskins) that (intentionally or more likely,unintentionally) serve to desalinate and disempower (and leave unprepared) the British and American contingent of the Bride. That said,i have a comment on the chameleonic behavior of some who call Jesus ‘Lord,Lord’.The mention by Michael about George Barna’s findings (regarding the lack of impact pew attendance has on people’s lives),is nothing new – it has been noted in Augustinian Protestant settings for around 500 years.

    Catherine Booth said this : ‘[Satan] has gotten the Church into a condition that sometimes makes one positively ashamed …no wonder that thoughtful, intelligent men are being driven from such Christianity as this.’

    http://www.lastdaysministries.org/Articles/1000007174/Last_Days_Ministries/LDM/Discipleship_Teachings/Keith_Green/Aggressive_Christianity_Catherine.aspx

    The problem is not hard to fathom,and is unlikely to change in Britain and America before Jesus comes back (2 Timothy 4:3-4) if the present scarcity of QUALITY teaching continues. Many elders in Britain and America are NOT serving up the same RECIPE Jesus gave ; and instead of the PURE MILK of the Word,folk in the pews are getting the PASTORIZED milk of the wineskin (so to speak) – the warnings of Jesus have been SKIMMED off ! Consequently,they (that is,speaking ONLY of those who are genuinely born from above) are NOT growing in respect to salvation,but remain in a sort of perpetual infancy – or they go the way of disciples from stony ground or of those among thorns.

    Scripture cannot be broken. If a LASTING REVOLUTION or REVIVAL is to actually happen in Britain and America,it will,I believe,take a PERMANENT return to Jesus’s RECIPE. Same ticklish censored recipe,same lukewarm problem – what you sow you reap. I believe Scripture speaks of a rather different future for standard British and American congregations (Matthew 24:10-12 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3). As David Pawson would say,some lean towards pessimism,some optimism,but he favors REALISM.

    “Why do you call me ‘Lord,Lord’ “, said Jesus,almost 2000 years ago. If Jesus stood on the platform of a typical Evangelical congregation in Britain and America today,would He say any different ?

    For further discussion of this 500 year problem,see Leonard Verduin’s chapter on CONDUCTUAL-AVERAGISM in his TREMENDOUS book entitled ‘The Reformers and Their Stepchildren’. (I feel a rather cumbersome but better book title for his work,would be something like ‘The Violent Coercive Methods Used to Establish and Defend Catholicism and Reformed Theology,and the Persistent State-Friendly Misidentification of the True Bride’.)

    http://www.amazon.com/Reformers-Their-Stepchildren-Dissent-Nonconformity/dp/1579789358/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1326979218&sr=1-1

  5. It is very sad to know and to see how the hypocrisy of the world is highly favored over every good and hold-some truth of God.I tell you it all begins in our schools after it had left the master mind of darkness,for our children to pass their exams,they of to believe and write lies.They are thought and are force to believe the theory of the big bang, over the righteous dogmatic truth of genesis One One. Do you remember when you thought your father was God,or he’s the strongest man in the world? it is easy for a child to believe and to live what they learn. We already born in sin and shape in inequity,to embrace the side of ungodliness is so easy. I acknowledge all this,when will you, is the question to America.

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