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    The American Captivity of the Church by Dr. Michael Horton

    christlesschristianity.jpg What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over a half century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his own scenario in his weekly sermon that was also broadcast nationwide on CBS radio. Barnhouse speculated that if Satan took over Philadelphia, all of the bars would be closed, pornography banished, and pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other. There would be no swearing. The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,” and the churches would be full every Sunday . . . where Christ is not preached.

    It is easy to become distracted from Christ as the only hope for sinners. Where everything is measured by our happiness ratherthan by God’s holiness, the sense of our being sinners becomes secondary, if not offensive. If we are good people who have lost our way but with the proper instructions and motivation can become a better person, we need only a life coach, not a redeemer. We can still give our assent to a high view of Christ and the centrality of his person and work, but in actual practice we are being distracted from “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). A lot of the things that distract us from Christ these days are even good things. In order to push us offpoint,all that Satan has to do is throw several spiritual fads,moral and political crusades, and other “relevance” operations into our field of vision. Focusing the conversation on us—our desires, needs, feelings, experience, activity, and aspirations—energizes us. At last, now we’re talking about something practical and relevant.


    Posted by John on April 30, 2009 12:48 PM


    I must say that the high and low schools of theology in their purist forms are not exactly trustworthy scripturally. Neither is all correct but both are in certain doctrinal areas. Reformed Theology (Calvanism) to me is faulty in its doctrine because in the simplest of research and comparison of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by me, I find it to be a gospel theolgy of elitism and not Biblical as it appears that to fit a strained doctrine Calvanists ignore two words. The words "all" and "everyone" such as, "all who call upon the name of the Lord" to a Calvanist that means only Calvanists fit into the "all." Christ did not come to seek and save a select elite few. John 3:16 clearly states "That whosoever believeth in Him." How can such Godly men twist such scriptural clarity around to fit such an erroneous perception of
    predestinatinatio and preelection.

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